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Is it normal to have mood swings during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have mood swings during pregnancy?

YES!: Pregnancy is a time full of hormone changes, increased stress, and lack of sleep. All of these contribute to mood swings. It it really normal to feel irritable one minute and really happy the next. Ask your friends and family to bear with you during this time. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is it normal to feel emotional during pregnancy?

Is it normal to feel emotional during pregnancy?

Yes: Pregnancy can be very emotional as hormonal changes occur not to mention the stress and anxiety that comes along with work, being a wife/girlfriend, everyday issues, etc. Being emotional is very common. If your emotions become too severe, than seek medical help from a dr. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Is mild pressure normal during early pregnancy?

Is mild pressure normal during early pregnancy?

Volume expansion: During pregnancy volume expansion fluid retention commonly occurs. But should be monitored closely by your ob. Serious and life threatening condition during pregnancy with high blood presure as part can occur. ...Read more

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How common is depression during pregnancy?

How common is depression during pregnancy?

Not very: More common is what is called post part baby's blues that usually resolves without medication, or only for a short time. Depression during pregnancy usually is only present if present prior to pregnancy and often improves. Of course the situation of an unplanneor undesired pregnancy could lead to depression if not dealt with. ...Read more

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What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

Depression: Some people only have depression problems after a pregnancy, possibly increased risk because of the hormone changes. Some people have depression at other times, not due to a particular cause. If a woman is on antidepressants when she gets pregnant, she should talk with her doctor about the risks of taking them or not taking them during the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is mastitis normal during pregnancy?

Is mastitis normal during pregnancy?

Mastitis: Mastitis during breastfeeding is not normal but is certainly very common. It is caused by overgrowth of bacteria in milk-containing ducts. It is managed with oral antibiotics and continuation of breast feeding to empty the milk ducts. Mastitis while breastfeeding is not a sign of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is bleeding during pregnancy ever normal?

Is bleeding during pregnancy ever normal?

Yes: There are innocent causes of bleeding like implantation bleeding and sensitive cervix, but there are also serious causes such as placental separation (abruption), placenta previa, and uterine rupture. Any vaginal bleeding needs to be evaluated and explained by a physician and should not be ignored. ...Read more

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Is spotting normal during pregnancy?

Is spotting normal during pregnancy?

Yes: About 1 out of 3 women will have spotting or bleeding during the first three or four months of pregnancy. Most of the time the spotting does not mean that anything bad is going on. When a pregnancy has been determined to be normal by hearing or seeing the fetal heart beating, the chance of a miscarriage is less than about 5%. ...Read more

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Is having sex during pregnancy normal?

Is having sex during pregnancy normal?

Yes: Sex is ok during pregnancy as long as it causes no discomfort to the woman. There are complications of the pregnancy when sex is not advisable such as bleeding. In that case, you want to avoid sex until the cause is found to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Is diarrhia normal during pregnancy?

Is diarrhia normal during pregnancy?

NO!: Diarrhea is never normal. If anything pregnancy can give you constipation from the Progesterone effects. If you are experiencing diarrhea episodically or recurrently during pregnancy check your thyroid function because hyperthyroidism can be the reason. Also consider gastrointestinal evaluation for irritable bowel or inflammatory bowel diseases which are quite common in young women. ...Read more

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Is some bleeding normal during early pregnancy?

Is some bleeding normal during early pregnancy?

Possibly: When the pregnancy implants into the endometrial lining of your uterus you may have light bleeding. In addition, the cervix is often friable in pregnancy (irritated looking and bleeds easily). Sex, a pap, and vaginal exam may cause bleeding too. However, discuss your bleeding with your doctor as not all of it is normal. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to feel pregnancy symptom during healthy pregnancy?

Is it necessary to feel pregnancy symptom during healthy pregnancy?

Nope: Sometimes pregnant women don't have any nausea, breast swelling, back pain, pelvic pains, etc., etc. During pregnancy. Sometimes a little fatigue is all they notice (& occasionally, not even that!). There's nothing wrong with that! although some women report that their symptoms disappeared before miscarriage occurred, it is not a bad thing, or a warning sign if u feel great during ur pregnancy. ...Read more

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Severe cough during pregnancy? Is it normal?

Severe cough during pregnancy? Is it normal?

Not normal: Normal implies that most pregnant women suffer from cough which clearly is not true. Pregnant women should not have a cough just like everyone else. Your cough will need to be evaluated by your doctor to determine the cause and treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it normal that antidepressants change in effectiveness during pregnancy?

Is it normal that antidepressants change in effectiveness during pregnancy?

Discuss with U MD: Taking antidepressant during pregnancy can have negative effect on baby .U should avoid this unless u md recommend it. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have persistent anxiety during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have persistent anxiety during pregnancy?

Anxiety in pregnancy: Lots of pregnant women have some anxiety, but about 10% have a true anxiety disorder. Exercise like prenatal swimming or yoga may help, and also lets you talk with other women. Your OB can help you decide if this is normal, and can refer you either for psychotherapy, or for medication , or both. Panic attacks, depression, inability to function are all signs that anxiety may need treatment. ...Read more

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Is spotting normal during ovalation and is it normal?

Is spotting normal during ovalation and is it normal?

Yes: some women regularly spot during ovulation, some never. If the spotting comes throughout the cycle, consult a gyn or fp specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more