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Is it a good idea to bank some of my own blood before delivery?

Is it a good idea to bank some of my own blood before delivery?

No: This mom-to-be banked blood of close friends who were o neg (for baby at birth) and family members for herself. But that was due to high risk of recurrent bleeding. Physicians reassured that the blood was "no safer" than blood bank blood, but to a first-time midlife mom with history of fertility and high chance of having only one [premature] child, it was more reassuring. Each case differs. Pam y. ...Read more

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Why is it important to have a support system in pregnancy and birth?

Why is it important to have a support system in pregnancy and birth?

Share the stress: Preg and postpartum are stressful and time consuming. Having someone to lift a little of the burden and let you know your doing a good job and you will be ok helps----a lot. ...Read more

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Is it absolutely necessary for a Father to do a blood check up when the women is 09 weeks pregnant?

Is it absolutely necessary for a Father to do a blood check up when the women is 09 weeks pregnant?

Be healthy parents: Since we want parents to be healthy and live long, such as until their kids get into college, both parents need their routine check-ups and routine blood tests. For example, we wouldn't want either parent to have unknown high cholesterol and die of a heart attack at age 44. There is no special blood test for a man when his wife is pregnant, unless he is screening for a genetic disorder, etc... ...Read more

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Is it good for a new born baby to go toilet all the time in a day?

Is it good for a new born baby to go toilet all the time in a day?

Depends on situation: A newborn must first pass the dark sticky meconium stool ; this starts day one or is abnormal.Once it clears, if baby is breast fed they may stool a little smear every feeding or one big crib full once a week. Breast milk is so well digested that it may not leave much behind for poo. If it is soft, the frequency of stooling is not important.Formula babies go more often. ...Read more

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What do you think on when it comes to women having control of ther body when it comes to abortion im doing this for a debate class at school and a doctor is a trusted proffesional

What do you think on when it comes to women having control of ther body when it comes to abortion im doing this for a debate class at school and a doctor is a trusted proffesional

Doctors : Doctors may be trusted professionals, but they are by no means unified in their opinions on this topic. Like the rest of the country, the medical community includes people who very strongly align themselves with one side or the other of the debate. What may be different when you talk to doctors about abortion is their tendency to use scientific rather than religious arguments to justify their positions (though many doctors are extremely religious). On the one side, some doctors will point out that a fertilized egg is just a cluster of undifferentiated cells that would be completely unable to survive on its own. Furthermore, they will point out that many fertilized eggs fail to implant regardless of any action taken by a doctor or patient, so making that happen on purpose (by use of an iud or the morning after pill, for instance), is not very different from nature taking its own course. As the pregnancy gets established, these arguments become invalid, but those who support abortion--especially when the mother's physical or mental health are at risk--feel that forcing her to carry a pregnancy despite those risks unreasonably favors a potential future person at the cost of injuring an already-existing person. In some cases, continuing a pregnancy guarantees that both mother and fetus will die, and it can certainly be argued that that outcome serves no good. On the other hand, it is a fact that the cluster of cells created by the pairing of an egg and sperm has a unique package of dna that--some would argue--qualifies it as an individual human being. The individual cells are certainly alive, even if they are not yet identifiable as a person that has a life of its own. Following that logic, it is hard to justify doing anything that would prevent the unique genetic mix from reaching its full potential to develop into a baby that can and will survive on its own. Some people have therefore argued that using iuds and morning after pills--which prevent implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterus--are the moral equivalent of murder. Even those who feel differently about the fist few days of pregnancy may feel that taking more aggressive action to remove a pregnancy once it has implanted is inappropriate. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to donate blood and go skiing on the same day?

Would likely be OK: If your blood count is normal and you are healthy, there is no reason not to ski on the day of donating blood. The american red cross recommends avoiding strenuous exercise for a few hours after giving blood so waiting a few hours and drinking lots of fluids would be advised. ...Read more

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Is it normal forfor a Doctor to do a C-section as early as 36 weeks and will the baby come out okay i mean healty and ready to gogo home ???

Is it normal forfor a Doctor to do a C-section as early as 36 weeks and will the baby come out okay i mean healty and ready to gogo home ???

Yes & no; yes & no: Re: 36-wk C-section, OBs do it all the time, so it's not unusual. That said, they try to avoid it, so if they're advising it, it's for a reason. Re: delivery at 36 wks, it is considered premature. We like babies to make it to term, 39-40 wks, for lung maturity; they need to make "surfactant" to keep lung bubbles (alveoli) where oxygen is obtained, open. 36-wk preemie needs NICU. Ask re: Surfaxin. ...Read more

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Why is it important to get a baby tooth that has a cavity filled when it will fall out with in a couple years anyways?

Why is it important to get a baby tooth that has a cavity filled when it will fall out with in a couple years anyways?

Maintain space: Primary teeth maintain space and allow room for the secondary teeth to erupt properly. In addition, an abscess in a baby tooth can affect the bone and enamel of the permanent tooth underneath it. You don't want to have your child suffer with preventable pain and swelling, do you ? Have the tooth restored. ...Read more

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I had to have a c-section with my first child due to failure to progress, is there any hope for a vbac or is my body just not made to deliver a baby vaginally?

I had to have a c-section with my first child due to failure to progress, is there any hope for a vbac or is my body just not made to deliver a baby vaginally?

Check with OB: If you went through labor before your first, your OB must have thought you could have a regular delivery. Your health & status with subsequent pregnancies & the projected size of baby may allow a vbac, but i would only do so in a facility capable of immediately taking you to surgery if problems arose during your attempt. Many try & are successful.Good luck. ...Read more

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I have bad public speaking anxiety. Is it a good idea to go for a run beforehand to ease the stress? Or is the added pressure on the heart a bad idea?

I have bad public speaking anxiety. Is it a good idea to go for a run beforehand to ease the stress? Or is the added pressure on the heart a bad idea?

Great idea: You're on the right track- you want to find ways to reduce your stress. Many people use running for that since it releases natural endorphins - brain chemicals that help you to feel better. The fatigue is a natural way to help you stay calmer afterward as well. ...Read more

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Is it true that a tampon can tear your hymen a little especially if its your first time trying one?

Is it true that a tampon can tear your hymen a little especially if its your first time trying one?

Not to worry: Women and girls may be judged by their happiness, their friendliness, and many other wonderful traits, but not by the condition of their hymens. It makes absolutely no difference whether a person has a big hymen, little hymen, broken hymen, unbroken hymen, etc... One need not worry about hymens when using pads or tampons. ...Read more

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If there is a drug I can take for iron overload, wouldn't it be better to use that, instead of giving blood all of the time?

If there is a drug I can take for iron overload, wouldn't it be better to use that, instead of giving blood all of the time?

No: I am answering n0, because I do not know of a medcation that would remedy this problem without the necessity of withdrawing blood to keep the level of iron within an acceptable range. I am sure that consulting your hematologist would give you a better explanation than the one I have given you. Perhaps one of the colleagues on this site could help you more, good luck. ...Read more

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How long does an "egg" remain in the tube before it is transferred to a uterus? My wife and i are looking into ivf. Before seeing a doctor, we are trying to gather as much information as possible, and this site has been a great source over the past couple

How long does an "egg" remain in the tube before it is transferred to a uterus? My wife and i are looking into ivf. Before seeing a doctor, we are trying to gather as much information as possible, and this site has been a great source over the past couple

When : When ovulation occurs, the fallopian tube actually moves over and picks up the egg. It is then transported down the tube by little projections called cilia. The sperm survive in the tube for approximately 6 days. While there, they are attached to the cells of the lining of the fallopian tube and periodically attach and detach from these cells waiting for the egg. Fertilization normally takes place in the fallopian tube as soon as a sperm attaches to the shell of the egg. The fertilized egg then goes on to develop in the tube for about 5 days. It enters the uterus 5 or 6 days after ovulation. This process has lead people to conclude that it is important for fertilization and early embryo development to happen in the fallopian tube. Many studies have been done to see if sperm and egg or embryos should be transferred into the tube rather than the uterus. Most of them did not show a benefit to doing this. As we became better at growing embryos longer in the lab, the ability to select better embryos has outweighed any theoretical advantage to a tubal transfer. Embryos are now routinely cultured 5 or 6 days in the lab and transferred to the uterus. This is called "blastocyst transfer” proponents of this technique claim that pregnancy rates are better with this technique because the embryos are placed in the uterus at the time that they normally enter the uterus. There is still some controversy surrounding this claim, but more and more centers are moving to blastocyst culture because it allows us to select better embryos from a group of embryos for transfer. I hope this helps and good luck! ...Read more

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A friend of mine said yesterday that a dental implant takes 6 months to then be ready for a crown or it will fail. I disagreed. What is the truth?

A friend of mine said yesterday that a dental implant takes 6 months to then be ready for a crown or it will fail. I disagreed. What is the truth?

Time: Takes time for an implant to integrate before a crown can be placed. Even more time if a bone graft is required in the extraction site. Please seek examination with your Dentist who can examine you and then tell you exactly what your requirements will be. Know that replacing a missing tooth is a service, not a commodity, and therefore your requirements may be much different than your friend's. ...Read more

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Is the new year a particularly good time to think about your health for coming year? If so, why is it a good time to get prepared?

Is the new year a particularly good time to think about your health for coming year? If so, why is it a good time to get prepared?

Maybe: Anytime is a good time to assess your health and think about what you might do to be healthier and make healthie choices. Many associate the new year with a 'fresh start' so that may make a good time but there is also an argument that people tend to break new year reslutions soon. Make a conscous choice to choose to be healthy , exercise, loose weight, change your diet, but make it a life change! ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a a human head live without a body if we use a machine to keep the blood flowing and oxygenated?

Might it be possible that a a human head live without a body if we use a machine to keep the blood flowing and oxygenated?

In theory, yes,: But the body as a whole is an amazingly complex system of interrelated feedback mechanisms all influencing each other simultaneously to achieve relative stability. At this time and for 20+ years into the future, we don't have enough intimate knowlege to replace all of the input that an isolated head needs, which is way beyond enough blood and oxygen. ...Read more

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My grandfather is 93 yr old is having low hgb level 8.7 . Possible some type of cancer going on but will not investigate because at this age will not treat. Is this the end? Doing blood transfusion today should I be preparing for the worst. Was in hospita

My grandfather is 93 yr old is having low hgb level 8.7 . Possible some type of cancer going on but will not investigate because at this age will not treat. Is this the end? Doing blood transfusion today should I be preparing for the worst. Was in hospita

Hematologist can hel: Good supportive care is quite effective to maintain the quality of his life. If your current doctor does not take a positive approach seek consultation with a Hematologist(Blood specialist). They should definitely investigate the cause of his Anemia as it may be treatable with medicines which work well for Bone marrow diseases like MDS, common in older age individuals. ...Read more

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If a woman delivered a baby of a+ ve blood group and her mother is a-ve is it necessary to take anti d injection?

If a woman delivered a baby of a+ ve blood group and her mother is a-ve is it necessary to take anti d injection?

Rh incompatibility: Your situation may affect future pregnancies if you do not receive Rhogam injection now. This is because you have been sensitized by your your baby's rh+ red blood cells and probably have developed rh antibodies which the Rhogam injection will neutralize. Having rh antibodies in a future pregnancy with an rh+ baby will expose that baby to severe blood complications which may cause fetal loss. ...Read more

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Is it okay to perform oral sex on a girl? What are the risks? Is checking my mouth for visible bleedings prior a date a good enough safety measure?

Is it okay to perform oral sex on a girl? What are the risks? Is checking my mouth for visible bleedings prior a date a good enough safety measure?

Oral sex- dental dam: Oral sex is relatively low risk sexual activity. The advantage is that there is no risk of pregnancy for your partner. There is some risk for STD transmission from your partner to you. For this reason it is wise to use a barrier between your mouth and her genitalia such as a dental dam or plastic wrap. You should also use an unlubricated condom if your partner performs oral sex on you. ...Read more

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