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Is it normal to feel emotional in pregnancy?

Is it normal to feel emotional in pregnancy?

Absolutely: Pregnancy is very stressful. Plus there are a lot of major hormone changes and fluctuations. This can produce a lot of volatility of mood and emotions. It's a normal tendency, so it's important to have someone to talk to, to talk through things and let you get it off your chest. It's normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but you need to talk to someone about it. ...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 have spotting in pregnancy?

Is it normal to have spotting in pregnancy?

Yes and no; check it: While spotting is very common approaching 40%, it is not truly "normal". The timing and association with pain or other symptoms are very important. It is always prudent to check it out as many serious problems can be associated with bleeding in early pregnancy. ...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 it normal to experience breast changes early in pregnancy?

Is it normal to experience breast changes early in pregnancy?

Yes: Some early signs of pregnancy include feelings of breast tenderness or fullness, enlargement and prominence of the glands of the areola, sometimes slight darkening of the area around the nipple. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have cramping early in your pregnancy?

Is it normal to have cramping early in your pregnancy?

Yup: Could be - of course it all depends - mild or severe - blood or no blood - see the ob! ...Read more

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During pms is it normal for the cramps to be only in the vagina or is it pregnancy cramps? Period is supposed to be in 5 days?

During pms is it normal for the cramps to be only in the vagina or is it pregnancy cramps? Period is supposed to be in 5 days?

Take a test: The best way to determine the difference between menstrual cramps and pregnancy is through a pregnancy test. Cramps are not reliable way to determine if one is pregnant. Most do not have cramps during the early days of pregnancy before a menstrual cycle is even missed. Other causes of pelvic pain should be investigated if the pain continues. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have vaginal swelling in early pregnancy

Is it normal to have vaginal swelling in early pregnancy

Yes: Yes...It is very common and will continue throughout pregnancy. If there are any other symptoms such as itching, pain, or discharge you may want to get checked out. ...Read more

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Is it common to have sleep issues in pregnancy?

Is it common to have sleep issues in pregnancy?

Yes!: It is very common to have difficulty sleeping. Pregnancy is a really stressful time and that can make it hard to sleep. Later in pregnancy, your body makes a hormone that causes the joints to relax and pretty much any position is uncomfortable. Both add up to some problems for almost everyone. Feel free to nap if you can. ...Read more

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Are loose stools normal in early pregnancy? Is it possible that this is how my body is dealing with morning sickness?

Are loose stools normal in early pregnancy?  Is it possible that this is how my body is dealing with morning sickness?

Loose stools: Loose stools are probably due to a dietary change brought on by your morning sickness and decrease appetite. Don't worry, your appetite will come around and you'll have the chance to get fat. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be constantly tired in pregnancy?

Is it normal to be constantly tired in pregnancy?

No: Fatigue can be one of the early signs of pregnancy. However, persistent or profound "tiredness" or drowsiness can suggest other conditions like anemia, sleep deprivation, etc. Women with constant fatigue should keep a sleep and wake diary, noting their activity, quality of sleep, what they ate, etc. And show it to OB providers. ...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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If st depression is due to hyperventilation test, does it mean that it will happen also in the stress test, or it is not sure?

If st depression is due to hyperventilation test, does it mean that it will happen also in the stress test, or it is not sure?

Possibly: The reason for the stress test is to see if there is ischemia ( narrowing) or arrythmia ( irregular heartbeats ) and toexclude CAD ( cornonary artery disease ) ...Read more

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My serum albumin is 5.3 is that to high? Always was normal . Is there any way to bring it down?

My serum albumin is 5.3 is that to high? Always was normal . Is there any way to bring it down?

No need to: If you were dehydrated your albumin may seem high, even though yours is at the upper end of normal. If the tourniquet is left on for too long, it may cause a spurious high reading. There are no disease associated with high albumin. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003480.htm ...Read more

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If depression is due to hormones, is it still considered clinical depression?

If depression is due to hormones, is it still considered clinical depression?

Not typically: I would not diagnose someone as clinical depressed if there sadness was due to cyclical hormones alone unless they exhibited other symptoms when there hormones were not active. So, if someone continued to have problems functioning in relationships and in work and the low mood, loss of interest, hopelessness, lack of concentration, sleep problems (all sx of dep) then i would look at depression. ...Read more

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Is it common to have vibrant dreams in pregnancy?

Is it common to have vibrant dreams in pregnancy?

Yes: There are many theories. Aside from hormonal fluctuations, there are sleep cycle interruptions as well as sleep position changes that all can have an impact. ...Read more

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Is it normal to not be showing that much at 16 weeks pregnant ? this is my first pregnancy and im not that big is this ok?

Is it normal to not be showing that much at 16 weeks pregnant ? this is my first pregnancy and im not that big is this ok?

Yes: 16 weeks is still early and the top of the uterus will be roughly halfway to your belly button. Some women look obviously pregnant at this point but many do not, especially when it is your first. Unless your doctor tells you that you are smaller than expected, don't stress about how it "looks". ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose your sex drive in pregnancy?

Is it normal to lose your sex drive in pregnancy?

It can happen: Because of level of discomfort and or feeling less attractive. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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