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Is It Normal To Get Piles In The 3rd Trimester
Common: During the third trimester, women have increased urinary frequency due in part from pressure of the uterus/baby on the bladder. While they are trying to get the last minute tasks accomplished, this is "inconvenient" and many deal with this by cutting back on their fluid intake. Frequent urination is much less inconvenient than constipation and hemorrhoidal flares, drink more fluids! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The veins in the rectum can swell and become puffy when a person has frequent pressure on them from pushing out a bm. This is constipation. The swollen veins can burn, itch, or sometimes become severely painful (from a clot building up inside). Veins in the rectum are called hemorrhoidal veins and the sick, stretched out vein ...Read more
Is measuring a week ahead in the 2nd and 3rd trimester normal? What causes that? Neither me or my fiance are very tall.
Normal: This amount of difference in pregnancy measurements is entirely normal. In fact, it doesn't even indicate well the size your baby will be. Even ultrasound scan measurements can easily be off by two weeks on the measurements in later pregnancy. It sounds as if you are perfectly normal. Shorter women often measure a little bigger since they have less room to hide the baby in and thus appear bigger. ...Read more
No: Most women don't lose weight consistently in the third trimester. Some women may gain 2-3 pounds one week and the next week be down 1-2 pounds, this can be very normal. Continued weight loss is more concerning. However, women who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant may be advised by their doctor to not gain as much weight during pregnancy (maybe only 15 pounds). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You should feel your baby move every day. Babies have sleep cycles and you may not feel them move while you are sleeping. If it has been more than a couple of hours since you felt your baby move, try eating a snack or drinking juice, often this will make babies more active. If you are still not feeling movement you should call your doctor or the hospital to listen to the baby's heartbeat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There are 3 common causes of cramps in the 3rd trimester. Round ligament pain is pain in the structures supporting the uterus, often in the groin. Braxton-hicks contractions are "practice" contractions, when the uterus tightens or cramps periodically but they aren't regular. Labor can also cause cramping contractions every 3-5 minutes that don't go away with rest and hydration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: As the baby grows, it presses up on the lungs and certain muscles in the ribs relax and you may feel like you are taking shallower breaths more often. But if this happens suddenly or you feel like you are really struggling, you need to see someone right away. Blood clots in the lungs are also more common in pregnancy and can be very serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hydrocephalus and am in my 3rd trimester. Is it possible for the shunt to malfuntion then go back to normal?
May be intermittent: A vp shunt involves tubing that goes from the ventricle to a valve above the ear and then along the neck and chest and into the abdomen. This tubing curls in the abdomen and drains the brain fluid there. Obstruction can occur anywhere along this route. The obstruction may be intermittent. X-rays can look at the tubing, and taping the valve can be sure it is working. Get a thorough checkup. ...Read more
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