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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


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Is it normal to have your hands be shakey during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have your hands be shakey during pregnancy?

Very uncommon: It is not common for your hands to be "shaky" during pregnancy. If you are having tremors see your ob-gyn for further work up. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swelling in left hand during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have swelling in left hand during pregnancy?

No: Usually in pregnancy both hands swell and not just one side. Talk to your OB MD about this problem, and he/she may search for a cause. ...Read more

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Is severely itchy skin, especially hands and feet during the night with no rash a normal sign in late pregnancy?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Why might someone have a recurring rash on the top of their hands during pregnancy?

Why might someone have a recurring rash on the top of their hands during pregnancy?

See ob: There are many different rashes during pregnancy. Some of them indicate you have other more dangerous diseases. Please discuss with your obgyn asap ...Read more

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How to tell why I have a recurring rash on the top of my hands during pregnancy?

How to tell why I have a recurring rash on the top of my hands during pregnancy?

Recurring Rash: If your rash is recurrent or chronic it's time to visit a dermatologist. Only a careful medical history and an in-person examination with appropriate follow-up is likely to give you an answer. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a "pins and needles" feeling in my hands during pregnancy?

Should I be concerned about a "pins and needles" feeling in my hands during pregnancy?

No: Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common due to the swelling of the hands during pregnancy. The nerve compression is what gives you that feeling. It's annoying but will resolve sometime after the baby is born. Severe numbness or loss of function may indicate that the nerves are suffering damage and may require "release" which is a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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Medication for cramps experienced during pregnancy on the hands and limbs?

Medication for cramps experienced during pregnancy on the hands and limbs?

Cramps: Frequent muscle cramping can occur from deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, sodium or potassium. Remedies commonly used are taking magnesium and correcting deficiencies of the other conditions. However you should not take anything without checking with your obstetrician who may order blood tests to investigate your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I avoid swelling in my hands and feet during pregnancy?

How can I avoid swelling in my hands and feet during pregnancy?

Water, exercise: Swelling in pregnancy is pretty hard to avoid. The increased blood volume and lower blood pressure dilate the distal vessels and they become "leaky". Keeping your blood moving via exercise, drinking lots of water and periodically elevating your hands and feet will help. ...Read more

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During 22 week pregnancy, whole body swelling, especially feet and hands, what to do? And is there any safe diuretics during preg?

During 22 week pregnancy, whole body swelling, especially feet and hands, what to do? And is there any safe diuretics during preg?

See your OB: Swelling of feet and hands can be normal or a sign of preeclampsia or eclampsia, please see your OB to check your urine for the presence of protein and to check and monitor your blood pressure. ...Read more

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When should I worry about swelling during pregnancy? My hands and feet are already swelling. This didn't start until 7 months with my other son.

When should I worry about swelling during pregnancy? My hands and feet are already swelling. This didn't start until 7 months with my other son.

Pregnant now?: If you aren't pregnant, just note if the swelling is gone in the morning but recurs by afternoon/evening, especially if you are on your feet all day. Also, check your blood pressure frequently. If still a problem after a few days, see your doctor.
Same applies if pregnant, just make sure you get to your doctor soon, and check blood pressure twice daily. If >140/90, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Muscle aches in my back, hips, legs and hands in 23 weeks pregnancy is this normal?

Muscle aches in my back, hips, legs and hands in 23 weeks pregnancy is this normal?

Yes. Maybe.: Back pain, joint pain, thigh and calf pain are common. You can have pain from swelling of the hands - carpal tunnel like. Make sure your doctor follows you blood pressures. ...Read more

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I had a C-section 3 months a go. Since then (never during pregnancy) having slight tingling and numbness in both hands. Worst in cold?

Vascular problem: Normally numbness during or following pregnancy is related to water retention and pressure building within the carpal tunnel causing carpal tunnel syndrome. However, sometime a vascular problem know as raynauds disease, which is a vasospasm triggered by cold temperatures can cause blanching of a digit associated with numbness and pain. A good exam and an EMG study will help provide an answer. ...Read more

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What to do for raised red itchy bumps on hands and fingers during pregnancy?

What to do for raised red itchy bumps on hands and fingers during pregnancy?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Is using hand sanitizer (with the active ingredient Ethyl Alcohol 70%) harmful during the pregnancy?

Is using hand sanitizer (with the active ingredient Ethyl Alcohol 70%) harmful during the pregnancy?

Not really: A general rule for pregnancy: lotions/creams/cleaners you use on your skin surface will not be absorbed in enough quantity to be detectable in the blood. They are thus considered safe during pregnancy and or breast feeding. ...Read more

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Sex during ovulation with condom but he didn't cum, finished him off with hands while he fingered me then I rubbed my clit - pregnancy chances?

Sex during ovulation with condom but he didn't cum, finished him off with hands while he fingered me then I rubbed my clit - pregnancy chances?

Low: Minimal to negligible chances: pregnancy is usually only possible with penile penetration and ejaculation inside your vagina. Condoms are not foolproof. Consider condoms PLUS spermicidal foam, jelly, vaginal inserts or BC pills. ...Read more

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Is the use of a hand held sports vibrating percussion massager safe to use on back during pregnancy? My wife is currently only 7 weeks pregnant.

Best avoided: It may be safe, but probably better to avoid it. It's almost impossible to do studies of these sort of things. I doubt it would strike hard enough to do damage, but it's never a good idea to subject a pregnant woman to too many vibrations or hard knocks, due to a very small chance of tearing the placenta. Odds are, she would be fine, but why take unnecessary risks? ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks pregnant. Sudden swelling of feet and hands. Bp is 128/86. All normal pregnancy symptoms at this stage?

I am 36 weeks pregnant. Sudden swelling of feet and hands. Bp is 128/86. All normal pregnancy symptoms at this stage?

More than likely: More than likely swelling of feet and hands is a normal sign of the third trimester. However, if you develop a severe headache, severe pain in your right upper abdomen, or start having spots in your vision that are new, you should immediately be seen by your obgyn. ...Read more

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Whole body swelling especially hands, face, feet, during week 22 pregnancy, bp is 115/70, no proteins in urine, urine pH is 7, why swelling? Any diuretic?

Whole body swelling especially hands, face, feet, during week 22 pregnancy, bp is 115/70, no proteins in urine, urine pH is 7, why swelling? Any diuretic?

Edema in pregnancy: Following your last question, if your swelling is not acute in onset it may just be a normal process in pregnancy, there are a few things you can do to reduce it: avoid caffeine, limit salt intake, rest with your legs elevated, use support stockings, avoid being outdoors when it's hot, consume potassium containing foods like banana and orange. Good luck ...Read more

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Shaking Hands Or Tremor (Definition)

Shaky hands is a symptom in a person's hand or hands has a tremor (shakiness or small back and forth movements). Shakiness can be present at rest, all the time, or only when the person is trying to use his hands. Causes include, brain problems, nerve problems, muscle problems, medicine effects, drug abuse, etc. ...Read more