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Is it ok to sleep on my back in late pregnancy?

Is it ok to sleep on my back in late pregnancy?

No: It is best not to sleep on your back. Tilted to one side or the other is best, usually propped with a pillow or beach towel folded lengthwise a couple times. The "lazy-boy" position is also ok when it is hard to get comfortable in bed. These positions help with better blood flow to the uterus and also with swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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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Period is 21 days late, pregnancy test came back negative. I haven't been stressed lately. What could this be?

Period is 21 days late, pregnancy test came back negative. I haven't been stressed lately. What could this be?

Various causes: There are several possible causes of skipped periods besides stress and pregnancy. Thyroid disorder and elevations in prolactin hormone can both cause it. Also medications, eating disorders, excessive exercise, a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome and a few rarer things. Evaluation by a doctor is a good idea if the period continued to be late another 1-2 months. ...Read more

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My period always comes on time. Im 17 days late. Pregnancy symptoms but 3 tests came back negative. Help! i don't know what to do?

My period always comes on time.  Im 17 days late.  Pregnancy symptoms but 3 tests came back negative.  Help!  i don't know what to do?

Missed Periods: You go about your life. There are other common reasons for missed periods including the extremes: extreme exercise, extreme dieting, extreme stress, obesity, etc. If the period do not start the second month and pregnancy is not likely then you will need testing and examination with your family physician. ...Read more

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Last period 3/25/13, was supposed to start cycle 4/21/13. My cycle is 3 days late. Pregnancy test today came back negative. Could i be pregnant?

Last period 3/25/13, was supposed to start cycle 4/21/13. My cycle is 3 days late. Pregnancy test today came back negative. Could i be pregnant?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctor's office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed in late pregnancy?

Is it normal to bleed in late pregnancy?

Sometimes: Occasional spotting and light bleeding is common during pregnancy. Most of the time it does not indicate any particular problem. If you are concerned you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Mucous plug?: Many patients will describe their mucous plug as jelly like. Many times you will loose your before contractions start, but you can't predict labor based on it. ...Read more

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How can I sleep more comfortably in late pregnancy?

How can I sleep more comfortably in late pregnancy?

Sleep on side: It can be very difficult to find the right position, and it may change depending on the baby's position and activity. Many find it comfortable to be on the side with a pillow between the knees. Often with the knees drawn slightly up towards the chest. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I cut down on bathroom trips in late pregnancy?

How can I cut down on bathroom trips in late pregnancy?

Pregnancy, Peeing: Hello, congratulations on your pregnancy. With the growing baby in the pelvis the relentless and increasing pressure on the bladder inevitably creates less bladder capacity and therefore the need for more frequent voiding. Consider it a normal thing that is a universal experience among expecting mothers. Best of luck dan downey M.D. Downey plastic surgery www.Dr-downey.Com. ...Read more

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How would one do the heimlich on a late-pregnancy female?

How would one do the heimlich on a late-pregnancy female?

Above uterus: Careful compression of the upper abdomen (above the top of the uterus) of the pregnant woman can help dislodge foreign bodies from the upper maternal airway near term. See attached illustration for visualization (an image is worth more than a thousand words). ...Read more

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2weeks late pregnancy test are positive, but husband doesn't believe it.

2weeks late pregnancy test are positive, but husband doesn't believe it.

What are you asking?: There's no understanding what people do, think, or say. Don't argue. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Often feelings make us unable to accept the obvious. I trust your husband will come around and be as pleased as I hope you are. Best wishes to all three of you. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more