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Is It Safe To Do Pilates While Pregnant
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
I am pregnant, and as spring approaches, i’m not sure how to best manage my allergies. What’s safe to take?
Claritin (loratadine) or Zyrtec : Over the counter medications like claritin, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) zyrtec and allergra are safe to use in pregnancy. The mucous lining of the nose can be swollen in pregnancy which can make allergy symptoms worse. Otc nose sprays are also safe to use. There are a variety of prescription medications available as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I know it's not safe to take Excedrin while pregnant but everyone tells me diff reasons why .. What is the exact reason(s) why it's bad for baby!?
Excedrin: Excedrin Migraine, which is the same as regular Excedrin, contains three ingredients. One is Tylenol (acetaminophen), which is safe to take during pregnancy. The second is aspirin, which is not recommended during pregnancy. The third is caffeine, and Excedrin has about the same caffeine as a cup of coffee can have at its weakest. Aspirin interferes with your blood's clotting action. As a result, taking aspirin during pregnancy — especially after 32 weeks — can contribute to maternal and fetal bleeding. Aspirin and ibuprofen can also cause the premature closure of a vessel in a baby's heart, which can lead to high blood pressure in the baby's lungs (pulmonary hypertension), and prolong labor. ...Read more
Why do people in the U.S. need medicine to have a safe pregnancy/delivery when women in other countries can do it without any doctors or medicine at all?
Can be done, but...: 100 years ago, 1 in 4 women in the USA died in Childbirth. Now, the rate is .28 per 1000. This is due mostly to the availability of doctors, blood, antibiotics and c/sections. Its true that women in, say, Sierra Leone, frequently give birth without medicine or doctors but the maternal mortality rate is 40 times higher (11 per 1,000 women). It can (and is) being done but carries some risk. ...Read more
Let's get it on!: The short answer is yes. Pregnancy is not a disease process but a natural part of life. There are a few reasons not to have sex when your pregnant: dealing with preterm labor, you have a cerclage, diagnosis of placenta previa, or undiagnosed bleeding during pregnancy. But in general sex is safe during pregnancy. You probably will be the most comfortable after the dfirst trimester is over. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
LED light therapy: Looked this up. Idea behind this product is that blue LED light (along with heat/vibration to "open pores") is toxic to bacteria and the red LED light is supposed to generate reactive oxygen species. According to a published study, this has the effect of removing old collagen making way for new. The science is not validated and controlled studies for safety in pregnancy not done. I suspect is safe ...Read more
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