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Is It Safe To Drink Cranberry Juice During Pregnancy
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) has been used as both a food and a medicine for centuries. It is native to North America and was used by Native Americans to treat bladder and kidney diseases. Early settlers from England learned to use the berry both raw and cooked for many ailments, including appetite loss, stomach problems, blood disorders, and scurvy, caused by not getting enough vitamin C. Cranberry is best known for preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs), commonly caused by bacteria known as Escherichia coli (E. coli). At first, scientists thought cranberry worked by making urine acidic enough to kill the bacteria. Now, studies show that cranberry actually prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. Strong scientific studies support using cranberry, either in capsules or as juice, for preventing -- though ...Read more
Depends: If you are constipated, it should help you have a bowel movement. If you have too many bowel movements, that may not be so great. So, depends what you are using it for? As with anything, less is more. So if you don't need to use it, then not to worry. If you do, then proceed using a little to see it's effects on you. One good thing is that is is a natural food. Just don't overdo! ...Read more
Yes: A recent study showed that consuming more than 200mg of caffeine per day (one 12 oz cup of coffee) was associated with a higher risk of miscarriage but that there was no difference in miscarriage rates in women who drank 1 cup per day. Switching to decaf or cutting back on caffeine is best during pregnancy but moderate consumption is generally safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lemon juice claims: Lemons are rumored to prevent your period, induce your period, slow your period, stop your period ; lighten your period. I have not found any studies to support these claims. If anyone has seen scientific literature to the contrary – i would be interested. ...Read more
Avoid: Plain Guaifenesin, the active ingredient in Mucinex (guaifenesin) and Robitussin, is pregnancy Class C. That means it has not been formally tested on humans but has had some adverse effect on animals during testing. There is very little that is considered really safe in pregnancy. If sick, rest, drink plenty of water, and eat as well as possible. Not much different advice from the rest of the pregnancy. ...Read more
What sort of tea: Most teas and milk should be fine during pregnancy, although you should avoid drinking large amounts of caffeinated beverages because of known and possible effects. Also, there may be herbs which might affect your pregnancy. The best answer is to speak to your ob/gyn or midwife. ...Read more
Yes, but why: Pedialyte is a safe electrolyte solution that can be consumed during pregnancy with no fetal risk. But why ask? The product is made to use in infants as a fluid supplement during vomiting & diarrhea. Adults can easily get by on less expensive products like gateraid diluted to half strength if they need such help. ...Read more
Rose water: is a flavored water made by steeping rose petals in water. It has many purported cosmetic, medicinal and spiritual purposes none of which are scientifically documented. But it also appears to be harmless as long as it is kept properly and not contaminated. There is no reason to think it would be any safer or harmful for a woman who is pregnant. Stay well:) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As long as: U are not diabetic and in moderation, and as long as your wt gain is not excessive but you should ask your OB to make sure it is ok with your ob. ...Read more
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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