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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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 safe to sleep on my belly while pregnant?

Is it safe to sleep on my belly while pregnant?

Sure: Sure, as long as you are comfortable. There will come a time when this will not work for you , so enjoy it now. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep on my back in pregnancy?

Is it safe to sleep on my back in pregnancy?

Sleep apnea: If you are a snorer and have gained a lot of weight with your pregnancy you may develop sleep apnea which may increase the risk of complications for you and your baby. Watch for that and inquire about it. Supine sleep may make any reflux symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Is it not safe to sleep on your back while pregnant? I'm 30 weeks!

Is it not safe to sleep on your back while pregnant? I'm 30 weeks!

Puts pressure: Sleeping on your back drops the weight of your baby right on your aorta, which can lead to decreased blood flow to the lower part of your body, including the uterus. Best is for you to tip even so slightly to the left side, which shifts the weight of the baby off that main blood supply. You can also actually sleep on your side, placing a pillow between your legs to reduce stress on your back. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep on my back at 17 weeks pregnant?

Is it safe to sleep on my back at 17 weeks pregnant?

Yes: This early in the pregnancy sleeping on your back is not an issue. This idea comes from patients in labor. When people are in labor and the fetal heart rate goes down wwe can move you to your side to increase blood flow to the placenta and baby. At 17 weeks it is not an issue. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Not necessarily: But it may be more comfortable for you and facilitate blood flow toward fetus if you lie on your side as pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

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When your pregnant is it safe to sleep on your sides.?

When your pregnant is it safe to sleep on your sides.?

It's best: It's better to sleep on your side than your back during pregnancy. Sleeping on your side lets more blood get to your baby, especially later in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while i'm pregnant?

Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while i'm pregnant?

Yes: If your are comfortable doing that. It may become impractical later in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to masterbate while on your period?

Is it safe to masterbate while on your period?

Yes.: It should be safe, as far as one maintains hygeine, safe methods and equipment to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go on a boat while pregnant?

Is it safe to go on a boat while pregnant?

Yes: Boats are safe if you take precautions. Be sure to wear a life preserver while you are the boat and stay safe. You may have more motion sickness while pregnant but it is okay to take dramamine (dimenhydrinate) or use an accupressure band for the nausea. ...Read more

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Is it safe to go on water slides while pregnant?

Pregnancy and Water: I have not seen any risk from water slides except the risk of injury from taking chances. This would apply even if you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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While pregnant when is it unsafe to lay on your stomach?

While pregnant when is it unsafe to lay on your stomach?

You will feel it: As the baby grows and enlarges the uterus, this can press on the vena cava (large vein returning blood from your legs to you heart), thus reduces this flow. Laying on your back causes this problem and you will feel it--uncomfortable, and better when you are on either side. So, if you worry about it, then lay/sleep on your side to rests/sleep which you will need it. Congrats and good luck. ...Read more

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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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Is it okay to lay on my stomach while pregnant?

Is it okay to lay on my stomach while pregnant?

Not recommended: Most doctors will tell you to try to lay on your side if at all possible while pregnant... especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Stay safe and congratulations! ...Read more

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