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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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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I'm 17 weeks pregnant with triplets and go to sleep on my sides but often times wake up on my back and my arms are asleep. Is it affecting the babies?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant with triplets and go to sleep on my sides but often times wake up on my back and my arms are asleep. Is it affecting the babies?

No: Try to sleep on your left side, it will keep pressure off your aorta and provide better blood supply to the babies. All the best and I hope all goes well. ...Read more

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I am 17 weeks pregnancy, I have been going to pee at late nights now suddenly I don't pee in the night. Is this normal?

I am 17 weeks pregnancy, I have been going to pee at late nights now suddenly I don't pee in the night. Is this normal?

Yes: As the uterus moves up with the growing baby, and not press on your urinary bladder as it used to in early pregnancy. You may experience urgency again in late pregnancy when the head of the baby comes down in the pelvis and presses on the bladder, wish you a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to lie flat on your back when 17 weeks preg? I mostly sleep on my side but I do sleep on my back a lot too.

Is it dangerous to lie flat on your back when 17 weeks preg? I mostly sleep on my side but I do sleep on my back a lot too.

Not dangerous: Ideally, you would not lie directly on your back. This can lead to a drop in your blood pressure that you will notice because you will get light-headed and dizzy. If you do find yourself on your back, re-tilt and do not worry. ...Read more

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17 weeks pregnant is it safe to go kart race?

17 weeks pregnant is it safe to go kart race?

No: As a new Mom to be, it is imperative to remember that you house a budding new human being and putting that human being at risk for injury is unwise. As OB MD;s, we even strongly advise pregnant women to wear seat belt restraints in their personal vehicles to avoid injury to a fetus, and go karts do not have any restraints in case of accidents. ...Read more

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Can I eat tuna? I'm 17 weeks pregnant. Also what type of sea food is safe to eat?

Can I eat tuna? I'm 17 weeks pregnant. Also what type of sea food is safe to eat?

Check with your doct: Don't eat shark, swordfish, and. Don't eat much of fish that someone caught, and do not eat king mackerel. Tuna and all of purchased fish are safe for the pregnancy. keep in contact with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 17 weeks pregnant, vomits several times daily for past 5 days pharm gave motilium-m 10mg. I took 1 tablet seems that it’s not safe. Can I lose my baby?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant, vomits several times daily for past 5 days pharm gave motilium-m 10mg. I took 1 tablet seems that it’s not safe. Can I lose my baby?

See OB: If you have protracted vomiting you may need to go see your dr and be admitted for IV hydration and control of vomiting. Hyperemesis gravidarum in pregnancy can cause you to be at risk with your baby if not treated. ...Read more

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How accurate is a blood pregnancy test at Possible 17 weeks? Came back negative.

How accurate is a blood pregnancy test at Possible 17 weeks? Came back negative.

Accurate: A blood level of HCG would be definitively positive at 17 weeks of pregnancy. If you have doubt about the veracity of the result you may get it repeated with a new specimen. ...Read more

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I have tingling on the left side of my head about half way back. I am also 17 weeks pregnant.

I have tingling on the left side of my head about half way back. I am also 17 weeks pregnant.

Be checked: To make sure you don't have any complications related to your pregnancy. You should have your blood pressure and your urine checked as well as a good physical exam. It may turn out to be not serious but you should be examined. All the best. ...Read more

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I have very bad back pain when 17 weeks pregnant?

I have very bad back pain when 17 weeks pregnant?

Osteopathic Exam/Tx: In pregnancy, back pain is frequently musculoskeletal due to growing fetus, stretching ligaments, & uterus displacing ribs. I see this commonly in my practice. Can't take meds, so a good osteopathic hands-on exam & gentle manipulation may relieve the pain without endangering baby. It's gotten my daughter through 1 pregnancy & now through a second. :) ...Read more

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Is it actually safe for a women who is 17 weeks pregnant to get novacaine at the dentist?

Is it actually safe for a women who is 17 weeks pregnant to get novacaine at the dentist?

Yes: Yes, dental anesthetics are generally safe to use once you are in your second trimester. You want to avoid any dental work unless it is absolutely necessary in the first trimester. It is also best to get a consult from your obgyn about the dental anesthetics they might want avoided as some anesthetic contains Epinephrine which may need to be avoided in things like high risk pregnancies. ...Read more

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I'm 17 weeks pregnant. I'm not gonna go into details but I need to know how to make myself have a miscarriage. Is there any safe ways?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant. I'm not gonna go into details but I need to know how to make myself have a miscarriage. Is there any safe ways?

No: No there is no safe home abortion, especially after pregnancy reaches 17 weeks. First see your doctor. It can be dangerous and deadly for you to attempt anything without physician supervision. ...Read more

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I'm 17 weeks pregnant and was woken up several times by sharp pain in my left lower to mid back that comes and goes. What should I do?

I'm 17 weeks pregnant and was woken up several times by sharp pain in my left lower to mid back that comes and goes. What should I do?

Musculoskeletal: Most sudden sharp pains as you describe are caused by spasm of muscles and ligaments, especially ones that support the uterus which is now enlarging at 17 weeks. You may have turned in your sleep and tweaked these muscles, causing the pain. Try side sleep on left side with pillow support between your knees - this gives uterus support while optimizing blood flow to baby. If not helpful, see OB. ...Read more

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I am currently 17 weeks & 5 days pregnant I was wondering if it was bad for my baby for a chiropractor to pop my back. My lower back is in pain?

I am currently 17 weeks & 5 days pregnant I was wondering if it was bad for my baby for a chiropractor to pop my back. My lower back is in pain?

No: There are chiropractors who specialize in pregnancy and they can be very helpful with women in pregnancy. Pregnancy puts a lot of strain on the back and musculature. A chiropractor can definitely help and they are safe if trained in working with pregnant women. ...Read more

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Removed IUD july taken nine pregnancy tests all came back positive but I don't feel baby move, I should be 17 weeks by calculations, am I pregnant?

Yes!: I'd go with all those + be pregnancy tests. Scoot on down to see OB for doppler. I'll bet you can hear your baby even if you can't feel it yet. ...Read more

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Iam pregnant I had bleeding on my 11th week and passed a clot bleeding stopped after 9 hours, now 17 weeks, is my baby safe now? Miscarriage possibility?

Iam pregnant I had bleeding on my 11th week and passed a clot bleeding stopped after 9 hours, now 17 weeks, is my baby safe now? Miscarriage possibility?

Get checked.: The best thing to do is be seen by your OB if there is bleeding. You can get reassurance with an ultrasound or by hearing the babies heartbeat with an instrument called a doppler. Also, it is important to make sure she has her blood type checked so she knows if she needs protection against isoimmunization (a disease of blood type miss-match that can cause problems in future pregnancies). ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnate can I sleep/ lay on my back?

Family practice: You should be able to sleep on your back if you sleep better that way. It shouldn't cause harm to the baby. ...Read more

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I'm 35 weeks pregnact and I just can't go to sleep I been awake since 3 & its 5 already I have a little pain in my back also?

I'm 35 weeks pregnact and I just can't go to sleep I been awake since 3 & its 5 already I have a little pain in my back also?

Several things: First if the pain is new, talk to your doctor to be sure everything is ok. If it is just pressure from. The baby, try a comfortable body pillow to rest against, posture with one bent knee slightly on your side. Also a pregnancy girdle at this point might help relive some of the lower pressure. ...Read more

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Safe to travel to a mexico 4-star resort when pregnant in 2nd trimester? What precautions should I take?

Safe to travel to a mexico 4-star resort when pregnant in 2nd trimester? What precautions should I take?

Don't drink water: Be sure not to drink the water or use ice. It is ok to travel in a low risk pregnancy up to 35 weeks gestation. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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