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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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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 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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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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Im 2months pregnant is it safe to sleep on my stomach?

Im 2months pregnant is it safe to sleep on my stomach?

Ok for now: It's ok for now. But as the uterus grows, you will not be able to. You should probably start getting in the habit of sleeping on your side. Prop a pillow (or your partner) in front of you to keep from rolling forward. ...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

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How dangerous is sleeping on my back while pregnant?

How dangerous is sleeping on my back while pregnant?

More uncomfortable : Sleeping on your back during pregnancy can be very uncomfortable later in pregnancy as the uterus and baby can occlude the vena cava (a large blood vessel in front of the spine) and impede blood return to your heart. ...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 sleep and or lay on my back at 18 weeks pregnant? Can I also sleep on my right side?

Yes: You don't have to worry about positional sleep habits until later in the pregnancy. Right now the uterus isn't big enough to cause compression. Later in the pregnancy, say, after 28 weeks or so, best to try to lie on your right side. Having said that, many mommies have accidentally fallen asleep on their backs late in pregnancy with no harm to their babies and only some swelling in their legs. ...Read more

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Im 14weeks3days pregnant and I prefer to sleep on my back, is it still okay? when does it become dangerous?

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Im 14weeks3days pregnant and I prefer to sleep on my back, is it still okay? when does it become dangerous?

It is never: really dangerous, however sleeping on your back late in pregnancy when your uterus is large can put pressure on your Superior Vena Cava, causing you to have shortness of breath. If this starts to happen, lay on your left side, which will shift your uterus, and solve the problem. Hope this helps! ...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 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 dangerous for me to sleep on my stomach during pregnancy?

Hard to hurt baby: During the first trimester, it's not dangerous. As you enter 2nd and 3rd trimesters, you won't want to sleep on your stomach given it's size. Many women find it helpful to have multiple pillows positioned strategically around their body, or a pregnancy pillow, to help get comfortable. ...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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Im 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?

Im 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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My wife is pregnant and her fingers keep falling asleep. What is a good remedy to help her get sensation back?

My wife is pregnant and her fingers keep falling asleep. What is a good remedy to help her get sensation back?

Wrist splints: Some pregnant women develop numbness and tingling in their fingers akin to that what folks can get from repetitive use. Try sleeping with a carpal tunnel wrist splint and see if symptoms improve. ...Read more

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I'm 13 weeks pregnant. I fell asleep on my iPhone last night and now my back is a little red. Should I be worried? Don't know how it happened! FTM.

I'm 13 weeks pregnant. I fell asleep on my iPhone last night and now my back is a little red. Should I be worried? Don't know how it happened! FTM.

Low level radiation: The redness is likely due to the very low levels of radiation that the cellphone signal emitted that was trapped against your back. It should not affect your pregnancy, but cell phones should be placed on a nightstand at night and not a pillow or gown pocket. If the redness continues past 24 hours notify your treating OB MD. ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant. I can't fall asleep till 3, 4, 5 am. Than wake up between 8am-12pm than try to fall back asleep. I get up at 3 pm everyday. Help!

I'm 8 weeks pregnant. I can't fall asleep till 3, 4, 5 am. Than wake up between 8am-12pm than try to fall back asleep. I get up at 3 pm everyday. Help!

Delayed sleep: You seem to be sleeping enough, but at the wrong time. You need to restrict your sleep, so you can sleep at night. Try not to sleep after 12 noon, use any tool you can to stay awake, then try to sleep closer to midnight. It is very hard to sleep after 2 am. If you snore, you need to be checked for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks prengant and smoke a tiny bit of weed each night to help me sleep. when should i stop smoking to be safe it doesnt show up in a drug tes?

Stop now!!: Really? You are more concerned about failing a drug test then failing to deliver a healthy baby? Marijuana contains THC which is harmful to the fetus in addition to the impairment of your lung capacity to exchange oxygen to the fetus. The fetus may permanently sleep if this use continues. so stop now! ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks pregnant. I used a heating pad on high setting on my back and fell asleep. I woke up hot a few hours later. Did I cause any harm to baby?

I am 36 weeks pregnant. I used a heating pad on high setting on my back and fell asleep. I woke up hot a few hours later. Did I cause any harm to baby?

Probably ok: The back is dense with muscles. The heat should of dissipated and would not have hurt your baby. Burning your skin however is my biggest concern for you in this situation. Be careful. Good luck with your labor and delivery. ...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'm 5 weeks pregnant. Why is it harder for me to breathe? Also, I have lower back aches and my legs & feet keep falling asleep. Is this normal ?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant. Why is it harder for me to breathe? Also, I have lower back aches and my legs & feet keep falling asleep. Is this normal ?

See below: As uterus/womb enlarges, it presses upward on diaphragm & essentially limits lung volume & diaphragm's excursion. Larger uterus shifts center of gravity forward, increasing lumbar lordosis (curve) & strain on lower back muscles. Spinal nerves may be compressed, causing numbness/tingling in lower extremities. ...Read more

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I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

No: Cell phone radiation isn't the kind that causes tumors. All the good studies show no effect, and in the big one, there were more tumors on the opposite side. The united nations has to appease militants, so the world health organization hasn't declared the matter settled. Congratulations on your pregnancy and best wishes. ...Read more

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8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

Its ok: Cats are usually the ones that give problems to preg women, espec. Cleaning the litter boxes and transmission of toxoplasmosis. Dogs are probably ok. ...Read more

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I am 12 weeks preganant and i have trouble sleeping last night i took 2 25 mg of unisom is it ok to take 50 mg?

I am 12 weeks preganant and i have trouble sleeping last night i took 2 25 mg of unisom is it ok to take 50 mg?

Stick with 25 mg: The dosage in pregnancy is 25 mg. This medication is used for both insomnia and nausea in pregnancy. The dosage is considered 20-25 mg. I would not do 50 mg unless recommended by your doctor ...Read more

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I'm 5 weeks preganant, i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to help me sleep. With this hurt the baby at all?

I'm 5 weeks preganant, i take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to help me sleep. With this hurt the baby at all?

Other options:: 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. 4. Use bedroom only for sleep ; sex. Put work materials, computers, ; tvs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hrs. ...Read more

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What can I take for a really bad cough i've had for about a week now? I'm seven weeks pregnet it's keeping from sleeping!

OTC medication: Any of the over the counter cough drops will be ok. If you have a sinus infection with drainage, you can try non-prescription decongestants, mucolytics, and cough suppressants as needed for your symptoms. There are very effective prescription cough suppressants that are safe during pregnancy - you doctor can prescribe as appropriate. ...Read more

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Today i found out i was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when i'm asleep. Will i be okay through my pregnancy?

Today i found out i was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when i'm asleep. Will i be okay through my pregnancy?

Please consult ASAP: With your cardiologist, he will need to follow you throughout the pregnancy and can give you his opinion, the cardiologist will need to work closely with your OB and a perinatologist and you may be better served delivering at a university medical center, for example, if you were in my area would refer u to the univ of miaim. ...Read more

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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