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Is It Safe To Travel To A High Altitude While Pregnant
Yes: There are millions of people who live in high altitude areas of the world who are pregnant and do just fine. If you are not used to it you may be more prone to altitude sickness and feeling of shortness of breath though. For prolonged sitting during travel make sure you get up and walk every few hours to prevent blood clots. Support stockings on your feet prevent some swelling too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more
Yes: It is safe to travel to high altitude areas but you may experience shortness of breath faster than you would at home because of the lower oxygen levels. Pregnancy women who live in high altitude areas permanently actually experience different fetal growth curves but for a short vacation this is fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Travel to high altitude (above 8000 ft / 2400 m) can be very stressful on both parents and babies. Babies have a limited ability to communicate if they are having difficulty at high altitude. Older children and adults are fatigued, have nausea & headache, and are short of breath. Waiting until the child is able to talk makes monitoring for altitude sickness symptoms easier. Symptoms mean descend. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How safe is it for someone who had been smoking for 27 yrs to move to a high altitude city of 5000 or 6000 ft elevation ?
Is it safe to take a healthy 7 month old baby to high altitude, specifically Cusco, Peru (11,000 ft.)?
Safe?: Possible, but why take the chance!Get a more detailed answer ›
2 yr old w/ history of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), recently d/c supplemental O2. Is it safe to travel to high altitudes?
Many changes: 1. You breath faster to compensate for the thinned density of oxygen. 2 body makes more oxygen carrying red cells at altitude 3. Kidneys put out more bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to keep your acid base state adjusted. Your rapid breathing blows off carbon dioxide and your kidneys adjust for this change but it takes a few days to body to alter. There are medicines to speed this acclimatization. ...Read more
Not well studied: Very likely. The particular risks for children to high altitude have not been thoroughly studied. Children born ; living at altitude to have normal risk for high altitude pulmonary edema but there may be some increased risk for this condition if a child then travels down to lowland ; then re-enters high altitude. Very small older studies are suggestive but reasons are not clear.New info pending. ...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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