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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Travel To A High Altitude While Pregnant

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Is it safe to travel to a high altitude while pregnant?

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 more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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High Altitude (Definition)

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


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Is it safe to travel to high altitudes if i'm pregnant?

Is it safe to travel to high altitudes if i'm pregnant?

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 more

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Is it safe to bring my baby into a high altitude?

Is it safe to bring my baby into a high altitude?

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 more

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2 yr old w/ history of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), recently d/c supplemental O2. Is it safe to travel to high altitudes?

2 yr old w/ history of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), recently d/c supplemental O2. Is it safe to travel to high altitudes?

Keep the oxygen: How high are you going? Whether to bring the oxygen is a question for the pulmonoogist. These kids are in some danger both from hypoxia and from blood vessels in lungs constructing at lower oxygen tensions. ...Read more

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How does the body acclimate itself to high altitude?

How does the body acclimate itself to high altitude?

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

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If my baby was born in high altitude are they used to it?

If my baby was born in high altitude are they used to it?

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

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Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

They should work: There is no reason that the effectiveness of a cortisone injection should be affected by altitude. At least none that i can imagine. ...Read more

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Can't sleep, high altitude, really restless what do I do?

Can't sleep, high altitude, really restless what do I do?

Routine + melatonin: Many things like anxiety and change in environment can affect sleep. Try melatonin 3-6mg 1 hour before bedtime. Here are some more helpful hints! http://doccarnahan.Blogspot.Com/2011/02/sleep-like-baby-dr-jills-twelve-tips-to.Html. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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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