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Doctor insights on: Is It True That Women Have Bigger Babies In Subsequent Pregnancies

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Absolutely.: Optimal weight for height, fitness, cessation of cigarette smoking/drug/alcohol use, control of any chronic health conditions (e.g. Hypertension, ibd, diabetes mellitus, lupus, thyroid disorders, anemia, etc) and Folic Acid supplementation (1-5 mg daily throughout reproductive life) can all dramatically improve your chance to achieve a minimal risk for perinatal mortality. ...Read more

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Is it true that palmatic acid or palm oil turn into soap in the digestive tract of babies? Is it OK to eat palm oil during pregnancy?

Is it true that palmatic acid or palm oil turn into soap in the digestive tract of babies?  Is it OK to eat  palm oil during pregnancy?

Palm oil : Palm oil got its bad reputation as a highly saturated fat and should be eaten only in moderation at any time, not just during pregnancy. It will not turn into soap in the digestive tracts of infants. It is an oil that is used for making soap, so I guess that is where this rumour was started. ...Read more

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In the 1960s, many women who took a tranquilizer called thalidomide early in pregnancy gave birth to babies with phocomelia. So how are vaccines any different now since they haven't been tested on pregnant women?

In the 1960s, many women who took a tranquilizer called thalidomide early in pregnancy gave birth to babies with phocomelia. So how are vaccines any different now since they haven't been tested on pregnant women?

Drugs in pregnancy: A drug is different than a vaccine. A drug acts on receptors to cause an effect. A vaccine is an antigen or a altered virus which is designed to cause the immune system to make antibodies and protect the body from disease. Testing of drugs and vaccines has changed greatly from the fifties when thalidomide was originally tested. Vaccines are known to be safe for pregnant women even with no testing. ...Read more

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Friend used ecstasy before realizing she was pregnant . What are latest findings re ecstasy use in early pregnancy on babies?

Friend used ecstasy before realizing she was pregnant . What are latest findings re ecstasy use in early pregnancy on babies?

Ecstasy in pregnancy: Hopefully your friend has not done any damage to her fetus if she stopped its use early. She should discuss the problem with her obstetrician. ...Read more

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I am 40 years old expecting my fifth baby all four babies delivered normally ihave 23 wksof pregnancy my baby position is not ideal it is vertical ?

I am 40 years old expecting  my fifth baby all four babies delivered normally ihave 23 wksof pregnancy  my baby position is not ideal it is vertical ?

Confusing question: Babies are usually carried in a vertical position. Do you mean bottom first ? If so there is a chance that surgical delivery would be safer for a big baby. Yet you do have quite a while for baby to turn head down. ...Read more

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Hi I have had 2 babies in the space of a year and in the pregnancy my platlets kept going down & now there still going up and down what could cause it?

Hi I have had 2 babies in the space of a year and in the pregnancy my platlets kept going down & now there still going up and down what could cause it?

See hematologist: You should see a hematologist for further evaluation. There are many causes of thrombocytopenia- or low platelets. See a hematologist for a careful history and examination. You could have an autoimmune condition called immune thrombocytopenic purpura- however, other causes have to be ruled out as well that would include pregnancy related thrombocytopenia, vitamin deficiency, other things. See md. ...Read more

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