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Rapid weight gain during early pregnancy?

Rapid weight gain during early pregnancy?

D/w ob-gyn: You should d/w your ob-gyn what is appropriate wt gain for you. Women who are thinner to begin with are expected to gain more wt than women who are overweight or obese when they become pregnant. ...Read more

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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Do women gain weight during ovulation?

Do women gain weight during ovulation?

No: No evidence that weight gain takes place during ovulation. Possible temporary increase of 1-2lbs due to water retention, that is lost later in the cycle. ...Read more

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Does weight gain happen during puberty?

Does weight gain happen during puberty?

Puberty: Yes but you are old enough to be getting out of puberty and you need to optimize your eating habits. Exercise would also be a good idea. ...Read more

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Can you gain weight during ovulation?

Can you gain weight during ovulation?

Would not anticipate: A significant weight gain. Would anticipate that if you did gain weight it would likely be transient. ...Read more

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Can i gain weight after extreme weight loss?

Can i gain weight after extreme weight loss?

Weight gain: Weight gain is always a product of calories in versus calories out. Meaning, if you have increased your exercise, and burn more calories, and decreased your food intake, or take in less calories, you loose weight. Thus, if you start eating more, or start exercising less, you will gain weight back. This happens in pro athletes after an injury, they gain weight rapidly-they burn less calories. ...Read more

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Is weight gain normal during perimenopause and wil this weight come off?

Is weight gain normal during perimenopause and wil this weight come off?

Sometimes, yes: Weight gain is a factor of declining estrogen ovarian production, decreased thyroid hormone production and metabolism, and estrogen conversion of androstendione to estrone from peripheral fat storage. Caloric restriction, and exercise is tantamount to reducing weight gain during this transition to menopause. ...Read more

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Can weight loss stop menstrual cycle?

Can weight loss stop menstrual cycle?

Temporarily: If significant and rapid, just like any other significant stress to the body, it can disrupt the hormonal cycle and temporarily caused missed menses. ...Read more

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Sudden weiht gain after 45 going trough menopause?

Sudden weiht gain after 45 going trough menopause?

Common, but check: Unfortunately, our metabolism slows down after menopause, which can cause many of us to gain weight. But any sudden weight change (up or down) without a significant change in lifestyle can be a warning sign that there is something wrong, so best to see your primary care doc for a complete physical and to discuss. If all else is okay physically, your doc can help with a weight loss plan, too. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight during menopause?

How can I lose weight during menopause?

Diet and exercise: The answer is the same regardless of time in life: what you eat and what you do. But your body has changed after menopause, and with age, metabolism slows. So even eating fewer calories does not lead to as much weight losses when younger. Exercise is critical to increasing metabolism, but you have to respect the inevitable loss of flexibility and muscle mass. Start low, go slow , do cardio too! ...Read more

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Could excessive weight gain during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk?

Could excessive weight gain during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk?

Yes: Surprisingly, a new study revealed that moms who gained excessive amounts during their pregnancies tended to have children who battled their own obesity issues. The causes were unclear, but, of course, genetics did seem to play a contributing role. The take-home message? Childhood obesity does start before birth. ...Read more

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What is normal weight gain during pregnancy if overweight?

What is normal weight gain during pregnancy if overweight?

Depends: On how much you weigh, 25-30 would be average but some of my obese pts sometimes do not gain much at all 10-15 lbs which is fine as long as the baby is growing. ...Read more

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Rapid weight loss affects menstrual period?

Rapid weight loss affects menstrual period?

That is possible: Rapid weight loss, hyper-exercising and markedly low BMI can lead to missed or late periods. ...Read more

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Can I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

Can I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

Exercise will help: Being active helps make people feel more energetic. When we're inactive our muscles get achy and fatigued. Sitting all day long has been shown to be bad for health even if you exercise. It's a good idea to move around every half hour or so by stretching, walking up stairs, using resistance bands, or other light exercise. This is true no matter what your age. ...Read more

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Can wearing neoprene during exercise boost weight loss..?

Can wearing neoprene during exercise boost weight loss..?

No: All you're doing is dehydrating yourself. there is nothing that helps "Spot burning" or "Spot reductions" such as neoprene around the abdomen to reduce obesity around the belly. All they do is dehydrate you faster, and you need fluid in your body to maintain fat reduction. You can't burn fat if you are dehydrated. ...Read more

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Is weight gain normal during perimenopause and wil this weight come off?

Sometimes, yes: Weight gain is a factor of declining estrogen ovarian production, decreased thyroid hormone production and metabolism, and estrogen conversion of androstendione to estrone from peripheral fat storage. Caloric restriction, and exercise is tantamount to reducing weight gain during this transition to menopause. ...Read more

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Which herbal supplements are considered the best to aid in weight loss during perimenopause?

Which herbal supplements are considered the best to aid in weight loss during perimenopause?

NONE!: They work to make money, but not to lose weight. You need to learn how to eat and exercise in a way that you can live with for the rest of your life. Don't put anything in your body that you don't know what it is, what it's going to do, or what harm it could cause. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Can I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

Exercise will help: Being active helps make people feel more energetic. When we're inactive our muscles get achy and fatigued. Sitting all day long has been shown to be bad for health even if you exercise. It's a good idea to move around every half hour or so by stretching, walking up stairs, using resistance bands, or other light exercise. This is true no matter what your age. ...Read more

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How do I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

How do I gain energy to exercise during perimenopause?

Back to basics: The symptoms of perimenopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, heavy bleeding, and mood change can make it hard to remember we need water, sleep, healthy diet with minimal simple carbs, exercise, and time to recharge and be grateful. Take time to make a plan. Every day drink 8 glasses of water, take vit d and mv, stretch and follow your plan. ...Read more

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Is getting dry during sex another sign of perimenopause?

Yes: One of the earlier signs. As average estrogen levels diminish during perimenopause, both the vaginal tissues and bladder experience dramatic changes resulting in vaginal dryness and decreased bladder capacity, frequent "bladder infections, " burning on urination and the need to get up at night to urinate. These symptoms can be very distressing and need local estrogen (vaginal) therapy. ...Read more

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Why do I no longer have the urge for sex during perimenopause?

Why do I no longer have the urge for sex during perimenopause?

Sex and perimenopaus: Increased stress. Level and hormonal imbalance , which can be common at this time , can cause that. ...Read more

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Is getting dry during sex with my husband a sign of perimenopause?

Is getting dry during sex with my husband a sign of perimenopause?

Could be?: There are reasons for vaginal dryness. Adequate foreplay and arousal is important, however, hormonal stimulation is needed too. If concerned, your pcp, gynecologist or other provider can check hormone levels. What is your general health and what medicatons are you on. There are many preparations available for vaginal dryness to help aid you in pleasurable intercourse. ...Read more

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Help please! is getting dry during sex with my husband another sign of perimenopause?

Help please! is getting dry during sex with my husband another sign of perimenopause?

Not necessarily: A number of things can change how lubricated a woman becomes during sex - even stress. It could also be a vaginan infection, or certain medications. If you are concerned about perimenopause, some blood tests can answer that question. You might see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Does the estrodial level go sky high during perimenopause and does it come down again?

Does the estrodial level go sky high during perimenopause and does it come down again?

Yes and no: Perimenopause really is ovarian dysfunction, the reason perimenopausal women are not as fertile. If ovulating, the Estradiol level elevates at midcycle and comes back down if pregnancy does not occur. In a normal cycle, ovulatory Estradiol levels run about 350 (variable though). In the early part of the cycle during menstruation Estradiol levels are usually less than 100. ...Read more

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How long can spotting last during perimenopause and is it normal? I have had 3 colposcapies in the last 10 years and they have all been normal.

How long can spotting last during perimenopause and is it normal? I have had 3 colposcapies in the last 10 years and they have all been normal.

Spotting @ 55: Perimenopause can cause lightened or absent periods with spotting. However, endometrial cancer also presents in the same way. Colposcopies are not the prime way to assess the endometrium as it looks at the endocervical canal and cervix itself and not the endometrium. An endometrial biopsy will tell you and your MD much more about why you are spotting if this is worrisome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get pregnant during perimenopause?

Yes: While it is less likely that you will become pregnant during perimenopause than earlier in life, and less likely that if you do become pregnant that the pregnancy will lead to a successful birth, it is possible to become pregnant. ...Read more

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How probable is it that a woman's breasts will grow during perimenopause?

Not likely: Unless you are receiving estrogen supplementation or have an elevated prolactin level due to some other medical problem. ...Read more

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Can women become pregnant during perimenopause?

Can women become pregnant during perimenopause?

Yes: Many women feel they can't get pregnant, but while it is not common, some women do get pregnant in the perimenopause. ...Read more

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Can a woman become pregnant during perimenopause?

Can a woman become pregnant during perimenopause?

Yes: Until a woman has had no menstrual periods for a full year, it is possible that she could unexpectedly ovulate and become pregnant. That said, fertility is certainly decreased at perimenopause. If a woman desires childbearing, she will likely need the intervention of a fertility specialist to be successful. ...Read more

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Is nipple discharge normal during perimenopause?

Is nipple discharge normal during perimenopause?

Talk with your doc: Different things can cause nipple discharge, some more concerning than others. It's important to check this out with your provider soon. Good job on being aware and taking care of this! ...Read more

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Will taking thyroid medication during perimenopause help improve perimenopause symptoms?

Will taking thyroid medication during perimenopause help improve perimenopause symptoms?

If you: Take the correct amount of brand name T4 replacement to return your thyroid levels to normal, you will return your metabolic rate to normal -- and then your symptoms will be whatever they would have been if you didn't have a thyroid problem to begin with. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is body surges normal during the night if your in perimenopause? What causes these?They keep me awake,cant sleep.

You will have: to provide more information as to what a "surge" is. There can be various changes in your body's regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, etc. with perimenopause as estrogen levels fall. Discuss w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more