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If I have gestational diabetes, should I still be careful with my diet post partum?

If I have gestational diabetes, should I still be careful with my diet post partum?

Sure.: 50% of gestational diabetics go on to have diabetes mellitus after their pregnancies. Watching what you eat is a good idea and maintaining a healthy weight for your height with regular exercise is an even better one. ...Read more

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Following A Diabetic Diet (Definition)

Your doctor and dietitian will design a diet just for you, based on your calorie needs, weight, stage of pregnancy, and baby's growth rate. In general, the diet will be low in fat and protein and high in complex carbohydrates (bread, cereal, pasta, rice) and fruits and vegetables. You will be advised to eat three meals and one or more snacks each day. Expect this diet to change periodically to meet the fluctuating nutritional needs associated with your ...Read more


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Can diet changes improve my post partum hypothyroidism? Been on altroxin 100 for 15 months.

Can diet changes improve my post partum hypothyroidism? Been on altroxin 100 for 15 months.

Not really: No. Diet doesnt really affect the thyroid. Hypothyroidism is the deficiency of thyroid hormone because the thyroid is not functioning properly. Generally the treatment is with thyroid hormone replacement. Postpartum (thyroiditis) hypothyroidism sometimes recovers on its own. You should discuss whether that is a possibility with your general physician. ...Read more

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5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take Lipozene (Glucomannan) as part of a diet/exercise regime? What are the side effects?

5mths postpartum, exclusively breastfeeding, is it safe to take Lipozene (Glucomannan) as part of a diet/exercise regime? What are the side effects?

Who knows?: The product doesn't list it's ingredients other than a type of fiber. That should be a huge red flag to you. The company has also had a class action lawsuit filed against it for false claims, another red flag. Save your money. Diet and exercise are the way to go. ...Read more

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Had mild hypoglycemia, no diabetes. 6 months postpartum, now sugar constantly dropping range of 70-42. Eat a clean diet, drink water. Why the big drop?

Had mild hypoglycemia, no diabetes. 6 months postpartum, now sugar constantly dropping range of 70-42. Eat a clean diet, drink water. Why the big drop?

Good question: B"sd important question - most common would be reactive hypoglycemia - a pre diabetic condition with overproduction of sugar by the liver and some delay in insulin release with meals. Hypoglycemia, however deserves a proper endocrinology evaluation. glad to discuss ...Read more

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Will post partum anxiety ever end?

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Will post partum anxiety ever end?

PP anxiety: Symptoms can last long if u were predisposed to anxiety prior to pregnancy. Best to talk to a mental health professional for cognitive therapy work plus anxiety medications if warranted. ...Read more

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How can I deal with postpartum flares?

How can I deal with postpartum flares?

Be patient.: Hot flushes are not unusual postpartum, especially after tubal ligation. Be reassured that they are alomst always self-limited and be patient. They should be gone by your 6-week postpartum ob/gyn visit. If they interfere with your daily activities, try Prozac (fluoxetine) or clonidine, after talking with your doctor. Rarely this is permanent and seen in sheehan's syndrome. ...Read more

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What are the best postpartum exercises?

What are the best postpartum exercises?

Walking is great: There is also something called stroller aerobics that a lot of new moms find helpful. See if there is a class near you check with the local hospitals to see if they know of classes. Also google kegel exercises. Can also talk with karen quigley at trueformcoaching.Com. She's very good in this area & does online personal coaching. ...Read more

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How are the postpartum cleansing bottles used?

Rinse: Wash off your bottom while you urinate (pee), to dilute urine that might otherwise be painful on healing cuts, especially first thing in the morning when urine is stronger. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have post-partum bleeding?

Should I be concerned if I have post-partum bleeding?

No: After a delivery, either c-section or vaginal birth, it is normal to bleed for up to 6 weeks. Your bleeding can also go back and forth between heavy and light and you may have different sized blood clots . If you feel like you are bleeding excessively call your doctor. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for bleeding at 6 months post partum?

Possible reasons for bleeding at 6 months post partum?

Postpartum bleeding: Post partum bleeding occur in most pregnancy and can last up to 90 days after delivery. During this post partum period, most patients may resume their menses at varying time. At 6 months, post partum, any bleeding will be expected to be normal menses. However, if the bleeding persist longer than expected, CBC for hemoglobin and pelvic ultrasound will be beneficial for reassurance. Discuss BCP/IUD. ...Read more

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Again im 4 weeks post partum, have i begun to ovulate again?

Again im 4 weeks post partum, have i begun to ovulate again?

Can't tell online: Have you had a period yet? If so, you are ovulating. If not, maybe. There's no exact formula: if you'v not had a period in the next 8 weeks, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a woman return to work before going to her postpartum appointment?

Can a woman return to work before going to her postpartum appointment?

Possible: Some pregnancies are very uncomplicated and depending upon the woman's general health, stamina, and abilities and the requirements of the work place, she may be able to return to work. This would require a discussion with her obstetrician, her employer, hr, and consideration of child bonding and care. This should all be discussed prior to delivery with all concerned and very carefully. ...Read more

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I am basically a pure vegeterian..What foods are to be avoided in postpartum? ?

Food preference: The only foods that i can think of avoiding postpartum are dependent on your own dietary restrictions. You can choose to eat whatever you want , just ensure that you have enough protein. If you want to avoid something consider alcohol, marijuana, recreational drugs. ...Read more

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What should I do if I'm experience severe upper GI pain, also in my back? I am 4 weeks post partum.

What should I do if I'm experience severe upper GI pain, also in my back? I am 4 weeks post partum.

ER: Go now and get checked: any abdomianl pain that seems to go toward your back can represent a GI or vascular emergency: aortic aneuysm, penetrating ulcer, pancreatic disease, referred pain form GI tract, gallstones tec. Get examined ASAP. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a post partum cardio myopothy, will it definetley go away on it's own after 6 months?

Post partum: There are risk factors associated with worst prognosis including race, size of the heart, ejection fraction , etc. I will say that in general, 50% of patients may recover in one year. ...Read more

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I am 3 weeks post partum and noticed my clitoris looks as if it has moved down, it's not as high up as it used to be. Normal?

Probably normal: It is common for the pelvic anatomy to be a bit distorted and potentially permanently altered as a result of parturition. However, at three weeks postpartum there may still be a significant change in the outward appearance of the anatomy as everything tries to return to normal. ...Read more

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Is it possible to NEVER have Postpartum with other deliveries and suddenly have it? Emotions are everywhere and i feel saddened this time around.

Absolutely: I'm assuming you mean postpartum depression? Each pregnancy is different, even in the same woman. Even if you never had symptoms after any of your other pregnancies, it is possible to have depression symptoms with this one. Normally, those symptoms are mild and resolve in a few weeks. If you are having severe depression that is prolonged, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed 8 weeks postpartum?

Is it normal to bleed 8 weeks postpartum?

Ovulation: Depending on when ovulation kicks in after a woman gave birth, it usually takes 5 - 8 weeks for her to have a menstrual period. ...Read more

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What is postpartum anemia?

What is postpartum anemia?

Anemia after birth: Post-partum anemia is relatively common. Some women will lose some blood when they deliver their baby and will need time for the body to replace it. Other causes are chronic nutritional deficits (especially iron) check with your OB about the proper way of getting your blood count back to normal. ...Read more

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Are epidurals linked to headaches postpartum?

Are epidurals linked to headaches postpartum?

Yes: Some patients can develop post dual puncture headaches after the placement of an epidural or spinal. The headache is positional in nature and can be very painful. While it is usually self-limiting, it can last for days. Conservative and more aggressive treatments are available. Please consult your anesthesiologist if you think you have one. ...Read more

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What causes postpartum psychosis?

What causes postpartum psychosis?

Hormones, genes.: 2% of the population have psychosis at one time of their lives, and postpartum periods are particularly likely to exacerbate underlying psychopathology because of the profound hormonal fluxes that occur. Prompt medical attention is essential to avoid dire outcomes! ...Read more

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Are symptoms of post-partum daily?

Unclear question: Post-partum state lasts for up to six weeks and is a natural physiologic state. ...Read more

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What are the tests for post partum?

No specfic tests: Routine post partum visits include weight, blood pressure, maybe a blood count, to answer questions, screen for post partum depression, pelvic exam, and discuss contraception. ...Read more

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4 weeks post-partum am i able to doushe?

Not recommended: douching is not recommended, even if not associated with pregnancy ...Read more

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What exercises can I do at home post-partum?

What exercises can I do at home post-partum?

Lots of choices: First get approval at your postpartum visit. Second search fitness yoder for my many answers. Third go to a credible site like cdc. Fourth start walking each and every day with baby if ok with doctors. Fifth chart your progress on a pad or app or spreadsheet so you can see how much more you do each time and how much weight you lose/week. If your OB oks it see pinterest.Com/drpam4women/healthy-play. ...Read more

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Is soaking in the tub safe 3 days post partum?

Is soaking in the tub safe 3 days post partum?

Sitz bath ok. : Just soak your bottom. A shower is better for the rest. ...Read more

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Are there ways to lose 10lbs in 16 days post partum?

Yes: Often it would be due to fluid retention that occurred during the pregnancy. Your body does a pretty good job of diuresing ('urinating' away the fluids retained during the pregnancy). ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with a spouse dealing with post-partum?

What is the best way to deal with a spouse dealing with post-partum?

Take it seriously: Patients who had pregnancy complications, a difficult delivery or even an uneventful pregnancy with a healthy newborn can go through postpartum depression. It must be taken seriously and not treated as simply the "baby blues". I will share this very important question with experts in diagnosis and counseling for additional information for those concerned about family members' moods after delivery. ...Read more

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What happens if youve post partum hemmoriaged once, do the chances of it happening again get any higher?

No, but 1 exception: Post partum hemorrhage is unlikely to occur again unless you have a clotting disorder that has not been diagnosed. (e.g. hemophilia like entities). ...Read more

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I've, got a couple hemarhoids after natural delivery of an 8lb 9oz baby, i'm now 2months post partum and they havnt left completely .... Will they?

No: Unfortunately, the answer to your question is no. They may not as flared or as prominent but they will not go away. It's like varicose veins once showed up, they can only get worse. Regular soft stools, straining avoidance are very important to keep them at bay. ...Read more

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No matter how much I exercise 5 months post partum I'm still about 15 pounds heavier than I'm used to. Should I expect this to just be my "new norm"?

No matter how much I exercise 5 months post partum I'm still about 15 pounds heavier than I'm used to. Should I expect this to just be my "new norm"?

Exercise will burn-: -fat, & build up your muscles which is heavier than fat. This may B the new U but look @ your diet & keep track of calories in & out. There R many good phone apps to help you. Need a smart phone though. ...Read more

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Post partum hypertention?

Post partum hypertention?

Postpartum hypertens: The miracle of pregnancy can sometimes be associated with complications. Hypertension could develop in the third trimester or early postpartum (after delivery) period. This can be treated with medication effectively. Half of women may remain hypertensive longterm, while the other half will return to normal blood pressure. ...Read more

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What is a postpartum doula?

Postpartum Doula: What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” they assist with breastfeeding education. ...Read more

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What is post partum depression?

What is post partum depression?

Mood disorder : Ppd is known as the most common complication of childbirth. It is the emotional disorder following childbirth that includes a variety of moderate to severe mood and anxiety symptoms. It affects 10 to 20% of childbearing women and requires professional mental health treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat postpartum bleeding?

How can I treat postpartum bleeding?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor to find out why this is happening. Once that question is answered, then the appropriate treatment can be dispensed. ...Read more

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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


Brat Diet (Definition)

Bananas are part of the BRAT diet, a diet many physicians and nurses recommend for children recovering from gastrointestinal problems, particularly diarrhea. BRAT stands for the different components that make up the diet: * Bananas * Rice cereal * Applesauce * Toast These are binding foods that may help make the stools harder. DO NOT feed these foods to young infants unless ...Read more