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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


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My period is very late, had unprotected day 11 of cycle, experiencing lower belly pain&back (maybe pelvis) when I sit down (put pressure on my anus)?

My period is very late, had unprotected day 11 of cycle, experiencing lower belly pain&back (maybe pelvis) when I sit down (put pressure on my anus)?

Some possibilities: Pregnancy is the most common cause of a missed period. If not pregnant, other causes of a late or missed period include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, having an illness, traveling, medicines (especially birth control pills), hormonal disorders, etc… A home pregnancy test is very accurate by 3 weeks after sex. Tests are inexpensive; sold everywhere. ...Read more

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Period is a week late, pregnancy tests are negative. No unusual discharge, no stress/illness. Lots of cramping in lower abdomen/back. Pregnant?

Period is a week late, pregnancy tests are negative. No unusual discharge, no stress/illness. Lots of cramping in lower abdomen/back. Pregnant?

PROBABLY NOT: Occaisionally an ovarian cyst or a hormonal imbalance could delay your period. If you did an otc urine test, I would suggest that you have a blood pregnancy test done, just to make sure. ...Read more

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My period is several days late. Pregnancy tests are negative but I'm dizzy, my breasts are heavy and I have sharp pains in my side and lower abdomen.

My period is several days late. Pregnancy tests are negative but I'm dizzy, my breasts are heavy and I have sharp pains in my side and lower abdomen.

Cyst: Some women will have delayed periods and pain and dizziness and sore breasts with negative pregnancy test. Most of these women will have corpus luteum cyst which will resolve spontaneously on its own in most cases. These are hormonal cysts that can make you feel pregnant. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is evening primrose oil safe to use during late pregnancy to soften the cervix?

Is evening primrose oil safe to use during late pregnancy to soften the cervix?

With caution: Evening primrose oil contains prostaglandin-6 and linoleum acid and other prostaglandin derivatives. It can interfere with the action of several drugs and is found in breast milk. You should check with your OB before using. ...Read more

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Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Jelly like discharge during late pregnancy?

Mucous plug?: Many patients will describe their mucous plug as jelly like. Many times you will loose your before contractions start, but you can't predict labor based on it. ...Read more

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Is it alright to watch/ listen to fireworks during late pregnancy?

Is it alright to watch/ listen to fireworks during late pregnancy?

Yes: Imagine if you were in a swimming pool and there were fireworks in the sky above you. The decibel level wouldn't harmful in the least :-) have fun and hope you have a great delivery! ...Read more

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How can you deal with severe groin pain during late pregnancy?

How can you deal with severe groin pain during late pregnancy?

Rest: Slow and steady wins the race. Muscle strain related to mechanical adjustments of the pregnancy can be exacerbated by activities such as heavy lifting, quick movements, etc... ...Read more

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Is sex/semen safe for the baby during early pregnancy? How about mid and late pregnancy?

Is sex/semen safe for the baby during early pregnancy? How about mid and late pregnancy?

Yes: There's no medical evidence to suggest that sex during pregnancy does any harm to the baby. Your baby is well cushioned by a sac of fluid well beyond the neck of the womb (cervix). A loving physical relationship is important for your wellbeing, and your partner's as well, during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is severely itchy skin, especially hands and feet during the night with no rash a normal sign in late pregnancy?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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I have little pain in my low abdomen during pregnancy. It can make me feel uncomfortable but I can work through the discomfort, is that normal?

I have little pain in my low abdomen during pregnancy. It can make me feel uncomfortable but I can work through the discomfort, is that normal?

Maybe: It may or not be normal, so I hope you addressed this question to your treating OB MD who has examined you and knows your history during this pregnancy. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about right sided pain in my low abdomen during early pregnancy. It can make me feel sick but I can work through the discomfort?

Should I be concerned about right sided pain in my low abdomen during early pregnancy. It can make me feel sick but I can work through the discomfort?

Yes: Until it has been established that your pregnancy is located inside your uterus, you may need to worry about an ectopic, or tubal pregnancy. At 6 weeks after the first day of your last period, an ultrasound should be able to establish whether the pregnancy is in the correct place or not ...Read more

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Is twitching in lower abdomen pregnacy?

Is twitching in lower abdomen pregnacy?

Nope: Not in the lower abdomen,
Not in the upper abdomen,
Not twitching in a box,
Not twitching with a fox!
I do not like Green Eggs and Ham.
I do not Like them Sam I am.

Couldn't resist that memory spark. Perhaps Dr. Seuss would've found a way to incorporate that into a rhyme had he been a gynecologist!
Pregnancy's not predicted by abdominal twitching.

Talk to me about the pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I'm having faint dull cramping and presure in lower abdomen?

I'm having faint dull cramping and presure in lower abdomen?

Go see ur Family Doc: You didn't mention your age. Regardless, you need to see your Family Doc, GYN or Planned Parenthood for evaluation & testing. Perhaps you have bladder infection. Or maybe pregnant? Home pregnancy tests are available w/o prescription at most drug stores. They're accurate once you're late. And let's not forget sexually transmitted diseases/infections if you engage in unprotected sex. ...Read more

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Are little vibrations in your lower abdomen a symptom of pregnacy?

Are little vibrations in your lower abdomen a symptom of pregnacy?

No: Early pregnancy is not associated with abdominal vibrations. Usual signs are missed or abnormal menses, nausea, breast tenderness and fatigue. These may vary in intensity. If in doubt, testing can be helpful-perhaps even before symptoms are apparent ...Read more

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Do I got overian cancer? I've been feeling bloated my lower abdomen hurts it feels like I got preasure on it sometimes my back hurts I got gas but its hard for it to come out

Do I got overian cancer? I've been feeling bloated my lower abdomen hurts it feels like I got preasure on it sometimes my back hurts I got gas but its hard for it to come out

Hello.: Hello. I can't tell you the source of your bloating and pain in your back and abdomen. You would have to be evaluated to determine the cause of your symptoms. It sounds like you have been symptomatic for a while (although this is not specifically stated). Recommend that you see your doctor. ...Read more

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4weeks pergnant w baby #3 feel a pulling sensation in lower belly don't remember this w other pregnancies is this normal?

4weeks pergnant w baby #3 feel a pulling sensation in lower belly don't remember this w other pregnancies is this normal?

Normal: There is an increase in blood flow in the uterus so it is not uncommon to feel pulsation. Yiu should however see your doctor soon and get an ultrasound do to make sure that everything is ok. ...Read more

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Is bleeding normal with pregnancy I have a pain in my lower belly followed with bleeding. This has been going on for more then 4 days and its not a lite bleeding. The blood is dark red... What does this mean and what should I do?

Is bleeding normal with pregnancy I have a pain in my lower belly followed with bleeding. This has been going on for more then 4 days and its not a lite bleeding. The blood is dark red... What does this mean and what should I do?

Call: Call your doctor right away.

20-30% of women will have some vaginal bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy. First trimester bleeding can have many causes such as:
threatened miscarriage - bleeding, but the fetus is still alive inside
miscarriage - lost pregnancy
ectopic pregnancy - a pregnancy which implants in the fallopian tube
molar pregnancy - abnormal tissue developing instead of a fetus
post-coital bleeding - bleeding after sex from a sensitive cervix
trauma or infection unrelated to pregnancy - small cuts or tears in the vagina or an infection such as pelvic inflammatory disease

since some of these can be dangerous and since vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is always considered abnormal, you should call you ob/gyne doctor for any bleeding. They will be able to check you and treat you appropriately. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm running out of time to lose the pregnancy weight. Which exercises can I do to get rid of the lower belly flab?

Postpartum weight: Hi andresparadaiz,

weight loss after childbirth is a common challenge. Unfortunately it's difficult to lose weight in just one area. Depending on how long it's been since birth you may still see some natural skin regression. Strengthening the stomach muscles will help reduce the bulge but not the loose skin. If you are particularly concerned you may need a cosmetic surgery evaluation.

Doc ripley. ...Read more

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I feel very dry no discharge but this is my 10wk of pregnancy sometimes just watery is it normal have backache plus left side pain under lower belly?

I feel very dry no discharge but this is my 10wk of pregnancy sometimes just watery is it normal have backache plus left side pain under lower belly?

Lower belly pain: Often in early pregnancy people experience pain in lower abdomen described as cramping/pulling... This could be due to change in bowel patterns, or stretching of the ligaments attached to your uterus... If very severe pain you should definitely see your doc for an eval. ...Read more

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I had my pap smear the 26th and started bleeding the next morning still bleeding its not heavy unless I wipe, is this normal?? I'm about 3-4 weeks and this is my 2nd pregnancy I didn't do this with my first I'm a little crampy in my back and lower belly

I had my pap smear the 26th and started bleeding the next morning still bleeding its not heavy unless I wipe, is this normal?? I'm about 3-4 weeks and this is my 2nd pregnancy I didn't do this with my first I'm a little crampy in my back and lower belly

Yes: Pap smears can traumatize the cervix sufficiently to cause slight bleeding for a couple of days. Cramping is also common, and every pregnancy is different. It is also possible that this represents early signs of a miscarriage but this seems less likely. ...Read more

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Jo, I've been experience 'pregnancy symptoms' I'm on the cerezette pill & don't have periods been on it for 3 years lower belly ache & spotting help?

See your GYN: First you need to take/get a pregnancy test. Then you need to see your gyn doc and see if its related to the birth control pill. You may need to take a "holiday" from the pill... ...Read more

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No period for 4 months negative pregnancy test and lower belly pain and back pain?

No period for 4 months negative pregnancy test and lower belly pain and back pain?

This needs medical: Eval. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is pregnancy possible? Had 2 regular periods, negative preg. Test but having a stomach ache in lower belly and ovulation spotting for 1st time...

Pelvic Pain: Regular periods mean you're not pregnant but it doesn't mean that there aren't other gynecological reasons for your pain and spotting. You should consider seeing your primary doctor or a gyn to be examined for what could be going on. Can be an infection, can be a cyst, etc. If you're worried about an unplanned pregnancy start a birth control method! Make sure you aren't constipated. ...Read more

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Having pain upper and lower belly feel hung over but I don't drink headaches bloating pressure and sharp pains in lower left abdomanal area?

Having pain upper and lower belly feel hung over but I don't drink headaches bloating pressure and sharp pains in lower left abdomanal area?

R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. IUC/CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS SX can be managed. You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com TXPROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read more

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I feel pressure on my lower belly. Right side. Not appendix. Gyn said last year I have a cyste on ovary. Should have it removed? Can I become sterile

I feel pressure on my lower belly. Right side. Not appendix. Gyn said last year I have a cyste on ovary. Should have it removed? Can I become sterile

No: Pressure on lower belly can be due to a lot of non specific reasons. It is unlikely that a cyst from last year is still present, or you have to remove it you can see you doctor and get an ultrasound if this symptom persists. ...Read more

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Last period 3 days very light, next period 3 weeks late. Pregnancy symptoms but test negative but spotting when pressure placed on abdomen?

Last period 3 days very light, next period 3 weeks late. Pregnancy symptoms but test negative but spotting when pressure placed on abdomen?

Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. Irregular periods are very common. ...Read more

Lower Abdomen (Definition)

The lower abdomen is the area below the umbilicus (belly button) from one side of the abdomen ...Read more