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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

Lower Abdomen (Definition)

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