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Advice me which side can I sleep during pregnancy. Whether left or right side?

Advice me which side can I sleep during pregnancy. Whether left or right side?

Comfort: Normally, we recommend women to sleep on the left side. But, if this is not comfortable for her then She can sleep on the side that is comfortable for her. No worries. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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How to control body heat while sleeping during pregnancy?

How to control body heat while sleeping during pregnancy?

Options: I would avoid medications... But would suggest fewer blankets or cool down the room. Congratulations! (I am assuming you are too hot). ...Read more

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Managing Gestational Diabetes (Checklist)

Attend a diabetic counseling and nutrition class
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Ask about fetal monitoring and biophysical profiles
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What can I take for sleep during pregnancy? I currently take 10 mg of generic Ambien (zolpidem) and was told that was ok?

What can I take for sleep during pregnancy? I currently take 10 mg of generic Ambien (zolpidem) and was told that was ok?

Pregnancy sleep help: The fda rates safety of drugs in pregnancy from category a (controlled studies showing no fetal risk) to x (proven risks to fetus outweigh maternal benefit). Ambien is category b: presumed safe, based on animal studies; no well-controlled human studies available. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is another "class b." best plan is improved sleep hygiene, though: http://www. Umm. Edu/sleep/sleep_hyg. Htm. ...Read more

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Stretching during sleep during pregnancy and getting sharp pain in the upper side of the abdomen (middle) for few seconds. What is that pain for?

Stretching during sleep during pregnancy and getting sharp pain in the upper side of the abdomen (middle) for few seconds. What is that pain for?

Depends: There a variety of aches and pains that occur as the uterus grows inside your body. You did not mention how far along you are. If you are far along then the pain may just be from the growing baby. Upper right side pain can be a sign of gallbladder disease which is common in pregnancy. Have have your obgyn who has more information check you out ...Read more

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Can't find a comfortable position to sleep during my pregnancy, any ways I can be comfortable and stay asleep, or is this truly a never ending battle?

Can't find a comfortable position to sleep during my pregnancy, any ways I can be comfortable and stay asleep, or is this truly a never ending battle?

Hard to sleep: It can be hard to get comfortable during sleep, or anything else for that matter. Sleeping on your left side is best because baby gets the most blood flow. Avoid back and obviously your stomach.
Try a warm bath, warm fruit tea, or a massage before bed to help you sleep. Hope all goes well with you and baby. ...Read more

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How can I sleep comfortably during pregnancy?

How can I sleep comfortably during pregnancy?

Pillows galore!: This is one of those conditions that make it very difficult to sleep with a rapidly growing abdomen, As OB MD's we also ask you not to sleep on your back as it may compromise the fetal blood supply from your placenta. Grab as many pillows as you can comfortably "stuff" in and around your abdomen and back for comfort, and avoid computers and TV watching one hour before sleeping. ...Read more

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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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Do you have any tips for sleeping comfortably during pregnancy?

Do you have any tips for sleeping comfortably during pregnancy?

Yes: Difficulty sleeping is a very common complaint in pregnancy. Try extra pillows to support you as you lie on your side (against your back and between your legs). Avoid caffeine and/or large meals late in the evening. Make sure the room is dark and cool. Only go to bed for sleeping - no reading or watching tv. Good luck! ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
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Do not dig into the corners when you cut your nails
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Avoid harsh chemicals
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Is it dangerous for me to take sleeping pills during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to take sleeping pills during pregnancy?

Ask your doctor: It's recommended that medications be taken in pregnancy only when necessary. Each medication has a different FDA pregnancy category. Please talk with your obstetrician before taking any medication to aid sleep. Your obstetrician can make specific recommendations for you. Take care. ...Read more

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Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe to take for a sleep aid during pregnancy?

Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) safe to take for a sleep aid during pregnancy?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for sleep: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be taken safely in pregnancy for sleep if the problem is falling asleep. It is unlikely to help if the problem is staying asleep. ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
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Dry well between your toes after you bathe
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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Is it safe to take sleeping pill alprex during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take sleeping pill alprex during pregnancy?

No: Alprax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine, a class of drug used in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Not only is it cat. D (unsafe to take during pregnancy), but also it is addictive and can make you and your baby addicted. This is now what you want. There are much safer alternatives. Talk to your doc about that. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my back during pregnancy?

Not necessarily: But it may be more comfortable for you and facilitate blood flow toward fetus if you lie on your side as pregnancy progresses. ...Read more

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Sleeping on the floor during pregnancy can't it harm the baby?

Sleeping on the floor during pregnancy can't it harm the baby?

Unlikely: Sleep is wonderful and of great benefit to the success of pregnancy.How and where you do it is less of an issue. The baby is cushioned within the body and unaffected by your choice of sleeping location. ...Read more

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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
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Shower daily
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Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
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Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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When to stop sleeping on your stomach during pregnancy?

When uncomfortable: You won't really hurt your baby at all by sleeping on your stomach; you won't smash it or anything. Eventually as your belly grows, you won't be comfortable on your stomach and you'll move to your side. The issue is sleeping on your back, and honestly that risk has been exaggerated. Tilting to one side or the other in the second half of the pregnancy is a safe way to get some rest. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my stomach during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to sleep on my stomach during pregnancy?

Hard to hurt baby: During the first trimester, it's not dangerous. As you enter 2nd and 3rd trimesters, you won't want to sleep on your stomach given it's size. Many women find it helpful to have multiple pillows positioned strategically around their body, or a pregnancy pillow, to help get comfortable. ...Read more

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Is it ok to sleep slightly tilted up during pregnancy or slightly angled to to the left? I'm 22w4d with marginal previa. All left causes me hip pain

Is it ok to sleep slightly tilted up during pregnancy or slightly angled to to the left? I'm 22w4d with marginal previa. All left causes me hip pain

Yes.: Sleeping partially tilted to the left or at a partially upright angle is fine. Although we prefer the left side, you may also sleep on your right side. The main idea is to not sleep flat on your back. Also try a pillow under your hips. ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
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Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medications that could interfere with your birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
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When to stop sleeping on your back during pregnancy? I'm 20weeks pregnant in 2 days and I'm a back sleeper : (i hate the sides and tummy sleeping : (

When to stop sleeping on your back during pregnancy? I'm 20weeks pregnant in 2 days and I'm a back sleeper : (i hate the sides and tummy sleeping : (

Pregnancy: When you sleep on your back, the increased weight of uterus presses on the major vein. That returns blood from your legs to your heart. By second trimester, and definitely by third trimester, sleep on your side. Get a pregnancy pillow that supports your belly, back and legs. Good luck. ...Read more

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Improving Mental Health (Checklist)

Do some form of vigorous exercise everyday
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Maintain perfect sleep hygiene
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Accomplish a task daily, no matter how small
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Have contact with a friend daily, even if by text or email
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more