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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Sitting with leg bent for 30 min and leg fell asleep. 37 weeks pregnant. Does that have anything to do with circulation to the baby?

Sitting with leg bent for 30 min and leg fell asleep. 37 weeks pregnant. Does that have anything to do with circulation to the baby?

Rest easy: By sitting on your leg you were compressing the nerves in your leg causing it to go to sleep. In no way does it have to do with the baby's circulation. ...Read more

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I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

I fell asleep on cell phone while pregnant, will this cause problems?

No: Cell phone radiation isn't the kind that causes tumors. All the good studies show no effect, and in the big one, there were more tumors on the opposite side. The united nations has to appease militants, so the world health organization hasn't declared the matter settled. Congratulations on your pregnancy and best wishes. ...Read more

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8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

8 weeks pregnant. I have an indoor dog is it ok if she falls asleep near me?

Its ok: Cats are usually the ones that give problems to preg women, espec. Cleaning the litter boxes and transmission of toxoplasmosis. Dogs are probably ok. ...Read more

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Today I found out I was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when I'm asleep. Will I be okay through my pregnancy?

Today I found out I was pregnant. I have a 1st degree av block sometimes 2nd but only really when I'm asleep. Will I be okay through my pregnancy?

Please consult ASAP: With your cardiologist, he will need to follow you throughout the pregnancy and can give you his opinion, the cardiologist will need to work closely with your OB and a perinatologist and you may be better served delivering at a university medical center, for example, if you were in my area would refer u to the univ of miaim. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I try n fall asleep I wake up just before dozing off and I jump and gasp for air! It is very scary. What could this be. I'm 31w pregnant?

Sometimes when I try n fall asleep I wake up just before dozing off and I jump and gasp for air! It is very scary. What could this be. I'm 31w pregnant?

Half Asleep Startle: When we are half asleep, we are more likely to startle. Drs call it a "hypnogogic state." that may happen more easily if we have some discomfort that awakes us. In pregnancy you are likely to have such discomfort.

Tell your OB dr in case there are important details not mentioned in this short communication. ...Read more

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I have an extremely shorten cervix. I'm 4weeks3days pregnant. When will I be stitched and will I be awake or asleep?

I have an extremely shorten cervix. I'm 4weeks3days pregnant. When will I be stitched and will I be awake or asleep?

Ask your OB MD: Cervical cerclage (stitching) usually occurs in the 2nd trimester but please ask your OB md when they will consider that operation and under what conditions. ...Read more

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I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant. I'm tired but can't seem to fall asleep and I don't feel sleepy. Is this normal?

I'm 7 1/2 months pregnant. I'm tired but can't seem to fall asleep and I don't feel sleepy. Is this normal?

Insomnia: Insomnia is a common complaint in pregnancy. Here are some tips: Avoid caffeine especially in the afternoon. Increase your daily exercise to help increase tiredness. Walk, walk, walk. Avoid all napping. Wake up extra early. Avoid sleeping late to "catch up." Read a book at night. Avoid evening electronics such as the iPad. ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant and her fingers keep falling asleep. What is a good remedy to help her get sensation back?

My wife is pregnant and her fingers keep falling asleep. What is a good remedy to help her get sensation back?

Wrist splints: Some pregnant women develop numbness and tingling in their fingers akin to that what folks can get from repetitive use. Try sleeping with a carpal tunnel wrist splint and see if symptoms improve. ...Read more

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I am approximately 4 weeks pregnant and this week I have been falling asleep at my desk every afternoon. Is this normal?

I am approximately 4 weeks pregnant and this week I have been falling asleep at my desk every afternoon. Is this normal?

Sleepy head: Many women will experience significant fatigue when pregnant. Although most will see this fade, some will continue throughout the pregnancy. Only time will tell. ...Read more

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I'm 13 weeks pregnant. I fell asleep on my iPhone last night and now my back is a little red. Should I be worried? Don't know how it happened! FTM.

I'm 13 weeks pregnant. I fell asleep on my iPhone last night and now my back is a little red. Should I be worried? Don't know how it happened! FTM.

Low level radiation: The redness is likely due to the very low levels of radiation that the cellphone signal emitted that was trapped against your back. It should not affect your pregnancy, but cell phones should be placed on a nightstand at night and not a pillow or gown pocket. If the redness continues past 24 hours notify your treating OB MD. ...Read more

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Can I be pregnant if I was taking the pill, missed a few days. Had sex and he came inside me and then I fell asleep. I did take the pill that morning?

Can I be pregnant if I was taking the pill, missed a few days. Had sex and he came inside me and then I fell asleep. I did take the pill that morning?

Always a chance...: A urine pregnancy test done correctly will give a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (or when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and therefore lead to a repeat test. If a woman has her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and the test is not needed yet. ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant. I can't fall asleep till 3, 4, 5 am. Than wake up between 8am-12pm than try to fall back asleep. I get up at 3 pm everyday. Help!

I'm 8 weeks pregnant. I can't fall asleep till 3, 4, 5 am. Than wake up between 8am-12pm than try to fall back asleep. I get up at 3 pm everyday. Help!

Delayed sleep: You seem to be sleeping enough, but at the wrong time. You need to restrict your sleep, so you can sleep at night. Try not to sleep after 12 noon, use any tool you can to stay awake, then try to sleep closer to midnight. It is very hard to sleep after 2 am. If you snore, you need to be checked for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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29 weeks pregnant II get good sleep bt for the past twio days ifve had a headach and instantly fall asleep throughout the day. Eewhy?

29 weeks pregnant II get good sleep bt for the past twio days ifve had a headach and instantly fall asleep throughout the day. Eewhy?

Close followup: Headache during pregnancy can mean a subtile or significant increase in your blood preasure. This can bring along changes in your kidney function and make you at risk of seizures or stroke. Call your OB and see if this is a simple issue or one requiring special monitoring & meds. ...Read more

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Right hand is constantly asleep. It hardly ever stops been going on for a month. It's not from the position. I'm 5 months pregnant.

Right hand is constantly asleep. It hardly ever stops been going on for a month. It's not from the position. I'm 5 months pregnant.

Dr J's correct: You're probably right handed. It is common, try and keep your hand elevated, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok to take (doesn't help much...), splints work best if you can keep from laying on your hand or leaving it in a dependent position (don't let your arm hang). It's a form of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in pregnancy, worsened by routine swelling in pregnancy. Avoid salt, keep hydrated, elevate the arm, & splint. GL. ...Read more

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32 weeks pregnant, I fell asleep with make up on! Did some googling & it said it can harm the baby! Is this true?!!! : (so worried!!!

32 weeks pregnant, I fell asleep with make up on! Did some googling & it said it can harm the baby! Is this true?!!! : (so worried!!!

No: Sleeping in your make up may not be good for your complexion but it won't hurt your baby any more than wearing it during the day. Your concern tells me how lucky this baby is and what a good mom you will be. Best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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I am 5 months pregnant & at night my arms fall asleep. Funny part is that its not the one I might be laying on.?

I am 5 months pregnant & at night my arms fall asleep. Funny part is that its not the one I might be laying on.?

Its likely carpal: Tunnel syndrome and starting from your wrists, try a wrist splint at night to prevent bending your hand, good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 37 weeks pregnant & haven't been able to fall asleep until 2am for the past week, no matter how early I go to bed. What to do?

I'm 37 weeks pregnant & haven't been able to fall asleep until 2am for the past week, no matter how early I go to bed. What to do?

Not uncommon: Sleep disorders during pregnancy are common and distressing. The older formulation of Unisom (doxylamine 25 mg) may help you rest and also offers some women relief of morning sickness. Always best to clear any medication with your OB/gyne first. ...Read more

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Sat at our dinner table in hard wood chairs for 3.5 hours last night without getting up. Butt fell asleep. 37 weeks pregnant. Issue for baby?

Sat at our dinner table in hard wood chairs for 3.5 hours last night without getting up. Butt fell asleep. 37 weeks pregnant. Issue for baby?

No: The baby is quite protected from the afflictions you suffer from external nerve compression. Baby just hangs around it that protected sac sucking up nutrients through the umbilical cord. As long as nothing interferes with that flow, baby will be fine. ...Read more

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I think I am 6 weeks pregnant. I get really dizzy at night around 1-3am. It's really hard for me to stay asleep, feels like my body just "drops". Why?

I think I am 6 weeks pregnant. I get really dizzy at night around 1-3am. It's really hard for me to stay asleep, feels like my body just "drops". Why?

First find out: If you just think you are 6 weeks pregnant, the first thing to do is find out if you are pregnant and if so how far along you are. Are you usually asleep at 1-3am? How do you know your body just 'drops' Falls? A more extensive history is necessary in order to answer your question. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can holding your pee while pregnant cause miscarriage? I held it in last night when I fell asleep. I'm 18 weeks

Can holding your pee while pregnant cause miscarriage? I held it in last night when I fell asleep. I'm 18 weeks

No: The only thing that can happen to you is an increased risk of a urinary tract infection. In addition, you might notice that while pregnant if you hold your pee too long.... You'll suffer from something that typically happens to women 40 years older than you are.... You'll lose urine when you cough or laugh or sneeze, i.e. Pee your pants! Good luck and pee more often :-). ...Read more

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Now 33 weeks pregnant, for the past couple of nights I have had some acid reflex while im asleep. Is it normal & what can I do to help w/the discomford?

Now 33 weeks pregnant, for the past couple of nights I have had some acid reflex while im asleep. Is it normal & what can I do to help w/the discomford?

Please call your OB: Any? S of this nature shoudldalways be directed to your ob, your OB may have a particular med that he or she prefers so please cal and ask them. My pts use otc zantac (ranitidine) 75 mg. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant when u are on lupron (leuprolide) and ovaries are asleep and your on your period?

Can you get pregnant when u are on lupron (leuprolide) and ovaries are asleep and your on your period?

No: If you are suppressed on Lupron (leuprolide) you should not be able to get pregnant at all. On the other hand, you should not be having a period either. When did you start the lupron (leuprolide)? Is it the monthly depot shot or a daily injection? ...Read more

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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