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Stomach Muscles Tightening Third Trimester
Can I sleep on my stomach in the third trimester? Or will it hurt the baby? I'm approaching 33 weeks.
If Comfortable: As long as your pregnancy is proceeding normally and you and the baby are doing well you can sleep in any position that works best for your comfort. Many women in their third trimester still sleep on their tummy, often propped with body pillows. Getting sleep at this stage of pregnancy is most important and finding your best comfy way to do this is what counts. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Any: If it's a topical over the counter it will not create fetal toxicity; lest company be out of business. ...Read more
Just started 3rd trimester, and sex causes some cramping in abdomen making it uncomfortable and a bit painful. Should i also be concerned for the baby?
Contractions: Could be especially if it is involving the entire uterus ...Read more
I am 6 months postpartum. When I sit up I feel the muscles of the right side of my abdomen tighten up. Sometimes this is painful. What may cause this?
Muscle pain : You may have pulled your abdominal(core) muscles. This is very common with an infant. Especially if you use that side of your body to lift and hold the baby. I recommend alternating sides when holding the baby, diaper bag, car seat. Be extra mindful when lifting out of the crib or the car. ...Read more
Can fat build up behind your stomach muscles? I'm 53 yrs old. I don't have any fat on me anywhere, but have a big gut. But when I tighten my stomach muscles, you can't pinch even a 1/2" of fat, its hard as a rock.
Post-partum recovery: One of the best ways to address this is with private pilates instruction. A well-trained instructor in this method will work with you one on one to rehabilitate your body. This yields results quickly. ...Read more
I suffer from severe anxiety and hold tension in my stomach and jaw. I have TMJ and recently tighten my stomach muscles I have no clue why?
Anxiety: Sounds like you have been suffering for some time and I am sorry. Psychotherapy can be helpful for the treatment of anxiety, ask your doctor for a referral to a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of this difficulty and try to perceive accurately as misperceptions often drive anxiety higher. Best. ...Read more
I pulled a muscle during workout 3days back. Am currently on painkillers. Now my right upper abdomen feels tight and hurts. What should I do?
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What muscle did you "pull?" Should I assume it wasn't your abdominals? Also, just what did you do to "pull" it?
What kind of "painkillers?" It could be irritation from them or another "pulled" muscle or result of compensating for the first pulled muscle. Or maybe a completely different problem. Or, or maybe from an alien probe! In other words sorry, not enough info--so go back to your doctor ...Read more
A 1-hour glucose tolerance test is done between 26-28 weeks to screen for gestational diabetes.
A culture for group b streptococcus bacteria is done at 35-36 weeks.
Urinalysis for protein and glucose are done at each visit, along with blood pressure checks.
Fetal testing (non-stress testing) may be indicated, but is not necessary in low risk pregancies. ...Read more
Most comfortable.: Often this is some variation of a side by side. These are more comfortable for the mom-to-be and have shallower penetration which puts less pressure on the cervix. Sometimes, depending on the patient and the pregnancy, it can be a challenge to find a comfortable position. ...Read more
That is normal: A fetal heart rate of 120-160 is normal in the third trimester. ...Read more
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I'm almost in my third trimester & the last 2 times ive peed what looks like clots of blood. Is it early labor? Or miscarrage?
Bleeding is abnormal in pregnancy. You should see your doctor to ensure that the placenta is normally placed and the cervix is of appropriate lenght and without funnelling.
You can also have urinary tract infection that leads to small amount of blood in your urine
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My vagina is swollen and irritated but not itchy and I'm in my third trimester. I will be nine months this Thursday coming what could it be or what should I do?
Ask your OB !!: I tell my patients if they have no problems they can fly up till 32 weeks gestation and not after that. ...Read more