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Doctor insights on: Swimming In Cold Water While Pregnant

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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I get a few fast twitches or pulsations in neck typically after swimming in cold water. Is this normal?

I get a few fast twitches or pulsations in neck typically after swimming in cold water. Is this normal?

Most likely yes: Muscle twitching in general does not indicate any serious ailment unless there are other associated symptoms or signs (i.e. weakness, loss of sensation, etc). If these symptoms persist and are bothersome, I would recommend that you seek the consultation of a neurologist. ...Read more

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If my docs diagnosed me w blood vessel weakness & vasospasms, should I avoid swimming in cold water? Could the vessel contraction damage my vessels?

If my docs diagnosed me w blood vessel weakness & vasospasms, should I avoid swimming in cold water? Could the vessel contraction damage my vessels?

Avoid cold exposure: If you have what is called Raynaud's Phenomenon where you get Vasospasm and Bluish discoloration of toes and fingers; yes you may want to avoid cold water. The Vasospasm will not damage your Blood vessels. Nefidipine and Imdur given to you by your doctor helps this to some extent. ...Read more

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We are going on holidays and it summer is it ok to put my 4 month old baby in out door swimming pool and beach water is it to cold for him?

We are going on holidays and it summer is it ok to put my 4 month old baby in out door swimming pool and beach water is it to cold for him?

Should be okay: Most of the time in the summer, babies can be in outdoor water by the time that they are 4 years old (as long as they are otherwise healthy). Don't leave your baby unattended because babies and toddlers can drown very quickly. If your baby acts happy and seems comfortable, then the water is not too cold.
Have fun. ...Read more

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Had cold-air hives when younger, but seem to handle cold better now. Can I go swimming in a pool if I ease myself in the water gently? No probs lately

Had cold-air hives when younger, but seem to handle cold better now. Can I go swimming in a pool if I ease myself in the water gently? No probs lately

Hives: Greetings. Your skin snsativity may still be present years later. Always swim with a friend and enter the water slowly. Diving or jumping in may cause intense stimulation at once which could cause shock. ...Read more

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Went swimming in very cold water a few days ago. Since then it is slightly painful to drink cold liquids. Feels like right side of esophagus.?

Went swimming in very cold water a few days ago. Since then it is slightly painful to drink cold liquids. Feels like right side of esophagus.?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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2 years ago I went swimming in too cold water and got a terrible body ache all over. Since then my back has hurt when I bend down. Is there a reason?

2 years ago I went swimming in too cold water and got a terrible body ache all over. Since then my back has hurt when I bend down. Is there a reason?

Not related 2 Ur--: --cold exposure 2 yrs ago. U need 2 discuss this with Ur parents, & if a really bad problem they make the decision as 2 who & when 2 C a MD 4 eval. ...Read more

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Recovering frm a cold at 36wks pregnant. Been a wk runny nose better bt developd a cough. Can coughing harm bub? Can it cause my waters to break?

Recovering frm a cold at 36wks pregnant. Been a wk runny nose better bt developd a cough. Can coughing harm bub? Can it cause my waters to break?

PG coughing: Coughing in late stage pregnancy will not harm the fetus in utero unless you prematurely rupture your membranes from the increased abdominal pressure from an extended coughing session. Talk to your OB MD about the cough and see if he/she deems it necessary to treat it or not. ...Read more

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Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Swimming Pool Water: Swimming pool water will not make your skin paler. Chlorine treated indoor swimming pools can cause asthma or other breathing problems in swimmers according to research from several sources. ...Read more

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Why do our fingertips shrivel up in water (e.g. swimming pool)?

Why do our fingertips shrivel up in water (e.g. swimming pool)?

Shriveled finger tip: When sebum is washed off the skin, water is able to enter the outer layers of skin. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why do people with autism love swimming/water?

Could use expert help with why do people with autism love swimming/water?

Not all do: Not all people with autism love swimming in water. I've known some who seemed very afraid of it. People with autism have problems in 3 crucial areas of development: social interaction, language and behavior. Beyond that, their autism symptoms and severity can vary greatly. They may perform repetitive movements and have specific rituals -- getting upset with even slight changes. ...Read more

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I have 2 perforated eardrums and got water in both from swimming should I use some of my left over eardrops it feels as if water is in there still?

I have 2 perforated eardrums and got water in both from swimming should I use some of my left over eardrops it feels as if water is in there still?

Seek care: If they are still perforated and you have pain. Never a good idea to self medicate, especially since don't know what the drops are! ...Read more

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Can water be trapped in jaw from swimming?

Can water be trapped in jaw from swimming?

Not to my knowledge: I'm curious what prompted this question. I can't think of a circumstance under which water during swimming (as opposed to diving) would be trapped in the jaw. If you could be more specific regarding the symptoms you have and what you've experienced, it would be most helpful. ...Read more

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Will swimming in lake water will hurt my fetus?

Will swimming in lake water will hurt my fetus?

Doubtful: The only way I could see any downside to this is if you picked up a parasite in the lake and got sick. That would not hurt baby directly but might make you struggle for a while. The disadvantage with lakes and ponds comes from the wildlife that comes close to drink. They often drop a little stool in the process and this spreads giardia and e coli. ...Read more

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Does being in swimming in water effect my laryngitis?

Does being in swimming in water effect my laryngitis?

It might: If you already have the laryngitis. Swimming requires cellular energy and if that is compromised your immunity could be affected. ...Read more

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Is swimming good for babies? What about the pool water?

Is swimming good for babies? What about the pool water?

Depends on reason: I find infants/toddlers/kids do well in the water and enjoy the process when used as a a fun activity. Parents need to understand that it must be closely supervised and kids warned never to go near water unless an adult is with them. Swimming "lessons" are a problem when uses as a "safety" measure in children. You can NEVER drown proof a kid, ever, with lessons and I don't suggest them before 4y. ...Read more

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Can constant swimming in chlorine water be bad for you?

Can constant swimming in chlorine water be bad for you?

Irritant: Irritating to skin, hair, eyes, maybe lungs. I would rather swim in a chlorinated pool than one that wasn't- decreases infections. ...Read more

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Does 62yo need physical for supervised walking, stretching+strengthening (bands/free weights+plate-loaded equip), swimming, water exercise/volleyball?

Not generally: If you have no current symptoms with exercise and have no known significant underlying disease you should be fine. If you develop symptoms see your doc. ...Read more

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When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

When children swallow swimming pool water, can it make them sick?

Pool water: If the pool is properly maintained and the water properly treated, the liklihood of serious illness is minimal. If non-toilet trained infants/children are swimming, transmission of giardiasis, cryptosporidium and enteroviruses (echo virus and coxsackie virus) all causes of diarrheal illness is possible. ...Read more

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Why is swimming or being submerged in water typically bad for you after back surgery?

Why is swimming or being submerged in water typically bad for you after back surgery?

Wound: Initially after surgery you want to avoid submersion in a pool or tub due to wound healing. You want to avoid it due to the possibility you may infect the wound. Once the wound has healed, swimming and pool therapy is often employed to help with rehab after major back surgery. ...Read more

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I was swimming in a river and accidently swallowed some water, am I risk for giardiasis?

Yes: Giardia lives in freshwater streams and has been reported in colorado. However, giardia is not present in every river. Signs of giardiasis included bloating and diarrhea. It can be tested in stool samples and when the diagnosis is in doubt endoscopy can be performed. Giardia if present can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I was swimming in lake manitoba and accidentally inhaled a lot of water fur to very high waves. Should I be concerned?

I was swimming in lake manitoba and accidentally inhaled a lot of water fur to very high waves. Should I be concerned?

Lake Manitoba: Although lake manitoba has previously had issues with high escherichia coli counts, I was unable to find any water quality reports that indicated any significant issues currently. However, whenever this type of water is ingested there is always potential for infection. Take care. ...Read more

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When I get in water to go swimming and have only head out of water I feel short if breath just stood in water, have dusautonomia any relation?

When I get in water to go swimming and have only head out of water I feel short if breath just stood in water, have dusautonomia any relation?

Can't find the -: -condition anywhere, but sounds like panic attack, I know the feeling as I had it in my training for scuba diving in the USN by the seals. Got over it, mind over matter. Very hard to do. Hopefully this is what your condition is about. ...Read more

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Both my kids went swimming yesterday and both coughed a little on water. It's been 19 hours no symptoms should I still worry of secondary drowning?

Low risk: Ìf aspiration into the lungs would have occurred, symptoms get progressivly worse, there would be more cough, difficulty breathing and fever. If this has not happened, they're at low risk for problems. ...Read more