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Doctor insights on: Swimming In Cold Water While Pregnant

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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Went swimming in very cold water a few days ago, since then it hurts to swallow very cold food or liquids. Thoughts?

Went swimming in very cold water a few days ago, since then it hurts to swallow very cold food or liquids. Thoughts?

Provide more info: Unfortunately there is not enough information to venture a diagnosis. Even with further information it will probably take an examination, and possibly tests, to make a diagnosis. Please see your primary care physician. 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