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What are the risks associated with being pregnant at high altitudes?

What are the risks associated with being pregnant at high altitudes?

Decreased oxygen: At high altitudes, the air has less oxygen in it. If you are there for a short time, you may develop altitude sickness with nausea, vomiting, fatigue and dizziness. With longer duration, the body will normally adapt. There can still be issues with inadequate oxygen to the baby and growth restriction. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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High Altitude (Definition)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your ...Read more


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Is it safe to travel to a high altitude while pregnant?

Is it safe to travel to a high altitude while pregnant?

Yes: There are millions of people who live in high altitude areas of the world who are pregnant and do just fine. If you are not used to it you may be more prone to altitude sickness and feeling of shortness of breath though. For prolonged sitting during travel make sure you get up and walk every few hours to prevent blood clots. Support stockings on your feet prevent some swelling too. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to vacation at high altitude during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to vacation at high altitude during pregnancy?

What height?: Absolute numbers are uncertain as studies are small. It is actually the altitude a pregnant woman sleeps at which may be most important--certainly below 10, 000 feet, ; some say 8, 000 feet--may be safest for visiting pregnant tourists. Slow ascents are best. If the pregnancy has any complications or concerns at sea level, altitude plans should be discussed first with health provider. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to vacation at high altitude during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to vacation at high altitude during pregnancy?

Ask your OB: If you are not from a high altitude place it would be better not to vaca at a high altitude place. ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel to high altitudes if i'm pregnant?

Is it safe to travel to high altitudes if i'm pregnant?

Yes: It is safe to travel to high altitude areas but you may experience shortness of breath faster than you would at home because of the lower oxygen levels. Pregnancy women who live in high altitude areas permanently actually experience different fetal growth curves but for a short vacation this is fine. ...Read more

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Do you have to wait 3yrs after taking soriatane (acitretin) before getting pregnant? If u dont, are the risks high?

Do you have to wait 3yrs after taking soriatane (acitretin) before getting pregnant? If u dont, are the risks high?

Yes: You might want to get an opinion from a rheumatologist or dermatologist who regularly prescribes this, but i would take the advice seriously. You wouldn't want to bring a baby into the world with birth defects that could have been prevented. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a high risk pregnancy from antiphospholipid?

What are the risks of a high risk pregnancy from antiphospholipid?

APLAs: The presence of aplas or antiphospholipid antibodies increases the risk of fetal growth retardation and fetal death in utero. They also increase the risk of deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary emboli, and arterial thrombosis. Women who have aplas are usually treated with anticoagulants, for example lovenox, (enoxaparin) during and after the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with pregnancy after the age of 35?

What are the risks associated with pregnancy after the age of 35?

Several: Difficulty getting pregnant, miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities, undergrown baby, diabetes, preeclampsia (toxemia), cesarean delivery, uterine bleeding before/at delivery, etc. These are more common after 40 than 35 some risks rise with age. Couples should consider these risks and costs and loss of income if problems arise. However, if spontaneous conception in healthy women, majority do well. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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