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What Kind Of Outdoor Activities Should I Avoid While Pregnant
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
Avoid straining: If you've exercised before becoming pregnant, you can generally continue. You should avoid activities which cause you to strain, bear down hard or cause you to become short of breath. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and wear supportive shoes. Also, remember that as your pregnancy progresses, you become 'top heavy' and your joints loosen up increasing fall and sprain risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not many: I tell my patients that as long as they are not bleeding they can continue all exercises they were doing prior to pregnancy. It's important to stay hydrated throughout the workout. You obviously wouldn't want to be involved in any exercises that can cause trauma to your abdomen. ...Read more
Teas: It is recommended that you not drink nettle leaf, fennel, sassafras, rosemary, hibiscus, ephedra, licorice root, raspberry leaf, anise or sage tea. Encourage you to limit caffeine intake -so if you drink white, red, yellow or green tea- try to make it decaffeinated. Some feel chamomile is alright & others recommend against it. ...Read more
Big Weights & Impact: The most beneficial exercises in pregnancy are ones that improve your stamina, cardiovascular health, and muscle tone. Yoga, pilates, brisk walking, etc are great. If you are use to more vigorous exercises then you can continue to do them while pregnant. If you are starting a program while pregnant pick a low impact form. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How to get Pregnant?: I hope this question is not a joke. But, at 23 it is a bit of a unique question and makes me think you need some time to learn the basics of your body and what having periods mean and how to prevent pregnancy. To get pregnant a female has to ovulate and be fertile and to have exposure to fresh semen inside of the vagina. ...Read more
I have epilepsy and I think I'm pregnant. What kind of medication should I be switched to/medication should I avoid?
Avoid valproic acid: Many of the anti-epileptic medications have potential adverse effects on a fetus, but seizures tend to pose more of a risk than the medications. Too dangerous to continue, however, is valproic acid and its derivatives (valproate, divalproex, Depakote, Depakene, Stavzor, Depacon) A resource: The Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry (Tel:1-888-233-2334 www.massgeneral.org/aed) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to loose weight and keep fit during pregnancy? If yes, what type of food should the person eat and also avoid? Thanks.
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