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What support systems are there for pregnant women?

What support systems are there for pregnant women?

Start with family: Developing a network for support is similar to developing a network of friends, coworkers. However, a woman who is pregnant is vulnerable in some ways so needs to be more cautious whom she friends irl or using social media. I suggest she not share real names, locations, the due date, plans for delivery, gender of the baby, ultrasound photos, etc. On websites or with people she does not know 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


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We're wondering are we able to pregnant.What are the tests for men and women? Are there any over-the-counter tests (reliable?) or only hospital tests?

We're wondering are we able to pregnant.What are the tests for men and women? Are there any over-the-counter tests (reliable?) or only hospital tests?

Infertility: For men there are no test. For women there are ovulation kits that will show only if you ovulate monthly. The doctor with specific test will see if you can ovulate, if your tubes can carry the egg, if your uterus can host the pregnancy . 40 % of infertility is male factor, 40% female and 20% unknown. If no ability to get pregnant in 1 year please see an ob/gyn. ...Read more

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What are safety tips for pregnancy of women?

What are safety tips for pregnancy of women?

There are many: I have attached a good link that lists 10 tips for a health and Safe pregnancy. http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/nutrition/healthy-pregnancy-tips/ ...Read more

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Are there many women that have taken ssri's throughout pregnancy and child birth?

Are there many women that have taken ssri's throughout pregnancy and child birth?

Yes: There are registries for many of the different ssris. The fact that persistent pulmonary hypertension may be slightly increased to 1/500 has come under question. There is a 1.6% chance that the newborn will have increased irritability and poor feeding for 3-5 days. ...Read more

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Besides an ultrasound, are there any other relatively accurate ways to predict the gender of my child? I am currently 11wks pregnant

Besides an ultrasound,  are there any other relatively accurate ways to predict the gender of my child? I am currently 11wks pregnant

Yes & no: Yes, amniocentesis can accurately detect the sex of your child but no, it's not worth the risk to you or baby for that information. None of the old wives tales about heart rates, position, etc. Are valid. ...Read more

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Are there treatments available to get back synivial fluid in 70 year old. What options are available for mobilty.

Are there treatments available to get back synivial fluid in 70 year old. What options are available for mobilty.

Synovial fluid: Weight loss and physical therapy to stimulate fabrication of a synovial fluid. Cortisone Injection and Hylagan injections provide the joint extra lubrication and shock absorption, as well as decrease friction and inflammation. ...Read more

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Is delay spray for men good when having sex? Are there any effects relating to that

Is delay spray for men good when having sex? Are there any effects relating to that

Use cautiously : It all depends on the amount and frequency of use - when used as directed, and not used too often, I would expect no side effects at all. Topical therapy is designed to have a shirt half life, meaning no lasting unwanted side effects ...Read more

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What are some options for acne treatment that are all natural/pregnancy safe?

What are some options for acne treatment that are all natural/pregnancy safe?

Acne in Pregnancy: Erythromycin (erygel) is often the drug of choice for pregnancy acne. Azelaic acid (azelex, finacea) may be another option. Both medications are typically applied to the skin as a lotion or gel and are available by prescription. Both are category b meaning they are safe in the 2-3 trimester. ...Read more

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What are some teenage pregnancy prevention organizations besides gcap?

What are some teenage pregnancy prevention organizations besides gcap?

Teen pregnancy prev.: There are planned parenthood clinics all over california, there must be similar ones in other states as well. ...Read more

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Are there any emergency contraception options for people that have protein c deficiency?

Are there any emergency contraception options for people that have protein c deficiency?

Yes: "morning after" or emergency contraceptive pills that contain no estrogen do not increase risks of clotting. Plan b one-step, for example, is available without prescription. Some women with clotting disorders opt to use iud's for contraception. A copper iud can be inserted for emergency contraception in women who wish to continue this method. ...Read more

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What are the tests for overweight mother?

What are the tests for overweight mother?

BMI, OGTT: U shd b evaluated 4 the usual weight-related chronic medical probs, as being pregnant can initiate / indicate the future development of diseases like (1) diabetes, (2) preeclampsia / hypertension, & (3) others. To check for (1) ur doc orders n oroglucose tolerance test (OGTT). For (2) screen urself 4 high blood pressure by going to the pharmacy &using their booth for 1 wk (keep a record 4 ur doc) ...Read more

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Are there any support groups for people that have stomach cancer?

Are there any support groups for people that have stomach cancer?

Contact: Locate & contact your local american cancer society and ask for help & direction. www.cancer.org. ...Read more

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What kind of over-the-counter medicines are unsafe for a pregnant woman?

What kind of over-the-counter medicines are unsafe for a pregnant woman?

Suspect everything: Err on the side of caution and assume a particular medicine is unsafe, and check with your obstetrician if you feel like there is something you must take. Often we have insufficient information to know for sure, and frequently it depends on where the woman is in her pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are there any at-home body alignment exercises that are good for me?

Are there any at-home body alignment exercises that are good for me?

Many: Look towards yoga or forms of exercise like pilates, that focus on "core" work. Much of our body alignment stems from our core or imbalances of such. ...Read more

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My wife is in 41 weeks and no signs of labour.What are the most effective natural induction ways you are suggesting?Should we worry for this latency?!

My wife is in 41 weeks and no signs of labour.What are the most effective natural induction ways you are suggesting?Should we worry for this latency?!

Consider acupuncture: The cochrane review looks at all studies about a topic - their latest review on the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture for the induction of labor stated acupuncture "appears safe, has no known adverse effects to the fetus, and may be effective. However, the evidence regarding the clinical effectiveness of this technique is limited." 41 weeks is common, but check with your OB about concerns. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent a miscarriage in women? No sex?

What are some ways to prevent a miscarriage in women? No sex?

Sex doesn't cause mc: Sex when pregnant doesn't increase the risk of miscarriage, but we usually advise women who are bleeding in the early part of pregnancy (a 'threatened miscarriage') not to have sex until the bleeding has stopped; if more bleeding follows after sex it just adds to the anxiety of the situation. A woman who's had two or more miscarriages needs testing to look for a cause, by a rei specialist or OB md. ...Read more

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Are birthing centers truly safe and better for women wanting natural birth?

Are birthing centers truly safe and better for women wanting natural birth?

Depends: In one of my hospitals the "birthing center" is the L&D ward.Midwives practice side by side with OB's and an operating room is available and staffed 24/7 if a problem arises in labor needing intervention. You cannot replace the hour plus it takes to move an off site woman in labor to a hospital capable of emergency C-section. Minutes pass & babies suffer. Complications occur even in great settings ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins that are good for 16 year olds?

Are there any vitamins that are good for 16 year olds?

Vitamins for Teens.: Vitamin d deficiency is an epidemic at all ages, so i usually recommend getting tests and supplementing and increasing sun exposure accordingly. ...Read more

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