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Will the body fight off a sickle cell trait during pregnancy?

Will the body fight off a sickle cell trait during pregnancy?

No: Sickle cell trait is a genetic variant that is either passed on or it is not. If it is passed on the body will not fight it. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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Can your body change shape after pregnancy?

Can your body change shape after pregnancy?

Yes: This is not something that should be pondered over much. With effort, and sometimes without much effort, you can regain your former body shape, if it means that much t you. Human pregnancy is a very metabolically transforming state and i will suggest that the outcome, with your precious new baby, should be considered well worth your risk of some personal body changes. ...Read more

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When is your body ready for sex after pregnancy?

When is your body ready for sex after pregnancy?

6-8 weeks: Factors that may affect your return to sexual activity include: vaginal delivery vs c-section, easy vaginal delivery vs difficult delivery with large episiotomy, breast feeding (can actually delay the recovery of the vagina due to low estrogen), how much help and support you have. I think 4-6 weeks is the minimal time to delay sexual relations. 3-4 month delay may indicated other problems. ...Read more

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What changes occur in your body during early pregnancy?

What changes occur in your body during early pregnancy?

A lot!: There are too many changes to list here that happen on every level in your body! Some women have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. Some women become violently nauseated and vomit, have breast tenderness, sharp lower pelvic pain (associated with uterine growth) and may even notice their clothing fitting different. Get the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting". It's a very handy resource! ...Read more

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What changes occur in your body during early pregnancy? Thanks!

What changes occur in your body during early pregnancy? Thanks!

Are due to hormones: Common early pregnancy symptoms include some nausea (with or without vomiting), some fatigue (feeling less energetic), a sharper or stronger sense of smell, mild soreness and swelling of the breasts, and maybe some food aversions or cravings. These symptoms are due to quickly rising hormone levels. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my body strong enough to hold a pregnancy?

Good physical status: Obesity is a major risk factor for pregnancy, so starting out in good physical condition is important. Eat right, avoiding fat and salt and fast foods), eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day, get plenty of exercise (walking 20 minutes a day), take a pre-natal vitamin daily for several months before conceiving, and get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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My grandmother says pregnancy makes a woman's body stronger. True?

My grandmother says pregnancy makes a woman's body stronger. True?

Stamina !: Depending on the weight gain and general health of the mother, this can be the case for many certain women. However, there's little debate that maternity can toughen you up in skills acquired during the pregnancy, delivery and raising of your kids ! your grandma is a wise woman. ...Read more

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What are all the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy?

What are all the changes that happen to your  body during pregnancy?

Pregnancy physiology: Nasal stuffiness, nausea, headaches, euphoria, constipation, peculiar taste/cravings, increase in blood volume, enlargement of the uterus and elevation of the diaphragm, depressed immunity, lax joints and propensity for falls, perturbed memory (momnesia), snoring, poor sleeping, fatigue, emotional lability, gastroesophageal reflux/acidity, frequent urination, watery mucous vaginal discharge. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any permanent body changes after pregnancy?

Please tell me if there are any permanent body changes after pregnancy?

Yes: There are a number of permanent changes after pregnancy. For example, breast tissue doesn't fully mature until you are pregnant the first time. But after the first pregnancy, it is always able to produce milk. Another example is the cervical opening. Prior to first pregnancy it is round. After pregnancy it is elongated. Its possible to tell if you given birth. There are many such changes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a woman's body to completely heal from pregnancy?

How long does it take for a woman's body to completely heal from pregnancy?

Good question!: Most reproductive organ changes are reversed by 6-12 weeks postpartum, however more subtle but not less important changes in blood count, iron stores, calcium reserves may take several months to a year before returning to baseline. ...Read more