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Will my depression have a negative impact on my baby while I am pregnant?

Will my depression have a negative impact on my baby while I am pregnant?

It can: Depression in the mother is associated with risks to the baby. The reasons aren't always clear, but consider that depressed mothers often don't eat well, and may not cooperate with prenatal vitamins or checkups. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy at no risk to the fetus, and even antidepressants can be safer for the baby than mother's untreated depression. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I think im pregnant and i have boil on my legs im taking cloxacillin would that affect the development of my baby? just incase im pregnant?

I think im pregnant and i have boil on my legs im taking cloxacillin would that affect the development of my baby? just incase im pregnant?

Not likely: The FDA states there are no reports of congenital abnormalities when taking Cloxacillin while pregnant. Personally, I would try to avoid taking prolonged antibiotics while pregnant if at all possible. Check with your doctor who prescribed this to you and ask for an alternative to taking an antibiotic based on your condition. Many times superficial skin boils are drained and don't need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a cold will that affect my baby? I am 13 weeks pregnant

I have a cold will that affect my baby? I am 13 weeks pregnant

No it shouldn't: Please call your OB so they can tell you what they want you to take, if u wee my pt , i would tell you extra vit c , tylenol (acetaminophen) if a temp, and plain Claritin if the sinuses are stuffy and throat lozenges with zinc and plain robituusin, if u start coughing up sputum that is not clear you may need antibiotics for a bronchitis, etc, but if it stays clear then no. ...Read more

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I have pcos and on metformin can I fall pregnant as me and my boyfriend have been trying for 34 years now and its really depressing me as i want a bab?

I have pcos and on metformin can I fall pregnant as me and my boyfriend have been trying for 34 years now and its really depressing me as i want a bab?

Yes: Metformin can help polycystic ovarian syndrome patients ovulate. Metformin alone may not be enough. A low glycemic index diet is very helpful and also potentially ovulation induction medications such as Clomid (clomiphene) or Femara will help. ...Read more

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I had a miscarriage on may 19th and my period on 23rd june, can i take duphaston as i am trying for a baby again. I cant reach my doctor?

I had a miscarriage on may 19th and my period on 23rd june, can i take duphaston as i am trying for a baby again. I cant reach my doctor?

I understand: your need to try again but take NO MEDICATION (fertility drug) without speaking with your treating physician!! Hope this is helpful..please be patient! Dr Z ...Read more

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If my appendix burst while I was pregnant, would that have a bad effect on my unborn child?

If my appendix burst while I was pregnant, would that have a bad effect on my unborn child?

Ruptured Appendix: The biggest problem would be going into preterm labor. If you have had surgery and did not go into labor, i bet you will be fine! hope this helps! ...Read more

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Im 14 weeks pregnant and am a recovering addict. I am on subutex, will it affect my baby?

Im 14 weeks pregnant and am a recovering addict. I am on subutex, will it affect my baby?

Safer on subutex: It is safer for the baby to be on subutex than come with withdrawal symptoms due to mothers addiction. It is also easier to taper baby off after delivery from subutex so you are doing very good by being clean and watching out for you babies health - great job. ...Read more

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If I am pregnant and have ocd, does my OCD transfer to my unborn child?

If I am pregnant and have ocd, does my OCD transfer to my unborn child?

OCD: Ocd usually has a genetic factor. However, it is not always a straight forward association. There are probably other factors that play a role in development of ocd. ...Read more

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Why do I become extremely bloated while on my period? (or in my case, during my withdrawal bleed as I am on a COC)

Why do I become extremely bloated while on my period? (or in my case, during my withdrawal bleed as I am on a COC)

Uterus becomes big: The uterus is slightly puffier before your period and you have the sense of bloating that resolves with your periods. Best Wishes Dr M ...Read more

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Im currently trying to have a baby my boyfriend ejaculated in me on June 23rd but on the 28 i began a light period could i still possibly be pregnant?

Im currently trying to have a baby my boyfriend ejaculated in me on June 23rd but on the 28 i began a light period could i still possibly be pregnant?

If it's a period, no: Sometimes some women can have bleeding related to implantation, however this bleeding is VERY light and self-limited. If this is truly a period that you're having then you don't have anything to worry about. Getting tested is never a bad idea; however you should really consider getting on a method of birth control if you don't want to become pregnant. ...Read more

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I didn't know I was pregnant and I used my vibrator a couple of times, would that cause any negative effect on my baby?

I didn't know I was pregnant and I used my vibrator a couple of times, would that cause any negative effect on my baby?

Unlikely a problem: I would only stay away from that if you have any cramping or bleeding. Otherwise I do not see any issues. Sex is not contraindicated in the first trimester unless you are at risk of a miscarriage. ...Read more

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I had my peroid on the 15 and it ended on the 22 now I am spotting im trying to have a baby what should I do?

I had my peroid on the 15 and it ended on the 22 now I am spotting  im trying to have a baby what should I do?

Period to long.: Make sure your thyroid is in order. Hypothyroidism causes both heavy flow, longer periods, and more frequent periods. Also, you did not mention if you could be pregnant, but having this long period virtually negates that. ...Read more

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Am a pregnant woman and I am positive and the last CD4 count I did it was on 380, what the chances that I may transmit to my unborn baby?

Am a pregnant woman and I am positive and the last CD4 count I did it was on 380, what the chances that I may transmit to my unborn baby?

Depends: It also depends on your viral load which is very important and the status of your partner. It depends on whether you have any other infections such as herpes and how you attempt to become pregnant. ...Read more

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My husband and I been trying to conceive but when I have the symptoms and think im pregnant . My period shows up?

My husband and I been trying to conceive but  when I have the symptoms and think im pregnant . My period shows up?

What symptoms?: You are not telling what your symptoms are. If your periods show up how you can be pregnant? When you get your period it means failure of pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am going on a holiday next week and would like to postpone my periods. Can I have Promolut -N? Will it affect my chances of getting pregnant in future?

I am going on a holiday next week and would like to postpone my periods. Can I have Promolut -N? Will it affect my chances of getting pregnant in future?

Progesterone pill ok: The medication you describe is a progesterone type of medication. It is called Norethisterone. It works by reducing the uterus's endometrial lining. This medication is not usually prescribed, but similar medications can be used. Regular oral birth control pills can do it as well. You must start before your vacation begins. They do not affect future pregnancy chances. ...Read more

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I am expecting my first baby and I am having a vaginal ultrasound will they show me the baby? Also will it hurt

I am expecting my first baby and I am having a vaginal ultrasound will they show me the baby? Also will it hurt

It will not hurt: the ultrasound really does not show anything interesting until 8-9 weeks and is quite interesting by 12 weeks. the arms, legs, face, heart and possibly genitals can be seen on a good ultrasound machine by 12 weeks usually. dating the pregnancy can be done earlier but it is a lot more fun for the parents around 12 weeks or later. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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