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I am in my third trimester actually due anytime and have been using xanax (alprazolam) for about 4to5 weeks now for anxiety depression bipolar but I'm afraid of h?

I am in my third trimester actually due anytime and have been using xanax (alprazolam) for about 4to5 weeks now for anxiety depression bipolar but I'm afraid of h?

Please discuss: With your OB doctor. There are risks to the fetus/child when taking this medication and there are risks to the fetus/child when one becomes manic. Xanax is not typically an effective agent for preventing mania, in addition. Your OB should be made aware of the prescription and needs to council you on both of these issues. Congratulations and good luck!

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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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Can breastfeeding help decrease or alleviate a newborn's symptom severity from withdrawals associated w/ 3rd trimester, high-dose RX Xanax (alprazolam) exposure?

Not good idea: While Xanax (alprazolam) does cross into breast milk, the keve l s can be very erratic and thus not a good plan for withdrawl. Otherwise, you are basically asking about keeping your newborn addicted to a controlled substance by passing him the med through your milk to "alleviate withdrawl". You are not alleviating withdrawl, you are keeping them addicted. Don't do it. Do withdrawl supervised in hospital.

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Is it safe to lay on my back during the third trimester of pregnanct?

Is it safe to lay on my back during the third trimester of pregnanct?

Slight tilt better: There's a large vein (vena cava) that returns blood to your heart that runs up on the right side near your spine. It's possible to compress this with your uterus & that's why you may feel light-headed, dizzy, or with palpitations when you lay on your back. Simply a slight tilt towards your left can avoid vena-caval compression & you'll feel better. If no symptoms, I wouldn't worry about it.

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Sharp vaginal pains during third trimester, what is stretching and what is prelabor?

Sharp vaginal pains during third trimester, what is stretching and what is prelabor?

Fetal pressure +: The pressure and movement of the fetus in the uerus will often initiate "pre-labor" contractions which can be measured on a fetal monitor. These are often rhythmic in nature as opposed to the pressure of "stretching" pains.

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How many women bleed during the third trimester?

How many women bleed during the third trimester?

Not too many: I would get some attention on that one. It could be your cervix changing but more worrisome is bleeding from the placenta compromising fetal oxygen. Some spotting after intercourse isn't unusual but third trimester bleeding is nothing to blow off.

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Is it normal to have cramping during my third trimester?

Is it normal to have cramping during my third trimester?

Yes: Most people have sometype of cramping throughout there pregnancy. It is more common during the third trimester.

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Afrin (oxymetazoline) during third trimester. Is it safe to take?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) during third trimester. Is it safe to take?

Afrin (oxymetazoline): Afrin (oxymetazoline) is fda pregnancy category c. Drugs. Com defines category c as “animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.” thus discuss with your ob/physician to determine if benefits outweigh risks.

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Can I eat fresh pineapple during third trimester? Is listeria a concern?

Can I eat fresh pineapple during third trimester? Is listeria a concern?

Yes: But avoid if contaminated or if on recall. Buy from safe regular or whole food stores.

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Can I have the 3d ultrasound to detect fetus abnormalities during third trimester?

Can I have the 3d ultrasound to detect fetus abnormalities during third trimester?

Ask you MD: You need to ask your MD that question because they are best able to interpret any findings as well with the exam.

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Can I eat ice cream during the third trimester? Is there a concern about listeria?

Odd posting: In the US, ice cream from commercial vendors is pasteurized and provides no risk to a pregnant woman at any stage. If you are consuming home or farm made ice cream from raw milk (illegal in many areas) it would be risky at any stage of pregnancy, not just the last trimester.

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Is it normal to feel queasy again at start of third trimester? Nausea had stopped during second trimester.

Is it normal to feel queasy again at start of third trimester? Nausea had stopped during second trimester.

Normal: The enlarging uterus is putting pressure on your ability to expand your stomach when eating. Eat smaller lighter meals more frequently.

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Hello Dr, Did blood test during third trimester. Iron is 7.3 umol/L, reference range is 10.7 - 28.6. What does it mean please? Many thanks.

Hello Dr, Did blood test during third trimester. Iron is 7.3 umol/L, reference range is 10.7 - 28.6. What does it mean please? Many thanks.

Need iron: Iron level is low-which is common in late pregnancy. You are making new blood for you AND your baby. Iron supplementation would improve your and your baby's chances at and after delivery.

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Can catching fifth disease during third trimester cause problems for baby at birth, ?

Can catching fifth disease during third trimester cause problems for baby at birth, ?

Rare: Fetal complications from exposure to fifth disease or parvovirus are rare in the 3rd trimester. Have you had a test to see if you've been exposed? Your doctor can perform a blood test to see if you have been exposed.

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What tests will I need in the third trimester?

What tests will I need in the third trimester?

GBS, Glucola: A 1 hour glucose tolerance test is done between 26-28 weeks to screen for gestational diabetes. A culture for group b streptococcus bacteria is done at 35-36 weeks. Urinalysis for protein and glucose are done at each visit, along with blood pressure checks. Fetal testing (non-stress testing) may be indicated, but is not necessary in low risk pregancies.

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What are the best sex positions in the third trimester?

What are the best sex positions in the third trimester?

Most comfortable.: Often this is some variation of a side by side. These are more comfortable for the mom-to-be and have shallower penetration which puts less pressure on the cervix. Sometimes, depending on the patient and the pregnancy, it can be a challenge to find a comfortable position.

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Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more