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  • Is it OK to use a hot tub when pregnant?

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    Doctors generally recommend that you avoid using hot tubs while you are pregnant. During your first trimester, an elevated core body temperature could increase your risk of certain birth defects. Throughout pregnancy, women are more likely to faint, and fainting can be exacerbated hot tubs, which can cause your blood vessels to dilate and pool in your lower body as you stand up. However, shorter lengths of time in hot tubs, set at lower temperatures, may be safe.During labor, tubs can be a …
  • Are headaches related to my pregnancy?

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    Headaches are common in pregnancy. Tension-type headaches – low grade, mild headaches – are the most common kind of headache both in general and during pregnancy. Migraine headaches are common as well. Women with frequent headaches outside of pregnancy are more likely to have headaches during pregnancy. For some women, pregnancy is a time of increased headaches, though some women actually find that their headaches are improved in pregnancy.If you are experiencing migraines, most …
  • Can I get pregnant if I have lupus?

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    Yes, however it is important for women with lupus to consult their rheumatologist prior to getting pregnant. In addition, having a pre-conception consultation with a high risk doctor prior to pregnancy is important for women with significant chronic diseases, such as lupus.Women with lupus are at higher risk for pregnancy complications, including problems with fetal growth, high blood pressure in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia), preterm delivery and stillbirth.Most babies born to women with …
  • Are there any risks to having an epidural?

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    Receiving an epidural is very safe; however there are side effects for all medications. In certain cases, side effects, though short-lived, may include a drop in blood pressure or itching. Rarer side effects include a spinal headache (a severe headache that may require further treatment) and an extremely small chance of infection or nerve damage. Though usually very effective, an epidural can fail to provide enough pain relief. If this happens, your anesthesiologist may replace the epidural or …
  • How Dangerous is Having a Cat During Pregnancy?

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    Having a cat during pregnancy is only dangerous if you contract toxoplasmosis, a common infection found in birds, animals, and people. For most people, the disease is not a serious health problem, but for a pregnant woman's growing baby, the disease can cause brain damage and vision loss. In the United States, less than 1 percent of pregnancies are complicated by a maternal toxoplasmosis infection.  Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite. You can get the infection by digging or gardening in …
  • What’s preeclampsia? And can I get it?

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    Preeclampsia is a condition that can occur during pregnancy. It is characterized by high blood pressure and increased levels of protein in the urine. In rare/severe cases, preeclampsia can lead to other problems such as seizures, growth problems in babies, kidney/liver dysfunction, or bleeding.Preeclampsia affects around 5-8 percent of all pregnancies and occurs more often in first time mothers, older women, and women with other risk factors (e.g. twin pregnancies or women with underlying …
  • Is a vegan diet safe during pregnancy?

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    Yes.It is always important to maintain a healthy diet, but it is especially important during your pregnancy. What you choose to eat while expecting may influence both you and your  baby’s current and future health. That being said, as long as you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of protein, a vegan diet is a safe choice.What is a vegan diet?A vegan diet is defined as not consuming any animal products which includes red and white meats, chicken, fish, cheese, …
  • What is the Zika virus? Can I get it?

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    The Zika virus is carried and spread by Aedes mosquitoes. The most common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. As many as 4 out of 5 people who contract Zika have no symptoms at all. The cause for concern is that the Zika infection in pregnant women has been linked to a increased rates of microcephaly, a condition in which a baby is born with a smaller than normal head. While it is not proven that Zika has caused this …
  • There are risks to Amniocentesis. Do I really need one?

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    Most women will have normal, healthy children and will not require invasive prenatal tests. However, all women have a 3 percent chance that their child will have a birth defect; this is the risk that any woman faces with a pregnancy, regardless of age.Amniocentesis is a procedure to remove a small amount of fluid from the amniotic sac that surrounds the fetus. This fluid is then used for testing. A doctor may offer an amnio for consideration in any of these situations:A woman has a …
  • What is Chorionic villus sampling? And what can I expect?

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    A: Most women will have normal, healthy babies and will not require Chronic Villus Sampling (CVS) or other invasive prenatal tests.  However, all couples have a 3 percent chance of having a child with a birth defect and a physician may recommend CVS, a procedure to obtain a small amount of tissue (chorionic villi) from the developing placenta of the fetus for the purpose of  genetic testing in order to learn more about the babies’ risk for a birth defect.A CVS is performed under …
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