How do I know when I’m ovulating?

 Although some women can experience spotting, bleeding, and/or minor discomfort in their lower abdomen while ovulating, many may have no symptoms during this time. It is important to understand your cycle and when you could be fertile, or are most likely to become pregnant. …

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Should I be doing Kegel exercises during pregnancy?

 Kegel exercises may help prevent pelvic floor weakness which can occur after childbirth, which can stretch and weaken pelvic floor muscles. Pelvic floor muscles are  a layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs and can cause urinary control issues after delivery. It can also make …

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How much weight will I gain during pregnancy?

 How much weight you should gain during pregnancy depends on how much you weigh before becoming pregnant. Experts typically advise that if you are:Underweight, you gain 28 to 40 pounds Healthy weight, you gain 25 to 35 pounds Overweight, you gain 15 to 25 pounds Obese, you …

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What is the glucose screening test during pregnancy? Am I required to take it?

The glucose screening test, which is performed around the 24 to 28 week mark of your pregnancy, measures levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood. Although you are not required to take this test, it is recommended by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as high levels of glucose …

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What is a gentle or family-centered cesarean? Is it always an option?

Anyone who has had a traditional cesarean section, or C-section, can tell you that the mechanics of the surgical procedure can distract from the celebration of bringing your baby into the world.  During a traditional C-section, the mom and child are frequently separated in the moments after birth …

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Is it safe to get a bikini wax?

Yes, bikini waxes are considered safe during your pregnancy; however, if you are in your second or third trimesters you should avoid doing any activities that require lying on your back for long periods of time because it can cause lightheadedness or even fainting. Read more: Can lying on your …

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Is it OK to use a hot tub when pregnant?

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 …

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Are headaches related to my pregnancy?

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 …

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Can I get pregnant if I have lupus?

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 …

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Are there any risks to having an epidural?

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 …

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