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  • Can I still be pregnant if the pregnancy test is negative?Home pregnancy tests have become more accurate in the last decade, but you should always check with your healthcare provider if the results are negative and you think you might be pregnant. In the case you do need an additional pregnancy test, your doctor is able to perform a blood test in his or her...
  • 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. Your cycle starts with the first day of your...
  • 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 gain 11 to 20 pounds  ...
  • What is the glucose screening test during pregnancy. Am I required to take it?What is the glucose screening test? 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...
  • 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 back hurt baby? If you are expecting,...
  • Is it okay to use a hot tub while 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 the risk of fainting can be exacerbate by hot tubs, which can cause your blood vessels to...
  • 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 pregnancy. For some women, pregnancy is a time of...
  • 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 extremely small chance of infection or nerve damage....
  • How dangerous is having a cat during pregnancy?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...
  • What’s preeclampsia? And can I get it?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...
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