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  • How do I know when I’m ovulating?

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     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 period and ends with the first day of your next period, with an average cycle lasting around 28 days and ovulation typically starting on day 14 of your …
  • Should I be doing Kegel exercises during pregnancy?

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     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 your uterus sag, a condition called uterine prolapse. You can help prevent these problems by doing daily Kegel exercises during and after pregnancy, which will help to strengthen those muscles in order …
  • How much weight will I gain during pregnancy?

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     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 Gaining too much weight while pregnant can cause health problems for you and your child. For you, extra weight raises your risk of developing diabetes and high blood …
  • What is the glucose screening test during pregnancy? Am I required to take it?

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    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 in your blood could indicate a more serious condition. A glucose screening test consists of Drinking a special glucose solution Getting blood drawn one hour …
  • What is a gentle or family-centered cesarean? Is it always an option?

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    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 when a connection to one another is especially important, both for the health of the baby and for bonding purposes.Now there is a new option available called gentle or family-centered cesarean, or …
  • Is it safe to get a bikini wax?

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    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, this area may be more sensitive during pregnancy, and it is important to note that there is no medical need or preference for the area to be waxed prior to …
  • 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 …
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