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I am allergic to dairy products so take calcium with vitamin D supplements. Is it safe to continue to do so during my pregnancy?

A: Yes, calcium and vitamin D are safe to take in pregnancy in moderate amounts. In fact, some studies have shown that in women with low calcium intake, giving calcium supplements reduces the risk of devloping high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia later in pregnancy....

I am pregnant. I have horrible allergies and can''t continue to take my prescription medicine. What can I do to alleviate seasonal allergies during pregnancy?

A: The main symptoms of seasonal allergies are nasal congestion and watery discharge from the nose. In addition, some sufferers have itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; coughing; ear fullness; skin rash and itching; and worsening of asthma symptoms (wheezing). We usually split the pregnancy into trimesters of 13 to 14 weeks each. The first trimester is the most problematic in terms of medications and congenital defects, and we try to avoid medications during this important time. After the first trimester we have a little more leeway. Treating seasonal allergies largely depends on the symptoms. If nasal congestion is the problem, using saline nasal spray can help. With eye symptoms, astringent eye drops (such as Vasocon-A or Naphcon-A) may offer some relief. Neither of these...


Can I continue a weight-lifting program throughout my pregnancy?

A: Weights are a great way to maintain your fitness level during pregnancy. Keep in mind the following guidelines:1. Fitness goals should be to maintain your fitness level, not make dramatic gains. 2. Your health care provider (OB or midwife) knows how much and how often you lift and says it is O.K. 3. Never hold your breath while you lift. 4. You easy up on the weights if you feel that you are slowing down in the third trimester. (Blood volume and respiration increase dramatically which diminishes maximum exertion.) 5. Try Nautilus-style machines instead of free weights for help with your range of motion in the last trimester....


Is Pilates a safe form of exercise during pregnancy?

A: Pilates (pie-lah-teez) combines stretching and strengthening routines and natural, fluid movements to improve flexibility, build strength and tone muscles. The ''Pilates Method'' was developed by Joseph H. Pilates early this century. As a Pilates instructor and as an expectant mom myself, I recommend that you continue doing only the exercises that are comfortable for you. Selected Pilates exercises can be done with the supervision of a qualified Pilates instructor. At the very least, avoid doing exercises on your back after the third or fourth month according to your comfort. Most Pilates mat exercises are done on your back, however, the reformer provides a multitude of exercises done in an upright position. I personally felt discomfort and strain in my abdominal region in my second month,...


How safe is it to continue intercourse when your periods are on?

A: Medically it is considered normal to have sexual intercourse during the menstrual period. However, many individuals still worry about the possible health risks associated with it. The flow of blood that is produced during menstruation is a natural body fluid and is in no way harmful to the reproductive tract of the woman or the penis of the man. The same precautions that need to be taken during sexual intercourse when a woman is not having her period must also be followed when she is menstruating. These precautions ensure safe sex and protect against sexually transmitted diseases and in preventing unwanted pregnancies. Oral sex during the menstrual period is not entirely advisable as the menstrual flow is a substance that is eliminated from the body and taking it internally during oral...


What Are the Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding during pregnancy?

A: There are a few medical reasons to stop breastfeeding during pregnancy, but on the whole, there is no reason to stop if the pregnancy is not problematic. As long as the mother is eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of fluids and resting, the body will be able to cope with any extra demand upon its resources. Stimulation of the nipple can release a hormone called oxytocin into the body, which may then cause uterine contractions or cramping, but this should only occur after the 37th week of pregnancy.. Women who are going through a healthy pregnancy have little to worry about in terms of breastfeeding during pregnancy. It is very important that the mother stays...


pregnancy test is negative

A: Hi, swati, I"m not quite clear on the timing of the various events you are telling me about. I don"t know that your bleeding was your actual period. I don"t see how the doctor can be so sure, given that you had an abortion that disrupted your hormones. Your hormones are delicately balanced, and any kind of disruption like that causes unpredictable results. The result is that a woman could bleed any time, and it"s not clear what an episode of bleeding truly means. Please know that condoms don"t work. If it has been 14 days since you had sex, you should be getting your period IF you were fertile at the time of sex. However, if you ovulated a couple of days later, pregnancy is still possible, but your period wouldn"t be due for another couple of days. ...

pregnancy immediately after abortion

A: Dear Sheila, Thank you for the additional information.  In the unlikely event that you are pregnant again, it is completely safe to end the pregnancy or continue the pregnancy. It won"t affect your future ability to get pregnant or your ability to continue a pregnancy.  Both the abortion pill and the aspiration procedure (see earlyabortion.com) end an early pregnancy without changing the lining of the uterus, so don"t affect fertility.  Obviously, you wouldn"t want to, but you could safely do either of these procedures month after month without any medical problems. I hope this is helpful. Good luck!  Take the test one week after the date of sex you"re concerned about....

Why is it important to know if I am HIV positive in pregnancy?

A: A diagnosis of HIV in pregnancy opens up some very important issues. Firstly, who do you tell? Secondly, do you want to continue the pregnancy? Some women opt to terminate their pregnancy in case the baby is affected, or if they are already ill and unable to cope with looking after a baby. There is no reason to suggest that the pregnancy will necessarily be affected by HIV, if you are otherwise well. Very important if you do decide to continue your pregnancy is that you might be put on anti-HIV drugs (''triple therapy'' or less commonly ''monotherapy''). You may be advised to have a Caesarean Section, and it further reduces the risk of transmission if you don''t...

pregnancy Resets Hormones and Desire??

A: Do you like playing in Vegas?<P>The short of it is: It might. It also might *not*!<P>From *anecdotal* evidence, I think there are many more women who suffer from dramatic loss of libido etc from a first or second pregnancy than the reverse.<P>Some women do, however say that *while* pregnant they had, at least during some of the pregnancy, a much higher libido.<P>This somewhat seems to match the levels of hormones present during pregnancy. Testosterone, which is quite closely linked with desire and proper sexual function increases dramatically during pregnancy. Yet, IIRC the levels simply return to normal after pregnancy. (In my profile...

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