Patient discussion about pregnancy

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Q. Will she be tired all her pregnancy?

My wife is 6 weeks pregnant with our first baby. She is tired all the time and goes to bed at 7 PM. Will she be like this the whole pregnancy?
A1Don't worry, this is very common! Here are some tips to help her with her tiredness:
-She should take short breaks during the day and lie down and lift her feet up. This can help her feel better and less tired. If she is at work and can't lie down, then she should just pick her legs up on a chair.
-She should take a few short naps during the day and sleep at least 7-8 hours a night.
- She should sleep on her left side as this improves the blood flow to the womb.
A2Lots of women become more tired when they are pregnant and they need more rest. Be patient and supportive. Help her around the house and let her relax more. Usually the tiredness goes away in the second trimester.
A3tiredness can be a particular problem for women in the first and last three months of pregnancy. In the early stages, she may feel unbelievably tired and sleepy, almost as if she's been drugged. This is caused by pregnancy hormones.

Towards the end of your pregnancy she may feel tired because of her increased size and weight, because her systems are working extra hard to support herself and the baby, and because she may not be sleeping very well at night. she may also feel tired if problems like nausea or heartburn are making it difficult for her to eat well.

wait after she'll have the baby..you'll be tired too...

Q. Is this the symptom of pregnancy?

I have burning rashes all over my face and neck and it is itching a lot. I’ve tried with popular brand lotions and all of them are in vain. I have consulted skin specialist also and he said this is not an allergic reaction. Can anyone give me some insight on this and what I could use to get rid of this crazy outbreak of rashes every now and then….. It’s just my skin got really sensitive for some reason... Is this the symptom of pregnancy?
AI really doubt this. Morning sickness is one of the primary symptoms of pregnancy and you didn’t say anything about it. But developing rashes might be due to any skin deficiency for which you may have to consult a physician than forming your own conclusions. I don't know about the rash, but I broke out a lot during my first pregnancy. It's not a sure sign, but possible. My skin was itchy everywhere when I was pregnant. Every woman is different, some break out with bad acne when they get pregnant, and other's clear up. I broke out bad, but if you know your body, then it could be a sign!

Q. Which vaccinations are allowed during pregnancy?

I'm 13 weeks pregnant and planning to travel to east Africa.
A1if you have to make some "vaccinations" to travel outbroad, you can also find out if a homeopathic vaccination exists. this will be okay for you and for sure.

Please check urgently the links on this page before you would like to go on with any vaccination, you should check out this very long list of links:

http://www.aegis.ch/neu/links.html

at the bottom you will also find links in english. vaccinations in general are very disputable/dubious and it is probably time that we learn about it.
A2Many women may not realize that they are not up-to-date on their immunizations and are susceptible to diseases that can harm them or their unborn child. Pregnant women should talk to their physicians to figure out which vaccines they may need and whether they should get them during pregnancy or wait until after their child is born. The following vaccines are considered safe to give to women who may be at risk of infection:

Hepatitis B--Pregnant women who are at high risk for this disease and have tested negative for the virus can receive this vaccine. It is used to protect the mother and baby against infection both before and after delivery. For the complete list:
http://www.emaxhealth.com/40/1125.html

Hope this helps.
A3before me and my wife went to a 3 months tour in south America- we looked for info about that, apparently there are some sort of vaccines you can't take (contains live weak viruses) and some that are fine. here is a list we found of the "American college of obstetricians and gynecologists":
http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/misc/bco282-1.cfm#table1

enjoy the trip!! :)

Q. How do you calculate the weeks of a pregnancy?

I'm confused! My Doctor calculates my pregnancy by weeks and my friends and family through months. Can someone tell me how it goes exactly? Are there 4 weeks every month, if so then there should be 36 weeks not 40?!
A1Each pregnancy month doesn't have exactly 4 weeks as a regular month. Its divided more into trimesters which each trimester is between 12-14 weeks long.
A2Your EDD (expected delivery date) is 40 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). A pregnancy is divided into trimesters (each trimester is 3 months long):
• the first trimester is from week 1 to the end of week 12
• the second trimester is from week 13 to the end of week 26
• the third trimester is from week 27 to the end of the pregnancy

Q. what are the do and don't do health wise during pregnancy?

A1do look at beautiful people places and things.. it anchors a positve energy

meditate on nature :)
A2here are couple of lists that might help you:
http://www.imedix.com/health_community/q101588_dont_wise_during_pregnancy

this is more on diet during pregnancy:
http://www.healthline.com/blogs/diet_nutrition/2007/05/pregnancy-do-and-dont-part-one.html

and here is a detailed one:
http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/separating-pregnancy-myths-and-facts

Q. fifth month of pregnancy...

Hey guys, as always, just wanted to let you know my wife and I are getting into fifth. so far doing good and we have some news.......... we're gonna have a girl!!! I'm so happy.... now the name is actually the problem... is true that orange is the new pink??
A1Thank you!! Can you share any tips for this time?? Happy new year by the way...
A2Congratulations for the pregnancy..
Feel free to share your experiences, questions, and problems in this community... meanwhile, stay healthy always..

Q. How soon can gestational diabetes be detected in pregnancy?

I am barely 6 weeks pregnant and had a blood glucose test done last week, the results came back high at 220. Does anyone know if that is too early for gestational diabetes, or do you think I had diabetes before the pregnancy and just didn't know about it?
A1They don’t usually test before the 24 week for gestational diabetes. So I guess that they had a reason to do so with you. So I would ask them if they see any other problem or what’s their reason.
A2I would say that you already had it, my daughter is 25 weeks 3 days and they are testing her for that next month. They said that gestational diabetes starts around 28 weeks.
Diabetes and pregnancy together are rough so please be careful.
Congrats on the little one.
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