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This month’s questions:
Kelly K. of Washington asks: Are headaches normal? im 13 wks and 2 days and ive had headaches almost non stop for a couple weeks.
Mercedes R. of New Jersey asks: So got the flu shot.. I’m a little nervous? Should I have not gotten it?
It is safe during pregnancy and is recommended for pregnant women during the flu season (October through March) especially because pregnant women are more at risk of complications from the flu. Women can be vaccinated anytime during the pregnancy. Babies born to vaccinated mothers receive their mother’s antibodies protecting them during the first 6 months until they can be vaccinated. The nasal spray version is made from attenuated (weakened) live virus and should be avoided.
Caroline V. of Florida asks: I know some moms that have a glass of wine like once or twice a week , what is your opinion on this?
There have been recent studies on the consumption of low-dose prenatal alcohol and basically the studies report the following: there is a definite association between alcohol and attention, memory, behavior and information-processing deficits in children exposed. There is enough evidence to support current recommendations of complete abstinence during pregnancy.
Wilma M. of New York asks: Is it safe to travel out the country during the twenty-eight week of pregnancy?
As for my opinion on this, travel in the third trimester should be done with some discretion, make sure where you are staying has a nearby hospital and labor and delivery department that is reputable should you need it.
Caroline V. of Florida asks: I read that it is ok to color your hair after the first trimester? is this true?
The answer is yes, you can dye your hair after the first trimester but use preparations that are ammonia-free or made from vegetable dyes.
Wilma M. of New York asks: Is there any truth that cat feces can be harmful to pregnant women?
Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic illness that can cause serious problems if a woman becomes infected while she is pregnant. It can be present in the feces of cats so cleaning the litterbox should be avoided. Generally, indoor cats are less likely to carry toxoplasmosis and about 15 percent of women of childbearing age are immune to it.
Wilma M. of New York asks: When is a pregnancy considered high risk?