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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.


Headaches during pregnancy are relatively common especially in the first and third trimester. They can be caused by an increase in blood volume (which occurs during pregnancy), stress, lack of sleep, lack of caffiene, low blood sugar, dehydration, and pre-existing history of migraines. Headaches can be related to high blood pressure so be sure to check your pressure. Headaches in the late second and third trimester can be related to a condition called pre-eclampsia which can be dangerous. Please contact your health care provider if your headache does not improve with Tylenol or is associated with changes in vision, swelling in your hands, feet or face, or pain in your upper abdomen.
               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?


Women more than 28 weeks can travel but may feel uncomfortable sitting for long flights. For air travel, ACOG (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommends, for a healthy pregnancy, a woman can travel up to the last month of pregnancy, generally up to 36 weeks. Check with the specific airlines guidelines. For car travel, try to limit travel time to less to 5 hours and make frequent stops to stretch and walk around.

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?


Well there are alot of reasons why a pregnancy can be considered high risk. Some of the reasons include conditions that the mother may have such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, heart conditions, kidney disease, Rh disease and many more. Other reasons include conditions present in previous pregnancies such (a poor obstetric history) which may include loss of a pregnancy in the second or third trimester, previous stillbirth, or history of preterm labor. Also, there can be fetal conditions, for example a heart defect in the baby that has been detected by ultrasound. Determining whether a pregnancy is high risk or not is accomplished on an individual level by the health care provider.

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