1 AnswerRealAge answeredLocking or locked twins is a rare condition in which during birth a fetus in a breech (feet-first) position becomes locked at the chin with his twin fetus who is in a vertex (head-first) position. Locked twins occur in about 1 in every 1,000 twin births and one in every 90,000 births overall. Locked twins can be identified on an ultrasound examination at the beginning of labor. In most cases, a Caesarean section will be recommended for delivering the babies.
1 AnswerRealAge answeredCall your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy (a condition in which a fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube):
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
- abdominal or pelvic pain
- shoulder pain (may signal blood build-up in the diaphragm from a ruptured fallopian tube)
- feeling faint or dizzy (may be a sign of blood loss)
1 AnswerDr. Suzanne E. Ozbun, MD , Family Medicine, answeredVaricose veins are a common complaint during pregnancy. If and when you develop varicose veins may depend on which pregnancy it is sometimes. For women in their second, third or fourth pregnancies, they may see varicose veins earlier, while women in their first pregnancies may see them later in second trimester. Some pregnant women may never have varicose veins.
2 AnswersDr. Suzanne E. Ozbun, MD , Family Medicine, answeredSeveral things can cause trouble sleeping. One is increased urinary frequency because the baby is pushing on the bladder as it grows, and also as the body grows and is stretching, there can be stretching of tendons and ligaments that are uncomfortable. Leg cramps can keep women up at night, and vivid dreams may be a possibility as well that can keep them awake.
1 AnswerDr. Stephen K. Montoya, MD , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
1 AnswerDr. Craig T. Nakamura, MD , Pediatric Pulmonology, answered on behalf of Sunrise Children's Hospital
1 AnswerDr. Marijan Gospodnetic, MD , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of Johnston-Willis Hospital - HCA VirginiaVaccines help keep pregnant women and their growing families healthy, and are necessary for the protection of your children and those in the community from vaccine-preventable diseases. In addition to boosting your immunity during pregnancy, you should be cautious about travel to areas known to be common locations for vaccine-preventable diseases. Talk to your doctor about any planned international travel and work together on a care plan if the trip is unavoidable.
2 AnswersDr. Marijan Gospodnetic, MD , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of Johnston-Willis Hospital - HCA VirginiaAmong all the health questions that arise during pregnancy, one of the biggest is: what medicines and vaccines are safe during this time?
The most important vaccine during pregnancy is for influenza. The “flu shot” is given annually to combat the anticipated strains of flu circulating in that given year, and it is of paramount importance for pregnant women to receive the inactivated flu vaccine. Contracting the flu during pregnancy puts you at serious risk for complications and hospitalization, and symptoms can be detrimental to the pregnancy.
You should also get the Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis during each pregnancy. Ideally, this will be administered between weeks 27 and 36 of your pregnancy during your third trimester.
Some of a woman’s immunity to disease is passed along to their baby during pregnancy, protecting them from some diseases during the first few months of life, before the baby’s 2-month checkup when initial vaccines are routinely administered.
In addition to boosting your immunity during pregnancy, you should be cautious about travel to areas known to be common locations for vaccine-preventable diseases. Talk to your doctor about any planned international travel and work together on a care plan if the trip is unavoidable.
This content originally appeared on the HCA Virginia Physicians blog.
1 AnswerDr. Ronald B. Tolchin, DO , Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South FloridaCertain hormones produced in pregnancy may increase your risk for back pain. For example, the hormones estrogen and relaxin allow your pelvis to widen to accommodate your growing baby. Those hormones work on the ligaments in the sacroiliac joint, which connects your spine to your pelvis, causing them to stretch. That stretching can cause back pain. If you are having back pain, talk to your doctor about the best way for you to manage it during your pregnancy.
1 AnswerScripps Health answered
New parents may feel crowded by relatives and friends who want to be in the delivery room. Besides making a private affair feel congested, too many people can put a strain on the doctors and nurses who are there to ensure a safe delivery. Don’t hesitate to decline these requests; instead, invite them for a private visit at home.