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By OBGYN Dr. Gleaton

Are mild cramps in early pregnancy “normal?”

Yes up to 60% of women report cramps in early pregnancy. 

Best ways to relieve back pain in early pregnancy? 

Yoga, stretching, belly band, and Physical therapy are my top recommendations. Tylenol never hurts either!

Is it normal to not go to a doctor until your eighth week check up? 

For establishing a new pregnancy, yes 7- 8 weeks is ok. Occasionally, we perform an ultrasound earlier than 7 weeks for high risk conditions such as recurrent miscarriage or prior ectopics.

Can a child grow in the uterus without a myoma wanting to disturb the pregnancy? 

Yes, often pregnancies progress without significant issues even in the setting of myomas aka fibroids. It's important to undergo growth assessments to ensure there is no evidence of growth restriction which is sometimes seen in pregnancies complicated by fibroids.

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Fever during the first trimester? 

Any fever greater than 100.5 should be reported to your provider. Most causes of fever will not affect the overall outcome of the pregnancy. 

Can you switch brands of prenatal vitamins every day or should you consistently use the same brand? 

Honestly, there’s no data that I’m aware of, but my opinion is that it doesn’t matter! Feel free to trial prenatal vitamins and select one that is well tolerated while offering the most comprehensive nutrient profile such as the Prenatal for her.

Kombucha and pregnancy? I’ve heard both yes and no. 

For starters, why has Kombucha been around for nearly 2,000 years, and I’ve only recently learned of it?! Kombucha, is a fizzy sweet-and-sour drink, is full of probiotics, antioxidants, and boasts many health benefits, including hormone regulation. Drinking Kombucha while ttc is safe and perhaps beneficial for certain hormonal conditions. 

Since there are no large studies on the effects of drinking kombucha during pregnancy, it's likely best to avoid kombucha during pregnancy and breastfeeding because of its small alcohol content, caffeine content, and lack of pasteurization.

Thoughts on taking well sourced salmon roe during 2nd trimester for Omega 3 DHA? 

Eating salmon roe as a source of omega 3 DHA is generally considered safe. Although, it’s not a bad idea to be familiar with the mercury content and pollutant levels from your source. 


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