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Is it safe to use the drug Tramadol and does it affect the baby?

I’m 24 weeks and have been taking one tramadol 50mg a day. When I take it the baby stops moving. She is usually extremely active. I’m just scared that something is going to happen to her now or even after birth. When I called my doctor (My ob/gyn, he is very old fashioned and doesn’t usually give drugs out) about it who prescribed it, they said it is normal for the baby to be less active.

I only take it on days that I work because I am on my feet all day and my daughter is sitting on a nerve in my back, making my legs numb and putting my hips out of place.

-Melissa[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

Answer:

Dear Melissa,

I would suggest not taking the Ultram or Tramadol at all. It is very habit-forming and best not to take it at all. Best to use just good ol’ Tylenol, but only when you really need to.

The best of luck keeping you and your baby healthy and happy,
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Is it normal for your cycle to change often?

Ok so I’m 20 and I’ve had my period since I was 9. The first time I had it for 2 weeks and after that it was 5 days. So I understand that when you are younger or barely starting your period isn’t always regular. So I know that’s normal.

Anyways, a few years ago-maybe about 2-my period started changing. It got very heavy and I would last 3 1/2 days. Then it would stop for almost 2 days then it would start again. It had gotten to the point that I would hate getting my period. I wouldn’t go out or anything and I had to be waking up in the middle of the night to change because I would stain myself and the bed. Then this month it wasn’t heavy anymore and I actually went out and felt happy but my period is almost 7 days today is the 6th day. It stopped on Monday and now it started again.

Is it normal that my period keeps changing like this even though I’ve had it for quite some time now? Or should I talk to my obgyn about this? I don’t wanna do that though cause she said my period wasn’t considered heavy yet; that it was normal to be going to the restroom to change more then 6 times a day and waking up constantly during the night to change. I thought that was pretty stupid tbh.

Sorry it’s so long, Lizette[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

Answer:

Dear Lizette,

Yes, you are normal, but it is not unusual to have your period change over time. Have you lost or gained a significant amount of weight? Have you had your thyroid checked? If you are not wanting to conceive, just go on the birth control pill to regulate your cycle!

The minimum you should do is to do a TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone test and if you do not want to conceive then go on the pill or a Mirena IUD would probably stop or nearly stop your cycle altogether.

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How does pregnancy affect heart rate?

Hi there, my name is Sarah and I am 14 weeks pregnant. I’ve noticed that once I hit about ten weeks, my heart would speed up after eating. Sometimes it will speed up to an uncomfortable rate. My Obstetrician referred me to a cardiologist, and I have wore a heart monitor for 24 hours. I am waiting on the results still. I’m just confused as to why if I eat big meals or heavy foods like potatoes and so on, why my heart would speed up so much. Has anyone else gone through this during pregnancy?

-Sarah[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

Answer:

Sarah,

Eating should have absolutely no effect on your heart rate whether or not your pregnant. However, the further along you are the harder your heart has to work. By the end of pregnancy your cardiac output increases a whopping 40% over normal. That is your heart has to pump nearly 1 1/2 times as much blood as when you are not pregnant. The way it does so is by pumping more blood with each stroke (stroke volume) and by pumping faster (beats per minute).

The further along you are the more heart palpitations you will notice. This is usually just a normal physiologic process. If you find yourself fatigued, then you could have an underlying problem, or it may just be normal.

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