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Experience:  Board Certified: Ob/Gyn & Preventive medicine, US Medical Graduate
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"Hello... I just found out that I am 4 weeks pregnant... had

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"Hello... I just found out that I am 4 weeks pregnant... had my last period on June 7th, and took a test on Friday. I am worried about the numerous occasions in which I drank alcohol... will my baby be harmed?"
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 1 year ago.

Dr. Owen :

Hello

Dr. Owen :

Hello, I am Dr Owen, I am a Board Certified Ob/Gyn Medical Doctor and I want to help you.

Dr. Owen :

Are you still drinking?

Customer:

Not since I found out... last drink was on Wednesday

Customer:

was drinking like twice a week for the past month

Customer:

Very scared that I have afflicted the baby

Dr. Owen :

Well you really do NOT need to worry

Customer:

really?

Dr. Owen :

Because honestly millions of women drink and when they find out they stop drinking

Customer:

i mean i drank tequila and vodka

Customer:

not wine

Dr. Owen :

so stopping by the time of when you find out you are pregnant is a safe time as the Embryo essentially on its own until about 5 to 6 weeks of pregnancy

Dr. Owen :

so honestly we JUST do NOT see FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is THIS scenariio

Customer:

so, i need to wrap up the cigarettes as well

Dr. Owen :

We really ONLY see it when you are drinking throughOUT the pregnancy

Customer:

I am so done with that!

Dr. Owen :

YES stop cigarettes too as well as your husband too

Dr. Owen :

SO relax and I congrats on your pregnancy

Customer:

hubby does not smoke

Customer:

i am down to three or four a day

Customer:

what about ecigarettes?

Customer:

i am probably about 4 weeks, then?

Dr. Owen :

okay = STOP the cigarettes COLD turkey

Dr. Owen :

you can do it

Customer:

and i am worried b/c i am overweight...

Customer:

i know I can

Dr. Owen :

it is to benefit you and the baby

Customer:

just winding down now, you know?

Dr. Owen :

Well you can be worried about weight now

Dr. Owen :

you are pregnant

Customer:

i am overweight, though

Customer:

did not expect this pregnancy

Dr. Owen :

I understand

Customer:

our first one; a total shocker

Dr. Owen :

but the cigarettes are Dangerous

Customer:

wanted to be healthy first

Dr. Owen :

so stop the cigarettes

Dr. Owen :

I'm an ob/gyn

Customer:

smoke free and healthier

Dr. Owen :

not a psychologist

Customer:

i know you are

Dr. Owen :

so I'm telling you to stop

Dr. Owen :

as you are already stopping the alchol

Dr. Owen :

that will benefit YOU and the baby

Dr. Owen :

See an ob'gyn soon

Customer:

yes

Customer:

i will

Dr. Owen :

and GET a Nutritionist to Help YOU

Dr. Owen :

that will help

Customer:

talking to her about nicotine replacement therapy

Customer:

and weight

Dr. Owen :

No you do not need the nicotine

Customer:

my mom had preclampsia (sp)?

Dr. Owen :

just stop cold turkey

Dr. Owen :

it works better

Customer:

so, that concerns me, too

Dr. Owen :

it really does

Customer:

in the long run?

Dr. Owen :

forget about preeclampsia now

Dr. Owen :

you need to concentrate on cigarettes, eating right

Dr. Owen :

forget about preeclampsia - it is NOT inherited

Customer:

okay, good

Customer:

i feel lightheaded...

Customer:

light-headed

Customer:

taking prenatal vitamins

Customer:

how much weight should someone who is pretty overweight gain during pregnancy?

Dr. Owen :

Well drink a LOT of water - that is what you need

Customer:

I am pretty active

Customer:

exercise 4-5 days a week

Dr. Owen :

weight gain of about 25 to 40 pounds in pregnancy would be appropriate

Dr. Owen :

Exercise

Dr. Owen :

Eat well

Customer:

oh my

Dr. Owen :

GET a Nutritionist to help you

Customer:

good thing i lost 15 lbs before this

Customer:

alright

Dr. Owen :

that is good

Customer:

wanted to lose more, though

Customer:

apparently, this baby wanted to come, huh?

Customer:

Is this confidential?

Dr. Owen :

Well no weight lose now

Dr. Owen :

yes confidential

Customer:

okay

Customer:

can i continue to take paxil until i see my doc?

Dr. Owen :

I can hide the question after you click on EXCELLENT if you want

Customer:

please

Dr. Owen :

NO, you need to switch to Zoloft -

Dr. Owen :

paxil is NOT recommended in pregnancy at all

Customer:

could i take wellbutrin?

Dr. Owen :

You really need to get seen this week and soon

Customer:

stopped taking it as of yesterday

Dr. Owen :

Welbutrin is fine

Customer:

will the obgyn office do a rush appointment for pregnancy? it is always SOOO busy there

Customer:

and hard to get in for an appointment

Dr. Owen :

yes, your ob/gyn should see you this week

Dr. Owen :

You have enough issues you need immediate help this week

Customer:

enough issues?

Customer:

that scares me

Dr. Owen :

well the paxil, cigarettes, Anxiety, - I really would get seen

Dr. Owen :

this really will help calm you down

Customer:

okay

Customer:

but baby should be fine if i desist the usage of the above, right?

Dr. Owen :

YES the baby will be fine

Dr. Owen :

so do not worry

Dr. Owen :

I wish you well

Dr. Owen :

and Congrats on your pregnancy

Customer:

i am sure i am not the first mother to freak out like this :)

Dr. Owen :

YOU are not

Customer:

driving my husband NUTS

Customer:

thank you so much, doc

Dr. Owen :

I see hundreds of women just like you every years

Customer:

and please keep this private

Dr. Owen :

take care

Dr. Owen :

Please click on EXCELLENT

Dr. Owen :

than you

Customer:

will do

Customer:

you, too

Dr. Owen :

thank you and I will close this out

Dr. Owen, OB/GYN (Doctor)
Category: OB GYN
Satisfied Customers: 55753
Experience: Board Certified: Ob/Gyn & Preventive medicine, US Medical Graduate
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