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A 41-year-old member asked:

does listening to classical music make my fetus smarter?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: Classical music can be very relaxing and pleasant so if it helps you during your pregnancy, go for it. The fetus is mostly listening to your heartbeat and intestinal motion sounds.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Could not hurt!: There is no doubt that the fetus can appreciate sounds and may have a hearing sense well in advance of 9 months. Classical music is harmonious and has mathematical elegance, it can therefore enhance fetal neural networking development and lay the ground for reason and good sense.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is the one test of greatest predictive value for the fetus? Afp?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Prediction?: Predictive value for what? A high AFP is associated with a fetus with a neural tube defect. A large nuchal translucency is associated with chromosomal abnormalities and cardiac defects. A normal level ii ultrasound reduces the risk of structural abnormalities in the fetus. So it depends upon what you are testing for.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you know for sure if a fetus is Rh sensitized?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
It isn't: In the case of rh disease, it is the mother that is sensitized. The fetus is at risk for anemia due to maternal anti-rhesus antibody crossing the placenta. If the fetus is rh negative, there will be no problem. The blood type of the fetus isnot usually determined until after delivery. There is research into determining fetal blood type from mom's blood - but that is not yet available.
A 34-year-old member asked:

If a little bit of chromsome comes off, does that cause problem for fetus later in life?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Chromosomes: What is "a little bit"? Lack of some chromosomal material may be associated with an unbalanced chromosomal complement. That is not normal and depending upon what chromosomal material was lost may affect the way the fetus develops and functions.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How does the human nervous system develop in a fetus?

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Dr. Carl Connors
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Very well: Wow! what a question to answer with a short answer. The nervous system develops very well from cells in the fetus which have the potential to become any type of cell line.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What are something's I can do if my fetus' movements have decreased significantly in the last 24 hrs?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Call your doc NOW: Please call your doc. Decreased fetal movement is something your physician will want to know about.

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