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what the affect of alcohol/drugs/smoking/poor diet are on fetal development?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Too many to list: You basically build your baby using what you put into your body. If you consume toxic substances, baby will show the effect. If you avoid such materials the baby has a chance to grow to the full potential of their genetic abilities.Each of the materials has specific negative effects, & sadly, many ignore the issue anyway.

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Will alcohol consumption prior to pregnancy have an impact on the baby?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not usually: Alcohol use before pregnancy will only affect the pregnancy if your use was heavy enough to impact your liver. Alcohol only stays in your system for 24-36 hours. Alcohol use during pregnancy can affect the baby's brain and is not reversible.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Will the baby have higher than normal blood pressure from my high salt diet?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: Try to avoid a high salt diet though.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I didn't realize I had a bladder infection for some time, could this hurt my fetus?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Unlikely: I assume you are getting treated now. Untreated bladder infections can lead to kidney infections which can cause premature contractions. That is the reason for treating urinary tract infections so aggressively in pregnant women.
A 31-year-old member asked:

If I took indoethacin in my last weeks of pregnancy, should the fetal heart rate be monitored on a daily basis?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Depends: Indomethacin taken frequently over a long period of time can cause a transient change in the fetal heart circulation (in doctor speak it closes the ductus arteriosus). Small doses for only a few days, which is usually the only thing we would do, is not particularly dangerous. Check with your doctor on why you are taking it and whether monitoring is needed.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How could a lack of fiber (roughage) in the diet be a cause of colon disease, including colon cancer?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Theories: Of slow bowel activity, build up of bad bacteria creating toxins or toxic environment. And healthy intestinal bacteria with higher fiber diet may cause less colon wall mucosal irritation and less risks for cancer. Also theories of low fat diet and increased exercise lowering colon cancer risks.

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