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A Pregnant Woman Having A Baby
Worrisome issue: Babies make their own fluids & these provide a bit of cushion for the baby to develop, pushing the uterine walls back to allow for growth. Too little fluid could compress baby enough to prevent the lungs from developing.It can reflect problems with babies kidneys or swallowing system. Some have more fluid than others. Clarify the issue with your ob.No fluid can be a big problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Month 4 if thin: Usually a baby bump will be visible at Month 4 of the pregnancy as the uterus expands beyond the confines of the pubic bone. However, this is true with pregnant patients who have a reasonably normal Body Mass Index(BMI) Morbidly obese patients may not have a baby bump at all due to abdominal protuberance. ...Read more
Pregnant & MRSA: An unborn baby is not at risk of becoming infected with MRSA under normal circumstances. During the birth, the baby may be at risk of becoming infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, which is a serious staph infection, if the mother has an active MRSA infection. A healthcare professional will need to be consulted to determine the safest way for a pregnant woman, who is infected, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely.: Optimal weight for height, fitness, cessation of cigarette smoking/drug/alcohol use, control of any chronic health conditions (e.g. Hypertension, ibd, diabetes mellitus, lupus, thyroid disorders, anemia, etc) and Folic Acid supplementation (1-5 mg daily throughout reproductive life) can all dramatically improve your chance to achieve a minimal risk for perinatal mortality. ...Read more
Woman with meningomyelocele if pregnant what are the outcomes of the baby?Is it hereditary ?Any successful normal babies?
Higher risk: Meningomyeloceles are part of a group of neural tube developmental malformations called "open neural tube defects". They generally occur spontaneously in about 1:1000 pregnancies but can be more common in certain situations. A series of sequential prenatal tests (blood, ultrasound and invasive i.e. Amniocentesis) can help detect babies so afflicted. ...Read more
How long is an infant protected from the flu shot given to a pregnant woman in the 3rd trimester? I got the 4 virus version.
Hard to be sure: The antibodies built during pregnancy are pushed into baby at a level higher per pound than she retains. That said, all such antibodies begin to age out and become less effective with time. By 3-6 mo there is little if any left. Since there are always a few more flu strains circulating than the ones they can put in the vaccine, it is important to avoid exposure as the primary form of prevention ...Read more
Up until what age can a lady fall pregnant or have babies? I am 34 years old and don't have babies yet
Risks for any pregnc: At 34 you are not too old for babies. Many consider the rate of down syndrome births as a marker for age & childbearing.Risks are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40 & 1/12 at 50.There is a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.The ds risk must be added as age related risk. Discuss with your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: There are many adverse events that can happen w/ an infection during pregnancy. Depending on the type of infection, and at what point in the pregnancy it occurs, birth defects can occur. The baby can also become infected in the womb, or during delivery, leading to eyesight problems, neurodevelopmental disorders, toxic shock, etc. In short, it is important to prevent stis with safe sex practice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does the food habits of pregnant women contributes to the fertility of the babies when they reach their reproductive years?
No: Numerous studies have shown that if a pregnant woman gains a significant amount of (unhealthy) weight during pregnancy, her child is at risk for obesity later on in life. Obesity alone can cause reproductive problems for the child when she reaches her reproductive years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The women i know who had monthly bleeding that looked like a period were pregnant and all delivered healthy babies, how when this is supposedly rare?
When a woman is : Pregnant her periods cease. However, she could experience bleeding that is not a period. I have never heard of a pregnant woman have monthly bleeding at the time she would have experienced a period. You might want to double check the accuracy of the information you heard. ...Read more
Can you tell me if it's mandatory for pregnant women to get tested from hiv/aids before delivering their babies?
Varies: In my state such tests are mandated by existing law. ...Read more
Why do we keep having girl babies? Does my husband have more female sperm then male sperm? Lol.. I'm pregnant with our 3rd daughter!
No, he has 1 X ; 1 Y: Trust me, it's not a bad thing to have 3 daughters or 3 grandsons. I hope your 3rd is a healthy baby. As a member of the vanguard of feminists, i reared my girls to believe they could go anywhere ; do anything. Boy, do they! in the middle east, africa, russia, south america ; any other place they can think of that scares the tar out of me. Empower your girls ; be ready to support their choices. ...Read more
Is there a link between women who were pregnant with the flu and have babies with bipolar disease?
Not clear: Gestational influenza has been associated previously with schizophrenia in offspring, but the relationship between this exposure and bipolar disorder (bd) is unclear. Maternal influenza may be a risk factor for bd. Although replication is required, the findings suggest that prevention of maternal influenza during pregnancy may reduce the risk of bd. Reference: jama psychiatry. 2013;():1-8. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What precautions do pregnant women with spasticity issues take? On average, would the birth underweight babies? Do they have difficulty carrying?
Need to see mfm: A maternal fetal medicine obstetrician is the physician you need to see. This ob/gyn is fellowship trained in pregnancy in women with significant past medical histories. Depending on what spasticity treatments you use will have an impact on pregnancy in terms of what you can and cannot take in order to have a healthy baby. ...Read more
Reading up on breastfeeding + read that women w/twin pregnant will have enough milk for 2 babies. Then can I exclusively b/f my twins if that's the case?
Feeding twins: Provided that you adequately support your own body with nutrition, hydration, rest and stress management,you may very well be likely to successfully nurse twins. Frequent weight checks for your infants will reassure you if they are getting enough breast milk for adequate growth. Good luck, and good choice! ...Read more
What treatment is given to pregnant women with aids in hopes that their babies will not be born with the virus?
In the 1960s, many women who took a tranquilizer called thalidomide early in pregnancy gave birth to babies with phocomelia. So how are vaccines any different now since they haven't been tested on pregnant women?
No testing ?????????: You assume so much in your statement. Vaccines are one of the most monitored agents in the US over the past 3 decades. Each lot/dose are recorded in detail from creation to administration. An adverse events, from a bad reaction to a fetal abnormality would be reported to a central registry.Live vaccines are discouraged, but outcomes have shown no adverse effects. Dead vaccines are safe & effective ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not!: Your baby's skin tone, hair and eye color are all determined at the moment of conception when the genetic contributions of the mother and father combine in that inexplicable miracle. And all, except absolutely necessary, drugs and chemicals should be avoided during pregnancy. A bad idea from many perspectives .... ...Read more
I am waiting for almost 5years to be pregnant but until now i don't have babies. How will i know if there is a problem with me?
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U mean see the htbea: At 8 weeks u should be able to see a htbeat, u cannot feel a htbeat, if u cannot see a htbeat on ultrasound, and the fetus is really 8 weeks then it is a non viable pregnancy but to be certain u can repeat the us in 1 more week and if no htbeat again taht is certain. ...Read more
I am 8 months pregnant but was unaware. And have been using heroin. How long will it take to leave mine and my babies system?
Friend used ecstasy before realizing she was pregnant . What are latest findings re ecstasy use in early pregnancy on babies?
Ecstasy in pregnancy: Hopefully your friend has not done any damage to her fetus if she stopped its use early. She should discuss the problem with her obstetrician. ...Read more
My son is 9 months -- I want to get pregnant again soon. Is it too early? Are there any risks having babies so close together?
Next child: Your OB/gyne will know your history and be able to answer this more reliably , ...Read more
I just realized I got pregnant. I found an article says babies conceive in June will have risk of being premature and other disease. Is that right ?
No: That's made-up. In very hot countries, the early-miscarriage rate may be higher in the summer. That's all. You need to be aware that "statistical epidemiology" generates a huge amount of garbage just by randomness in the data. You should ignore all but the biggest, best studies, and anything that doesn't make sense. Congratulations on your pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Feel like im losing my identity & my confidence. Lost 2 babies in past 2 years. Now pregnant with healthy baby. 29 wks. Feeling fed up. Is thisnormal?
While 1 in 5: pregnancies spontaneously terminates, they are no less painful and frustrating not to mention the sense of loss and other emotions that come up exacerbated by the body hormones running amok. I think your feelings are your normal. After losing two, you have to be fearful the same will happen. Maybe your feeling fed up is a way of protecting yourself from another loss. But, this pg is diff. Bond ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 40 years old expecting my fifth baby all four babies delivered normally ihave 23 wksof pregnancy my baby position is not ideal it is vertical ?
Confusing question: Babies are usually carried in a vertical position. Do you mean bottom first ? If so there is a chance that surgical delivery would be safer for a big baby. Yet you do have quite a while for baby to turn head down. ...Read more
Why can't I fall pregnant? I've been trying naturally for over 6months. I have low iron but I've been pregnant once before so I know I can have babies.
Fertility: If you have low iron, you may be anemic, as an iron molecule is essential to making red blood cells. Your health is always a factor in your ability to get pregnant. If you are anemic from deficiency of iron then you can be given oral iron supplements to rectify the anemia. The loss of menstrual blood monthly is often the cause of anemia. See your doctor for a check up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi I have had 2 babies in the space of a year and in the pregnancy my platlets kept going down & now there still going up and down what could cause it?
See hematologist: You should see a hematologist for further evaluation. There are many causes of thrombocytopenia- or low platelets. See a hematologist for a careful history and examination. You could have an autoimmune condition called immune thrombocytopenic purpura- however, other causes have to be ruled out as well that would include pregnancy related thrombocytopenia, vitamin deficiency, other things. See md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really.: Monochorionic monoamniotic pregnancies are extremely rare (<1% of all twins) and very complicated because fetal demise (of one or both twins) can occur without any warning from umbilical cord entanglement. You may be referring to the "protection" from ttts (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome) in mono/mono twins; this is indeed true, however the risks above trump that benefit. ...Read more
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34 weeks GA: Typically antenatal steroids are given to mothers who are going to deliver before 34 weeks gestation, as the lungs aren't mature by this time. They still may be given after 34 weeks, in some circumstances, but most babies have mature lungs and breathe well on their own without mothers getting steroids by 34 wks GA. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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