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Affect Unborn Child
No: Hives are common. 1 in 5 people gets them at some point in their lives. Generally, if not caused by food or drug or bee sting allergy, they are not a sign of a dangerous problem. Unless you have another underlying problem causing the hives, there should be no affect on the fetus. But make sure you tell your ob. ...Read more
Yes: Your baby needs a supporting and loving environment in order to thrive. Of course no pregnancy is perfect! Be sure to protect yourself and your baby! Consider counseling for situations contributing to anger within the family and always ask for help from other family members and your medical team! ...Read more
Curious question: Your unborn child is in a cocoon of tissues that wall off any intrusion during development. The only access to the fetus is trough the blood, filtered by the placenta. No agent, including mold, that is not traveling though your blood can get to baby. If you were to have some sort of bad allergic response to mold, it might stress baby, but I can't see where any chance exposure you have will do anything ...Read more
Does cold drinks affect an unborn child and is it normal not feel a baby's movement for several hours in a day and then later feel it.
Depends: The greatest risk is when you have it first during pregnancy & delivery. At that point there is a greater statistical risk that baby could get the infection and develop a deadly blood and or brain infection within weeks of birth. Secondary outbreaks are less risky & viral sheding can transfer the germ to baby during delivery. Some elect to have a c-section. Discuss your situation with your OB ...Read more
Depends: Sugar intake is rather innocuous & simply a food. Babies system needs it to grow & what you don't consume your body makes & sends to baby. Caffeine is considered a category c med, animal studies showing some problems for fetuses but no long term studies on human subjects to confirm it. Occasional use is likely ok but heavy consumption may be a problem. Newborns have real pbs getting rid of it. ...Read more
T.O.R.C.H.+: Toxoplasmosis, Other (Varicella-zoster, syphilis, parvovirus B19), Rubella, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Herpes simplex are the illnesses associated with know congenital effects. Other illness that can affect that pregnancy and the newborn: STDs including gonorrhea chlamydia and HIV, Flu, Listeriosis, group B strep, Trichomoniasis, and Hepatitis B. ...Read more
Can you tell me the infectious diseases that would affect an unborn child when the mother has it?
Depends: It depends on the type of allergic reaction. Mild reactions like a small rash are not likely to cause a problem for the baby. Severe reactions (like anaphylaxis) which cause breathing problems can be a very dangerous for mom and baby. If you are having any allergic reaction contact your md to be sure. ...Read more
Is it safe to take a garlic supplement while pregnant? Due to my hypertension I am take a garlic supplement do you think this will affect my unborn child in a negative way, is it safe to take while pregnant?
There are no definitive studies that demonstrate safety of taking garlic supplements during pregnancy. It is not an approved medication during pregnancy and there are no studies that show it is safe.
If you have questions on any medications or supplements, call your gynecologist, or call poison center which can also review the safety profiles for you. ...Read more
I'm 20 weeks pregnant and just found out that I have low thyroid levels how will this affect my unborn child?
Depends: Hypothyroidism is of concern in pregnancy if it is not diagnosed and treated. Anti thyroid antibodies, if present, can cross the placenta and effect the developing fetal thyroid. Diagnosis and treatment can provide protection for the baby. Hope this helps. Best wishes to you and your baby. ...Read more
Varies some: Many are screened with blood or ultrasound tests that depend on non-specific findings that may suggest it. When screening is suspicious, a more specific test is done. Some older moms elect the specific test first. Chromosome studies of fetal cells obtained by cvs or amniocentesis remain the most specific in confirming or excluding the diagnosis. ...Read more
Information & choice: National Society of Genetic Counselors publishes guidelines to communicate with parents with diagnosis of prenatal or postnatal Down syndrome. Pregnancy outcomes such s still birth or miscarriage, Options includes continuing the pregnancy, termination the pregnancy, adoption after birth etc. Will be discussed according to parents values and beliefs. Also offer to meet with support groups ...Read more
Can you change it?: Why worry about something you cannot change? ...Read more
Methadone v Buprenor: American college of obgyn 2012: “supports the use of Buprenorphine as a potential first-line medication for pregnant opioid-dependent women who are new to treatment”. Currently, in opioid-dependent pregnant women we use either Methadone or Buprenorphine as 1st line therapy (subutex, not suboxone). Due to its experience most favor methadone; has less exposure to litigation but not necessary better. ...Read more
See below: There is no test for this. However, albinism is a recessive trait, so both parents need to carry the gene. So, there should be a family history. ...Read more
Confusing question: If your concern is about strep throat, the issue is unlikely to bother a fetus. The germ does not enter the blood & travel to the baby, so baby does not have any ill effects. If your question is about group b strep, that germ is common in the female genital tract. It can contaminate baby during birth or infect the fetal waters prior to delivery. In either case the germ can infect baby & cause death. ...Read more