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Effects Of Anemia On An Unborn Child
Can anemia during pregnancy harm the fetus? I’m four months pregnant and was just diagnosed with anemia. Could this be harming my unborn child?
Possible, unlikely.: Maternal anemia is grossly overdiagnosed during pregnancy in the U.S.; british studies have proven that the best maternal hemoglobin is 9-11 g/dl as a nadir around 28 weeks. If you are in that range you and the baby are just fine. I would get concerned if this gets below 8-9 g/dl and try oral iron supplementation. Consider electrophoresis if never done before to exclude hemoglobinopathies. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: There are many causes of anemia, and each will cause a different degree of anemia and will be different in how quickly they drop a person's red blood cell count. In an extreme case, say severe autoimmune mediated hemolytic anemia, the person could die with a couple of days. On the other side, many causes of anemia result in stable disease (does not progressively get worse). ...Read more
What could be the cause of anemia in a 28 week old fetus, along with blood filled placental cysts?
Really?: Family doc here, just would maybe like to help you tho I'm not certain I can. Fetal anemia?...they test for that?....I must be behind in my peds smarts, but I only see ages 2 and above. I figure if the fetus has anemia and your circulation is shared via placenta, then you have anemia. Or these placental blood filled cysts are causing an anemia. You need to have a better talk w/whomever said this ...Read more
You may be confused.: Fetuses do not suffer from sickle cell anemia in utero because they have a different type of hemoglobin (fetal) that is unaffected even in individuals destined to have sickle cell disease later in life. Affected fetuses come from affected or carrier parents and sickle cell disease is a genetic condition without cure at present. See a genetic counselor to discuss these issues in detail. ...Read more
I am 6weeks and wondering if the use of cotrimazole pills n cream could have caused any harm to my unborn child, because i had a fungus?
Besides the obvious risks, is there any harm caused to an unborn child by riding a motorcycle (vibrations) while pregnant (first trimester)?
Unlikely to matter: Once your placenta has a firm attachment in the uterine wall, the developing embryo/fetus is well protected against repetitive vibrations. I have had mom's teach their jazercise class for the balance of pregnancy & never miss a beat. Occasional mom's with an unstable pregnancy, odd placental attachment or other issue may be advised to maintain a quiet lifestyle, but that is an exception. ...Read more
Im 15wks pregnant, can a cold/ flu cause harm to your unborn child? My lower pelvic area is really sore from coughing is this hurting the baby?
Virus & pregnancy: Mostg colds are viruses and unless a secondary bacterial infection occurs that goes through the bloodstream(septicemia), the fetus is well protected by the placenta. The coughing will only increase fetal movement, and make your muscles sore but does no harm to the fetus.. ...Read more
Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!
It is unlikely to remain in your system very long after exposure. Some bug sprays are considered unsafe in pregnancy, but the risks are low. What is more, certain insect-born illnesses are potentially more harmful, so you'll have to weigh your risks and benefits based on your location.
I usually recommend deet-free bug sprays. ...Read more
Iif in a relationship male partner has minor thalassemia and female partner has anemia which problems might threaten fetus?
Depends on...: ...The type of anemia the woman has. A hemoglobinopathy like thal-minor or sickle trait, when combined with the male's thal-minor, could produce a baby with thal-major or sickle-thal, both very severe illnesses. If she has vitamin or iron deficiency, or hemolytic anemia, that by itself can be a problem for the baby, but the male's thalassemia would then make no difference in the outcome. ...Read more
Toxoplasmosis can be very dangerous to an unborn fetus. Risk of transmission is increased later during pregnancy, but if contracted earlier, the fetus' outcome is worse. Toxo can cause visuospatial, hearing, and learning problems later in life.
Fortunately, patients with toxo can be treated with antibiotics while still pregnant. Babies can be tested directly too. Ask your doctor for more info! ...Read more
Yes: Any infection can harm a fetus, and sepsis (an infection that has become more severe) can even lead to fetal death (spontaneous abortion) or injury. While pregnancy does make you more vulnerable to infection, sepsis is still rare in pregnancy. If you have an infection, talk to your OB (or family doctor) about it quickly. ...Read more
Im 7 months preggy just want to ask is there any harm in an unborn child deeping and soaking in hot spring 5-10 minutes?
Unlikely to be pbm: Exposures to gentle heat that does not raise your core temperature more than a degree or two for a brief period is unlikely to bother baby at this gestation. Baby is fully formed and just filling out and completing the finish work on growth. I don't see a problem with it. ...Read more
Yes: Untreated, lyme disease can be dangerous to your unborn child. Lyme disease that goes untreated can also cause you to have brain, nerve, spinal cord, and heart problems. With early treatment, these complications can be prevented. If you suspect that you may have lyme disease, see your physician. ...Read more
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Possibly: Vitamin use is recommended to keep you healthy and they contain folate (folic acid) which is known to decrease the risk of defects in the unborn baby's back. Some doctors recommend extra folate (folic acid) with prenatal vitamins. Follow your doctor's advise. He may have samples if money is an issue. Prenatal vitamins are a must. All the best. ...Read more
Valium & pregnancy: If this woman has actually taken 30 valium 10mg tablets, she has overdosed and needs to go to an er for medical attention now. She and her baby could be in danger. Longer term, risk of fetal exposure to benzodiazepines (the group of medicines valium belongs to) is relatively low but present. These are in the range of .7% for cleft lip or palate, compared to the general population. ...Read more
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Yes: In particular, syphilis, hepatitis b, hiv, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia can either cause harm to the developing fetus or be transmitted to the fetus while it is developing. Most of these STDs are screened for at the first prenatal visit, and many can be treated to avoid harm to the baby. If you are concerned about your exposure to STDs in pregnancy, see your healthcare provider! ...Read more
Maybe: By and large, highlights are relatively safe. However, there may be some products out there that have harmful chemicals. It is best to wait for hair highlights until after the first trimester. The first trimester is when the fetus is most vulnerable to harmful chemicals and substances. Try "greener" options for hair products-. ...Read more