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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? .

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?

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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

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more


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How long until anemia can cause some serious harm?

How long until anemia can cause some serious harm?

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

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How long would it take until anemia causes serious harm?

How long would it take until anemia causes serious harm?

Hard: Question to answer. The longer it takes for an anemia to develop the better the body can compensate for it. My associate saw HGB in he 2 s while doing mission work in africa. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of anemia in a 28 week old fetus, along with blood filled placental cysts?

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

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What is the cause of sickle cell anemia in fetus?

What is the cause of sickle cell anemia in fetus?

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

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Besides the obvious risks, is there any harm caused to an unborn child by riding a motorcycle (vibrations) while pregnant (first trimester)?

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

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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?

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

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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!

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!

No: 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

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How do you test fetus for sickle cell anemia?

How do you test fetus for sickle cell anemia?

Genetic test Sickle: Yes the test is done on high risk women at the 17 week of gestation by doing amniocentesis with the permission of both patents. ...Read more

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Iif in a relationship male partner has minor thalassemia and female partner has anemia which problems might threaten fetus?

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

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Will too much tuna harm my unborn child?

Depends: Canned tuna has a higher mercury content than natural fresh tuna. Tuna consumption should be limited to once a week. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis harm my unborn child?

Can toxoplasmosis harm my unborn child?

Absolutely!: 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

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Can antibiotics harm my unborn child?

Can antibiotics harm my unborn child?

Maybe: There is evidence that some antibiotics may have fetal interactions. Best check with your doctor before taking any. ...Read more

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Can my unborn child be harmed if I have a drug allergy?

Can my unborn child be harmed if I have a drug allergy?

No: Having a drug allergy is only a problem if you are exposed to the drug. If there is a severe drug allergy during pregnancy there is a potential for a problem. Avoid the drug to which you are allergic. ...Read more

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Can sepsis harm my unborn child?

Can sepsis harm my unborn child?

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

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Can adco-namapol harm your unborn child ?

Can adco-namapol harm your unborn child ?

No: This is paracetamol or acetaminophen and it is safe in recommended amounts to take during pregnancy. All the best. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can Lyme disease harm my unborn child?

Can Lyme disease harm my unborn child?

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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If I don't take prenatal vitamins will it harm my unborn child?

If I don't take prenatal vitamins will it harm my unborn child?

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

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

Probably not: Especially if you don't get sick . Just because you were expose does not mean you will certainly get sick . Even if you do baby should be fine ! congratulations on your pregnancy! ...Read more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Depends: Serious complications such as sensorineural hearing loss and developmental delay are often noted in infants born to mothers who developed primary CMV infection (first time) during her pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can it harm a unborn child, if the mother that's Valium 10mg? She just took 30 valium.

Can it harm a unborn child, if the mother that's Valium 10mg? She just took 30 valium.

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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Can taking Aleve (naproxen) harm a unborn child?

Can taking Aleve (naproxen) harm a unborn child?

Aleve (naproxen): You may take aleve (naproxen) on an occasional basis, but not on a continuous basis. ...Read more

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Can an STD cause serious harm to an unborn fetus?

Can an STD cause serious harm to an unborn fetus?

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

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I'm pregnant but I want to dye my hair. Will this harm my unborn child?

I'm pregnant but I want to dye my hair.  Will this harm my unborn child?

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