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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? .

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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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I'm 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?

I'm 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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I'm 7 months preggy just want to ask is there any harm in an unborn child deeping and soaking in hot spring 5-10 minutes?

I'm 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.