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At what stage are teratogens the most dangerous during pregnancy?

At what stage are teratogens the most dangerous during pregnancy?

1st trimester: Teratogens are always bad, no matter what trimester. But 1st trimester is where all critical developments are happening. Imagine a new house being built. 1st trimester is the foundation, which damaged means no house :(. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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At what point(s) in a pregnancy are teratogens most dangerous?

At what point(s) in a pregnancy are teratogens most dangerous?

During the first: Trimester the baby is undergoing a great deal of development and is particularly vulnerable to teratogens. ...Read more

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The embryo is most vulnerable to teratogens during which stage of pregnancy?

The embryo is most vulnerable to teratogens during which stage of pregnancy?

Organ formation: Starts at 3-8 weeks after conception. Each organ has a a critical period;e.g., heart 3-4 weeks, brain 3 weeks-delivery. In general, the first trimester is the most vulnerable time. Exposure to alcohol, tobacco, drugs ; medications, low folate (folic acid) levels, maternal diabetes, infections, chemicals, ; hyperthermia are some teratogens that can cause harm before a woman knows she's pregnant. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for me to diet during pregnancy?

Is it dangerous for me to diet during pregnancy?

Not the best time.: Women need nutrients while pregnant. Weight gain is normal (generally speaking) while pregnant. It is not in your best interest to try to lose weight at that time. ...Read more

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Is cocaine really dangerous to use during pregnancy?

Is cocaine really dangerous to use during pregnancy?

Yes!: If you're using Cocaine while you're pregnant, then so is your baby. That means that the first thing your baby experiences after they are born is drug withdrawal. Not the best way to start off life. Besides that, your baby will likely be born smaller-than-normal and is more likely to have lots of health and behavioral problems later in life. ...Read more

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How is stress dangerous to the baby during pregnancy?

How is stress dangerous to the baby during pregnancy?

Can affect baby: Stress can potentially cause the baby to be smaller than if mom is not stressed. Lots of stress in pregnancy increases the possibility that the baby will be colicky ( that has been my experience). Babies feel the emotional response of the mother. Hopefully a pregnant mom will find tools to help manage the stress (breathing is #1 and available anytime anywhere). Talk to the OB doc as well. ...Read more