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My newborn baby cries a lot and is very fussy. could that be due to my anxiety disorder during my pregnancy?

My newborn baby cries a lot and is very fussy. could that be due to my anxiety disorder during my pregnancy?

Yes: Babies in utero are very sensitive to their environment and the amount of circulating epinephrine triggered by the anxiety. This is also fundamentally true after delivery and child raising as children of anxious parents tend to have more anxiety related and aberrational behaviors then those whose parents are "calmer" and more centered. ...Read more

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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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My 11 month baby cries all the time to be in my arms, she already walks, has lots of toys, i can't cook, clean, im also pregnant what can I do?With no cry

My 11 month baby cries all the time to be in my arms, she already walks, has lots of toys, i can't cook, clean, im also pregnant what can I do?With no cry

Separation anxiety: Sounds like separation anxiety which usually escalates around this age in a normal child. You can try finding distractions for her and place her in a safe area (pack and play, crib, playpen) while you go do what you have to do. Most babies who cry but are not hungry or hurt will be ok if you don't rush to console them immediately. If possible, try to get a friend/ family to help give you a break. ...Read more

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Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Absolutely.: Optimal weight for height, fitness, cessation of cigarette smoking/drug/alcohol use, control of any chronic health conditions (e.g. Hypertension, ibd, diabetes mellitus, lupus, thyroid disorders, anemia, etc) and Folic Acid supplementation (1-5 mg daily throughout reproductive life) can all dramatically improve your chance to achieve a minimal risk for perinatal mortality. ...Read more

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Woman with meningomyelocele if pregnant what are the outcomes of the baby?Is it hereditary ?Any successful normal babies?

Woman with meningomyelocele if pregnant what are the outcomes of the baby?Is it hereditary ?Any successful normal babies?

Higher risk: Meningomyeloceles are part of a group of neural tube developmental malformations called "open neural tube defects". They generally occur spontaneously in about 1:1000 pregnancies but can be more common in certain situations. A series of sequential prenatal tests (blood, ultrasound and invasive i.e. Amniocentesis) can help detect babies so afflicted. ...Read more

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What can a pregnant woman eat to give birth to fair babies?

What can a pregnant woman eat to give birth to fair babies?

Nothing...: If I'm understanding correctly you want a baby that is fair skinned. Skin color is genetic so depending on what the parents skin tone is the child could have skin like the mother, the father, or some combination of the two. ...Read more

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How do stis affect pregnant women and their unborn babies?

How do stis affect pregnant women and their unborn babies?

Many ways: There are many adverse events that can happen w/ an infection during pregnancy. Depending on the type of infection, and at what point in the pregnancy it occurs, birth defects can occur. The baby can also become infected in the womb, or during delivery, leading to eyesight problems, neurodevelopmental disorders, toxic shock, etc. In short, it is important to prevent stis with safe sex practice. ...Read more

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Up until what age can a lady fall pregnant or have babies? I am 34 years old and don't have babies yet

Up until what age can a lady fall pregnant or have babies? I am 34 years old and don't have babies yet

Risks for any pregnc: At 34 you are not too old for babies. Many consider the rate of down syndrome births as a marker for age & childbearing.Risks are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40 & 1/12 at 50.There is a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.The ds risk must be added as age related risk. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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How does lupus affect pregnant women and babies?

How does lupus affect pregnant women and babies?

Blood pressure: Some women experiences flares while pregnant. In addtion, lupus can cause problems with mom's blood pressure and baby's growth. Very serious cases of lupus can be associated with blood clots and kidney problems. ...Read more

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Does the food habits of pregnant women contributes to the fertility of the babies when they reach their reproductive years?

Does the food habits of pregnant women contributes to the fertility of  the babies when they reach their reproductive years?

No: Numerous studies have shown that if a pregnant woman gains a significant amount of (unhealthy) weight during pregnancy, her child is at risk for obesity later on in life. Obesity alone can cause reproductive problems for the child when she reaches her reproductive years. ...Read more

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The women i know who had monthly bleeding that looked like a period were pregnant and all delivered healthy babies, how when this is supposedly rare?

The women i know who had monthly bleeding that looked like a period were pregnant and all delivered healthy babies, how when this is supposedly rare?

When a woman is : Pregnant her periods cease. However, she could experience bleeding that is not a period. I have never heard of a pregnant woman have monthly bleeding at the time she would have experienced a period. You might want to double check the accuracy of the information you heard. ...Read more

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Why do we keep having girl babies? Does my husband have more female sperm then male sperm? Lol.. I'm pregnant with our 3rd daughter!

Why do we keep having girl babies? Does my husband have more female sperm then male sperm? Lol.. I'm pregnant with our 3rd daughter!

No, he has 1 X ; 1 Y: Trust me, it's not a bad thing to have 3 daughters or 3 grandsons. I hope your 3rd is a healthy baby. As a member of the vanguard of feminists, i reared my girls to believe they could go anywhere ; do anything. Boy, do they! in the middle east, africa, russia, south america ; any other place they can think of that scares the tar out of me. Empower your girls ; be ready to support their choices. ...Read more

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What other infections in pregnant women cause small-headed babies, other than the Zika virus?

What other infections in pregnant women cause small-headed babies, other than the Zika virus?

Many infections: Rubella (German measles), toxoplasmosis, chicken pox, syphilis, cytomegalovirus, herpes, Parvovirus (fifth disease) usually cause mild disease in the mother but can be devastating to the developing fetus. ...Read more

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What precautions do pregnant women with spasticity issues take? On average, would the birth underweight babies? Do they have difficulty carrying?

What precautions do pregnant women with spasticity issues take? On average, would the birth underweight babies? Do they have difficulty carrying?

Need to see mfm: A maternal fetal medicine obstetrician is the physician you need to see. This ob/gyn is fellowship trained in pregnancy in women with significant past medical histories. Depending on what spasticity treatments you use will have an impact on pregnancy in terms of what you can and cannot take in order to have a healthy baby. ...Read more

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Reading up on breastfeeding + read that women w/twin pregnant will have enough milk for 2 babies. Then can I exclusively b/f my twins if that's the case?

Reading up on breastfeeding + read that women w/twin pregnant will have enough milk for 2 babies. Then can I exclusively b/f my twins if that's the case?

Feeding twins: Provided that you adequately support your own body with nutrition, hydration, rest and stress management,you may very well be likely to successfully nurse twins. Frequent weight checks for your infants will reassure you if they are getting enough breast milk for adequate growth. Good luck, and good choice! ...Read more

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Is there a link between women who were pregnant with the flu and have babies with bipolar disease?

Is there a link between women who were pregnant with the flu and have babies with bipolar disease?

Not clear: Gestational influenza has been associated previously with schizophrenia in offspring, but the relationship between this exposure and bipolar disorder (bd) is unclear. Maternal influenza may be a risk factor for bd. Although replication is required, the findings suggest that prevention of maternal influenza during pregnancy may reduce the risk of bd. Reference: jama psychiatry. 2013;():1-8. ...Read more

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In the 1960s, many women who took a tranquilizer called thalidomide early in pregnancy gave birth to babies with phocomelia. So how are vaccines any different now since they haven't been tested on pregnant women?

In the 1960s, many women who took a tranquilizer called thalidomide early in pregnancy gave birth to babies with phocomelia. So how are vaccines any different now since they haven't been tested on pregnant women?

No testing ?????????: You assume so much in your statement. Vaccines are one of the most monitored agents in the US over the past 3 decades. Each lot/dose are recorded in detail from creation to administration. An adverse events, from a bad reaction to a fetal abnormality would be reported to a central registry.Live vaccines are discouraged, but outcomes have shown no adverse effects. Dead vaccines are safe & effective ...Read more

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