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Can maternal use of antibiotics affect baby in the womb at early pregnancy?

Can maternal use of antibiotics affect baby in the womb at early pregnancy?

Antibiotic/pregnancy: Absolutely. And that list goes beyond antibiotics. For example, we do not give a mother certain antibiotics, such as sulfa drugs, as it can affect the fetus' development. Tetracycline is a no-no, as it can stain teeth and bones. Other medications also can do that, and this is why medications are classified under different pregnancy categories, from a to d, and x. "a" being safe to "x" being no. ...Read more

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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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Growth of baby in the fifth month of pregnancy.When will the baby start moving during pregnancy?

Growth of baby in the fifth month of pregnancy.When will the baby start moving during pregnancy?

20 wks: Baby movement is typically felt around 20 weeks. Sometimes you can feel it up to a month earlier; usually that is in a second (or more) pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman's mood affect her fetus' development?

Can a pregnant woman's mood  affect her fetus' development?

Metaphysical questio: Your question is metaphysical and i cannot answer to those ramifications. I will say, though, that maternal sorrow, anxiety, depression, stress do affect the pregnancy adversely and increase the risk for small babies, preterm birth and cesarean section. A healthy, optimistic mood is essential in all aspects of life, including reproduction! ...Read more

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Does delayed/late ovulation and late conception affects growing baby in pregnancy r der any complication in such pregnancy?

Does delayed/late ovulation and late conception affects growing baby in pregnancy r der any complication in such pregnancy?

Maybe: Late ovulation can be from poorer quality eggs which then may make lower levels of progesterone so early pregnancy not week supported and possible higher risk of early pregnancy loss. Once placenta takes over at ten to twelve weeks should nol ...Read more

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In a pregnancy first trimester, when can we detect heartbeat of the unborn child?

In a pregnancy first trimester, when can we detect heartbeat of the unborn child?

Depends: Using a typical, abdominal doppler to listen, typically around 12-13 weeks; using a vaginal probe with an ultrasound machine, you may be able to detect something as early as 7 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it possible to detect any genetic disorders in the baby by ultrasound during pregnancy in second trimester?

Is it possible to detect any genetic disorders in the baby by ultrasound during pregnancy in second trimester?

Poor sensitivity: A high resolution ultrasound can often yield evidence of structural changes that occur more often in some chromosomal disorders.It is not specific.Many genetic metabolic disorders are only picked up after birth when byproducts of metabolism build up in babies blood.Some metabolic disorders can be confirmed by fibroblast culture on material from an amniocentesis when family hx is suggestive. ...Read more

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Do subchorionic hematomas in pregnancy cause delays in early childhood development?

Do subchorionic hematomas in pregnancy cause delays in early childhood development?

Adverse effects of : SCH on pregnancy outcomes depend on size, gestational age, & maternal age. Fetal growth restriction, placental abruption, pre-eclampsia, prematurity, & fetal distress may occur. If there is significant decrease in blood flow & nutrients to the fetus , brain & other organ development may be impacted. Anxiety doesn't help. Monitoring & treatment by a Fetal-Maternal Medicine specialist do help. ...Read more

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Dose a heartbeat in the baby in early pregnancy decease the chances of a miscarriage?

Dose a heartbeat in the baby in early pregnancy decease the chances of a miscarriage?

Yes: The risk of first trimester miscarriage goes down after we visualize a fetal heartbeat. The risk drops to less than 5% after about 12 weeks gestation. ...Read more

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Does sex damage the development of a baby during 7 weeks of pregnancy?

Does sex damage the development of a baby during 7 weeks of pregnancy?

NO: Having sex does not damage a baby's development during any part of pregnancy. For more about sex during pregnancy see http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/sex-during-pregnancy/art-20045318 ...Read more

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How does the growth of a baby in pregnancy progress in the third trimester?

How does the growth of a baby in pregnancy progress in the third trimester?

See below: During the third trimester, weight of fetus triples and height doubles. ...Read more

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I'm 7 weeks pregnant, will sex affect the DEVELOPMENT of the baby during the first trimester?

I'm 7 weeks pregnant, will sex affect the DEVELOPMENT of the baby during the first trimester?

No, completely safe: Sex during pregnancy is extremely safe for most women with uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies. Sex during any trimester is considered safe and will not effect the development of your baby. No worries. ...Read more

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Sequence of development after conception to fetus?

Sequence of development after conception to fetus?

A miracle. :): Here is a link with all the details .... http://php.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php?title=timeline_human_development. ...Read more

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Can rubella in early pregnancy cause baby to have spina bifida ?

Can rubella in early pregnancy cause baby to have spina bifida ?

Unlikely : The neural tube defects are considered a random event and are present by ~ 28 days into the pregnancy. Rubella that occurs this early in pregnancy would more likely cause fetal loss, although a heart and eye defects would also be possible. ...Read more

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Could an early delivery (week 37) affect my baby's health in the future?

Could an early delivery (week 37) affect my baby's health in the future?

Not usually: Most of the issues involved with a 37 wk delivery will show up in the first 24hrs. After the initial period of stabilization has passed , they are essentially like any term newborn. ...Read more

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How much could smoking during pregnancy harm the baby in the womb?

How much could smoking during pregnancy harm the baby in the womb?

Increased problems: The infant of a smoker will see their placental blood vessels age faster & start to shrink, reducing their blood flow & cutting their birth weight by 1/2 lb or more. They will have a higher risk of crib death, 2-3x as many ear & lung infections. They will grow up wanting to smoke because their source people do. Interesting legacy to give someone you are supposed to love. ...Read more

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When can we detect heartbeat of the child in a pregnancy first trimester?

When can we detect heartbeat of the child in a pregnancy first trimester?

Probably very soon: Can see the heart beat on ultrasound at approximately 6 weeks. By doppler electronic stethoscope on 9-12 weeks - depends on mom's anatomy. (not a regular adult stethoscope- won't work well). There are home doppler units you can get so that you can hear baby's heartbeat at home and electronically record it for the future. Congratulations! ...Read more

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Is there a decrease in the baby's movement during the 19thweek of pregnancy?

Is there a decrease in the baby's movement during the 19thweek of pregnancy?

Baby movements: At 19 weeks it would be really hard to tell whether you are having truly decreased baby movements or just not feeling your baby move consistently. At 19 weeks even in women who had previous pregnancies, baby movements are not consistently present. I would not get discouraged but would advise you to talk to your obgyn. He may elect to do an ultrasound to assess your baby's wellbeing. ...Read more

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