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At what gestational age are babies lungs developed that they won't need help with breathing?

At what gestational age are babies lungs developed that they won't need help with breathing?

Varies with situatn: Some can be born at 32 weeks and have no issue(mostly females) and some will have poorly developed lungs at 40 weeks (infant of diabetic mother). The main info i give parents is to expect 50% to need oxygen rx if born at or before 36 weeks. ...Read more

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What to do if i want a small baby so i don't get too fat during pregnancy. How can I choose my babies size?

What to do if i want a small baby so i don't get too fat during pregnancy. How can I choose my babies size?

Pregnancy: You can't choose your babies size. The size of your baby has nothing to do with getting fat during pregnancy. The amount of weigh you gain is up to you, as long as baby is growing properly. The uterus returns to normal size, when the baby is out. What you should be asking is, what is the best way to eat to get a healthy baby!!!! Get your priorities straight. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my baby is measuring big for gestational age?

What does it mean if my baby is measuring big for gestational age?

Depends: The average woman is around 5 ft. 3 in tall. If you had two women, one who was 5 ft 10 in tall and another one who was 4ft 11 in tall, you would not say either of these women are abnormal, just outside the average. So a baby that measure big for gestational age is outside the average. What you need to know is by how much is the baby outside the range of average. ...Read more

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Gestational sac measuring two weeks smaller than baby. Baby measuring normal for dates and hb is good. Why is the sac so small and is this a bad sign?

Gestational sac measuring two weeks smaller than baby. Baby measuring normal for dates and hb is good. Why is the sac so small and is this a bad sign?

Small gest sac: Would not be too concerned about sac size. If CRL is appropriate and HB is good those are very good signs. Be patient. Too early yet to tell much. Hope this helps. Best of luck. And Congratulations! ...Read more

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When a fetus is "measuring small" how is that determined? Wouldn't it just mean that the fetal / gestational age is off?

When a fetus is "measuring small" how is that determined? Wouldn't it just mean that the fetal / gestational age is off?

Yes and no: Yes, if the gestational dates are off. No, if they are not and the biparietal diameter of the fetus does not "measure up" to the appropriate age indicating "small for gestational age or intrauterine growth retardation.". ...Read more

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Could gestational sac measure small due to dehydration? The baby is measuring normal with a normal hb but the sac is measuring almost 2 weeks behind.

Could gestational sac measure small due to dehydration? The baby is measuring normal with a normal hb but the sac is measuring almost 2 weeks behind.

No: Dehydration does not affect the size of the gestational sac because the fluid around the developing embryo does not come from your body systems. The size of the embryo is a more reliable measure of gestational age and thus should be used when possible. ...Read more

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What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

Depends On Control: There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). ...Read more

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The doctor is saying that my gestational sac is measuring too small and the baby is too big for it i am 8 w 2 d does that mean miscarriage?

The doctor is saying that my gestational sac is measuring too small and the baby is too big for it i am 8 w 2 d does that mean miscarriage?

Heart beat ?: The most important thing to find out was if there was a fetus with a heartbeat visualized on the sonogram located inside of the uterus. If so then this is good news. The size of the gestational sac is not likely to be a contributory data point if the rest is true. You can ask your doctor to explain what was meant by a small gestational sac ...Read more

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What level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes causes you to have big babies?

What level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes causes you to have big babies?

Pattern not number: Baby begins to make their own Insulin during mid pregnancy & any moment that moms levels are high will push glucose across the placenta, forcing baby to store the excess as fat.Any maternal levels above normal can lead to enlarged organs, defects, large baby & the need for IV fluid treatment after birth . The better mom's control, the less problems for baby, the worse control, the bigger the pbs. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?

Anyone know what is a high level of blood sugar during gestational diabetes to have big babies?

Over 140: A blood sugar of 140 will enable diagnosis of gestational diabetes. If you have been diagnosed, your baby is in danger of growing at a too large rate. This causes the baby's system to produce insulin at a higher rate, which fuels growth. There are multiple complications at risk. You can use exercise to bring blood sugar back to normal range. Be sure and follow your doctor's orders to a T. ...Read more

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32+2 wks pregnant with twins,PE,on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning?planed c sec at 36 wks

32+2 wks  pregnant with twins,PE,on blood thinner & gestational diabetes, scan babies growth 10th percentile is it concerning?planed c sec at 36 wks

High risk pregnancy: I hope everything goes well with you and your babies, please stay close to the hospital and keep a close follow-up with your doctors, you will all be fine, best wishes ...Read more

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What does it mean if baby is small for gestational age?

What does it mean if baby is small for gestational age?

If that is the case: Your OB should have explained that to you, means the babies wt is smaller than normal for that age, depends how small , if the baby is under the 10th % that is worrisome and if u are at term, then if u were my pt , you would be induced because baby will be better off out side than in, please call your OB and ask your OB how small your OB should be able to give u a % and the efw( 50% is avg wt.). ...Read more

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My gestational age is 35 weeks 6 days. date of maturity is 33 weeks 3 days. is baby too small. will she need to be taken via c section?

My gestational age is 35 weeks 6 days. date of maturity is 33 weeks 3 days. is baby too small. will she need to be taken via c section?

Size: If your activity levels have not been altered the feeling is that the size discrepancy is simply being watched. There does not appear to be a reason for a surgical delivery. Have they said/found anything else? A two vessel cord for example or anatomic abnormality? There is nothing here that would indicate that there would be a reason to chose surgery over a vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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Does monoamniotic pregnancy benefit babies in some way?

Does monoamniotic pregnancy benefit babies in some way?

Not really.: Monochorionic monoamniotic pregnancies are extremely rare (<1% of all twins) and very complicated because fetal demise (of one or both twins) can occur without any warning from umbilical cord entanglement. You may be referring to the "protection" from ttts (twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome) in mono/mono twins; this is indeed true, however the risks above trump that benefit. ...Read more

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How far into in the pregnancy are the babies lungs mature at?

How far into in the pregnancy are the babies lungs mature at?

34 weeks GA: Typically antenatal steroids are given to mothers who are going to deliver before 34 weeks gestation, as the lungs aren't mature by this time. They still may be given after 34 weeks, in some circumstances, but most babies have mature lungs and breathe well on their own without mothers getting steroids by 34 wks GA. ...Read more

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