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Doctor insights on: Caffeine The Fetus

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Are the effects of recreational drugs the same as alcohol on an unborn fetus?

Are the effects of recreational drugs the same as alcohol on an unborn fetus?

Potentially severe.: Alcohol and drug abuse are a sure way to permanently damage your unborn child's brain. Avoid them both at all costs! ...Read more

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Does the mothers weight gain throughout pregnancy affect the size of the fetus?

Does the mothers weight gain throughout pregnancy affect the size of the fetus?

Somewhat: Every baby's birthweight is a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors. Excessive or poor weight gain on mom's part is just one piece of the puzzle. ...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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Is it safe to fly during pregnancy because of the possible effects of radiation from space on the fetus?

Is it safe to fly during pregnancy because of the possible effects of radiation from space on the fetus?

Yes: All of our bodies are subjected to different kinds of radiation all day and everyday. While there is more radiation we are exposed to while flying, we don't think it is dangerous to you or your baby. ...Read more

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Can taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate) during pregnancy cause aging of the placenta, or calcify the placenta?

Can taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate) during pregnancy cause aging of the placenta, or calcify the placenta?

No: Not that I know of. Granted there is calcium in Tums, but a lot of women take calcium in pregnancy and, for the most part, your kidneys are going to filter out and pee out, excess calcium. Having said that, it's always possible to overdose on any medication, so I would not take more than is recommended. If Tums isn't helping your gastric reflux, then consider taking Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid. ...Read more

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Can the amount of ultrasounds harm a baby?

Can the amount of ultrasounds harm a baby?

No: Ultrasounds are high frequency sound waves that are used in medicine to view internal organs of human body. No harmful impact on fetus or mother. ...Read more

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Can the x-rays penetrate the womb and harm the fetus?

Can the x-rays penetrate the womb and harm the fetus?

Yes: X-rays can be harmful to the developing fetus, especially in the first three months of a pregnancy. There are usually signs in the x-ray dept telling you to tell the technicians idf you think you could be pregnant. Dental xrays are not a problem as the dental nuse will usually put a lead apron on your tummy before taking them. ...Read more

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Which is the baby's heartbeat on the sonogram?

Which is the baby's heartbeat on the sonogram?

Thing Moving Fast!: In an early fetus of 7-8wks the heart is inside the fetal chest and shows a rapid flickering of about 130 beats a minute. As the fetus grows, more of the heart anatomy becomes visible and it is possible to see motion of the 4 cardiac chambers. Ask the sonologist to point out the heart. ...Read more

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Will the pressure of flying hurt the unborn baby?

Will the pressure of flying hurt the unborn baby?

No: The baby is encased in amniotic fluid that along with your abdomen make it impervious to pressure changes. However, it is not recommended to fly post 7 months due to the risk of inciting premature labor. ...Read more

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Is food poisoning dangerous to an unborn baby in the first trimester?

Is food poisoning dangerous to an unborn baby in the first trimester?

Depends on mom: Baby is dependent on mom for everything. Anything that puts mom at risk puts the baby at risk. The most severe risk with food poisoning (non-bacterial) is dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea. As long as mom can maintain hydration and a small amount of nutrition, most food poisonous are limited and should resolve quickly without harm to the fetus. ...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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On the sonography report, it was notated "intrauterine gestation 17w 6d." is this the actual fetus size? Does intrauterine gestation mean time of fetus in uterus?

On the sonography report, it was notated "intrauterine gestation 17w 6d." is this the actual fetus size? Does intrauterine gestation mean time of fetus in uterus?

Yes -relax.: Intrauterine means that the pregnancy is where it is supposed to be: inside your womb. The estimated gestational age is the result of measurements of the size/weight of the fetus and is pretty accurate before 20 weeks in predicting your due date. Congratulations! ...Read more

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Is low lying placenta the same as placenta previa? At 28 weeks what are the risks/how dangerous is it? How will it affect rest of pregnancy and birth?

Is low lying placenta the same as placenta previa? At 28 weeks what are the risks/how dangerous is it? How will it affect rest of pregnancy and birth?

Not the same...: A low lying placenta is when it is close to the cervix, but not covering it like a previa does. The risk of either is bleeding, esp. Once in labor. But a low lying placenta is much more likely to move up the side of your uterus & out of the way prior to this. Your dr. Will follow this with serial ultrasounds until then. Probably smart to avoid intercourse & to report any bleeding until clear. ...Read more

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What are the effects of heroin on a fetus in the first trimester?

What are the effects of heroin on a fetus in the first trimester?

Stillbirth : Heroin use in pregnancy can have serious effects on babies. The stillbirth risk is increased as well as the risk of poor fetal growth. In addition, the baby becomes addicted as well and with have to go through detoxification after delivery. Heroin uses will need to seek professional help and transition to Methadone maintenance. Some patients can undergo detox but need to be carefully monitored. ...Read more

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Can caffeine damage the liver in the same way alcohol does?

Can caffeine damage the liver in the same way alcohol does?

No: Caffeine is the world's most popular drug, and despite enormous efforts to find health risks beyond what's generally known (nervousness, mild withdrawal) it seems amazingly safe. I would ignore anything you hear from a cult about 'the horrible dangers of coffee.'. ...Read more

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What are the risks of breastfeeding during pregnancy (for the mom, baby and the embryo/fetus)? Is it prohibit?

What are the risks of breastfeeding during pregnancy (for the mom, baby and the embryo/fetus)? Is it prohibit?

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding is not prohibited during pregnancy. It may require more nutrients to be consumed though to cover the expenditure for breastfeeding and growing fetus. Otherwise, it will not harm anyone. ...Read more

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