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Can having too many ultrasounds during pregnancy be linked to autism?

Can having too many ultrasounds during pregnancy be linked to autism?

Not that I know: I have not seen any research that shows a link between ultrasounds in pregnancy and autism. Ultrasound is a valuable tool to use in ob, (check dates, position of placenta, growth of baby), but sometimes it is overdone, because it is risk free, and parents like to see pictures, and drs. Like to 'make sure' they are not surprised. It's a wonderful tool, that sometimes is used to much imho. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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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Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

Is citalopram during pregnancy linked to autism in children?

?: There seems to be major lawsuits against the maker of Celexa on-going (stating that citalopram use is associated with autism). Frankly, I am not sure how strong the causal link is (if any). I will be interested to see the studies behind this. ...Read more

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Could drinking and smoking weed during pregnancy contribute to autism?

Could drinking and smoking weed during pregnancy contribute to autism?

Maybe: Some of the toxins you inhale with every cigarette will enter your blood and travel thru the umbilical cord to baby. It is well documented that the newborn of a marijuana smoker will have a smaller skull volume ; the question of related learning problems has been difficult to sort out. Reliable data based on single agent exposure is not readily available. ...Read more

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Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Did extreme emotional stress during pregnancy cause birth defects or autism in the baby?

Stress: Streas has not truly been shown to be associated with any pregnancy issues. How stress affects the pregnant mothers sleep & eating patterns might effect fetal growth, but otherwise should not contribute to birth defects or autism. ...Read more

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How can autism be diagnosed while pregnancy?

How can autism be diagnosed while pregnancy?

It cannot be.: Autism appears to have multiple manifestations, and quite possibly, multiple causes. We are not at the stage where it can be diagnosed prenatally. ...Read more

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What can I do in pregnancy to help prevent autism?

Do Not Know: The causes of autistic spectrum disorder are unknown, thus prevention is also unknown. ...Read more

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Accidental pregnancy. I am 44, husband 55! If all genetic tests are ok, what other issues can affect baby? (I know2% autism). So worried can't function

Accidental pregnancy. I am 44, husband 55! If all genetic tests are ok, what other issues can affect baby? (I know2% autism). So worried can't function

See counselor: You have choices to make. By your statement you have 95% or better chance of having a healthy baby who could be the darling of your life. This is better than most women who face pregnancy. Mom was 42 when my younger sis was born & she was the favorite. To move forward you need to see a professional counselor, in the form of a psychologist or medical social worker & sort out your feelings. ...Read more

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Chances of autism for fathers 55 and older and genetic changes for mothers 42. I am 42 and pregnant! (2 pregnancy have 18 yrs old)?

Chances of autism for fathers 55 and older and genetic changes for mothers 42. I am 42 and pregnant! (2 pregnancy have 18 yrs old)?

Autism mild but...: A slight inreased risk of autism and autosomal dominant diaorders associated with older dads but a marked increased risk for trisomy because of maternal age. Non-invasive diagnosis of trisomies by analysis of fetal DNA in maternal blood may be done as early as 9 weeks gestation. Amniocentesis is only for confirmation of an abnormal result. See http://www. Ds-health. Com/risk. Htm ...Read more

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Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?

Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between the presence of a choroid plexus cyst at mid-pregnancy and autism?

Is there any correlation between the presence of a choroid plexus cyst at mid-pregnancy and autism?

Probably not: Choroid plexus cysts are identified with ultrasounds and reflect a disruption in in the formation of the organ that makes spinal fluid. There is a general observation that children with autism have an increased risk of all sorts of fetal abnormalities and birth complications, but the findings to date suggest that this is a correlation, not a cause of autism. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to have high folic acid levels in body prior to getting pregnant? I have read high folic acid prior to pregnancy my cause autism, true?

Is it harmful to have high folic acid levels in body prior to getting pregnant? I have read high folic acid prior to pregnancy my cause autism, true?

No, it is not.: There is no clear data supporting a toxic Folic Acid side effect. The only situation where it me be potentially deleterious is pernicous anemia, if it is given without B12 vitamin. ...Read more

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Could an unsheilded CT scan and multiple x-rays at 5 weeks gestation result in any of the problems wih my son? (autism, pvl, dysplastic kidney, silent aspiration, preauricular pit, heart murmur)

Could an unsheilded CT scan and multiple x-rays at 5 weeks gestation result in any of the problems wih my son? (autism, pvl, dysplastic kidney, silent aspiration, preauricular pit, heart murmur)

Doubtful: I think the major concern about exposing a fetus in utero to ionizing radiation is the additional lifetime risk of cancer that it potentially could cause. ...Read more

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Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Is airborne safe during pregnancy?

Wouldn't do it.: Airborne is a cocktail of vitamins and minerals which is supposed to boost the immune system when a common cold is suspected. It contains vitamin a, which in excess may cause birth defects. Also, there is no evidence that airborne is effective at all and you should not waste your money. ...Read more

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Is a drysuit safe during pregnancy?

Is a drysuit safe during pregnancy?

The issue with a: Dry suit is what you are doing in it. If you are snorkeling or swimming that is fine. If you are diving in a dry suit, that is not healthy during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can we eat brinjal during pregnancy?

Can we eat brinjal during pregnancy?

Sure: There is no reason you can't eat eggplant during pregnancy ...Read more

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Can I take pedilax during pregnancy?

Can I take pedilax during pregnancy?

For constipation?: If you are asking about suppositories, the answer is yes. If you are speaking of oral, I would recommend something else, like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help with constipation. It's not absorbed by the body and is gentler than many anti-contstipation medications. Make sure to drink a lot of water if you are having problems with constipation. Drink until your pee is clear/white, no yellow. ...Read more

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What is best to eat during pregnancy?

What is best to eat during pregnancy?

Healthy stuff!: A healthy, well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and the proper amount of grains and protein is best for pregnancy. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What tests are done during pregnancy?

What tests are done during pregnancy?

Blood and urine: 1. CBC (complete blood count).
2. Blood type and screen.
3. Variety of STD screens, including HIV.
4. Urine culture.
5. Pap smear (age 21 and over).
The above list is not exhaustive. ...Read more

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Can you take keprra during pregnancy?

Can you take keprra during pregnancy?

There is risk: Patients using Levetiracetam (Keppra) should be aware that there appears to be a small chance of malformations with using the medication while pregnant, but that the data are limited. ...Read more

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Is Yacon Syrup safe during pregnancy?

Is Yacon Syrup safe during pregnancy?

Yacon syrup: Is a syrup from Peru used for weight loss literature review showed that it is beneficial for premenopausal women
Who are obese and with insulin resistance. Although it seems sake and product is natural, it did not not do any study on pregnancy. It would be wise not to use any medication including herbal or natural during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Which herbs are safe during pregnancy?

Which herbs are safe during pregnancy?

None needed: There is no scientific evidence that one should take any herbs during pregnancy as they do not benefit you. Take a Folic Acid vitamin or a prenatal vitamin and you are good to go. ...Read more

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Is Vicks vapo rub safe during pregnancy

Should be: Vaporib is topical and should not have systemic effect. It should not harm the fetus. ...Read more

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Is Prospan safe to use during pregnancy?

Is Prospan safe to use during pregnancy?

Not: Sure. It is made from ivy leaf with multiple pharmacology effect. Not classified by FDA though the have warning for those less than 2 and classified by foreign agents as pregnancy class C ...Read more

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Is eating dates s bad during pregnancy?

Why?: Would be in the newspaper. Or the product would have a disclaimer on the package. Dates are eaten regularly in many arabic countries. ...Read more

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What herbs must I avoid during pregnancy?

What herbs must I avoid during pregnancy?

Several: Pennyroyal, raspberry leaf, blessed thistle, aconite, slippery elm, tansy, many, many others. Consult with someone who knows before taking any medicinal herbs during pregnancy. If, however, it's something you find in the a standard kitchen spice rack, it's probably fine. ...Read more

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It is safe to use vix during pregnancy?

It is safe to use vix during pregnancy?

Vicks? Yes: Did you mean to say Vicks cough drops? Those contain menthol as a topical treatment for the throat. There is no medical reason why you can't use that during pregnancy. Like all medications in pregnancy, however, you should only use it for the time that you really need it. The only over the counter "medications" that should be taken for the whole pregnancy are prenatal vitamins and/or folic acid. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more