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Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Detected Before Birth
No: The features seen in fetal alcohol syndrome are due to permanent changes in the baby's brain, body, and appearance, caused by exposure to alcohol while he was developing inside his mother. The changes cannot be erased, but treatments are available to help the various behavioral, academic, and psychiatric symptoms of fetal alcohol syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always, but...: Alcohol can damage a baby's brain causing cognitive, learning, emotional and behavior problems. We don't know how much alcohol it takes, but we do know that drinking too much on just a few occasions can cause FAS even if you don't drink at all during the rest of the pregnancy! best option—no drinking while pregnant. Next best—stop drinking as early as possible in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How long can alcohol be detected in semen ? Can alcohol consumption by male partner prior to conception affect the egg/embryo or cause misscarriage?
No: Sperm basically has an all or none response. Long term alcohol may affect a man’s overall sperm count and function but if they work then they work. It is not linked to miscarriage. If your partner has an alcohol problem consider helping him seek help and treatment prior to parenting together. ...Read more
Hard to say: Most of the apparent physical features like changes in facial structure and heart defects reflect alcohol exposure in the first trimester of pregnancy. Much of the mental deficiency, attention deficit and hyperactivity issues relate to ongoing exposure during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.Variability in the effects are common in this disorder. It's hard to predict which areas will be most effected. ...Read more
Arthrogryphosis: There is no prenatal test available to test for this condition. ...Read more
Birth defects: long list, including heart, brain, limbs, kidneys and digestive system malformations. Also genetic conditions like trisomy 13, 18 or 21. Good discussion with OB and MFM doctors is important, if a condition is diagnosed sometimes they refer the mother to a pediatric specialist. ...Read more
I know gestational diabetes can cause hypoglycemia&seizures in baby shortly after birth; is it possible for gest. Diabetes to cause in utero seizures?
If the father takes antidepressants at conception can the unborn baby be affected or be born with birth defects?
Not likely!: It is highly unlikely that a father taking antidepressants when his wife conceives, would expect any effect on the developing fetus. A large review of women taking antidepressants before and during pregnancy failed to find any major adverse effect. Consider what the effect of a clinical depression, in either mother or father, might have on a developing fetus. Many "self-medicate" w/alcohol, etc. ...Read more
Baby was born 10 weeks early due to placenta abruption/also iugr are there test that can be done to see why my placenta abrupted?
Maybe (see comment): There is a form of panhypopituitarism called sheehan's syndrome, that can occur after pregnancy. This is due to the pituitary enlarging and needing more blood blow during pregnancy than at other times. If delivery is complicated by hemorrhage, and the blood pressure drops rapidly, there may be too little blood flow to the pituitary, resulting in death of the cells & panhypopituitarism. ...Read more
Will a vanishing twin (lost at 7 weeks) affect first trimester downs syndrome testing with blood test and ultrasound?
Vanishing twin: No, it would not affect your test result. Ultrasound would show it for a while, but the developing twin will eventually grow big enough to hide it from view. ...Read more
If kayotyping is done, wht kind of birth defects can be diagnosed and prevented? If chance of birth defects is found, can that be avoided by treatment
Limited benefit: Karyotyping will certainly pick up the main abnormalities in number of chromosomes.With an extended level of profaze banding some lesser anomalies can be detected.However, normal chromosome studies does not eliminate all possible birth defect.When detected, the study permits awareness of the expected problems.No treatment can fix a chromosome defect. ...Read more
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
Yes: Most important congenital heard defects can be detected by fetal ultrasound. The person (doctor or sonographer) needs to have a certain amount of training and expertise to make sure all of the appropriate images are obtained. Plus the physician (perinatologist or pediatric cardiologist) who is interpreting the images needs to have a full understanding of congenital heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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