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Can sepsis harm my unborn child?

Can sepsis harm my unborn child?

Yes: Any infection can harm a fetus, and sepsis (an infection that has become more severe) can even lead to fetal death (spontaneous abortion) or injury. While pregnancy does make you more vulnerable to infection, sepsis is still rare in pregnancy. If you have an infection, talk to your OB (or family doctor) about it quickly. ...Read more

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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more


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Will too much tuna harm my unborn child?

Will too much tuna harm my unborn child?

Depends: Canned tuna has a higher mercury content than natural fresh tuna. Tuna consumption should be limited to once a week. ...Read more

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Can toxoplasmosis harm my unborn child?

Can toxoplasmosis harm my unborn child?

Absolutely!: Toxoplasmosis can be very dangerous to an unborn fetus. Risk of transmission is increased later during pregnancy, but if contracted earlier, the fetus' outcome is worse. Toxo can cause visuospatial, hearing, and learning problems later in life.

Fortunately, patients with toxo can be treated with antibiotics while still pregnant. Babies can be tested directly too. Ask your doctor for more info! ...Read more

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Can antibiotics harm my unborn child?

Can antibiotics harm my unborn child?

Maybe: There is evidence that some antibiotics may have fetal interactions. Best check with your doctor before taking any. ...Read more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Can cytomegalovirus infections harm my unborn child?

Depends: Serious complications such as sensorineural hearing loss and developmental delay are often noted in infants born to mothers who developed primary CMV infection (first time) during her pregnancy. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant but I want to dye my hair. Will this harm my unborn child?

I'm pregnant but I want to dye my hair. Will this harm my unborn child?

Maybe: By and large, highlights are relatively safe. However, there may be some products out there that have harmful chemicals. It is best to wait for hair highlights until after the first trimester. The first trimester is when the fetus is most vulnerable to harmful chemicals and substances. Try "greener" options for hair products-. ...Read more

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I'm 9weeks pregnant found out some evil person has been putting castor oil in my food will it harm my unborn child?

I'm 9weeks pregnant found out some evil person has been putting castor oil in my food will it harm my unborn child?

Having no symptoms?: Castor oil is available in drugstores. Some people use it as a laxative. If a person has not been pooping excessively, then she probably did not get too much castor oil. Haven't heard of pregnancy-related problems from a little castor oil. ...Read more

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I am 9 months pregnant and have not been taking my iron/prenatal supplements, will this harm my unborn child? I would really like to know quickly, thank you

I am 9 months pregnant and have not been taking my iron/prenatal supplements, will this harm my unborn child? I would really like to know quickly, thank you

Maybe/not: People were having healthy babies for thousands of years before we knew the benefits of supplements. Obvious defects like an open spine or quiet ones like low hemoglobin values are usually picked up in the newborn period. Pregnancy tends to extract what it needs from your body, so the supplements help protect you from long term deficiencies like osteoporosis. Skipping I them is not a good idea. ...Read more

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Will the rabies vaccine harm my unborn child?

Will the rabies vaccine harm my unborn child?

Rabies vaccine: Rabies vaccine is under class C, that means that animal studies revealed a harmful or teratogenic effects on the fetus or there is no controlled studies on pregnant women, you need to weigh your options, risk vs benefit, if you were exposed & at risk for contracting rabies you have no choice but to take the vaccine with close F/U with your obstitrician. Wishing you & baby good luck. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and my husband keeps a pet rat in our bathroom, would it harm my unborn child? I can't stand the smell of it and he won't get rid of her.

I'm pregnant and my husband keeps a pet rat in our bathroom, would it harm my unborn child? I can't stand the smell of it and he won't get rid of her.

No: I would be wary of the pet rat and stay away from it so that it doesn't bite you. Other than that, I'm sure in pregnancy the smell might bother you way more than if you weren't pregnant. I'm sorry for that. You may need to negotiate something different between you and your husband regarding this pet. Of course, wouldn't want rat around baby either. ...Read more

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If I don't take prenatal vitamins will it harm my unborn child?

If I don't take prenatal vitamins will it harm my unborn child?

Possibly: Vitamin use is recommended to keep you healthy and they contain folate (folic acid) which is known to decrease the risk of defects in the unborn baby's back. Some doctors recommend extra folate (folic acid) with prenatal vitamins. Follow your doctor's advise. He may have samples if money is an issue. Prenatal vitamins are a must. All the best. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with salmonella, will it harm my unborn child?

Probably not: Especially if you don't get sick. Just because you were expose does not mean you will certainly get sick. Even if you do baby should be fine! Congratulations on your pregnancy! ...Read more

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I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

I am pregnant and ate food contaminated with listeria infection - will it harm my unborn child?

Most likely no: There are some foods, like sushi or homemade unpasteurized cheese, that carry listeria that can lead to newborn infection and sepsis. It is best that you share this information with your OB immediately, so they can decide if the food you ingested was a suspected one, and if so how to treat you properly to avoid transmission to the fetus. ...Read more

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Can Lyme disease harm my unborn child?

Can Lyme disease harm my unborn child?

Yes: Untreated, lyme disease can be dangerous to your unborn child. Lyme disease that goes untreated can also cause you to have brain, nerve, spinal cord, and heart problems. With early treatment, these complications can be prevented. If you suspect that you may have lyme disease, see your physician. ...Read more

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I'm 18 weeks pregnate, and im sleeping on the floor it temp. Until I get a bed will that harm my unborn child im a mother and I just moved into my new place without funiture if I don't have a bed and sleepin on the floor with support under my belly will th

I'm 18 weeks pregnate, and im sleeping on the floor it temp. Until I get a bed will that harm my unborn child im a mother and I just moved into my new place without funiture if I don't have a bed and sleepin on the floor with support under my belly will th

The: The good news: women have been sleeping on floors for thousands of years. Despite being uncomfortable for you, it should not harm your unborn baby. The bad news: you may be sore in the morning and it's not safe to take Ibuprofen while pregnant - only tylenol (acetaminophen). I hope your bed comes soon! ...Read more

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I am 22 weeks pregnant & my 11 month old was prescribed hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% for eczema, will getting this on me harm my unborn child?

I am 22 weeks pregnant & my 11 month old was prescribed hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% for eczema, will getting this on me harm my unborn child?

No: Hydrocortisone is one of the weakest topical steroids (otherwise it wouldn't be used in infants), you wouldn't be exposed to much via transfer from you child, and very little of what gets on your skin gets into your bloodstream. Women who have asthma attacks while pregnant are treated with oral steroids, in doses millions of times higher than what you might absorb, and their babies come out fine. ...Read more

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Can adco-namapol harm your unborn child?

Can adco-namapol harm your unborn child?

No: This is paracetamol or acetaminophen and it is safe in recommended amounts to take during pregnancy. All the best. ...Read more

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Can taking Aleve (naproxen) harm a unborn child?

Can taking Aleve (naproxen) harm a unborn child?

Aleve (naproxen): You may take aleve (naproxen) on an occasional basis, but not on a continuous basis. ...Read more

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Will it harm a unborn child, if the mother is taken Valium 10mg every day?

Will it harm a unborn child, if the mother is taken Valium 10mg every day?

Possibly: Diazepam is listed as a category d drug by the fda due to demonstrated risks for the baby. Neonatal withdrawal syndrome, low activity level, low body temperature and poor feeding are commonly seen. There is some chance of fetal malformation suggested. Smaller doses given episodically and tapering off near the time of delivery may avoid the listed problems. ...Read more

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Can it harm a unborn child, if the mother that's Valium 10mg? She just took 30 valium.

Can it harm a unborn child, if the mother that's Valium 10mg? She just took 30 valium.

Valium & pregnancy: If this woman has actually taken 30 valium 10mg tablets, she has overdosed and needs to go to an er for medical attention now. She and her baby could be in danger. Longer term, risk of fetal exposure to benzodiazepines (the group of medicines valium belongs to) is relatively low but present. These are in the range of. 7% for cleft lip or palate, compared to the general population. ...Read more

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Besides the obvious risks, is there any harm caused to an unborn child by riding a motorcycle (vibrations) while pregnant (first trimester)?

Besides the obvious risks, is there any harm caused to an unborn child by riding a motorcycle (vibrations) while pregnant (first trimester)?

Unlikely to matter: Once your placenta has a firm attachment in the uterine wall, the developing embryo/fetus is well protected against repetitive vibrations. I have had mom's teach their jazercise class for the balance of pregnancy & never miss a beat. Occasional mom's with an unstable pregnancy, odd placental attachment or other issue may be advised to maintain a quiet lifestyle, but that is an exception. ...Read more

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Can anemia during pregnancy harm the fetus? I’m four months pregnant and was just diagnosed with anemia. Could this be harming my unborn child? .

Can anemia during pregnancy harm the fetus? I’m four months pregnant and was just diagnosed with anemia. Could this be harming my unborn child? .

Possible, unlikely.: Maternal anemia is grossly overdiagnosed during pregnancy in the U.S.; british studies have proven that the best maternal hemoglobin is 9-11 g/dl as a nadir around 28 weeks. If you are in that range you and the baby are just fine. I would get concerned if this gets below 8-9 g/dl and try oral iron supplementation. Consider electrophoresis if never done before to exclude hemoglobinopathies. ...Read more

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I'm 7 months preggy just want to ask is there any harm in an unborn child deeping and soaking in hot spring 5-10 minutes?

I'm 7 months preggy just want to ask is there any harm in an unborn child deeping and soaking in hot spring 5-10 minutes?

Unlikely to be pbm: Exposures to gentle heat that does not raise your core temperature more than a degree or two for a brief period is unlikely to bother baby at this gestation. Baby is fully formed and just filling out and completing the finish work on growth. I don't see a problem with it. ...Read more

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Can my unborn child be harmed if I have a drug allergy?

Can my unborn child be harmed if I have a drug allergy?

No: Having a drug allergy is only a problem if you are exposed to the drug. If there is a severe drug allergy during pregnancy there is a potential for a problem. Avoid the drug to which you are allergic. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases ...Read more