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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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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...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?

Yes: CMV is a viral infection that can occur for the first time during pregnancy & produce effects based on timing.If acquired late in pregnancy, the infant may show no signs initially, but develop related hearing loss in the months after birth.In early to mid pregnancy the germ can injure sensitive brain cells & cause more significant damage.If CMV was experienced before pregnancy, the infant is not. ...Read more

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

Im 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

Hello. : Hello. I cannot tell you if not taking prenatal vitamins/ supplements will negativetly impact your unborn child. Folic acid helps to prevent neural tube defects in the baby. But not having taken Folic Acid does not mean that your baby will have this problem. Iron helps to prevent you from having anemia. Don't try to make up for pills you didn't take earlier in pregnancy by taking a whole bunch now. Just be honest with your obstetrician. I would take these supplements/ vitamins as prescribed for the remainder of your pregnancy. I hope that your delivery goes well and that you have a healthy baby. ...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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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock is a condition of inflammation throughout the body caused by a severe infection that can lead to fever, low blood pressure, and the ...Read more