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Do Down Syndrome Babies Move Less In The Womb
No correct answer: Children with down's syndrome have certain features that are indicative while in utero. Weight is not one of them. In utero weight is dependent on so many factors including maternal factors that fetal weight cannot be used with any accuracy. In my experience, children with Down syndrome often weigh similar to their siblings in utero. ...Read more
No: They tend to grow at a pretty normal rate prior to birth. Deficiencies in linear growth will eventually occcur in the average ds kid as they grow older. However, some maintain a relatively normal rate of growth, dependingg on other factors affecting their health. ...Read more
Not specifically: Ds infants can have any of the sporadic issues that affect non ds infants, like esophageal atresia, where the swallowing tube is not hooked up, or urinary tract defects, both of which can lead to poor amniotic fluid production. ...Read more
Going on 28weeks pregnant still not really feeling movement does this mean Down syndrome? Baby with down syndrome does it move less in womb?
Not characteristic: Down syndrome fetuses usually kick just fine. You should see a perinatologist for a targeted ultrasound, if your dates are correct. Perhaps you are not as far along as you thought? Have you had obstetric care? Lack of movement at 28 weeks suggests either lack for amniotic fluid prohibiting fetal movement, or a neuromuscular or other condition preventing the fetus from kicking. ...Read more
Yes.: Checking limb length on ultrasound can be one of the ways to screen for downs syndrome. ...Read more
My babies neck tissue measurement was high and they say he could have down syndrome. Can you explain this?
Can extremely high sugar level in a male lead to (down syndrome) in his offspring. We are so scared of making babies.
No: Males get a bit of a pass on the ds issue. You make millions of sperm that are constantly renewed and only the healthiest sperm swim well enough to conceive. Any weak ones wouldn't do the deed. Women present only one egg at a time and those show the accumulated effect of toxins an the like. You may benefit from talking with a genetic counselor to explore any risk issues. ...Read more
How long can an infant with Down syndrome & eisenmenger live? The vsd is still very open. Are there effective treatments?
Depends: Trisomy 21 with a vsd and eisenmenger's has, unfortunately, a poor prognosis. The length of survival is variable and depends on the severity of the pulmonary hypertension as well as any other conditions. Treatments depend on those factors as well. Please discuss your child's specific prognosis with your cardiologist. ...Read more
Complex issue: Children with downs syndrome can be seriously ill at birth. They may have heart disease, bowel obstruction, serious lung disease, blood sugar problems. If these are not present, they may be healthy but hypotonic with trouble feeding. Usually they have obvious features of their face and ears and hands that suggest the diagnosis. Chromosome testing will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
Help for Downs: There are services such as early intervention to assist children under 3 years of age. Special services are school responsibility after that. There are Down syndrome support groups which can be very supportive. Many medical centers have Down syndrome clinics to provide comprehensive care. My grandson has down syndrome. His parents find these services to be very helpful. ...Read more
From inside?: We know the basic structures are formed by 12 weeks, but are not sure when they can actually process the sounds like you do to consider it hearing. We know they respond with behavior changes when music is played and sent through the tummy. Babies also will recognize moms voice soon after birth. Since they don't remember back that far we can only speculate. ...Read more
Takes $$/effort: If the woman's ovaries remain, these can be stimulated to make eggs. At the appropriate time these can be removed and placed in storage. The fathers sperm are added to create embryos which can then be placed in a a surrogate woman who carries the pregnancy.This requires a fertility center with the technical skill and local /national laws that permit the procedure. It is not always successful. ...Read more
Is it possible that my babies cord is wrapped around his neck he has the hiccups a lot in the womb 2 times a day at least. Very nervous?
Many do: A neck wrap is common and thought to result around 12 wks when there is more room to flip around. The hiccups are unrelated. I have had healthy infants with as many as 5 wraps and their presence is often noted by poor progress in labor and abnormal changes during labor in the fetal heart rate on the monitor. This rarely causes any issues before the work of labor starts. C-section is often needed. ...Read more
Is it normal for babies to hiccup a lot in the womb? My baby does it a lot I'm 33 weeks and all my prenatal stuff was ok and his heart rate was 140s
Yes that can happen: And hopefully the cnadian system will allow u to have another us 34-36 weeks that is an important one cause it gives an est fetal wt, checks the fluid and position of the baby, all of my obs always get one at that time. ...Read more
How long does marijuana stay in a babies system that is still in the womb in the poop pee and blood?
Hard to know: Research on babies born after the mother smoked marijuana in pregnancy shows mixed results. Some of jamaican women even show no negative results. Http://tinyurl. Com/n85vrj3 nonetheless, thc remains in the baby at least as long as it remains in the mother -- depending on frequency of use, this could be months of positive urines since lase use. Thc is stored in placenta and other fat. ...Read more
Is it possible for my baby to get shaken baby syndrome while in womb? During pregnancy? People tend to shake my belly to try to get my baby to move
Unlikely: Shaken baby syndrome occurs when significant forces are applied to a baby after birth. Your body's uterus and fluids are quite effective for prevention of most traumatic injuries to your unborn baby. Best wishes ...Read more
Before/after birth?: There are a variety of screening or confirmatory tests that can be done during pregnancy. After birth, many physical features are suggestive of the diagnosis, but the physician involved would order a chromosome test to confirm or exclude the issue. Over the years, some had signs so mild many would miss the diagnosis. Others looked so different I didn't believe it. ...Read more
Variable: A thorough assessment of anyone's risks for pregnancy includes age, pre-pregnancy health ; medications, and an assessment of the genetic input from both parents. A 43 yo has ~1/30 risk of a trisomy 21 Down syndrome birth, added to a general 4% risk with any pregnancy for an unexpected event (cleft, premi, illness). A consultation with a genetic counselor could define your specific risks. ...Read more
Chromosomal disorder: Down syndrome or trisomy 21 is a condition cause by an extra (usually maternal) chromosome #21. It cause a typical features (large tongue up slanting eyes sandal toe) as well as mental retardation. Other medical conditions such as leukemias and orthopedic conditions are also more common. Increased incidence is seen with older mothers. ...Read more
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