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Doctor insights on: Do I Have The Right To Decide How My Baby Is Treated If Born At 23 Weeks

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I've had two pregnancies that ended in which both babies heart just stopped beating one at 23 weeks one at 27 weeks. Im 10wks pregnant now will this repeat?

I've had two pregnancies that ended in which both babies heart just stopped beating one at 23 weeks one at 27 weeks. Im 10wks pregnant now will this repeat?

Not necessarily: You most probably would have an another preterm baby, because the probability with having two prior preterm deliveries is getting higher. But it is not necessarily that the cause of preterm delivery would be the heart issues, unless you have a family history of it, or prior babies had the inherited heart diseases. You have to have a close follow up with your obstetrician anyway for that reason. ...Read more

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I'm 23 weeks pregnant i stop smoking 3days ago. How long does weed stay in your babies stool? Is there any way to clean the system faster

I'm 23 weeks pregnant i stop smoking 3days ago. How long does weed stay in your babies stool?  Is there any way to clean the system faster

In baby's stool?: I've never heard of anyone measuring a baby's stool for marijuana!half-life of thc is 2-12 days;the more often you smoke the more accumulates & the longer it takes to eliminate.If you smoked regularly the half life might be 10 days-that means 17 weeks after stopping (at delivery) only 1/4000 of it will still be there-likely undetectable.Chlorella might slightly speed the detox process.See comment:. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister quit smoking weed at 23 weeks into her pregnancy , can baby test positive when born at 39 weeks?

What do you suggest if my sister quit smoking weed at 23 weeks into her pregnancy , can baby test positive when born at 39 weeks?

3rd Trimester's: Good for her for stopping! The most dangerous exposure to the baby is the 3rd trimester - so she's quit just in time. If she totally stays clean and also avoids other risky substances, it should be okay. Meconium rarely includes traces of cannabis if none was taken past 6 mth date. In some cases there is some, but not much. She did her best and just needs to continue. Best wishes to them! ...Read more

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My sister quit smoking weed at 23 weeks pregnant. Can the baby still test positive when born at 39 weeks?

My sister quit smoking weed at 23 weeks pregnant. Can the baby still test positive when born at 39 weeks?

Yes: If the meconium is tested it can still be positive. I do not understand why your sister would not tell her doctor she was smoking marijuana. After all, her baby's health is important and anything possibly affecting baby should be communicated to her doctor. ...Read more

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I was born at 23 weeks in 1989. Im worried about having a avm because i was a preemie. What are the chances? No history of headaches or anything

I was born at 23 weeks in 1989. Im worried about having a avm because i was a preemie. What are the chances? No history of headaches or anything

AVM: Blood vessel malformations of the brain are rare in the general population and are not related to prematurity. A screening test with an mri/mra of the brain can be obtained to exclude an avm. ...Read more

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Im 23 weeks pregnate and I have pnamonia will it harm my baby?

Im 23 weeks pregnate and I have pnamonia will it harm my baby?

Probably not: But that depends on the cause of the pneumonia and the treatment. Best discussed with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 23 weeks pregrant and worried my baby has microcephaly?

What to do if I am 23 weeks pregrant and worried my baby has microcephaly?

Ask your OB: I'm not sure why you have this specific concern. This is something quite easily measured on ultrasound. Ask your OB how your baby measured out. If indeed it was small size for dates, then you never rely on just one reading and get multiple ones over the weeks to assess interval growth and get serial accurate measurements. It's easy to do and if still small would refer for higher level ultrasound. ...Read more

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I am 23 weeks pregnant and my liver ALT levels are at 76. How should this be treated?

I am 23 weeks pregnant and my liver ALT levels are at 76.  How should this be treated?

Monitoring: Elevation of blood pressure during pregnancy can cause increases in liver enzymes. Many things can affect liver enzymes including chronic medication use, alcohol intake, previous liver infection and elevations for unknown reasons. Your doctor will monitor these enzymes along with your blood pressure and check for significant protein excretion in the urine. Liver enzymes can't be treated. ...Read more

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Why are some babies born early?

Why are some babies born early?

Million $ question: Drugs, alcohol, high blood pressure, and sometimes no good reason. The best prevention is good prenatal care, attention to diet, sleep and stress, managing any underlying illnesses beforehand. Avoid smoke, exposure to infections. Take good care of the mother! ...Read more

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Are babies born from art normal?

Are babies born from art normal?

There are risks: Assisted reproductive technology increases the risk for prematurity and low birth weight (as well as other factors) mainly because of the higher rate of twins and triplets etc. My neonatology colleagues are kept quite bust caring for very small babies from reproductive technology. There may also be an increased risk for birth defects due to so called epigenetic effects. ...Read more

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What can cause babies to be born prematurely?

What can cause babies to be born prematurely?

Lot of things: There is a long list of potential causes for premature births, starting with teenage of mother, poor antenatal care, poor health or maternal medical conditions, drug use and other obstetric issues. ...Read more

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Why some babies born abnormal(mental or physical)?

Why some babies born abnormal(mental or physical)?

Chromosomal: Differential is very wide ranging from genetic abnormality to family history to medication effect , drug / alcohol history, moms medical history , idiopathic ( cause unknown ). ...Read more

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When babies r first born what do they test them for?

When babies r first born what do they test them for?

Depends: This depends on the site of delivery and compliance of the parents. Home births often get nothing beyond whatever the midwife does to assure a healthy transition. Most states require hospitals to perform metabolic testing for things like PKU before discharge as well as hearing screening.It is now commonplace for hospitals to screen blood oxygen content on day 2 for evidence of a heart pbm. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how early can babies be healthily born?

Can you tell me how early can babies be healthily born?

Depends on Healthy: 3 wks and above are not even classified as early. 10 weeks early and above the outcomes are good with lower risks of prolonged ventilator needs and can generally go home within a month of due date. Every 2 weeks earlier, the risks of deathbad outsomes go up and length of stay goes up. Edge of viability (not counting good outcome) is 16-17 weeks early. ...Read more