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Can my baby sleep all night in the womb?

Can my baby sleep all night in the womb?

Baby can sleep: A baby usually has cycles of sleep and activity. A baby normally would not be sleeping all night, as that would be an eight hour sleep cycle. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Does the baby sleep at 12 weeks inside the womb? Or is he/she always awake?

Does the baby sleep at 12 weeks inside the womb? Or is he/she always awake?

Yes: Sleep as a concept is more pertinent to outside the womb phenomenon.
A fetus generally is believed to be in a state of rest in the 1st trimester, The eyes are generally shut evidenced by fetoscopy and 3d Ultarsounds.
So one could say they are generally asleep. ...Read more

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Am I going to hurt my baby while she's in the womb because of my sleeping disorders?

Am I going to hurt my baby while she's in the womb because of my sleeping disorders?

Generally not: It depends on the disorder.
If you have severe sleep apnoea with hypoxic episodes at night, that may not be favorable.
If it is snoring and such symptoms, it may not hurt the fetus. ...Read more

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When mother is a sleep the baby inside the womb is also sleeping?

When mother is a sleep the baby inside the womb is also sleeping?

Might be opposite: Oftentimes, the fetus is on the opposite schedule so, awake when mom is asleep and everything is calm for the baby and then asleep when mom is active and the baby is in essence being constantly rocked by movement. ...Read more

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Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

Do Down syndrome babies grow at a smaller rate in womb?

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

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Do babies cry in d womb?

Do babies cry in d womb?

No: To cry you need air passing over vocal cords. This is not possible until the baby is born and breathing. ...Read more

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Babies that hiccup in the womb healthy?

Babies that hiccup in the womb healthy?

Benign, common: This is a common benign finding in pregnancy.It will often continue off and on for weeks after the child is born. ...Read more

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Is there a way for a woman whose womb was removed for medical reasons to have biological babies?

Is there a way for a woman whose womb was removed for medical reasons to have biological babies?

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

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When do babies begin to hear voices outside of the womb?

When do babies begin to hear voices outside of the womb?

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

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Do babies play or just stretch in the womb?

Do babies play or just stretch in the womb?

Hard to say: I cannot think of any way to study the issue. ...Read more

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Do babies with Down syndrome usually weigh more or less in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome usually weigh more or 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

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Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

Do babies with Down syndrome have swallowing problems in the womb?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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How long does marijuana stay in a babies system that is still in the womb in the poop pee and blood?

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

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Does an unborn baby hear music while he is in the womb?

Yes!: Yes, babies in the womb can hear voices and music after about the 18th week of pregnancy. A very enjoyable experience for expectant parents is for both mom and dad to read to the baby. It familiarizes the baby with your voices, and it's fun for mom and dad too. ...Read more

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Would taking enzymes hurt an unborn child in the womb?

Would taking enzymes hurt an unborn child in the womb?

What enzymes?: I suppose the answer depends on what enzymes you were taking and why. No medication or supplements should be used in pregnancy unless prescribed by your doctor for a specific medical purpose. The risks and benefits of each medication should be discussed and evaluated before use. ...Read more

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When does a unborn child start producing s meconium in the womb?

When does a unborn child start producing s meconium in the womb?

End of 1st trimester: The unborn fetus begins to accumulate meconium beginning at 12-16 weeks gestation until birth. The unborn baby does not normally excrete meconium stools while in the womb. Such passage is often a signal of fetal distress. Meconium is formed from swallowed amnionic fluid, intestinal secretions such as bile, & cellular debris. It can continue to accumulate throughout fetal development. ...Read more

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Can methadone cause my unborn baby to have less movement while in the womb?

Can methadone cause my unborn baby to have less movement while in the womb?

Yes: Almost any medication passes through the placenta and into the baby. Methadone is an opiate, and a major side effects is sedation. It can make you and your baby less active, lethargic, and many other side effects. Does your OB know you are on maethadone? ...Read more

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I am pregnant 4 months, I would like to know if at any point the baby sleeps and wakes up in the womb. Or are they unconscious all way long?

I am pregnant 4 months, I would like to know if at any point the baby sleeps and wakes up in the womb. Or are they unconscious all way long?

Variable activity: The 12-16 wk old baby goes thru random periods of movement & perception that what u might consider being awake. Their nervous system sends out random messages that contract muscles- give you a kick & they have periods when they can hear & process music & sound. They may move enough to tie their umbilical cord in knots. You might consider this more a light sleep than awake, but they are aware @ times. ...Read more

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Can my unborn baby catch a virus or disease in the womb if I work in a children's hospital?

Can my unborn baby catch a virus or disease in the womb if I work in a children's hospital?

Depends: If your immunizations are up to date the major risk to pregnant women in hospital would likely be cmv. To acquire this one would have to have contact with blood or other bodily secretions intimately. You didn't say what you did in hospital or how close you are to patients, and if close, what types of patients. The risk is probably very very small. ...Read more

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Can castor oil cause my unborn baby to have her first poop in the womb? I'm 2 hours and 15 minutes from being 40 weeks.

Can castor oil cause my unborn baby to have her first poop in the womb? I'm 2 hours and 15 minutes from being 40 weeks.

No.: Castor oil does not cause the baby to pass meconium. But why would you be taking it? It has been suggested that it may start labor, but this is not true. It will only give you diarrhea and make you miserable, so I would advise against it. Talk to your OB. ...Read more

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When can your baby hear you in the womb?

When can your baby hear you in the womb?

18+ weeks: Baby begins to hear around 18 weeks. Best wishes! ...Read more

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When can your baby hear you in the womb?

When can your baby hear you in the womb?

About 16 weeks: Your baby should have fully developed ears in place by 16 weeks. I would assume that at that point your baby should be hearing some, although likely basic, sounds at this point. It’s never too early to start talking to your baby, either way it is a great bonding opportunity. ...Read more

Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more


Womb (Definition)

The womb is the inside of the uterus ...Read more