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How much harm can amnio cause the fetus?

How much harm can amnio cause the fetus?

Amniocentesis: An amniocentesis has a small chance of causing a pregnancy loss. That loss is dependent upon the gestational age when the procedure is done. At 16-20 weeks that risk is about 1 in 1600 procedures. As the pregnancy progresses that risk goes way down. In the third trimester an amniocentesis won't cause the pregnancy to be lost, but the baby might need to be delivered. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Popov
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Amniocentesis (Definition)

Amniocentesis is a procedure used to draw a sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds and cushions the baby in the womb. This fluid contains cells that have been sloughed off of the developing fetus. Amniocentesis is most often used to detect genetic abnormalities, though the results can also reveal the baby's sex, gauge lung maturity (if done close to term), detect amniotic fluid infections, or ...Read more


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Can crying do any harm to my unborn baby?

Can crying do any harm to my unborn baby?

No: Congratulations on your pregnancy. People will tell you this should be a joyful time, but human emotions are complex and often incomprehensible. If you find yourself tearing up for no reason, perhaps you can talk with your physician and get help learning ways to manage your thoughts. If there's a clear source of sorrow in your life, your physician or another wise person is a resource. ...Read more

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Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!

Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!

No: It is unlikely to remain in your system very long after exposure. Some bug sprays are considered unsafe in pregnancy, but the risks are low. What is more, certain insect-born illnesses are potentially more harmful, so you'll have to weigh your risks and benefits based on your location. I usually recommend deet-free bug sprays. ...Read more

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Does crying affect unborn babies, if so how?

Does crying affect unborn babies, if so how?

No: Not sure who is doing the crying, but there is no evidence that human crying will adversely affect an unborn baby. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok to have ultrasound free pregnancies?I heard ultrasound can harm unborn children.

Is it ok to have ultrasound free pregnancies?I heard ultrasound can harm unborn children.

Yes: Certainly, you can request not to have any ultrasounds during your pregnancy. However, ultrasound has been used for decades and there are no known consistent health risks to a developing fetus. They are safe. Ultrasound is an easy way to look for potential health issues which may be addressed before delivery, or at least can be anticipated for intervention after delivery. Trust your ob. ...Read more

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How can parsely be harmful to an unborn baby?

How can parsely be harmful to an unborn baby?

Contractions: It is avoided in pregnancy for two reasons, and both relate to large amounts, not amounts you would normally find on your dinner plate. First, parsley oil can stimulate contractions and historically was used as a first attempt abortive/inductive herb. Second, large amounts can lead to changes in fetal hemoglobin. While you do not have to avoid it in foods, avoid parsley oil and large amounts. ...Read more

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Does crying hurt the baby during pregnancy? Can the baby feel when I'm upset? Does crying effect the baby growth or effect the baby an Any way?

Does crying hurt the baby during pregnancy? Can the baby feel when I'm upset? Does crying effect the baby growth or effect the baby an Any way?

No: Your emotions don't have any overt affect on the baby other than the fact that when you're sad a lot you may not feel like eating properly. Pregnancy is a very emotional time for most women. A good cry can be helpful as well in letting out some of that emotion and stress. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can do about newborn baby hiccups ?

Is there anything you can do about newborn baby hiccups ?

Maybe: It is very common for newborns to hiccup, they even did it in utero. Most if not all will stop on their own. Sometimes giving them something to suck on can help. Hiccups are caused by a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. Don't worry they will grow out of it. ...Read more

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Is there anyway ultrasounds can cause any kind of damage to my unborn baby?

Is there anyway ultrasounds can cause any kind of damage to my unborn baby?

Safe: Diagnostic ultrasound studies of the fetus are generally considered safe during pregnancy. This diagnostic procedure should be performed only when there is a valid medical indication, and the lowest possible ultrasonic exposure setting should be used to gain the necessary diagnostic information under the alara (as low as reasonably achievable) principle. ...Read more

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Can an STD cause serious harm to an unborn fetus?

Can an STD cause serious harm to an unborn fetus?

Yes: In particular, syphilis, hepatitis b, hiv, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia can either cause harm to the developing fetus or be transmitted to the fetus while it is developing. Most of these stds are screened for at the first prenatal visit, and many can be treated to avoid harm to the baby. If you are concerned about your exposure to stds in pregnancy, see your healthcare provider! ...Read more

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How does CMV affect the unborn baby during pregnancy?

How does CMV affect the unborn baby during pregnancy?

Depends.: If the mother has been previously exposed, then the fetus is protected by her antibodies and should not suffer when the mother is exposed to CMV during pregnancy. If the pregnant woman has never before been infected with cmv, the fetus is at risk for in utero infection that can range from lethal to mild/none. The earlier the infection the more severe and unlikely; the later, the milder and likely. ...Read more

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Will an untreated UTI harm your newborn baby?

Will an untreated UTI harm your newborn baby?

If the UTI: is in the baby, yes it can be very harmful! If in you, not harmful. ...Read more

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Can short-term exposure to PVC smell (30-45 minutes) cause harm to a developing fetus?

Can short-term exposure to PVC smell (30-45 minutes) cause harm to a developing fetus?

Not just 1 sniff: Repeated exposure to PVC aerosol in pregnancy has not been shown to cause fetal abnormality or miscarriage. However it's not good for you & not enough is known to be comfortable with doing it in pregnancy. Just using a hairspray is probably ok but there are no conclusive studies of safety in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What does vitamin a do to an unborn baby?

What does vitamin a do to an unborn baby?

Well: It is the lack of vitamin such as Folic Acid which may harm the baby. Other than that, low vitamin d level in the mother has been linked to a higher risk for asthma in the baby. There may be others that I am not aware of. ...Read more

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Will anaphylaxis harm my unborn baby?

Will anaphylaxis harm my unborn baby?

Yes: Anaphylaxis in the mother may cause profound distress in the fetus. Be sure to have a couple of Epinephrine injectors with you at all times and take extra precaution on the triggers. ...Read more

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Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys, will this cause any complications?

Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys, will this cause any complications?

Maybe: If baby has polycystic kidneys, need to have a higher level us to screen for other abnormalities . Hard to say if kidneys are functioning well until after birth. ...Read more

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Can septasemia harm my unborn baby?

Can septasemia harm my unborn baby?

Septicemia: If you have a blood infection called sepsis, this is very dangerous during a pregnancy and should include hospitalization and IV antibiotics. Your question needs context! ...Read more

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How does lysteria harm fetuses?

How does lysteria harm fetuses?

In utero infection.: Listerial infection in pregnant women can lead to fetal death, premature birth, or infected newborns a characteristic severe in utero infection, granulomatosis infantiseptica, may result from transplacental transmission. Infants with this disorder have disseminated abscesses and/or granulomas in multiple internal organs (liver, spleen, lungs, kidneys, brain) and die soon after birth. ...Read more