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Doctor insights on: Does Placental Insufficiency Cause Fetal Growth Restriction

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What causes fetal growth restriction?

What causes fetal growth restriction?

MF/placental factors: Maternal-fetal and placental etiologies can all cause fetal growth restriction. Severa fetal syndromes can lead to fgr (e.g. Down, patau, triploidy, edwards, noonan's, digeorge). Multifetal pregnancies are at increased risk for fgr; this can result in fetal demise, fetal brain injury, cerebral palsy or even normal outcomes in non-syndromic cases. Placental infarcts, hypertension, lupus: culprits. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Neerhof
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Placental Insufficiency (Definition)

Placental insufficiency is a rare pregnancy complication of insufficient blood flow to the placenta during pregnancy. It is a potentially serious complication. If it is not detected and treated as soon as possible, can lead to life-threatening health complications for ...Read more


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How does diabetes mellitus causes placental insufficiency ?

How does diabetes mellitus causes placental insufficiency ?

Blood flow: Diabetes is a glucose control disorder that affects blood vessels. If diabetes is well controlled then the injury to blood vessels is negligible. When blood vessels are narrowed or compromised-then the fetus receives less blood flow and nutrients which may be associated with newborn problems. ...Read more

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Nt scan/blood results: 1.5mm; Hcg 1.34MoM; PaPP 0.37MoM; Measures 2 days behind GA (11wks.5d). Mom: 30yrs old. How likely is placental insufficiency?

Nt scan/blood results: 1.5mm; Hcg 1.34MoM; PaPP 0.37MoM; Measures 2 days behind GA (11wks.5d). Mom: 30yrs old. How likely is placental insufficiency?

Low Papp-A: Individual test results must be interpreted by the ordering physician who has all the information and can apply it to the clinical scenario. Low 1st TM PAPP-A levels can be associated with fetal growth restriction later in pregnancies. Typically serial fetal growth sonograms are done periodically throughout the pregnancy to monitor for this. ...Read more

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I was told i have placental resistance. Is this the same as placental insufficiency? i am a nurse on a medical surgical floor, should i be on bedrest?

I was told i have placental resistance. Is this the same as placental insufficiency? i am a nurse on a medical surgical floor, should i be on bedrest?

Bedrest not helpful: On US, placental resistance to flow is either normal, or increased resistance to free flow of fetal blood may occur, shown by doppler imaging of cord blood pressure, reported as the S/D (systolic and diastolic) pressure ratio. So long as the fetus continues to grow normally, nothing need be done. Significant slowing growth indicates a C/S is needed. O diastolic flow requires emergency C-section ...Read more

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Will I restrict fetal growth if I wear tight fitting clothes?

Will I restrict fetal growth if I wear tight fitting clothes?

Nope!: Tight-fitting clothes have nothing to do with fetal growth restriction. Only if you diet to fir into the tight clothes you can cause poor fetal growth. ...Read more

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Where do I go to find most common stages of fetal growth and development?

Where do I go to find most common stages of fetal growth and development?

There's an app, also: http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-week-by-week. It'd be good if all women of child-bearing age took daily Folate (folic acid) supplements, protected themselves from " the flu", planned their pregnancies, knew that 4 standard alcoholic drinks = a binge in women & understood that the fetal brain & spinal cord start forming at 3 weeks & other organs between 3- 10 weeks after conception. ...Read more

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What happens if baby drops from fetal growth percentile in 4 weeks but is still within the 10 and 90%? Is that a reason for concern?

What happens if baby drops from fetal growth percentile in 4 weeks but is still within the 10 and 90%? Is that a reason for concern?

No concern: The ultrasound measurements can vary from one test to the next. In the last month or two of pregnancy, ultrasound "guesses" about baby's size and weight can be off by quite a bit. It is not perfect technology. As long as the baby does not drop below the 10th percentile it should be fine. It sounds like you are being followed closely, which is good. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can sneezing a lot effect fetal growth?

Unlikely: Unless it keeps the infant up all often for a long time, it would not affect growth. But you should really talk to the pediatrician about this. ...Read more

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Where can I find more info on placental insufficiency?

Please see URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001485.htm As you can imagine, this is a big topic, very relevant to pregnancy and fetal safety. ...Read more

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What things can I do to treat placental insufficiency at home?

Keep appointments: It would be quiet essential that uou keeo your prenatal appointments so that your doctor can monitor the well-being of your fetus. Beyond that, there is probably nothing more specific that you can do for placental insufficiency. Maintaining a well balanced diet, keeping well hydrated, and taking your prenatal vitamins would be the most you could likely do on your own. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fetal growth retardation?

What is the definition or description of: Fetal growth retardation?

IUGR: A more accurate term is Intrauterine Growth Restriction, which refers to restricted fetal growth due to decreased blood flow to the placenta in the uterus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ultrasound to evaluate fetal growth?

What is the definition or description of: ultrasound to evaluate fetal growth?

32-36 week scan.: A third trimester sonogram can help evaluate fetal growth if previous sonograms have established the due date with accuracy. Fetal biometry and anatomy is reviewed at each such scan. Many intestinal and urological anomalies can be thus detected, as they only show up in the third trimester. ...Read more

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What are the tests for placental insufficiency?

What are the tests for placental insufficiency?

Doppler studies.: Doppler studies of the fetal umbilical artery and the middle cerebral artery are the cornerstone of placental failure management. Only experts can perform these tests reliably. ...Read more