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Doctor insights on: Does Placental Insufficiency Cause Intrauterine Growth Restriction

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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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Baby measured 2 days smaller on anatomy scan @ 20 weeks. How can avoid intrauterine growth restriction? Diet is not too varied but i eat healthily.

Baby measured 2 days smaller on anatomy scan @ 20 weeks. How can avoid intrauterine growth restriction? Diet is not too varied but i eat healthily.

Consult with OB-GYN: Not knowing more about you it's very important that you talk about this finding with your ob-gyn for the sake of your baby and your emotional state of mind. You only want the best for this baby and your want to do everything to insure a healthy child is born. ...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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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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Where can I find more info on placental insufficiency?

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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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