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Doctor insights on: Does The Baby Cause Preeclampsia Or Is It Something In The Mother

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Does the baby cause preeclampsia? Or is it something in the mother?

Does the baby cause preeclampsia? Or is it something in the mother?

Neither: There is no definite etiology known for pre-eclampsia. The predominent theory is that the placenta is a significant factor in the development of pre-eclampsia, how or why is not known. It is clear that the cure for pre-eclampsia is delivery - so something about the pregnancy is clearly involved. To further complicate the picture, about 25% of pre-eclampsia cases arise after delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Toxemia (Definition)

Toxemia = blood poisoning by toxins. Toxemia is also a name for preeclampsia ( ^'ed blood pressure, albuminuria ...Read more


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Is it true that if your baby moves too much in the womb that means the cord is around them?

Is it true that if your baby moves too much in the womb that means the cord is around them?

No.: Not at all. In fact, it's almost guaranteed, given the length of the cord and how little space there is, that the cord is all around the baby. If the cord is in someways compromised, i.e., if it is pinched in there somewhere, it would result in decreased baby movements. You can take an active baby as a good sign. ...Read more

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Is there a bacteria that cause nec or is it something that a mom might do during the pregnancy?

Is there a bacteria that cause nec or is it something that a mom might do during the pregnancy?

Partially: Cocaine use during pregnancy can increase the risk of nec. The exact cause of nec is not really known however an association between an injury to the lining of the intestine and bacterial overgrowth is suspected. ...Read more

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Baby is in the head down position at 29 weeks. Is she likely to stay there? Does this increase the possibility of preterm/early delivery?

Baby is in the head down position at 29 weeks. Is she likely to stay there? Does this increase the possibility of preterm/early delivery?

Yes and no: Since most babies deliver from the head down position it is likely to end up that way but change is possible. No, being head down does not mean you are more likely to deliver early. Be aware of your sensations and check out any early contractions with the OB to be sure you know when to come in for an evaluation.Early labor can be stopped so baby has a better chance to avoid newborn intensive care. ...Read more

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When a child is born with extra chromosomes is that a genetic trait from the father side or the mother side? Or can it go both ways?

When a child is born with extra chromosomes is that a genetic trait from the father side or the mother side? Or can it go both ways?

Both but not a trait: During formation of either egg or sperm (gametes), the chromosome (c) pairs that make up the normal cell separate & each gamete is supposed to have 1/2 of a pair. If any pair does not separate, three rather than a pair of that c be in the embryo. Having an extra c in every cell of the fetus confuses development.Miscarriage or birth defects often occur.This is not a trait but an error in whole cms. ...Read more

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Is salmonella only a risk to a foetus if the infection spreads to the mothers blood or can the gastric infection also harm the baby or spread to baby?

Is salmonella only a risk to a foetus if the infection spreads to the mothers blood or can the gastric infection also harm the baby or spread to baby?

Salmonella in utero?: Even if the organism extended into the bloodstream, which will be unlikely unless you have typhoid fever, the fetus is not likely to be affected. Enteric infection will not prove a risk to your baby at all unless you become profoundly dehydrated from the diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that a mother with alopecia passes the disease to her child?

What is the likelihood that a mother with alopecia passes the disease to her child?

Depends on type: Alopacia has many types and causes, the chance of you passing this on is low, as most causes are environmental or unknown. ...Read more

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What is the effect of electric shock to the fetus if the mother is pregnant?

What is the effect of electric shock to the fetus if the mother is pregnant?

It depends: Electricity usually passes from the point of contact directly ground. If the uterus is in that path, and depending on the strength of the electrical current, the fetus can be affected. However, if the shock is minor, and the baby continues to be moving afterwards the likelihood of problem is small. Regardless, after any shock it would be a good idea to be evaluated by your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Can non-invasive listeria infections harm the unborn baby/foetus or is it just the invasive type that gets into the blood stream?

Can non-invasive listeria infections harm the unborn baby/foetus or is it just the invasive type that gets into the blood stream?

Listeria: Non invasive listeria can enter the bloodstream of immuno-comprimised individuals causing septicemia which can affect the fetus. ...Read more

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There is a disease it is like a water bag in the middle of the brain that is caused by early born i want to know is it dangerous or deadly ? thank u

There is a disease it is like a water bag in the middle of the brain that is caused by early born 
i want to know is it dangerous or deadly ? thank u

Hydrocephalus: You may be describing hydrocephalus, a neurologic condition when the fluid of the brain and spinal canal (CSF) fills up abnormally large spaces in the brain (ventricles), creating pressure on the brain tissue. Some people are born with it (congenital) as a result of genetic or developmental defect. Others develop it later from injury or disease. The condition is often treated surgically. ...Read more

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If there is something wrong with the fetus, can it be "fixed" or treated? Is there any fetal condition that can be treated while still in the womb?

If there is something wrong with the fetus, can it be "fixed" or treated? Is there any fetal condition that can be treated while still in the womb?

Limited: I think in-utero treatment is limited and, many times, somewhat experimental. Certain placental aberrancies (e.g. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome) are amenable to treatment. ...Read more

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If baby transferred viral conjunctivitis to the mother can the mother transfer it back to the baby? Or will the baby now have the antibodies for that

If baby transferred viral conjunctivitis to the mother can the mother transfer it back to the baby?  Or will the baby now have the antibodies for that

Depends: It depends on the actual type of infection. Unfortunately you can in fact pass viral infections back and forth. It is very important to wash hands well. ...Read more

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If a placenta has an extra lobe is it always connected to the main placenta? Is it possible it could be hidden and not seen at delivery (c-section)?

If a placenta has an extra lobe is it always connected to the main placenta? Is it possible it could be hidden and not seen at delivery (c-section)?

Sonogram: Accessory lobes will always be connected in some capacity. They are usually seen by sonogram. Yes they can be missed during delivery. It would be hard to miss during a c section as the doctor is able to physically look inside of the uterus fairly easily. ...Read more

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Is thinking a lot can affect the baby in the womb?

Thinking normal: No. But, many women will swear that talking to the fetus is beneficial and part of becoming a mother. ...Read more