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My baby is 3 weeks throwing up every time she eats . Her dad was alcoholic could this be fetal alcohol syndrome I'm concerned ?
Not usually a sign: Fetal alcohol syndrome, FAS, can cause some problems in the head and neck but I am not aware of it causing problems like you describe The baby is likely having normal reflux which is seen in almost all babies. This can be helped with smaller and more frequent feedings. If the baby does not gain weight then your doctor may start a treatment but generally babies outgrow the vomiting/reflux ...Read more
Can a mother that was diagnosed with fetal alchol syndrome herself pass the genetics on to her child?
Probably not: Despite the fact that infants are sometimes born with a 'sucking blister' on their thumb-they received very good nutrition from their mothers thru the placenta. The 'sucking blisters' are evidence that the infant will gain some pleasure from sucking after birth-hence the value of the nipple or pacifier. ...Read more
Radiologist, MFM.: Some radiologists and select maternal-fetal medicine specialists are the only physicians qualified to perform and interpret targeted fetal sonography, e.g. Assessing the fetal brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, spine, skeleton etc. General radiologists, general obstetrician/gynecologists and others are not trained to assess targeted prenatal songoraphy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
9 wks until birth: In most medical circles the terminology of reproduction is well defined. From the point of conception to the end of the eighth week, a series of complex events take place that are described as the embryonic period. As the 9th week starts, the embryo has achieved a form that is recognizable as human and the term fetus is used from that point until delivery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fetal DNA testing: DNA test during pregnancy must be performed by obtaining either a small sample of the placenta (i.e, chorionic villus sampling), or a sample of amniotic fluid that bathes the baby (i.e, amniocentesis). These fetal samples must be collected by the mother's obstetrician, and their collections pose a slight risk to both the mother and the fetus. ...Read more
Not possible: Whereas it would be great to be able to see a fetus develop week by week throughout pregnancy, it just isn't feasible. Insurance companies will not pay for the ultrasounds and doctor's offices are primarily focused on the diagnostic aspects of ultrasound. Anticipate a possible dating scan, 18-20 week anatomy/ level 2 scan, then depending on clinical picture a scan in the third trimester. ...Read more
Invasive testing.: Amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling can retrieve fetal cells to be analyzed for dna mutations known to cause osteogenesis imperfecta. In the future non-invasive testing should become standard of care, but this technology to isolate cell-free fetal dna is in its nascent stages at this time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Confusing question: Since men don't carry a fetus your question is confusing. Men can have impairment of fertility due to mumps as an adult but their infection during a woman's pregnancy has no effect on the fetus. If a woman has mumps during pregnancy, there is evidence that the baby can become infected, but no recognized birth defects have been reported. ...Read more