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Will drinking during pregnancy always result in fetal alcohol syndrome?

Will drinking during pregnancy always result in fetal alcohol syndrome?

Not always, but...: Alcohol can damage a baby's brain causing cognitive, learning, emotional and behavior problems. We don't know how much alcohol it takes, but we do know that drinking too much on just a few occasions can cause FAS even if you don't drink at all during the rest of the pregnancy! best option—no drinking while pregnant. Next best—stop drinking as early as possible in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) be inherited?

Can FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) be inherited?

Yes and no.: The predisposition for alcoholism is inherited, however fetal alcohol syndrome only occurs when the fetus is exposed to maternally ingested alcohol during pregnancy and as such is not inherited, rather is a teratogen exposure that is entirely preventable. ...Read more

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High risk pregnancy==what?

High risk pregnancy==what?

Not a easy answer: There are too many different conditions that can cause a high risk pregnancy to answer here, but some big ones are fetal problems, and also maternal complications such as diabetes and hypertesnion. ...Read more

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Can maternal diet during pregnancy influence offspring obesity risk?

Can maternal diet during pregnancy influence offspring obesity risk?

Yes! Via Epigenetics: Epigenetic changes are changes to the child's dna while still a fetus. Tehse changes are induced by the maternal diet. Increasingly epigenetic changes are being implicated in a host of common diseases occuring in offspring. These changes in the babies dna that do not involve changing the dna sequence but rather modify gene expression in children. ...Read more

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Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Why does Gestational Diabetes increase the risk of stillbirth?

Abnormal glucose: The same reasons that produce Diabetic coma in adults. The elevated blood glucose going to the fetus causes metabolic changes that can result in death. ...Read more

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Does high risk pregnancy affect mom or baby?

Does high risk pregnancy affect mom or baby?

Depends: A high risk pregnancy can be high risk for the mother or high risk for the baby. It depends upon what the risk factor is. ...Read more

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Does fetal alcohol syndrome cause adhd?

Does fetal alcohol syndrome cause adhd?

Dr. F. makes a good: point. People whose ADHD was not treated before puberty have 2x the risk of substance abuse & alcoholism as those who were treated or have no ADHD. Genetic, biological & environmental factors contribute to the complex neurobehavioral profile of kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders which includes a subset of ADHD that can be difficult to treat with medications, especially in the young. ...Read more

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Pregnancy questions. High hCG no fetal pole?

Pregnancy questions. High hCG no fetal pole?

Concerning: This is concerning for a molar pregnancy. At the very least a repeat ultrasound should be done since it could be an early multiple gestation or develop the classic appearance of a molar pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does high birth weight pregnancy increase the risk for diabetes later in life?

Does high birth weight pregnancy increase the risk for diabetes later in life?

YES!: Birth weight over 4 kilos or 9 lb increases the likelihood that the mother will develop overt diabetes outside of pregnancy. Diet and exercise to decrease your weight for height can avert this dire complication. ...Read more

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Does gastroparesis mean high risk pregnancy?

Does gastroparesis mean high risk pregnancy?

Potentially: People with gastroparesis typically have chronic difficulties with nausea and vomiting due to delayed gastric emptying. If you are unable to take in much nutrition, this will be problematic with pregnancy. ...Read more

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Terms delivery odds for high risk pregnancy?

Terms delivery odds for high risk pregnancy?

Depends: Need more information of what you mean by high risk pregancy. The problem is needed to give odds. ...Read more

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Can drunk dad cause fetal alcohol syndrome?

No.: Fetal alcohol syndrome is caused by alcohol intake during pregnancy when the alcohol crosses the placenta and harms the fetus. ...Read more

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Is high hCG in early pregnancy (5-6 weeks) and indicator of down syndrome?

Is high hCG in early pregnancy (5-6 weeks) and indicator of down syndrome?

Discuss w/ Dr.: How high? What specifics? Discuss these concerns w/ your OBGYN. I've heard that the increased risk is specifically about a small portion of the hCG called the beta subunit. If that is high, they consider it an increased risk for Down Syndrome. It's not so much a concern early in pregnancy - they usually test for this between 15-18 weeks and it's part of the quad-screening test. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

Do vaginal exams increase risk of fetal group b strep?

No there is no risk: Vaginal exams are performed with a sterile speculum. Even though approximately 25% of women are colonized with group b strep, it is highly unlikely that the speculum would enter the uterus to transmit the bacteria to the fetus. ...Read more

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What chromosome can cause fetal alcohol syndrome?

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What chromosome can cause fetal alcohol syndrome?

Fetal alcohol: Not a gene to cause it. Just the amount of alcohol imbibed during the pregnancy that damage the fetus. ...Read more

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6 weeks pregnant & have lost all symptoms. High-risk pregnancy with possible slow fetal growth according to OB. Am I facing the loss of this baby?

6 weeks pregnant & have lost all symptoms. High-risk pregnancy with possible slow fetal growth according to OB. Am I facing the loss of this baby?

Unknown: In general we can not use a lack of negative symptoms as a predictive tool for pregnancy outcome. You are very early in pregnancy. The way to determine if things are ok is to see your doctor. They can do a sonogram to confirm a live intrauterine pregnancy. ...Read more

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Will drinking during pregnancy always result in fetal alcohol syndrome?

Not always, but...: Alcohol can damage a baby's brain causing cognitive, learning, emotional and behavior problems. We don't know how much alcohol it takes, but we do know that drinking too much on just a few occasions can cause FAS even if you don't drink at all during the rest of the pregnancy! best option—no drinking while pregnant. Next best—stop drinking as early as possible in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Fetal alcohol syndrome:would 2-4 drinks do harm before implantation? If i had a positive pregnancy test on 09/23, when would implantation take place?

Fetal alcohol syndrome:would 2-4 drinks do harm before implantation? If i had a positive pregnancy test on 09/23, when would implantation take place?

No: Only 1-2 drinks during the whole pregnancy probably won't harm the baby. The completely different answer would be if it take place every day. When implantation would take a place can't be answered from the information provided. ...Read more

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How quickly does a high risk pregnancy get admitted?

How quickly does a high risk pregnancy get admitted?

Depends...: ... On what makes a pregnancy "high risk." maternal fetal medicine doctors have extra training in un-routine pregnancy, and an mfm can help sort out what extra monitoring you might need to have a healthy outcome. Many "high risk" pregnancies don't require admission to the hospital before labor. ...Read more

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What symptoms can be associated with high risk pregnancy?

Many: High risk pregnancy can run the gambit. It can be from diabetes to hypertension to fetal problems. So there is no easy list of symptoms, too many to count would probably be the right answer. This would depend on a consultation with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to not gain weight while on my back for 2 weeks because of a high risk pregnancy?

How to not gain weight while on my back for 2 weeks because of a high risk pregnancy?

Prevent weight gain: Well, eating less than you usually eat while at bedrest would help you prevent excessive weight gain. During pregnancy you don't want to lose weight, so carefully look at your diet. Eliminate fatty foods and junk foods. Leave those chips alone. Eat more like a rabbit with plenty of vegies and salads. (hold the dressing.). ...Read more

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Does high risk pregnancy affect mom or baby?

Depends: A high risk pregnancy can be high risk for the mother or high risk for the baby. It depends upon what the risk factor is. ...Read more

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How can I check out hospitals for a high risk pregnancy?

How can I check out hospitals for a high risk pregnancy?

ASK: Asking your obgyn is the best way. He will be able to tell you which hospitals in your area handle high risk pregnancies. He probably would be able to deal with most pregnacies as long as they are confortable with what is actually making the pregnancy high risk. ...Read more

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What is a thin cervix and how would it cause a high risk pregnancy.?

What is a thin cervix and how would it cause a high risk pregnancy.?

Short cervix: A "thin" or rather "short" cervix increases your risks of delivering prematurely. To prevent premature birth your doctor may prescribe vaginal Progesterone or place a stitch in the cervix, called a cerclage. These are proven methods to reduce the chances that you will deliver at less than 34 weeks. ...Read more

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How much weight should I lose if obese so I don't have a high risk pregnancy?

How much weight should I lose if obese so I don't have a high risk pregnancy?

Normal BMI: Check online to find out your body mass index. You can then see how much weight you would need to lose to get a normal bmi. If you are very obese consider bariatric surgery. I have seen patients lose a great deal of weight and have successful pregnancies. ...Read more

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Will being asthmatic be a high risk pregnancy or would the baby not be affected?

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Will being asthmatic be a high risk pregnancy or would the baby not be affected?

Asthma pregnancy: If asthma is severe, pregnancy may aggravate it as there is less lung volume when the pregnant tommy presses into the chest cavity. Mom's lack of oxygen can lead to baby's distress. ...Read more

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The doctor told me I have high risk pregnancy. What does that mean?

The doctor told me I have high risk pregnancy. What does that mean?

Threat 2 mom or baby: There are many maternal conditions that can affect pregnancy. Some are present before a woman gets pregnant, and others develop during the pregnancy. Fetal conditions can occur because of problems in development, abnormal intrauterine conditions or many of the maternal diseases or conditions such as diabetes or preeclampsia. Please use search to find more of my answers on "pregnancy complications". ...Read more

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Do STDs put you at a high risk pregnancy?

Do STDs put you at a high risk pregnancy?

Association: Not directly, but both are the result of unprotected sex, so there's an association. ...Read more

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Do STDs in the past put you at a high risk pregnancy?

Do STDs in the past  put you at a high risk pregnancy?

Herpes, yes: If active vulvar herpes lesions occur in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy then vaginal delivery may be contraindicated to avoid transmission to the fetus. If other std's have been appropriately treated and testing is now negative, no risk. ...Read more

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If you had STDs in the past are you a high risk pregnancy?

If you had STDs in the past are you a high risk pregnancy?

Depends.: Stds are a wide range of infections, some of which can be perinatally transmitted such as hiv, hepatitic viruses, herpes viruses. Depending on what std you are referring to, you may or may not be a high-risk pregnancy at this time. ...Read more

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Does having thyroid disease make you a high risk pregnancy?

Does having thyroid disease make you a high risk pregnancy?

Absolutely!: Thyroidopathies can increase your risk for multiple adverse perinatal outcomes - seek care with an endocrinologist and/or maternal-fetal medicine specialist throughout this pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does having a thyroid disease make you a high risk pregnancy?

Does having a thyroid disease make you a high risk pregnancy?

Not always: It increases your risk of complications but if you treat the thyroid disease properly, there is no reason to expect anything bad will happen with the pregnancy. It's important to get it trated correctly. ...Read more

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How can I sustain my emotional well-being during high-risk pregnancy?

How can I sustain my emotional well-being during high-risk pregnancy?

Family support: It's great to have good family support, try to be healthy, follow your doctors recommendations and try to get enough rest. Most high risk pregnancies have a good outcome so keep that in mind, and also pregnancy is only 9 months long :). ...Read more

Dr. Michael Sparacino
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High Risk Pregnancy (Definition)

High risk pregnancies are those in which the risk to the mother or the baby is higher than for the average pregnancy. A pregnancy can be termed "high-risk" when the mother has a pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or when she has had previous problem pregnancies, is pregnant with multiple babies, or ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Definition)

A condition that occurs when an expectant mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. The child may be born with behavioral, ...Read more