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How Does Malnutrition Affect Pregnancy
Cretinism: Until about 14 weeks gestation the fetus depends on the mother's thyroid hormone before it can make its own. Severe low levels of maternal thyroid hormone can cause cretinism which is a syndrome of severe physical stunting and mental developmental delay. If already diagnosed with hypothyroidism be diligent about taking daily thyroid hormone medication and get levels checked every 3 months at least. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Worsens it: Just as important, your diabetes can affect your pregnancy. You need stricter control to help prevent birth defects, macrosomia (large infant), birth or maternal injuries, fetal death, and maternal diabetes worsening; leading to renal problems (kidney failure), other organ damage, or other health issues...The good news is that all of these problems can be improved or avoided with proper care. ...Read more
Prolactinoma: A prolactinoma is a tumor of the pituitary gland and part of the hormonal regulation in the human body. If you have a prolactinoma with high secretion of the prolactin this can definitely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. You would need to see an hormone specialist for evaluation and drug treatment or if the lesion is large then a neurosurgeon for possible surgical resection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May worsen disease: Activity of uc and cd at time of conception greatly predicts disease course. If in remission, most stay in remission (2/3) where as 1/3 will flare. Disease that is active during conception usually does not go into remission during the course of pregnancy and may even get worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A variety of ways: The type and organ involvement of the lupus can be important. Year ago people with lupus were advised not to get pregnant. Now we know people with lupus can have great pregnancy outcomes. There is a risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, lupus flares, hypertension especially with kidney invovlement and smoking. You will need to be evaluated for your lupus risks before pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: It depends on the type of thyroid problem. Hypothyroid women may need more thyroid in each trimester. By delivery many patients are taking half again more thyroid replacement. Hyperthyroidism is more complicated due to the different causes of hyperthyroidism. Any hyperthyroid woman should be followed by an endocrinologist or high risk obstetrical team to determine the best type and amount of meds. ...Read more
Yes: Any eating disorder can affect pregnany if the mother is not receiving enough nutrients to support herself and her developing baby. Poor weight gain in pregnany is associated with low birth weight infants, and preterm delivery. The vomiting associated with bulimia can cause electrolyte distrubances and certainly increased discomfort during pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It normally doesn't: Endometriosis can cause problems with getting pregnant due to scarring that can affect the tubes or involve the ovaries so that the egg and sperm can't meet. It can increase your risk of a tubal pregnancy since it is harder for the fertilized egg to move down to the uterus. There are also chemical changes that can do both those things.Once you are pregnant, endometriosis is inactivated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variably: It is important for both mother and baby that the asthma remains under good control, and this can be achieved with medications. Pulmicort and singulair (montelukast) have category b ratings for pregnancy.It is reported that approximatley 1/3 of pregnant asthmatics improve, 1/3 worsen and 1/3 remain the same. Deterioration of asthma during pregnancy can deprive the baby of oxygen and lead to premature birth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think that: teenage pregnancy impacts more on a teen's mental health than their physical health. Although they can conceive and carry a pregnancy 2 term, if followed by an ObGyn, most teens are not emotionally mature enough or prepared 2 B parents. Teens who decide 2 go ahead and have a baby need emotional support, financial and educational assistance 2 deal with parenthood. ...Read more
Several things:: Among other things, it could result in preterm labor or low birth weight. The body is stressed enough during pregnancy. Bacterial infection adds to that. Also, the increase in Progesterone levels during pregnancy cause soft tissues to relax; this includes your gums. Even otherwise healthy gums may swell and bleed during pregnancy. Periodontitis could flare up and get worse during this time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In several ways: Your skin goes through several changes during pregnancy. Some areas become darker due to changes in the pigment of your skin. Luckily, this generally fades. Blood vessels can become for prominent, moles can change in appearance & stretch marks develop due to connective tissue changes. Itching may be normal or a sign of something more concerning. Always discuss any skin changes with your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizure pregnancy: Pregnancy increases weight and liquids and dilute seizure meds, thus trigger seizures. Need regular check of blood levels of meds. Change in protein content in blood also contributes to altered levels of med in blood. Increased liquid pressures in brain can alter state of control of seizure also. If you had no sz for a long time, you may have a chance to go free during pregnancy. Good luck +++++. ...Read more
Not good.: There are varying degrees of involvement (e.g. Onset during pregnancy, diagnosed before pregnancy, etc..). Risks of big baby, shoulder dystocia, fetal anomalies, mom could develop notable end organ damage (e.g. Eyes, kidney, nerves and other systems), etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral-Systemic Link: Simply put: periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that causes red, swollen, bleeding gums. The bacteria enter the bloodstream here and can cross he placenta. Preterm delivery and/or low birth weight have been reported. See your dentist, &develop perfect home care . Consider perio protect. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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