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Lost 2 bubs to anencephaly.Now preg with healthy 3rd baby no NTD's.Have had vag bleedin this preg all told"unexplained".Any tips to gt thru last 8wks?

Lost 2 bubs to anencephaly.Now preg with healthy 3rd baby no NTD's.Have had vag bleedin this preg all told"unexplained".Any tips to gt thru last 8wks?

Bedrest: you should take it easy. Not too much activity. Frequent doctor visits and close monitoring. May be best to avoid sexual activity during the final weeks. Babys born 8 weeks early typically do very well these days. ...Read more

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Anencephaly (Definition)

Anencephaly is a severe problem where the head of a fetus fails to develop normally. Usually, most of ...Read more


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37wks+2days pregnant.Feelin scared & anxious of losin this healthy baby in this last bit.Lost 2 bubs to anencephaly in past.Wat can I do?Jus want safe

37wks+2days pregnant.Feelin scared & anxious of losin this healthy baby in this last bit.Lost 2 bubs to anencephaly in past.Wat can I do?Jus want safe

Natural feelinngs: With your past experience it is easy for you to remain an emotional mess, even after a normal delivery and healthy initial exam. Surround yourself with supportive people who are willing to listen. By the time this baby is five you may relax. Just hang in there. ...Read more

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Lost baby last year due to anencephaly.used multivitamins with folic acid for 1year and 5mg folic acid from 2months.folate levels 477 now.can I plan ?

Risk assessment: I am so sorry for your loss. Im glad to see you are taking the folate supplements. As you know anencephaly is multifactorial, with folate deficiency as well as genetic factors. There is an emerging genetics we are learning about and you certainly want to consider consultation with genetics and see your OB for a visit as well. Best of luck and remember anencephaly is rare. ...Read more

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What is anencephaly?

What is anencephaly?

Anencephaly: Anencephaly is one of a group of malformations of the central nervous system collectively called neural tube defects. Anencephaly is readily apparent at birth because of the absence of the skull and scalp and with exposure of the underlying brain. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is anencephaly?

What sort of problem is anencephaly?

Failure of closure: The fetus is busy around 20-30 days in when the nervous system starts forming along a line like a trench. The trench folds in on itself and begins to form a tube, sealing itself in the middle first and moving toward both ends like two zippers. When the top end fails to close, many brain structures don't form & we have anencephaly.At the bottom, we get spina bifida. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat anencephaly?

What can I do to treat anencephaly?

Comfort care only!: Nobody can nor should help prolong the "lives" of these poor neonates. Anencephalic newborns are devoid of any chance of meaningful interaction with the environment and never attain consciousness. Comfort care is all that is ethically permissible for these dramatic cases. Take 4-5 mg daily of Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life, to prevent this from recurring in future pregnancies. ...Read more

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What are the tests that indicate anencephaly?

What are the tests that indicate anencephaly?

Anencephaly: Anencephaly is a serious birth defect where the brain does not form and the top of the skull is open. It is an extreme form of a neural tube defect. Tests which can indicate anencephaly are an ultrasound examination. A blood test called msafp can be drawn at 15 weeks also. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anencephaly?

What are the symptoms of anencephaly?

None.: The mother usually has no symptoms when she is carrying an anencephalic infant, however this is a lethal fetal anomaly. Its recurrence in future pregnancies can be prevented with daily use of Folic Acid at 4-5 mg. ...Read more

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I'm 15 weeks and they told me that my baby have anencephaly. I don't know what to do?

I'm 15 weeks and they told me that my baby have anencephaly.  I don't know what to do?

Sorry for your loss: I've been through about half a dozen of these but never in your shoes. Another 30+ weeks of pregnancy carrying this burden may or may not be something you can bear when the outcome is so predictable & bad. Consult your spouse, spiritual adviser, & pray. Do what fits for your needs & grieve for what might have been. See & hold baby whatever you do to say good bye. Followup with a geneticist later. ...Read more

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What are the tests for anencephaly?

Ultrasound.: Only expert prenatal ultrasound can reliably detect anencephaly after the first trimester of pregnancy. Amniotic fluid Alpha fetoprotein and acetylcholinesterase can also help reach the diagnosis. ...Read more