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How To Develop Baby Brain During Pregnancy
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
Can affect baby: Stress can potentially cause the baby to be smaller than if mom is not stressed. Lots of stress in pregnancy increases the possibility that the baby will be colicky ( that has been my experience). Babies feel the emotional response of the mother. Hopefully a pregnant mom will find tools to help manage the stress (breathing is #1 and available anytime anywhere). Talk to the OB doc as well. ...Read more
Does a hard uterus in early pregnancy cause any risk to continue with pregnancy and will the baby grow normal?
Not much: At this gestational age the baby just grows. However, the placenta that is nourishing the baby does not grow at the same speed any more and it becomes harder to provide all the nutrients and oxygen the baby needs. Your obstetrician will watch carefully for your fundal height measurement, which tells him/her if the baby is growing properly. ...Read more
Increased problems: The infant of a smoker will see their placental blood vessels age faster & start to shrink, reducing their blood flow & cutting their birth weight by 1/2 lb or more. They will have a higher risk of crib death, 2-3x as many ear & lung infections. They will grow up wanting to smoke because their source people do. Interesting legacy to give someone you are supposed to love. ...Read more
No: The fetus is relatively protected, problems don't usually come till adulthood. ...Read more
Maybe: May cross placenta and cause birth defects. However; there have been several patients to give birth without birth defects. Cimzia which is an injectible tnf inhibitor like Infliximab is currently felt to be the safest during pregnancy as it is the least apt to cross placenta. If you have RA you may be able to stop all medications when you are pregnant as RA can go into remission at that time. ...Read more
Probably safe: Most likely safe and no effect can not be sure due to lack of specific data. ...Read more
Fetal movement : It is possibly to see fetal movement by ultrasound as early as 8weeks from the last menstual cycle. However, one cannot feel it due to its small size. In general, fetal movement is felt from 16 weeks onward with most able to feel movement by 20weeks. First time pregnancies are closer to the 20week mark whereas subsequent pregnancies feel movement earlier. Movement should be regular by 24 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would mild spasticity of mother effect baby in utero from 2nd trim on? How or if does tensing body effect baby? Can it lead to preterm labor?
Not likely: I can't put together early infant solids with diabetes of any form. It is practice that grew out of an era where boiled cow milk formula was routein, and supplemental feedings were helpful to make up for nutrients not found in cow milk.Todays move back to breast milk or formula based on bm eliminates the need for early solids. Some suggest a link with early feeding with obesity & dm2.Not dm1. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubt any effect: Shingles is essentially the emergence of a hibernating virus from nerve clusters along the inside of your spine. It travels out the nerve, like a canoe paddling down river to the skin, where pt causes pain & blisters that contain the reactivated virus. To affect baby it would need to enter the blood & pass thru the placenta. This is not a feature of shingles. ...Read more
Yes: Usually it happends when mom has a low pressure and by default the fetus does too. If the umbilical cord gets compressed there will also be poor fetal perfusion. Some medications can be tranmitted to fetus and cause hypotension and poor perfusion. If prolonged it can be disasterous to the baby. ...Read more
Likely nothing: There is no direct effect from an epidural on the fetus; indirectly, changes in blood pressure due to an epidural may transiently effect the pattern of the baby's heart rate during labor. Having had six Epidurals during the course of labor likely speaks to technical challenges the anesthesiologist had with placing &/or poor relief from it. Increased chance of a spinal headache for you afterwards. ...Read more
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