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Is It Too Late To Have An Amniocentesis In The 3rd Trimester
No: It is easier to do amnio in the third trimester when amniotic fluid is abundant. Uses of third trimester amnio include testing fetal maturity (surfactant, other levels) to time delivery when there are complications (e.g., maternal pre-eclampsia). Use for genetic testing may allow preparation for a severe disorder (e.g., fetal trisomy 18) without options for pregnancy termination. ...Read more
Amniocentesis is a procedure used to draw a sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds and cushions the baby in the womb. This fluid contains cells that have been sloughed off of the developing fetus. Amniocentesis is most often used to detect genetic abnormalities, though the results can also reveal the baby's sex, gauge lung maturity (if done close to term), detect amniotic fluid infections, or ...Read more
Yes: You should feel your baby move every day. Babies have sleep cycles and you may not feel them move while you are sleeping. If it has been more than a couple of hours since you felt your baby move, try eating a snack or drinking juice, often this will make babies more active. If you are still not feeling movement you should call your doctor or the hospital to listen to the baby's heartbeat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Focus on nutrition: Focus on nutrition instead of the scale. Most women will gain weight due to fluid retention but many gain too much from over eating. Are you eating a healthy diet and exercising daily? If so, the lack of weight gain is not important. Your baby appreciates your healthy lifestyle. A pregnant woman only needs about 300 calories more per day in the third trimester. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is measuring a week ahead in the 2nd and 3rd trimester normal? What causes that? Neither me or my fiance are very tall.
Normal: This amount of difference in pregnancy measurements is entirely normal. In fact, it doesn't even indicate well the size your baby will be. Even ultrasound scan measurements can easily be off by two weeks on the measurements in later pregnancy. It sounds as if you are perfectly normal. Shorter women often measure a little bigger since they have less room to hide the baby in and thus appear bigger. ...Read more
No: Sort of, but it wouldn't be called a miscarriage. If a fetus were to die in third trimester it would be an intrauterine fetal demise. If it were to deliver alive it would be preterm labor. Miscarriage technically refers to delivery of a fetus prior to 20 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: I allow a pregnant woman to fly until 36 weeks. However if she is having any pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure or premature labor or the baby isn't growing well i strongly recommend against flying. If a woman flies late pregnancy wear support hose or move legs frequently to prevent leg swelling and risk of blood clots. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Growing and maturing: While the organ systems and body first form in the beginning of pregnancy, they continue to mature and grow until birth. Muscles are getting stronger, the brain continues to develop, and the baby is practicing breating and swallowing. One good site to track development is american baby magazine website. Lennart nilsson's book "a child is born" is an excellent reference you can buy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Most women don't lose weight consistently in the third trimester. Some women may gain 2-3 pounds one week and the next week be down 1-2 pounds, this can be very normal. Continued weight loss is more concerning. However, women who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant may be advised by their doctor to not gain as much weight during pregnancy (maybe only 15 pounds). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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