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Mother drinking, smoking, taking dilantin, Valium pretty strong, ad a questionable pegnancy drug 1965. Could this cause brain chemical imbalance.

Mother drinking, smoking, taking dilantin, Valium pretty strong, ad a questionable pegnancy drug 1965. Could this cause brain chemical imbalance.

Many things combine: In our lives many partake of many things that are not good for us and they impact our entire body. As part of our body, the brain is not immune - but there's no reason to search for a prime culprit. If your Mom's mental health is a problem, a good psych eval and treatment is the important thing. The questionable substances may be addressed in such therapy. Try not to strengthen her defensiveness. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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What is the definition or description of: Pregnancy brain?

What is the definition or description of: Pregnancy brain?

Pregnancy brain: If such a condition exists, pregnancy brain or "momnesia "refers to forgetfulness or mental fog occurring during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is pregnancy brain and what are the major symptoms associated with this condition?

What is pregnancy brain and what are the major symptoms associated with this condition?

Pregnancy brain: Also called momnesia, is having bouts of forgetfulness during pregnancy. Although normal, some theories of etiology suggest causes as hormonal changes, multitasking, or not getting enough sleep. It feels like walking into a room to get something, then not remembering what u went for about 5-10 times a day. ...Read more

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What are causes of a brain bleed during pregnancy?

What are causes of a brain bleed during pregnancy?

SEVERAL: This crisis is very rare. Venous thromboses, berry aneurysm ruptures, and bleeding of AVM's can occur, but a bigger threat might be uncontrolled eclampsia with a blood pressure surge causing a focal hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Pregnancy and brain fog and working. I am looking for help, any advice?

Pregnancy and brain fog and working. I am looking for help, any advice?

Changes: Pregnancy adds physical and emotional burden to your life. Mental slowness can be lack of sleep and proper nutrition. Not having more information, I recommend that you talk to your physician. Is work getting more demanding and difficult to focus? How is your support system? History of depression? A thorough history and physical exam will give you the answer. ...Read more

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I've had really hot showers throughout my pregnancy could this have hurt my babys brain, cause metal retardation?

I've had really hot showers throughout my pregnancy could this have hurt my babys brain, cause metal retardation?

Hot showers and baby: Pl rest assured there is no evidence in the medical literature that taking hot showers damages unborn baby's brain development.
Using alcohol, smoking, intoxication with other drugs, medical complications or asphyxiation during pregnancy are more likely to cause adverse affects on the unborn's brain development. Pl the faucet temp down a bit to enjoy your showers!! ...Read more

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My child 3years old died with damaged brain coz of hydrocephalus that occures through pregnancy What should I do if iwanna plan for new pregnancy?

My child 3years old died with damaged brain coz of hydrocephalus that occures through pregnancy What should I do if iwanna plan for new pregnancy?

Find a geneticist: There are many potential causes for hydrocephalus.If you can locate a geneticist with the university or children's hospital they can review what you know about the child you lost, review any records, and come up with a plan. Some of these are incidental and increasing folate in your diet may help, but some may be genetically linked and the risk higher. ...Read more

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I have pregnancy headaches. Could it be a brain tumor?

I have pregnancy headaches. Could it be a brain tumor?

Unlikely: Headaches are a common complaint during pregnancy and most pregnant women can safely take Tylenol (acetaminophen). For more information bring up your concerns with your gynecologist or OB-GYN. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have pregnancy brain - but could I have a brain tumor?

I think I have pregnancy brain - but could I have a brain tumor?

Doubt it: Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and what makes you memory better and worse! Hang in there! I like to blame pregnancy brain for some of the things I do, but... ...Read more

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When in a pregnancy is the brain and body systems able to survive outside the womb?

26 weeks with care: In us with medical care in neonatal intensive care the babys chances of survival with brain and all body system are 100% at 26 weeks
but babies born at 22 weeks have 9.8%chance of survival with care
if your question is at what stage in pregnancy infant is capable of brain and body intact survival without intensive medical care, the answer is 32 weeks. ...Read more

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My last pregnancy my baby had a cyst in brain (drainage chamber) could it happen again?

My last pregnancy my baby had a cyst in brain (drainage chamber) could it happen again?

Yes but...: Anything that has happened before can happen again, but without a really specific diagnosis, we can't tell you what the likelihood of recurrence would be. Check with your obgyn or perinatologist for specifics and good luck! ...Read more

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Should women born severly premature (micro baby) get a MRI to rule out brain malformations before pregnancy? Can I ask for one?

Should women born severly premature (micro baby) get a MRI to rule out brain malformations before pregnancy? Can I ask for one?

Premature infants: Routinely get cranial ultrasounds in the nursery after they are born. Before delivery, neurologic (brain) abnormalities can be identified on your routine prenatal ultrasounds. ...Read more

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28 wks of a healthy pregnancy. Scans + a voluntary Panorama test ok. Only BPD consistantly on the 97%tile, visible brain structures ok. Need I worry?

28 wks of a healthy pregnancy. Scans + a voluntary Panorama test ok. Only BPD consistantly on the 97%tile, visible brain structures ok. Need I worry?

Bi-parietal Diameter: No, you don't need to worry. The scans are showing everything as normal. Percentiles mean that for every 100 children your child is measuring larger than 96 but there are still 3 that are larger. Somebody has to be there, it is still normal. It is like height, there are short people like me at 5'6" then the professional basketball players that are 7'2". Both normal heights, percentiles apart. ...Read more

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I've read that women have high rate of car accidents from 2nd trimester. Should I not drive then? Or is it exaggerated, blaming 'pregnancy brain? ' Why

I've read that women have high rate of car accidents from 2nd trimester. Should I not drive then? Or is it exaggerated, blaming 'pregnancy brain? ' Why

Please don't fret so: Much. When you read about increased rate of MVA's (which I didn't know about) simply use that info to remind yourself to be an attentive driver. Don't let being pregnant paralyze you from having a normal and full life. Congratulations and be well. ...Read more

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Can stopping celexa (citalopram) during early pregnancy cause a misscarriage? I'm currently tapering off celexa (citalopram) and it's giving me "brain zaps" is this harmful?

Can stopping celexa (citalopram) during early pregnancy cause a misscarriage? I'm currently tapering off celexa (citalopram) and it's giving me "brain zaps" is this harmful?

Complicated answer: You ask a question that only your treating physicians can answer for you, specifically. Depending on why you were on the celexa (citalopram), (citalopram) tapering could actually cause harm to you and the baby after you are off the medications.
In my practice, I have not had any patients have that particular experience when tapering off celexa (citalopram). Please discuss these questions in detail with your OB and your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Estrogen level high at 1094 in wk 6 of IVF pregnancy. Does this affect gender development of brain and sex organs of fetus? Should I decrease estrogen

Estrogen level high at 1094 in wk 6 of IVF pregnancy. Does this affect gender development of brain and sex organs of fetus? Should I decrease estrogen

Follow instructions: Best follow your infertility specialist's instructions. Because of the medications you received to stimulate ovulation, it is not unusual for your estrogen levels to be high. ...Read more

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What is wrong with me? DID YOU GET THE COAT OUT OF THE CAR BOOKE. I was MENT to say DID YOU GET THE COKE OUT OF THE CAR BOOT. Is that pregnancy brain?

What is wrong with me? DID YOU GET THE COAT OUT OF THE CAR BOOKE. I was MENT to say DID YOU GET THE COKE OUT OF THE CAR BOOT. Is that pregnancy brain?

Please Clarify: Are you pregnant? I would tell you in my office if you brought this to me that there would be at least 100 other possible causes for this temporary misuse of words before I would consider pregnancy. If you are not pregnant or have not missed a period then this is not pregnancy related. ...Read more

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Can we prevent stroke in pregnancy? How do we know if we have a weak brain vessel before pregnancy that way we can prevent stroke? I'm terrified

Can we prevent stroke in pregnancy? How do we know if we have a weak brain vessel before pregnancy that way we can prevent stroke? I'm terrified

Prenatal Care: It is not common practice to screen patients for brain aneurysms unless there are significant symptoms like severe headaches and visual disturbance, or a string family history. Most strokes during pregnancy are complications of uncontrolled high blood pressure. This is monitored closely at each prenatal visit so that if found it can be treated before a stroke occurs. ...Read more

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If I can get bloodwork and MRI on brain to clear blood disorders and avm before pregnancy. Are my chances of complications/dying low in pregnancy?

If I can get bloodwork and MRI on brain to clear blood disorders and avm before pregnancy. Are my chances of complications/dying low in pregnancy?

Tough to answer: Over the computer, this is tough to answer. Your neurologist or neurosurgeon, working cooperatively with your PCP or OB/GYN would know your case best, the type of AVM, your underlying condition and risk factors etc. To best treat you and give you a prediction and "best guess" estimate of a prognosis if you became pregnant. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I want to get pregnent, my TSH is 18, sub clinical stage. I am taking treatment for this and in which month baby brain develops? Can I try for pregnancy

I want to get pregnent, my TSH is 18, sub clinical stage. I am taking treatment for this and in which month baby brain develops? Can I try for pregnancy

The baby's: Brain is always developing, it's never good in pregnancy to be low on thyroid hormone. Good news is that yours should be easy to treat. Talk to your doc about conceiving but shouldn't bea big deal if u stay on your thyroid hormone. Good luck. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a 9 level tsh during pregnancy for brain development? I heard it causes low iq but hasn't been proven?

How dangerous is a 9 level tsh during pregnancy for brain development? I heard it causes low iq but hasn't been proven?

High TSH during preg: F 24 asks: How dangerous is a 9 level tsh during pregnancy for brain development? I heard it causes low iq but hasn't been proven? ANS: you need too find out why your TSH is high during pregnancy. It is dangerous for both you and your fetus. You do not what to prove this with your baby or your body. Call team now!!!! ...Read more

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My friend has a normal 5 yr old baby girl....But other 2 pregnancies she had baby boys with brain tumors. The babies died right after. Whts reason?

My friend has a normal 5 yr old baby girl....But other 2 pregnancies she had baby boys with brain tumors. The babies died right after. Whts reason?

Unusual: Brain tumors in general are relatively rare in the general population. For there to be two in one family is unusual. She should have some work-up by her neurologist and a geneticist to see if there is some genetic syndrome that puts her and her family at increased risk for brain tumors. ...Read more

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Aura migraines without pain in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. A few per week. No other symptoms. Is this just a migraine or maybe a brain tumor?

Aura migraines without pain in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. A few per week. No other symptoms. Is this just a migraine or maybe a brain tumor?

Doubt tumor: Headaches do kick up during pregnancy, but should ease as 3rd trimester proceeds. Might try some 100 % oxygen with rebreathing mask over 3-5 minutes to eradicate the auras, but would avoid meds at this point. Discuss with obstetrician, as highly unlikely that you have structural brain disorder, but get examined to get reassured. ...Read more

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Pregnancy Brain (Definition)

If such a condition exists, pregnancy brain or "momnesia "refers to forgetfulness or mental ...Read more