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My sister is pregnant and still smokes. Is that bad for her unborn baby?

My sister is pregnant and still smokes. Is that bad for her unborn baby?

YES!: You should do everything you can to urge your sister to quit smoking while she is pregnant. Smoking can cause premature labor, problems with blood flow through the placenta (which gives the unborn baby oxygen), and low birth weight. Also encourage your sister to discuss this with her ob/gyn, who can provide her with resources to help her quit. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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My sister is amlost 5 months pregnant and started smoking again. What can happen to her unborn baby?

My sister is amlost 5 months pregnant and started smoking again. What can happen to her unborn baby?

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

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What is a normal heart rate for a 34 week fetus? I am 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am contracting every 4-5 min for about a minute to a min and a half long the babies heart rate goes up to 180 during a contraction

What is a normal heart rate for a 34 week fetus? I am 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am contracting every 4-5 min for about a minute to a min and a half long the babies heart rate goes up to 180 during a contraction

Usually : Usually it is between 120-160. Please notify your doctor about that rate of contractions as that is concerning. Please go to the hospital and have a complete evaluation immediately. Do not drive yourself. ...Read more

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What is a normal heart rate for a 34 week fetus? I am 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am contracting every 4-5 min for about a minute to a min and a half long the babies heart rate goes up to 180 during a contraction

Usually : Usually it is between 120-160. Please notify your doctor about that rate of contractions as that is concerning. Please go to the hospital and have a complete evaluation immediately. Do not drive yourself. ...Read more

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16 wk pregnant. Exterminator put Advion (indoxacarb) roach bait in kitchen cabinet doors. Removed all food. Still worried if it can affect unborn baby?

16 wk pregnant. Exterminator put Advion (indoxacarb) roach bait in kitchen cabinet doors. Removed all food. Still worried if it can affect unborn baby?

No: I would not directly eat the Roach killer and wash your hands after touching the areas treated. Other than that remember it is more important to rid your living area of roaches. ...Read more

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If a person is pregnant and she smokes, can the unborn baby get cancer from the smoking?

If a person is pregnant and she smokes, can the unborn baby get cancer from the smoking?

No, birth defects.: Smoking during pregnancy is not known to cause cancer in the unborn, but it causes many complications of pregnancy, and in the newborn. This can cause premature rupture of membranes (prom), placenta previa, abruptio placenta, ectopic pregnancy, premature birth, and pregnancy induced hypertension. In the newborn, it can cause low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (sids), and others. ...Read more

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I am currently 17 weeks and 2 days pregnant and have been diagnosed with ureaplasma. If cured will this still harm my unborn baby?

I am currently 17 weeks and 2 days pregnant and have been diagnosed with ureaplasma. If cured will this still harm my unborn baby?

Not likely: Ureaplasma urealyticum has been associated with preterm birth, chorioamnionitis and a few other problems, but usually when not treated. If you're concerned get rechecked for it a couple weeks after treatment to see if you have resolution. ...Read more

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I am 14wks pregnant and just found out that we have bad black mold in our home.Can this have any affect on my unborn baby?What should I do?Concerned

Black Mold: The term "toxic mold" is not accurate. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. People with allergies may be more sensitive to molds. People with immune suppression or underlying lung disease are more susceptible to fungal infections. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm#q1. ...Read more

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Will indirect trauma effect a unborn baby i'm 36 weeks pregnant and hit some pot holes really really bad i felt it going through me kinda nervous?

Will indirect trauma effect a unborn baby i'm 36 weeks pregnant and hit some pot holes really really bad i felt it going through me kinda nervous?

Unlikely to be pbm: The baby is cushioned by the water surrounding baby within the womb. Only direct trauma (steering wheel in a crash, etc) have significant risk involved. ...Read more

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When pregnant is second hand smoke harmful to unborn baby?

When pregnant is second hand smoke harmful to unborn baby?

Hard to say: I have not seen any clinical trials that prove there is an effect, but i imagine a direct effect would be difficult to prove because there are so many other variables that affect pregnancy outcomes. It would also be impossible to measure how much smoke baby was exposed to. But i think you can assume it is not helpful. ...Read more

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Stopping drugs at 14 weeks pregnant and still weaning off pain meds.. What can I do to protect unborn baby?

Stopping drugs at 14 weeks pregnant and still weaning off pain meds.. What can I do to protect unborn baby?

Pregnancy: Sounds like you are on the right course. Get off all the meds, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Eat right, get good medical care, get enough sleep, protect yourself and you will protect your baby. Then stay off the stuff so you can be a great mom. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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If an unborn baby has congenital heart defects, should you still go through with the pregnancy?

If an unborn baby has congenital heart defects, should you still go through with the pregnancy?

Depends.: This is personal choice and depends on the genetic make-up of the baby, the presence of other anomalies and the severity of the cardiac defect(s). Genetic counseling and pediatric cardiology consultation are essential! http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/conditions/congenitalheartdefects/aboutcongenitalheartdefects/about-congenital-heart-defects_ucm_001217_article.Jsp. ...Read more

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My skim milk expired on jul 13 & I have been drinking till jul 22. I didn't notice any bad taste. I am 20 weeks pregnant. Will it harm my unborn baby?

My skim milk expired on jul 13 & I have been drinking till jul 22. I didn't notice any bad taste. I am 20 weeks pregnant. Will it harm my unborn baby?

Should be fine: Pasteurized and also refrigerated, the milk should be fine the week after the stamped date, as long as it tastes normal. Americans throw away too much edible food just because the stamped date has passed, so it is better to judge the food on a case by case basis. Sometimes, an item may be bad (like moldy bread or soured milk) before the stamped date, and other times still just fine after the date. ...Read more

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I m 16 weeks pregnant and i m still breastfeeding my 14 month old baby is it safe for me and my unborn baby?

I m 16 weeks pregnant and i m still breastfeeding my 14 month old baby is it safe for me and my unborn baby?

Yes: You face the simple decision on how far into the pregnancy you want to bf or to just overlap.If this is a good nurturing time you both enjoy, continue.If you find yourself chasing baby down to feed & s/he makes it short & quickly gets off it is time to wean. Some older infants might feel displaced if the newborn begins to take there place either way, but if the older baby gives it up, it will be ok. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant. What should I do to take care of my unborn baby?

I'm pregnant. What should I do to take care of my unborn baby?

Take good care of: Yourself! a healthy diet, regular exercise, 8 hours of sleep a night, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol. Coffee or tea in moderation is fine. If you have any chronic medical conditions, follow your doctor's recomendations. Good luck! ...Read more