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Ultrasound result: single live intrautrerine pregnancy,presently cephalic,20weeks and 5days gestation,oligohydramnios fetal ascites..what can i do

Ultrasound result: single live intrautrerine pregnancy,presently cephalic,20weeks and 5days gestation,oligohydramnios fetal ascites..what can i do

See perinatologist: Its frightening to have an ultrasound that gives news that isn't perfect. Oligohydramnios means that there isn't enough fluid around the baby. You can help make more fluid by drinking lots and lots of water and getting enough rest. You need to see a perinatologist to find out why. This is a doctor who concentrates on complicated pregnancies to find out why. Best Wishes! ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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I was told a baby's heartbeat doesn't beat until 5 weeks, is that 5 weeks gestation or fetal age? and how likely is it to see heartbeat at 5w 4d?

I was told a baby's heartbeat doesn't beat until 5 weeks, is that 5 weeks gestation or fetal age? and how likely is it to see heartbeat at 5w 4d?

Very likely to see: At 5 weeks 4 days you will see a heartbeat. Before that it is a question of when can you see the heart beating and that has a lot of variables. Usually before 5 weeks it is not common to see but not impossible. ...Read more

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Is ultra sound calculate in gestation age or fetal age?

Is ultra sound calculate in gestation age or fetal age?

Gestational age.: By convention, all ultrasound measurements refer to gestational - not embryonic age. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and good luck! ...Read more

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Should i go by gestation age or fetal age?

Should i go by gestation age or fetal age?

Gestational age.: All obstetrical care by convention is based on estimated gestational age (ega) - not actual embryonic/fetal age. A first trimester ultrasound can pinpoint your due date with great accuracy. ...Read more

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I'm 21 weeks of gestation, how can I know that the fetus is well? Can dopplar study be reassuring?

I'm 21 weeks of gestation,  how can I know that the fetus is well? 
Can dopplar study be reassuring?

Ultrasound: Many moms do find reassurance in US as they can actually see their developing baby moving around and the physician can check anatomy. They aren't required though. Your OB is monitoring your growth and the babies heart rate - two parameters that are followed to see if everything seems to be progressing normally. ...Read more

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Hi, my wife LMP is 8 weeks and gestation sac age is 6 week, fetal pole with no cardiactivity seen. Brown tissue like discharge for last 3 days?

Hi, my wife LMP is 8 weeks and gestation sac age is 6 week, fetal pole with no cardiactivity seen. Brown tissue like discharge for last 3 days?

What's the question?: Brown discharge is likely not a problem. Main worry is infection. If she has pain, itching or discomfort in the vaginal area, she should see her doctor. Fetal heart may not be seen at 6 weeks. Get a follow up to confirm normal gestation. ...Read more

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I had scan on 8th mth & my fetus AC different 5 wks with gestation age, will this cause Pulmonary Atresia or any other problem? What cause this?

I had scan on 8th mth & my fetus AC different 5 wks with gestation age, will this cause Pulmonary Atresia or any other problem? What cause this?

5 weeks big/small: It matters whether the AC is measuring bigger or smaller than the rest of the measurements. My first thought would be if it were bigger that you may have gestational diabetes? Consider rephrasing with this part in the question. ...Read more

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Fetus measurements: 57mm 12 weeks gestation / 62mm 12 wks+4days gestation. Are measurements this precise to have this difference in size in 4 days?

Fetus measurements: 57mm 12 weeks gestation / 62mm 12 wks+4days  gestation. Are measurements this precise to have this difference in size in 4 days?

Sort of: Yes, the measurements on average do correspond to these dates and they are fairly accurate, but not exact. Also it is dependent on how the ultrasound tech measures it. So there are plenty of sources of mild error. ...Read more