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Doctor insights on: Problems That Can Occur During Pregnancy

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What problems can occur during gestation?

Too many: You have asked several VERY GENERAL questions. If can ask something more specific, we might be able to give a better answer. Thank you. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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 are common complications that can occur during childbirth?

What are common complications that can occur during childbirth?

Childbirth: 1. Preterm Labor/ Premature delivery 2. Prolonged labor/ Failure to Progress (may necessitate c-section) 3. Abnormal Presentation - breech, transverse lie… 4. Umbilical cord prolapse 5. Umbilical cord compression 6. Post-partum bleeding 7. Shoulder dystocia 8. Cephalohematoma - Several of these conditions can lead to or be causes of other issues. ...Read more

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Can pinworms be cause complications during pregnancy?

Can pinworms be cause complications during pregnancy?

Medication might: Pinworms make people uncomfortable literally and figuratively. Weight or sleep loss can occur. They are common in childcare settings but can be prevented with hand hygiene please read this http://www.Cdc.Gov/healthywater/hygiene/disease/pinworms.Html and fact sheet http://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites/pinworm/index.Html also tell your OB providers and discuss treatment http://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites/pinworm. ...Read more

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Can Stress Cause Bleeding During Pregnancy?

Can Stress Cause Bleeding During Pregnancy?

That is possible: Possible, but if it continues then check with your OB ...Read more

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Can too many ultrasound during pregnancy cause damage to the fetus?

Can too many ultrasound during pregnancy cause damage to the fetus?

No: Ultrasound exam does not harm the fetus. Be aware that every test has a margin of error. The more times you do a test the more likely there will be an error which will lead to more unnecessary tests. Be sparing in your use of imaging. ...Read more

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Can smoking during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?

Can smoking during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?

Don't smoke!: Smoking has many negative effects on the the baby's well-being. It has been associated with increased miscarriages, stillbirth, premature labor, low birth weight, and problems with the placenta (placenta previa and abruption). If you are pregnant, avoid smoking for your health and the baby's. ...Read more

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Can there be any risk of pregnancy during the menopause?

Can there be any risk of pregnancy during the menopause?

Menopause: Menopause is defined as the normal ending of the menstrual cycle after one year without a period. The ovaries stop producing eggs and hormones. So women can no longer conceive after menopause and decreasing hormone levels can cause symptoms of aging, hot flashes, mood changes, skin changes less libido and vaginal dryness. Symptoms can be treated with both traditional and natural approaches. ...Read more

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What changes occur in your body during early pregnancy?

What changes occur in your body during early pregnancy?

A lot!: There are too many changes to list here that happen on every level in your body! Some women have absolutely no symptoms whatsoever. Some women become violently nauseated and vomit, have breast tenderness, sharp lower pelvic pain (associated with uterine growth) and may even notice their clothing fitting different. Get the book "What to Expect When You're Expecting". It's a very handy resource! ...Read more

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Why some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant woman?

Why some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant woman?

All "early signs": All of the "early signs" of pregnancy, in women who think they might be pregnant, can also happen in women who are not pregnant. That is why there is no sign or symptom in a woman that would mean she is pregnant. Missing a regular period is a strong sign of pregnancy, but even that happens in non-pregnant women. It's 2015, so everybody who suspects a pregnancy can buy a pregnancy test to check. ...Read more

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Can thyroid disorders cause problems during pregnancy?

Can thyroid disorders cause problems during pregnancy?

Yes: Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) can have serious consequences for your pregnancy and your baby. Talk to your doctor and make sure you are being treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What sorts of problems can thalassemia cause during pregnancy?

What sorts of problems can thalassemia cause during pregnancy?

Anemia in pregnancy: Major problems are anemia during pregnancy which needs to be corrected . You should be under the care of a Hematologist who consults with a hematologist Mothers can also become Folic acid deficient and should get supplementary Folic acid it also prevents neural tube defects consider having your child in the hospital where you can be treated if you need a transfusion or if you need a CS ...Read more

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Can having too many ultrasounds during pregnancy be linked to autism?

Can having too many ultrasounds during pregnancy be linked to autism?

Not that I know: I have not seen any research that shows a link between ultrasounds in pregnancy and autism. Ultrasound is a valuable tool to use in ob, (check dates, position of placenta, growth of baby), but sometimes it is overdone, because it is risk free, and parents like to see pictures, and drs. Like to 'make sure' they are not surprised. It's a wonderful tool, that sometimes is used to much imho. ...Read more

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Can sciatica occur after pregnancy and delivery?

Can sciatica occur after pregnancy and delivery?

Yes.: Sciatica and other musculoskeletal pain occur in pregnancy due a number of changes that occur in the body with pregnancy. These include compression of nerves due to a number of factors eg postural changes,,fluid retention, joint laxity, etc. These changes persist for some time into the postpartum period. Hence, we can see these problems both antepartum and postpartum. ...Read more

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Can preclampsia cause papilledema when your pregnant? And does having papilledema cause problems during delivery?

Can preclampsia cause papilledema when your pregnant? And does having papilledema cause problems during delivery?

Papilledema: Preeclampsia is defined by the development of new hypertension greater than 140/90 mm hg and new proteinuria exceeding 300 mg/24 hr after 20 weeks gestation. Papilledema (swollen optic disc which can be seen on eye exam) can occur and can be a factor for early delivery though does not by itself create a problem for delivery. ...Read more

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Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

Can shingles during pregnancy be harmful to the baby?

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

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Can seizures in pregnancy be prevented?

Can seizures in pregnancy be prevented?

Yes for sure: See your doctor to discuss available options. There are lots of medications that can prevent seizures in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can periodontal treatment during pregnancy cause any problems?

Can periodontal treatment during pregnancy cause any problems?

Perhaps!: Generally, elective treatment should be postponed until after the pregnancy is over! if you can tolerate the treatment without anesthesia or other medications, there are no contraindications! most ob's that we have spoken with would rather have you not take any medications while pregnant! ...Read more

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Abdominal obesity can affect pregnancy to happen?

Abdominal obesity can affect  pregnancy to happen?

Yes, not specifc: Any obesity can affect normal fertility because extra weight can disrupt normal ovulations. Abdominal obesity isn't specifically worse than obesity elsewhere, but adbominal obesity is sometimes associated with disorders like pcos in women with irregular cycles. ...Read more