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Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
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What are the pregnancy risks associated with being an older mom?

Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
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What are the pregnancy risks associated with being an older mom?

If >34 at delivery: There are risks for women who will be 35 at time of delivery; those odds rise with age: there are increased risks including difficulty conceiving, having a fetus with abnormal chromosomes, miscarrying (even if chromosomes are normal), developing diabetes or preeclampsia, bleeding, needing a cesarean birth, etc. But help is available, and midlife moms successfully have babies every day now. ...Read more

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Dr. Rebecca Gray
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Pregnancy Risk (Definition)

Many women have no problems with pregnancy other than the normal discomforts. Others, however, experience more serious complications that need immediate attention. You may hear your situation referred to as "high risk," and that simply means that if you had certain medical conditions before you were pregnant or had a complication during your pregnancy, you and your baby will be monitored more closely. It is extremely important that you stay in close contact with your doctor and call immediately if you experience any warning signs. Early diagnosis of a problem is important for your health ...Read more


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What are the health risks associated with being a donor?

What are the health risks associated with being a donor?

Depends on what?: What are you donating? Blood/semen no significant risks. Egg/marrow/organ/tissue--procedure related (anesthesia, infection, recuperation time, etc.). ...Read more

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What are the risks involved in having a heart condition and being pregnant?

Talk with Dr : You will need to consult with your personal physician for this one. Some heart conditions may not cause any problems during pregnancy whereas pregnancy may be contraindicated with others. Specific info is required to answer that question. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with an abortion?

What are the risks associated with an abortion?

Surgical Abortion: Risks include injury to the cervix/uterus, infection of the uterus/ fallopian tubes, uterine scarring or perforation, retained tissue, hemorrhage & adverse reaction to anesthesia. See: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002912.htm ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with being pregnant at high altitudes?

What are the risks associated with being pregnant at high altitudes?

Decreased oxygen: At high altitudes, the air has less oxygen in it. If you are there for a short time, you may develop altitude sickness with nausea, vomiting, fatigue and dizziness. With longer duration, the body will normally adapt. There can still be issues with inadequate oxygen to the baby and growth restriction. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for becoming pregnant with hypertension?

What are the risk factors for becoming pregnant with hypertension?

Cause / level of BP: Mild high blood pressure may get better early in pregnancy. Hypertension is caused by kidney disease in up to 10% of patients and if kidney function is significantly impaired there is serious risk for miscarriage and pregnancy complications including pre-eclampsia. No matter what the cause, BP needs to be controlled sometimes with medication. A specialist in high risk pregnancy may be needed. ...Read more

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What health risks are commonly associated with getting an abortion?

What health risks are commonly associated with getting an abortion?

Short answer: This is a complex question, but short answer is legal abortion is generally very safe.The only clear risks are from complication (infection, perforation, etc...) of abortion, not abortion itself. There have been suggestions in the media such as that abortion 'might increase risk of breast cancer;' this is untrue and complete nonsense. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with vbacs?

What are the risks associated with vbacs?

Uterine rupture: There is a small but extremely serious risk of uterine rupture (the incision on the uterus opening). This is why it is recommended that women vbac in hospitals where there is 24 hour a day in-house capablities to perform an emergency c-section rapidly. ...Read more

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What are the risks of operating on a child with a congenital heart defect? My child was diagnosed with a congenital valve problem very soon after birth. What are the risks associated with operating on a very young child?

What are the risks of operating on a child with a congenital heart defect? My child was diagnosed with a congenital valve problem very soon after birth. What are the risks associated with operating on a very young child?

Benefits vs. risks : The pediatric cardiovascular surgeon will tell you the risks & rates of complications vs. The risks of the heart's having to work extra hard to supply blood & oxygen to the brain & body if the chd is left untreated. Neonatal open heart surgery is done to insure optimal health, growth & development. Tour the cicu, meet the nurses, ask @ pumping & storing breast milk & call on family support. ...Read more

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What are the pregnancy risks in a woman with spondylolisthesis?

What are the pregnancy risks in a woman with spondylolisthesis?

Low: Although spondylolisthesis was first discovered by an obstetrician and thought to interfere with pregnancy and delivery, it rarely prevents a woman from bearing and delivering a child. Back and leg pain during pregnancy are common, and may not be due to the spondylolisthesis. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a baby with downs syndrome when you are over 34?

About 1/400 at 35: The risk increases each year as you get older. At age 45 the risk is about 1/35 for example. But remember, that also means a 34/35 (or 97%) chance the baby wouldn't have ds. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with getting an abortion?

What risks are associated with getting an abortion?

Surgical abortion: Risks include injury to the cervix/uterus, infection of the uterus/ fallopian tubes, uterine scarring or perforation, retained tissue, hemorrhage & adverse reaction to anesthesia. See: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002912.Htm. ...Read more

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What are the risks with pregnancy when you have lupus sle?

What are the risks with pregnancy when you have lupus sle?

SLE: There can be a variety of issues with pregnancy and sle. There can be problems with the mother, with activation of lupus, with kidney and blood pressure issues to name a few. There can be risks to the baby as well. You will be monitored with high-risk ob. This is a serious medical setting and needs to be carefully followed. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with being victim physical abuse during pregnancy?

What are the risks associated with being victim physical abuse during pregnancy?

Mother and child : Abuse of any sort leaves a long lasting impact. Safety of the mother and unborn child is of utmost importance. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with amniocentesis?

Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
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What are the risks associated with amniocentesis?

Serious, infrequent: Amniocentesis involves inserting a long needle through the mom's abdominal wall, uterus, amniotic sac to obtain fluid. Risks include bleeding, infection, leaking of amniotic fluid, nicking placenta or cord or fetus, pregnancy loss. Those are minimized if expert performs ultrasound while experienced md inserts needle because there are risks, couple should weigh those against benefits of amnio info. ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting pregnant or having a baby at a specific maternal age?

What are the risks of getting pregnant or having a baby at a specific maternal age?

Some fixed/some vary: Some pregnancy risks are specific to a couples family tree.All pregnancies have ~ 4% risk of an unexpected outcome, from clefts to prematurity & others. The risk of a chromosome is lowest in the early 20's (~1/1700) & rises to 1/100 @ 40 & 1/50 >45. I encourage those with the question to seek out a geneticist @ a children's hospital or medical school for the a review of personal risk. ...Read more

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What are the risks with gestational diabetes? What are the specific risks when it comes to dealing with gestational diabetes? .

What are the risks with gestational diabetes? What are the specific risks when it comes to dealing with gestational diabetes?

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Unsafe: Gestational diabetes isn't safe for either you or the baby. Particularly if not controlled, birth defects and higher risk of miscarriage. Baby born from gdm complicated pregnancy at higher risk for type 2 dm and associated comorbidities as young as childhood. Mothers at risk for same after pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the risks with gestational diabetes? What are the specific risks when it comes to dealing with gestational diabetes? .

What are the risks with gestational diabetes? What are the specific risks when it comes to dealing with gestational diabetes?

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Let me explain: In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the second and third trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition and excess growth of the baby. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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