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Doctor insights on: What To Do To Make A Placenta Stronger During Pregnancy

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Dr. Cody Mead Dr. Mead
Family Medicine
8 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias Dr. Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
22 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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If a placenta was low lying during one pregnancy does it mean it will be low lying again for the next?

If a placenta was low lying during one pregnancy does it mean it will be low lying again for the next?

No.: Placentation is not predictable and does not correlate with prior pregnancies, with the exception of placenta previa +/- accreta, which tends to recur. Your 20 week sonogram will establish placentation with great accuracy. Good luck!

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Does vicidin cross placenta and what studies have been done to deem safe during pregnancy?  

Does vicidin cross placenta and what studies have been done to deem safe during pregnancy?  

See below: Vicodin is pregnancy category c. This means animal studies have shown harm to the fetus but no human studies have definitely shown benefit or harm. Therefore, you have to weigh the benefits with the risks. For a med like this, it's likely another med can be substituted.

Dr. Richard Roberts Dr. Roberts
Clinical Genetics
42 years in practice
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
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Dr. Greg Hinson Dr. Hinson
Family Medicine
23 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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What does lowline placenta means during 13th week of pregnancy. Is it safe to take 2hrs flite after icsi?

What does lowline placenta means during 13th week of pregnancy. Is it safe to take 2hrs flite after icsi?

Likely okay...: A "low-lying" placenta is not uncommon early in pregnancy and, by itself, is not a big concern, especially if you are not having any bleeding. (may be reasonable to avoid sexual intercourse until it moves, ask you healthcare provider.) regarding the procedure you had, and taking a flight, to be safe, I would consult your obstetrician or midwife.

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dear doctor, is it safe to consume sheep placenta during pregnancy? Thank you!

Dear doctor, is it safe to consume sheep placenta during pregnancy? Thank you!

Ask your OB: Why would u want to do that, women that live in the us do not do that, my answer is no, but ask your ob.

Dr. Brian Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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During my 1st pregnancy my placenta was infected with gbs and I lost the baby at 31wks. I am on my 2nd pregnancy when can I be treated for gbs?

During my 1st pregnancy my placenta was infected with gbs and I lost the baby at 31wks. I am on my 2nd pregnancy when can I be treated for gbs?

Not until 35wks: All pregnant women should get tested for GBS, group B streptococcus, at 35wks. It's not an infection; just colonizes the vagina. If it gets onto your baby as it passes through the birth canal, it can lead to sepsis (whole body infection) -- so if you have it and you're going into labor, you HAVE to be at a hospital to get IV antibiotics (PCN). Can't do anything about it before labor. No symptoms.

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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Could the staples I have from my bilateral inguinal and femoral repairs hurt the baby or placenta during a pregnancy?

Could the staples I have from my bilateral inguinal and femoral repairs hurt the baby or placenta during a pregnancy?

No: The baby is inside of the uterus where you should not have had the staples placed, so the answer to your question is "no".

Dr. Charles Whiting Dr. Whiting
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
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5 years ago during my second pregnancy there was some placenta left behind, causing heaving bleeding and a D&C 4 weeks later. Is it okay to get pregna?

5 years ago during my second pregnancy there was some placenta left behind, causing heaving bleeding and a D&C 4 weeks later. Is it okay to get pregna?

Yes: If the problem was 4 years ago and it was appropriately treated, there is no reason not to get pregnant if this is your desire. Best wishes!

Dr. Jeff Durgin Dr. Durgin
Surgery
16 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Could the staples from a previous bilateral femoral/ingnal hernia repair with mesh put a baby or placenta at risk during pregnancy?

Could the staples from a previous bilateral femoral/ingnal hernia repair with mesh put a baby or placenta at risk during pregnancy?

Hernia repair: Whether done open or laparoscopic the mesh, tacks, and suture from the hernia repairs will incorporate into your own tissue. Once the healing process is complete then the material utilized for the repair becomes part of your own tissue and pregnancy can go on safely without any risk of the fetus.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Why am I feeling baby movements very low as in my pelvic region during 26th week of pregnancy? Anterior lying placenta. First pregnancy.

Why am I feeling baby movements very low as in my pelvic region during 26th week of pregnancy? Anterior lying placenta. First pregnancy.

Baby location: At 26 weeks gestation the very top of the uterus (fundal height) should be about 6 cm above your belly button. That means the baby will be laying pretty low down since you are only in the 2nd trimester. You can have your doctor verify for you at your next visit.

Dr. Jane Van Dis Dr. Van Dis
Obstetrics & Gynecology
14 years in practice
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
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Can taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate) during pregnancy cause aging of the placenta, or calcify the placenta?

Can taking too many Tums (calcium carbonate) during pregnancy cause aging of the placenta, or calcify the placenta?

No: Not that I know of. Granted there is calcium in Tums, but a lot of women take calcium in pregnancy and, for the most part, your kidneys are going to filter out and pee out, excess calcium. Having said that, it's always possible to overdose on any medication, so I would not take more than is recommended. If Tums isn't helping your gastric reflux, then consider taking Zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid.

Dr. David Masiello Dr. Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
14 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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I'm taking lovenox (enoxaparin) during pregnancy because of history of PE. Is it still safe to take with placenta previa. I'm having light brown spotting right now.

I'm taking lovenox (enoxaparin) during pregnancy because of history of PE. Is it still safe to take with placenta previa. I'm having light brown spotting right now.

Consult a Doctor: The risk and benefit of utilizing a blood thinner such as lovenox (enoxaparin) with a history of thromboembolic disease such as PE with an ongoing issue placenta previa that can cause bleeding needs to be discussed with your physician. Both of these can be potential life threatening events and the benefits and the risks of both taking as well as not taking lvoenox need to be explored with your doctor

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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If you a mother's blood supply does not cross over into the placenta till 6 weeks, how could alcohol effect an embryo during the 3rd week of pregnancy?

If you a mother's blood supply does not cross over into the placenta till 6 weeks, how could alcohol effect an embryo during the 3rd week of pregnancy?

Mother & baby: The embryo is nourished directly from the cells lining the mothers uterus. This continues until development of the placenta and umbilical cord takes over the job. I know you are concerned about your alcohol consumption early in your pregnancy. The thing is there are no absolutes here. Chances are everything will be fine. See your doctor, take your vitamins, and take care of yourself.

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Dr. Matthew Wilson Dr. Wilson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Streptococcus milleri in the womb/placenta should this have been detected during my pregnancy? Me and baby recieved antibiotic therapy but worried no

Streptococcus milleri in the womb/placenta should this have been detected during my pregnancy? Me and baby recieved antibiotic therapy but worried no

Strep milleri: This organism can be quite malignant, if in fact it is causing infection. It is not possible to tell whether its presence could have been detected earlier without more info on your symptoms and signs. Hope that you and your baby are getting along well and will recover uneventfully from anything this may have caused.

Dr. Luis Gonzalez Dr. Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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When does the placenta form in pregnancy?

When does the placenta form in pregnancy?

Early in pregnancy: From the developing embryo the tissue approaches the maternal uterine vessels and without mixing their individual blood, there's exchange oxygen and nutrients.

Dr. Ron Eaker Dr. Eaker
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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What is the role of placenta in pregnancy?

Many: It's primary function is to act as a go between with your system and the baby's. It can filter out bad stuff and let good stuff (nutrients) in. It allows for the proper transfer of everything from calories to antibodies to the baby. A healthy and normally functioning placenta is critical to the baby's health.

Dr. Khurram Rehman Dr. Rehman
Fertility Medicine
22 years in practice
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School
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When does the placenta take over in pregnancy?

When does the placenta take over in pregnancy?

At 8 - 10 weeks: If you're referring to 'taking over' Progesterone production from the ovary, it's between 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy, counted from the last menstrual period.

Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more