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When And How Does A Fetus Recieve Oxygen
True? False? Laying on ur back during pregnancy slows the return of blood to the heart which reduces blood flow to the fetus less oxygen less nutrients
Depends: Early in pregnancy lying on your back is fine. Later in the third trimester some women may be advised to lay on their left side to reduce blood pressure or in cases of poor fetal growth. However, for most women lying on your back is compensated with an increase in your pulse and the oxygen level to the baby is fine. So, for some this is true, but in general is false. ...Read more
How does the flu directly or indirectly harm the fetus of a pregnant woman? I know pneumonia can obviously cause lack of oxygen to the baby. What else
Flu affects mom: Pregnant women have a suppressed immune system which inhibits their ability to fight off infections like the flu. The fetus is at risk because the mom is at risk when infected. The best thing to do is to get an annual flu vaccine. ...Read more
It doesn't: Meconium affectes babies after they are born. ...Read more
If I eat a lot of microwaved foods, do that mean I'm actually receiving radiation, and can microwaved foods cause any harm to my fetus?
No: There is no ionizing radiation present in microwaves. Microwaves are simply waves that vibrate at the same frequency that water does, so when it strikes water, it makes the water heat up. ...Read more
If someone has 'hypoxemia' and is receiving oxygen, why would they need to be tested for sleep apnea? Wouldn't the oxygen take care of the apnea?
What safety precautions should a home health aide take when a patient is receiving oxygen through a nasal cannula?
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My daughter has bronchiolitis and her oxygen saturation today fell to 92. After receiving several meds via nebulizer and her vein. Cause?
Mismatch: Between areas in the lungs where the oxygen can get through constricted airways and those parts of the lung tissue where the most of the blood is circulating creates the drop in percentage of oxygenated hemoglobin (saturation). 92% is worrying, but if it does not drop any further, is not life-threatening in a 15 months old, as long as there is prompt access to care and adequate monitoring ...Read more
Through Mom: Difficult to know the degree to which the fetus has developed its own capacity to fight infection, and its primary defenses are those of the mother and the placental barrier between mom and baby. Fever is felt by many to be a helpful mechanism in fighting some infections. The fetus will obviously be affected by its mothers illnesses. ...Read more
Breathing movement..: You breath by moving your diaphram up and down drawing air in and pushing air out of your lungs. On ultrasound, it is possible to watch the baby's lungs and diaphram and see "breathing movements". When the baby's diaphragm goes down, it draws fluid into the lungs; and when it moves up fluid is forced out. This is very important for lung developement. Best wishes! ...Read more
Healthy diet.: Human fetal growth relies on many factors, most of which are not modifiable (e.g. Genetic material, placental function). Some others are, namely healthy diet, avoidance of smoking cigarettes and euglycemia. The curve attached shows how the human fetus grows exponentially near the end of the pregnancy — so another thing you can do to help your fetus grow is to avoid stress and reach your due date. ...Read more
Ultrasound: You will need to have an ultrasound to know the gender of the fetus. You can also do an amniocentesis which is more invasive but more accurate and definitive to get a DNA test for sex determination. I am not sure if that is necessary unless you have a family history of genetic disorder that is related to sex of the baby. ...Read more
A little low: Assuming you mean a "pulse ox" result, then 91% means that your are getting 91% oxygen saturation at the tips of your fingers. Normal is 97-100%. As a gauge, medicare guidelines will pay for oxygen if under 88%. If you have asthma or copd, this may be baseline for you? Check with your dr and follow up if your pule ox remains in the low 90s as you want to assure this is followed up on. ...Read more
Your finger is: Probably cold or not getting enough blood flow, which then affects your PO2 measurement. If you are tracking your pulse oximetry, you should also see a sine wave indicative of your pulse pressure along with the O2 readout. If you do not, or do not have a machine capable of such reading, I would not trust your result. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
Do you tire easily?: Do you mean you are short of breath or do you mean you feel very tired. There are many causes for both these symptoms. You need to have a detailed evaluation by your doctor. Please give more details if you need a more focused response. ...Read more
Your Obstetrician: May suspect the fetus is measuring small for your gestational age on the basis of physical examination. An ultrasound may be ordered to assess size and growth. Fetal biometry, which includes measurements of the fetal head, abdomen and femur, is used to measure the fetus, and these numbers are compared to the expected size based on established gestational age. ...Read more
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