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At what point(s) in a pregnancy are teratogens most dangerous?

At what point(s) in a pregnancy are teratogens most dangerous?

During the first: Trimester the baby is undergoing a great deal of development and is particularly vulnerable to teratogens. ...Read more

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At what stage are teratogens the most dangerous during pregnancy?

At what stage are teratogens the most dangerous during pregnancy?

1st trimester: Teratogens are always bad, no matter what trimester. But 1st trimester is where all critical developments are happening. Imagine a new house being built. 1st trimester is the foundation, which damaged means no house :(. ...Read more

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What would be considered a teratogen?

Teratogen: An agent/ substance that harms the develop of a fetus. ...Read more

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Teratogens are most damaging during what stage of development?

Teratogens are most damaging during what stage of development?

First trimester: when all of the organ systems are forming is the most dangerous, but they should be avoided all during pregnancy, ...Read more

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How do teratogens change your genes?

How do teratogens change your genes?

They usually don't: Teratogens (from terata or monstrosity) are agents that act on the developing embryo/fetus to cause birth defects. Known mechanisms include interference with molecules that govern limb, brain, heart formation like thalidomide or Methotrexate (a folate (folic acid) inhibitor). Teratogens usually affect only the exposed pregnancy and do not change the genes of mother/fetus for future pregnancies. ...Read more

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How can you contract teratogen rubella?

How can you contract teratogen rubella?

Infection when Pregn: A woman who has rubella during pregnancy is at risk of miscarriage, fetal organ damage, blindness, deafness, heart defects etc. As a teratogenic effect of the infection on the fetus.Failure to get the vaccine in childhood or prior to pregnancy sets the stage for this disaster. With some people avoiding vaccines we are seeing more cases emerge in the general population. Risks are now higher. ...Read more

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How does one describe the teratogen rubella?

How does one describe the teratogen rubella?

Potentially severe.: Microcephaly, seizures, cataracts, deafness, and delays in neurodevelopmental milestones can be seen with fetal rubella infection. In general, the earlier the infection the more rare and severe if is. The later, the more mild and common the fetal infection. ...Read more

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When is the fetus most vulnerable to folic acid teratogens?

When is the fetus most vulnerable to folic acid teratogens?

Folic acid: Fetus is most vulnerable during the earliest times right after conception and first trimester when the neural tube is forming. ...Read more

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After a missed termination, i was prescribed cytotec (misoprostol). How soon after taking this medicine is it safe for me to try to conceive as it is teratogen?

After a missed termination, i was prescribed cytotec (misoprostol). How soon after taking this medicine is it safe for me to try to conceive as it is teratogen?

Wait 2 months: Cytotec (misoprostol) is out of your system pretty fast - typically within 1-2 hours. As far as Cytotec (misoprostol) use is concerned it is safe to get pregnant. But because you had a recent abnormal pregnancy it is advised you wait at least 2 months ( 2 normal periods) before you get pregnant again. You should be taking prenatal vitamins during this time. ...Read more

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When is my baby alive? From conception, first heart beat or when the brain develops? And when is my baby most vunurable to teratogens?

When is my baby alive? From conception, first heart beat or when the brain develops? And when is my baby most vunurable to teratogens?

Philosophical..: The first part of your question is philosophical and debated the world over. Most western countries consider the fetus to have a legal entity after the point it can potentially survive ex utero - typically 24 weeks. Of course, the conceptus is a living organism as soon as conception occurs. The maximum risk for teratogenicity is 3-8 weeks and extends to 12 weeks for some organs. Take folate (folic acid) 1 mg! ...Read more

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When are things like the heart, eyes, ears, palate, teeth, genitals ect. at risk of being affected by teratogens?

When are things like the heart, eyes, ears, palate, teeth, genitals ect. at risk of being affected by teratogens?

Teratogens: Can affect fetal development beginning 10-14 days after conception. 1st trimester seems to be most at-risk time. If you have specific questions, discuss them with your OBGyn or a Pediatric Intensavist. ...Read more

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The embryo is most vulnerable to teratogens during which stage of pregnancy?

The embryo is most vulnerable to teratogens during which stage of pregnancy?

Organ formation: Starts at 3-8 weeks after conception. Each organ has a a critical period;e.g., heart 3-4 weeks, brain 3 weeks-delivery. In general, the first trimester is the most vulnerable time. Exposure to alcohol, tobacco, drugs ; medications, low folate (folic acid) levels, maternal diabetes, infections, chemicals, ; hyperthermia are some teratogens that can cause harm before a woman knows she's pregnant. ...Read more

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Are polycysts dangerous?

Are polycysts dangerous?

Polycystic ?: There are polycystic ovaries and polycystic kidneys. Polycystic ovary syndrome is imbalance of a female sex hormones. This may lead to menstrual cycle changes, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, diabetes, overweight, hypertension, hirsutism etc. Polycystic adult kidneys have multiple cysts in kidneys dominant inheritance. Develop hypertension, sometimes kidney failure, brain aneurysm. ...Read more

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How dangerous is ecstasy?

How dangerous is ecstasy?

Ecstacy: Ecstacy is mdma or methylenedioxy-n-methylamphetamine. Which is a type of amphetamine. If sold on the street it is often mixed with lsd. Amphetamines can cause htn, stroke, heart attacks. ...Read more

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How dangerous are contacts?

How dangerous are contacts?

Very Safe: When properly fitted by a professional and used according to the recommendations -- extremely safe. I have been wearing "hard" lenses (gas permeable) for 46 years without a problem. Rest of family similar experience, many patients -- same result. They can greatly improve the convenience factor of vision. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Is eating minnows dangerous?

Is eating minnows dangerous?

Minnows: Eating minnows is very dangerous for the minnows. As long as the minnows come from clean, unpolluted water, you should be fine eating them. But why would you want to eat minnows? ...Read more

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I have BP of 170/60 is this dangerous?

I have BP of 170/60 is this dangerous?

Not usually: This blood pressure is elevated but unless you have other severe underlying medical conditions, it is not acutely dangerous. It does require treatment if elevation is chronic. See your regular doctor. ...Read more

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Haven't had my Monthlys in months is this dangerous?

Not necessarily: "dangerous" but does warrant medical evaluation at this point. Take care. ...Read more

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One of my friends drives while high. How dangeorus is that?

One of my friends drives while high. How dangeorus is that?

Yes: Driving under the influence of cannabis has been shown to be dangerous as common sense would suggest. The same is true of driving while very tired, while texting, while suffering form a bad headache, and while distraught. We are now starting to recognize and intervene in situations like this in addition to a person driving drunk. Do what you can in the situation. ...Read more