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Can a pregnant woman's mood affect her fetus' development?

Can a pregnant woman's mood  affect her fetus' development?

Metaphysical questio: Your question is metaphysical and i cannot answer to those ramifications. I will say, though, that maternal sorrow, anxiety, depression, stress do affect the pregnancy adversely and increase the risk for small babies, preterm birth and cesarean section. A healthy, optimistic mood is essential in all aspects of life, including reproduction! ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Will hives while pregnant affect unborn child?

Will hives while pregnant affect unborn child?

No: Hives are common. 1 in 5 people gets them at some point in their lives. Generally, if not caused by food or drug or bee sting allergy, they are not a sign of a dangerous problem. Unless you have another underlying problem causing the hives, there should be no affect on the fetus. But make sure you tell your ob. ...Read more

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How will pregnancy and childbirth affect sleep quality?

How will pregnancy and childbirth affect sleep quality?

Before & After: During 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy the increasing abdominal girth affects the comfortable sleep positions, aside from the "kicking of the fetus" awakening the mother. After delivery, initially, babies know neither day nor night, and most moms won't either! ...Read more

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Will lupus impact my ability to get pregnant?

Will lupus impact my ability to get pregnant?

Yes: Lupus may impact fertility depending on the severity of your disease. More commonly, lupus may increase risks associated with pregnancy both for the mother and the patient. I would encourage you to see your ob/gyn for a preconception appointment to review the current state of your lupus and optimize the outcome of any planned pregnancy. ...Read more

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Will being sick during pregnancy harm the baby in any way?

Will being sick during pregnancy harm the baby in any way?

No: If you are talking about morningsickness, your baby will be fine. If the vomitting gets to be too much and leads to dehydration, then there can be issues . So try to stay hydrated, and if you can't keep liquids down then seek attention. ...Read more

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How does a mother's depression affect her children's risk of depression?

How does a mother's depression affect her children's risk of depression?

2 ways: One is by some increased genetic risk and the other by less or irratic attention paid to the child due to the depression. This is why treatment is so important. Treatment works and this usually includes medications and therapy. Post partum depressions that are severe and last beyond the first month of just blues are very serious and are more likely to need medications reserved for bipolar ...Read more

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Can taking placebos harm your baby in early pregnancy?

Can taking placebos harm your baby in early pregnancy?

No: True placebos are pills (or liquids) that do not actually contain any medication. Any benefit or harm they might cause is all in the person's mind. They can not cause any actual harm to your baby. ...Read more

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Do sperm affect a baby during breastfeeding?

Do sperm affect a baby during breastfeeding?

Unclear??: Sperm where? Do you mean intercourse? No, the baby can't tell. ...Read more

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Will smoking while pregnant affect my baby?

Will smoking while pregnant affect my baby?

Yes & here's how:: Your fetus will be a passive smoker, which can cause a decrease in gray matter& atypical development of white matter in the fetal brain. Consequences can be adhd, decreased iq, learning & behavior problems. Once born, your baby will be a passive smoker, as it clings to your clothes even if you go outside to smoke.. www.aap.org. Has a parent section on passive smoking in fetus & baby. ...Read more

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How does stress impact a woman's ability to go into labor and give birth?

How does stress impact a woman's ability to go into labor and give birth?

Frankly: giving birth can be stressful. I don't think that stress is going to prevent a delivery. ...Read more

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How can infliximab affect a baby during pregnancy?

How can  infliximab affect a baby during pregnancy?

Maybe: May cross placenta and cause birth defects. However; there have been several patients to give birth without birth defects. Cimzia which is an injectible tnf inhibitor like Infliximab is currently felt to be the safest during pregnancy as it is the least apt to cross placenta. If you have RA you may be able to stop all medications when you are pregnant as RA can go into remission at that time. ...Read more

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Will smoking marajuana while nursing harm the baby if soo how?

Will smoking marajuana while nursing harm the baby if soo  how?

Many ways: Cannabis is one of those drugs that produce problems for babies however they are exposed.It is transferred in breast milk & can produce sedation, weakness & poor feeding.It can drop milk production for mom. Long them head growth in baby is impaired but the effect on development is unknown. Smoking itself increases risk of crib death & frequency of infections. You give this up to be a mom. ...Read more

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If i'm depressed while pregnant will my child be depressed too?

If i'm depressed while pregnant will my child be depressed too?

Possibly: There have been some studies that show an increased predisposition to mood disorders in offspring of depressed women. It is difficult to separate the influence of "nature" (genes) from "nurture" (upbringing). We also do not know much about effects of lower levels of neurotransmitters, etc on the fetus later in life. There are many ways to overcome the risk, however. Ask pediatric or family doctor. ...Read more

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Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Does optimizing a woman's health before pregnancy can help to reduce infant mortality?

Absolutely.: Optimal weight for height, fitness, cessation of cigarette smoking/drug/alcohol use, control of any chronic health conditions (e.g. Hypertension, ibd, diabetes mellitus, lupus, thyroid disorders, anemia, etc) and Folic Acid supplementation (1-5 mg daily throughout reproductive life) can all dramatically improve your chance to achieve a minimal risk for perinatal mortality. ...Read more

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Can woman who are not pregnant take prenatal pill? And how will it affect them?

Can woman who are not pregnant take prenatal pill? And how will it affect  them?

Prenatal vitamins: Women who are not pregnant are the perfect patient for taking prenatal vitamins because it is important to keep the nutrients in your body that assist with healthy development of a fetus prior to getting pregnant. Sometimes you might get nausea from taking a vitamin but it is important to take them if you are trying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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11.01 tsh. And 15 week pregnant. Will this affect on my baby?

11.01 tsh. And 15 week pregnant. Will this affect on my baby?

Must be treated: A TSH of 11 is elevated and implies that your thyroid level is low. Even a mildly low thyroid level will affect your baby if it is not treated. You must get on enough thyroid hormone to get the TSH under 2 as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How might my mother's weight while pregnant have affected me?

How might my mother's weight while pregnant have affected me?

It may or may not: Have had an effect. If a woman gains' too much weight during pregnancy, the baby may be large. From what I have been reading, a really large baby may have increased risk of being overweight in later years. ...Read more

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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