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Can nightmares hurt my unborn baby? I have been experiencing very vivid dreams that cause my anxiety and blood pressure to go up.

Can nightmares hurt my unborn baby? I have been experiencing very vivid dreams that cause my anxiety and blood pressure to go up.

NO!!: Nightmares will NOT hurt your baby!! (BTW the reverse may be more common eg: fear of harming your baby--giving nightmares. Discuss your SLEEP HYGIENE with your Primary Care Provider! See what the reason for your vivid dreams may be...ask your OB-GYN if he/she has a suggestion BUT STOP WORRYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope this helps.....Good Luck
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Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder, " this is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the ...Read more


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Can babies have xrays after they are born without damage? Why are they so protective ofthe fetus?

Can babies have xrays after they are born without damage? Why are they so protective ofthe fetus?

Not just the fetus: The amount of radiation in simple xrays is small & unlikely to cause any issue, yet we are very sensitive to the complex changes in fetal development. The first 4-12 wks of fetal development marks the most vulnerable period to injury & after that point we worry less. Xray exposure also adds up over time & the eggs nearby in your ovaries don't need any we can avoid. After birth, babies ready for life. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how many babies with harlequin fetus syndrome are born each year?

Can you tell me how many babies with harlequin fetus syndrome are born each year?

Very rare...: Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. Harlequin ichthyosis is very rare; its exact incidence is unknown. Mutations in the abca12 gene cause this disease. The abca12 gene provides instructions for making a protein that is essential for normal skin development. ...Read more

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"drug transfer to the fetus and to the breastfeeding infant: what do we know? "

"drug transfer to the fetus and to the breastfeeding infant: what do we know? "

Not a lot....: These studies are very difficult to do, especially on which drugs are transferred to the developing fetus. Animals models can tell you some information, but it is hard to interpret effects into people. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your having a boy or a girl. By the way your carrying or it or by the way the other babies inter act with the fetus?

How can you tell if your having a boy or a girl. By the way your carrying or it or by the way the other babies inter act with the fetus?

Neither.: It doesn't matter how you are carrying the baby, whether s/he kicks, whether a gold ring dangling from a chain goes back and forth or around in circles, or any other old wives tale. Each pregnancy you have exactly a 50:50 chance of getting one or the other gender. Sex can be determined by ultrasound or amniocentesis (some of the amniotic flood is take with a needle and tested). ...Read more

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Is there any lifestyle choices I can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything I can do to calm and ease him?

Is there any lifestyle choices I can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything I can do to calm and ease him?

No: The only cause and effect evidenced by medical study that causes a fussy/irritable baby is the effect of drugs like cocaine, heroin and caffeine. Even a stressed out mom does not cause a stressed out baby since the physiological effects of maternal stress are transient.
The good news; active infants at 27 weeks gestation do not predict actual infant behaviou after birth. Good luck! Stay happy. ...Read more

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What is a normal heart rate for a 34 week fetus? I am 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am contracting every 4-5 min for about a minute to a min and a half long the babies heart rate goes up to 180 during a contraction

What is a normal heart rate for a 34 week fetus? I am 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am contracting every 4-5 min for about a minute to a min and a half long the babies heart rate goes up to 180 during a contraction

Usually: Usually it is between 120-160. Please notify your doctor about that rate of contractions as that is concerning. Please go to the hospital and have a complete evaluation immediately. Do not drive yourself. ...Read more

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What is a normal heart rate for a 34 week fetus? I am 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant. I am contracting every 4-5 min for about a minute to a min and a half long the babies heart rate goes up to 180 during a contraction

Usually: Usually it is between 120-160. Please notify your doctor about that rate of contractions as that is concerning. Please go to the hospital and have a complete evaluation immediately. Do not drive yourself. ...Read more

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I'm a teacher. Will shouting or getting angry at my students affect my unborn baby? Nborn students I'm

I'm a teacher. Will shouting or getting angry at my students affect my unborn baby? Nborn students I'm

Maybe: According to Emory University study in psychiatry on strees and pregnancy

Prenatal stress and perinatal outcomes—Maternal stress and anxiety during pregnancy has been associated with:

*shorter gestation & higher incidence of preterm birth *smaller birth weight and length
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Can a cold affect my unborn baby?

Can a cold affect my unborn baby?

Not likely: The common cold will not affect your baby. Take care of yourself with rest, fluids, and medication to treat your symptoms. ...Read more

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Will getting the implanon fitted affect my unborn baby?

Yes: U cannot get the Implanon fitted while you are preg, no doctor will fit one if the doc knows u are pregnant 6-8 weeks after u have delivered it can be inserted. ...Read more

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Will my taking Xanax (alprazolam) affect my unborn baby?

Will my taking Xanax (alprazolam) affect my unborn baby?

Yes: Xanax (alprazolam) is in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines and all benzodiazepines are contraindicated in pregnancy. They are all category d with positive evidence of human fetal risk. ...Read more

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Do migranes affect my unborn baby im 32w pregnant?

Do migranes affect my unborn baby im 32w pregnant?

Maybe: Most likely not, but you should talk to your obstetrician or health care provider about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Does any radiation from a xerox machine affect my unborn baby?

Does any radiation from a xerox machine affect my unborn baby?

No: Xerox machine do not emit radiation that is harmful to you are your unborn baby. The only radiation that copy machines emit is light. ...Read more

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Does not drinking caffeine affect my unborn baby? Please, need some answers?

Does not drinking caffeine affect my unborn baby? Please, need some answers?

If anything it helps: Your unborn baby for you NOT to expose it to caffeine. While there isn't a lot of information that says caffeine exposure is risky to unborn children, most obstetricians recommend not taking anything in that you don't really need, and nobody really needs caffeine. Modest doses, 1-2 servings per day, are very unlikely to hurt either you or your baby, but higher doses may. Talk to your OB provider. ...Read more

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I've had this discharges before I fell pregnant, are they not gonna affect my unborn baby in anyway?

I've had this discharges before I fell pregnant, are they not gonna affect my unborn baby in anyway?

Depends: Discharge is very common and most will not cause a problem. Some may be signs of infection particularly when they are irritating, itchy or smelly. There are some stds which can also cause discharge and may be a problem for the baby at birth. Ask your md about your discharge and testing and treatment can be done if needed. ...Read more

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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more