Patient discussion about fetus

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Q. Is chicken pox dangerous to my fetus?

I am pregnant and have never had chicken pox before. My daughter is 2 years old and has not had chicken pox before and hasn't been vaccinated against it either. If she does catch chicken pox can this be dangerous to me or the fetus?
A1perhaps it will be then useful if the chicken pox would appear that you have then a separate room if necessary (quarantine).
i advice you also to inform yourself and build your own opinion with this link-page:

before you would like to go on with any vaccination, you should check out this very long list of links:

at the bottom you will also find links in english. vaccinations in general are very disputable/dubious and it is probably time that we learn about it.
A2Chickenpox (varicella zoster virus (VZV)) infection in pregnant women can lead to viral transmission through the placenta and therefore infect the fetus. If the infection occurs during the first 28 weeks of gestation, this can lead to fetal varicella syndrome (also known as congenital varicella syndrome). Effects on the fetus can range in severity from underdeveloped toes and fingers to severe anal and bladder malformation and brain damage. Infection late in gestation or immediately after birth is referred to as neonatal varicella. The risk of the baby developing the disease is greatest following exposure to infection in the period 7 days prior to delivery and up to 7 days after it.
A3If a pregnant woman who hasn't had chickenpox in the past contracts it (especially in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy), the fetus is at risk for birth defects and she is at risk for more health complications than if she'd been infected when she wasn't pregnant. If she develops chickenpox just before or after the child is born, the newborn is at risk for serious health complications. Therefore, it is advised that you vaccinate your daughter against chicken pox so she will not catch it and then could not pass it on to you.

Q. Is an X- Ray dangerous to my fetus?

I fell down while I am pregnant and was sent to the ER. I was given an x- ray there, is the radiation dangerous to my fetus?
A1As far as I know one x-ray cannot harm your fetus since there is not enough radiation there to harm it. If you are worried consult a Doctor.
A2It is advised to avoid x- rays during a pregnancy in order to avoid the radiation. However, since you were in an emergency and had to have one, its ok and no harm has been done to your fetus.

Q. Can the fetus hear through the womb?

My wife wants to play music to our baby and put earphones on her pregnant stomach so he can hear it. Can he really hear the music?
A1Yes, he can hear. Studies show that from the 5th month of pregnancy, nice and calm music can sooth the fetus. You can expose your baby to sounds, music and different tunes throughout your pregnancy.
A2"Yes they can. My oldest boy could hear music and on the songs that he liked, he would kick my stomach to the beat of the music. It was pretty awesome.
A3I would play music for both of my kids when I was pregnant and I do believe that they heard it, first of all they would kick and move around alot when the music was on, and second of all my husband would talk to them and they'd do the same thing . So yes I do think they can hear the music, & voices while in there.

Q. Does lead harm fetuses?

A1Lead is highly teratogenic. it affects the fetus Central Nerve System - the CNS. and unfortunately the fetus is very sensitive and absorbs the lead from the mother body. therefor damage to the fetus is higher then to the mother, that means she can be unharmed and the fetus can be affected. because the CNS is built throwout the pregnancy (after the 18th day) it can do damage if exposed at that time.
i hope i'm not the bearer of bad news...
A2I would have liked more information on how it hurts fetuses. Is lead a teratogen?
A3lead has been found to cause birth defects,it hurts everyone.

Q. I fear whether this could affect my fetus too?

hi everyone …..My growing confusion for the pregnancy is being messed up with the infection of Lyme, I feel my hands not in order with pain in joints and it was there before pregnancy but I did not pay attention and I am now in the first trimester and this Lyme infection is adding fuel to the fire. I fear whether this could affect my fetus too. I discussed with the doctor but didn’t get valuable input and I have been asked to wait for some more time. She didn’t refer me to the specialist also. This is causing me great concern/…………..I feel depressed………..
AHey…be cool….nothing like that…..It seems your ignorance has taken the form of depression, but just to make it clear, I too was infected with Lyme in my 2 nd pregnancy and my son is now learning guitar from his dad. I too had same doubt 6 years before and it all ruined down and I am pregnant again. I just followed my Gynecologist advice and didn’t doubt her. I am not a qualified professional to talk about the problem in detail but a women having had that trouble but had healthy pregnancy without any problem.

Q. How the fetus is influenced from Bloom syndrome?

If the mother has the syndrome, what is the influence on the fetus?
A1this is from:
A2Men with Bloom syndrome are sterile; women have reduced fertility and a shortened reproductive span. Bloom syndrome patients who become pregnant are at high risk for premature delivery. Intelligence is usually normal, although mild deficiency has occurred in a few affected persons. Diabetes occurs in approximately 10% of individuals with Bloom syndrome.

Q. What are the risks for the fetus of a mother with diabetes during pregnancy?

My daughter was found to have diabetes during her current pregnancy (gestational form). I wanted to hear more about what risks it involves for the fetus.
A1Diabetes in the mother during pregnancy, whether acquired during or before the pregnancy, does hold some risks for the fetus, usually having a high birth weight (over 4 kilos), and sometimes even having some anomalies in the cardiovascular system. In severe cases, perinatal death may occur, most commonly as a result of poor placental profusion due to vascular impairment. Induction may be indicated with decreased placental function. A cesarean section may be performed if there is marked fetal distress or an increased risk of injury associated with high birth weight, such as shoulder dystocia.

A2Gestational diabetes and diabetes before pregnancy hold a several risks for the baby, including macrosomia (high birth weight), congenital cardiac and central nervous system anomalies, and skeletal muscle malformations. Increased fetal insulin may inhibit fetal surfactant production and cause respiratory distress syndrome. Hyperbilirubinemia may result from red blood cell destruction. A 2008 study completed in the U.S. found that more American women are entering pregnancy with preexisting diabetes. In fact the rate of diabetes in expectant mothers has more than doubled in the past 6 years. This is particularly problematic as diabetes raises the risk of complications during pregnancy, as well as increasing the potential that the children of diabetic mothers will also become diabetic in the future.
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