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Helen asks…

My girl is about to miscarry our baby, I need some help.?

My wife lives in a different country. I called her today and she told me that she went to check with her doctor and he told her that the position of the baby is very low, she have to stay in bed for at least two weeks or she will miscarry the baby. Anyway….will setting in the bed not moving will help to return the baby to its appropriate position ? what should she do in order to prevent miscarriage ? I was planning to go back home in year, I was hoping to go while my baby was about couple months old.

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I honestly am not sure about what the Dr has said & whether he wasn’t clear or if something has been lost in between what he said & what your wife was able to remember, etc. The baby can be positioned very low – but that means nothing to do with loss that I have ever heard of. There are issues like placenta previa, where the baby attaches at the base of the uterus & that can lead to spotting during pregnancy & possibly delivery complications. It is not related to loss though & most of the time as the uterus stretches, the area where the umbilical cord attaches moves off the cervix & causes no issue at all. If it fails to move, then it leads to c-section often. There are plenty of things that can happen where they recommend bed rest. It would also help to know how far along she is. It is possible she could be talking about an issue with her cervix. You can have what is called an incompetent cervix & the cervical length can shorten & bed rest (and usually a cerclage, which is a few stitches in the cervix itself) can be VERY effective in preventing loss. Normally this can’t be seen until at least 14 weeks & most often it it is not diagnosed until after a woman has already experienced at least one loss due to it, as it is not part of regular pregnancy care to look for it. :(

If she is in the 1st trimester (13 weeks or less) then frankly there is little or nothing they can do with a “threatened miscarriage”. If the woman has already been diagnosed with a condition based on prior losses & preventative treatments are started as early as possible then THAT can help prevent loss, but in early pregnancy the things that occur are pretty touchy in their balance….so by the time anything can be seen as being “wrong” there is rarely rarely every anything that can be done to really stop it. The further along she is, the better the chances that if something is found, that there may be a medical protocol that is effective. Without knowing how far along she is – I really can’t say what the odds are. The odd for any woman to have a loss in the 1st trimester is about 15-25%, depending on various risk factors. If she has seen a heartbeat on ultrasound, that risk goes down substantially. If she is far enough along that they have been able to get a good heartbeat on a doppler – again the risk drops. If the baby had a good strong heartbeat when she was examined – that is very hopeful.

I have been through a number of losses personally. I have also seen a ton of Dr’s, done a ton of research & belonged to support groups for pregnancy loss, so I do know a lot of medical terms. Maybe if you could get the info from her on what the actual name of the diagnosis is, I could better tell you what your odds are or give you some sites that would go into more detail on the condition. As it is, I can tell you that there is no specific diagnosis of the baby being low. Like I said – it *might* be placenta previa & if that is the case, it is quite common & her odds of carrying the baby to term are very good AND the odds of it self resolving are pretty good too.

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Posted by Admin - July 24, 2014 at 5:05 am

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Lizzie asks…

Baby sleeping through night….

OK, my 3 month old was sleeping through the night since he was 3 weeks old. Recently he started waking up 3 or 4 times during the night. He only naps a total of 2-3 hours during the day though so I figured he would sleep harder than he has been. I’m not sure whats going on with him. He usually sleeps with one certain blanket and I haven’t put him to bed with it for the past few nights so could that be whats wrong with him? What could be the reasons for this?

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I feel your pain. My 3 month old did the same thing a couple of nights ago. It was really odd, considering he sleeps like a log through the night. I tried to remember what we did differently those nights, and then it hit me. The fact that we did something different was the problem. If your baby is in a routine for bedtime, anything that is out of the ordinary for him in that routine, will alter his thought of what he is supposed to do. Stick to your routine, and if that includes his blanket, then let him have it. Goog Luck

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Posted by Admin - July 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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Jenny asks…

4 months old baby and SIDS?

My adorable 4 month old son is one strong, big boy and a big eater! He has outgrown his bassinet and for the past 2 nights has slept in his nursery

I am crazy with worry over SIDS

I know worrying does nothing for anyone, but I have no idea how to make it go away or how to deal. I have had loved ones die before their time (it seemed to me) and I don’t want to lose my son.

How do other mom’s deal with the worry?

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If you are following all of the normal advice to prevent SIDS, you should be fine! (Put the baby to sleep on his back, no stuffed animals or unnecessary bedding, make sure the room isn’t too warm and your baby isn’t over-bundled.) Keep a baby monitor nearby to keep your mind at ease.. If you can spend the money, they sell baby monitors with a video camera that you can see your baby from another room…

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Posted by Admin - July 23, 2014 at 2:05 am

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Donna asks…

How can i get my three month old baby to sleep threw the night??

He is four motnhs old, and he still wakes up like every three hours to eat. He is a big baby 15lbs 5 oz, and my doc says he should be sleeping threw the night!!! but he is not…help plezzzz!!!

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You may want to try letting him sleep on his stomach. Prior to 1992 over 70% of U.S. Babies slept on their stomachs and 20% slept on their sides. Less than 10% slept on their backs.

But, babies with a very rare defect in their brainstem can die of SIDS because they can’t wake up from Deep Sleep. Babies who sleep on their back don’t get Deep Sleep for the most part therefore babies with this rare defect don’t die as often when they sleep on their backs. Since they can’t predict which babies have this rare defect they make parents put all babies to sleep on their backs. But, Deep Sleep is also known as Stage 3 and Stage 4 Non-REM sleep and this is when temporary memories the baby makes during the day are permanently stored. But, if the baby gets no Deep Sleep they will not store memories properly. That’s why infants who sleep on their backs often have developmental delays. Of course, the AAP rarely reports this because most of the members of the AAP commitee have had children who died of SIDS and they think developmental delays are a small price to pay. But, by that logic kids shouldn’t go to school because of the rare chance of a school bus accident. Best of Luck.

Dr. Sears has good tips too.

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Posted by Admin - July 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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George asks…

the baby borrowers does anyone else this is giving teens a false view of parenthood?

first letting two teens play house for a few days and sleep in the same bed is NOT going to prevent pregnanvy

secondly these teens get a house how many pregnant or teens with babies do you know that would get a house

a stay at home parent and a workign parent making only 100 dollars per day do you know how impossible that is

they should be more realistic like make them live in a small apartment that the govt pays for make them live off food stamps and go to school and work because that is real life

do you agree or disagree
i know not all teen parents live off the got but most do

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In a true to life world, I agree that the small apartment and stay at home parent on $100.00 is ridiculous. I would have also liked to see them with much younger babies. A 6-11 month old usually has SOME sort of tentative schedule. I’m sure those teens weren’t nearly as sleep deprived as a true new parent would be.
This is, however, TV. I don’t think many parents would be volunteering their babies to live in a small apartment with 2 teens living off of food stamps. Plus, it gives the teens more of an equal footing with the established parents. The teens can’t say “well of COURSE it was too hard, look at the horrible place we had to live and we had no food!”
Truthfully, I think it gave them a (very) small taste of what it was like to be a parent to a baby. I hope they all thought long and hard about if they were truly ready for a child.

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