Obstétrique

Addictions

Smoking and alcohol addiction, which are very widespread, sometimes overshadow other substances* or behavioral problems: eating behavior, physical hyperactivity, compulsive shopping... In any case, the impact on the fetus and the child can be significant: poor respiratory adaptation, miscarriage, slow fetal heart rate and withdrawal syndrome at birth, miscarriage, low birth weight and prematurity.

Fetal consequences of addiction vary widely according to the type of addiction.

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Dentist

If you have toothache, see your dentist for a check-up.

Performing X-rays and/or undergoing local anesthesia, if necessary, is not contraindicated.

It is also recommended to have a dental check-up in early pregnancy.

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Chorioamnionitis

Infection of the amniotic cavity (placenta, uterus, etc.), which occurs most commonly after the waters have broken.

Characterized by:

  • contractions
  • fever
  • elevated fetal heart rate

As a reminder, if you experience loss of liquid or a fever measuring over 38°C/100.4°F, consult your physician.

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Obstetric cholestasis

Obstetric cholestasis (OC) is a liver disease that usually occurs after 25 weeks of amenorrhea and that is characterized by itching all over the body.

It is imperative to see a physician.
It appears more frequently in pregnant women over 35 who have already had this problem.

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CMV (Cytomegalovirus)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that causes infections that often pass unnoticed. 

A cytomegalovirus infection in pregnant women can cause damage to the fetus.

This is the most common congenital fetal infection in industrialized countries.

In early pregnancy the physician will perform a blood test to check whether or not you have already had the virus.

In non-immunized pregnant women, the risk of infection is increased by the fact of having a toddler, working at a daycare center or with the elderly and/or immunosuppressed.

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Hiccups

My baby hiccups often, what can I do?

Hiccups in babies are common and normal. They are due to feeding too rapidly from the breast or bottle. Caused by a spasm of the diaphragm, they often disappear on their own. If they persist, you can put your baby back to the breast briefly or give him/her a little water.

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Gastric flu

I am suffering from diarrhea and/or vomiting, what should I do?

Gastroenteritis, “gastric flu", typically lasts 24-72 hours.
It is mainly caused by viruses.

These viruses are mostly not dangerous to the fetus, but you can consult your family physician.

Practical advice:

  • Drink lots of fluids (water, herbal tea, broth)
  • Eat rice/carrots/bananas

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Flu

I have the flu (common cold, sore throat, cough, etc.) without fever, what should I do?

The common cold is not dangerous for the baby. You can consult your family physician.

Practical advice:

  • Drink lots of fluids (water, herbal tea)
  • For example, for coughs: thyme tea with honey and lemon
  • For example, for colds: inhalation, seawater spray

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