it's impossible to know for sure if there has been any problems caused by the alcohol consumption.
there isn't an established 'safe' amount of alcohol that can be consumed in pregnancy.
the only way to know for sure if FAS is present is evaluation of physical charcateristics evident after the baby is born.
however, there is a school of though that it takes a considerable amount of alcohol consumption throughout pregnancy to cause FAS.
so, chances are everything will be fine...but unfortunately nobody could guarantee that.
And of course babies are still very resilient, otherwise they would never be born. I am just worried that I won't be giving birth to a healthy child. There is no way to know at all if there is any kind of damage?
Not when it comes to FAS.
Birth defects would be evident on ultrasound.
and again, chances are thing will be fine
Okay, thank you so much, so if there was any kind of physical deformities or retardations they would show up on an ultrasound. Would they show up this early? My first appointment to confirm the pregnancy and start my pre-natal care is two days from now
physical abnormalities would show up.
the mental capacity of an infant does not show up on ultrasound.
Yes, that I understand. I was asking about the heart and lungs.
no...usually we do the extensive ultrasounds (anatomy scan) around 20 weeks.
yes..heart problems can be identified.
Okay, are the anatomy scans done around 20 weeks because that's actually when you can see anything or could I get it done earlier?
yes, the scans can be done in the 14-16 week range, but is usually repeated again at 20 weeks.
earlier scans will show major problems
20 weeks allows a more thorough investigation of the developing organs
Okay, this has made me feel a lot better. I have one last random question... I just also got a cold, are cold medicines okay to take or should I avoid them? I usually don't get colds and when I do they normally develop into month long hacking episodes, I'm afraid that with my immune system repressed I will just be sick for the duration of my pregnancy
usually symptomatic relief with tylenol and plain robitussin cough medicine.
your doctor may be more aggressive with medications once he/she meets you.
you will not be sick your entire pregnancy
it's a tough time of year right now...especially with the flu
Are those medicines that I should avoid or use?
Oh yes, I'm sorry I was exaggerating about being sick the entire pregnancy... doesn't relate well over type. I got the nasal flu spray about two weeks ago. Should I be worried that?
those are the ones that are universally considered safe in pregnancy
but personally I don't recommend the nasal flu medicines because they are usually zinc
Okay, I wasn't sure because the spay is a live virus.
Oh, instead of the flu shot I received the spray. There's zinc in those?
you mean the nasal flu vaccine?
yes that is what I mean
it is a live virus
we don't recommend it in pregnancy
but, nothing you can do about that now
Okay, is it not recommended because it is a live virus and your immune system is down; therefore, more likely to contract the virus
I'm not aware of true problems caused by the nasal spray in pregnancy, but because it's a live virus and may cause infection
So if I haven't had any flu symptoms I am in the clear?
Well not full clear, but doing well at least
yes. I think you would have symptoms by now.
Thank you so much. Those are all of the questions I have for you, I am sure I will have more for my OB.
Do you know how to by chance save this conversation to my computer so that I can referance it later?
I think you have to print it.
Okay, thank you.
I don't know if you can save it or not...to your computer
it should show up in your account though when you sign in.