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Pregnancy, 5 weeks, paper eater, effect on baby - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i am 5 weeks pregnant and i eat paper, will it have an effect on my baby ?
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   We see this tendency in people with mineral defficiency , mostly in kids
Doctor :   May I know if your health status is fine ?
User :   my health status is fine
User :   i've been eating paper before i got pregnant and i've been eating it now that am pregnant am afraid it might have an effect on my unborn baby
Doctor :   Yes very much.
Doctor :   Exposure to infectious agents via ingestion of contaminated substances is another potential health hazard associated with pica, the nature of which varies with the content of the ingested material.parasitic infections, such as toxoplasmosis and toxocariasis. Gastrointestinal (GI) tract complications, including mechanical bowel problems, constipation, ulcerations, perforations, and intestinal obstructions, have resulted from pica.
User :   so do u mean that i tmight have an effect on the unborn baby ?
Doctor :   Have you got this habit since child hood or is it now during pregnancy that it started ?
User :   childhood
Doctor :   Yes , very much, it can cause infections and in tun an afffect on the developing fetus.
Doctor :   Please stop it immediately.
User :   alright then how safe is the fetus if i put a stop to eating paper ?
Doctor :   And please discuss this with your gynec and also your husband .
User :   alright then how safe is the developing fetus if i put a stop to eating paper ?
Doctor :   It could be almost 100% safe now , if you stop it immediately.
User :   ok then doctor thanks very much for help
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   bye fo rnow
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