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Reduced heartbeat of fetus and sharp abdominal pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can i help you?
User :   i just found out that i am 5 weeks pregnant and that i am having sharp abdominal pains, is this normal?
Doctor :  
it is some times normal
User :   I went to the hospital and they told me that the babies heartbeat is 98 bpm but it should be 170 bpm.
User :   I am also sick all of the time not just morning sickness, it is hard for me to eat anything without taking a prescription naseau pill
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User :   I cannot take the prenatal vitamins because they make it worse
User :   So i guess my question i going to miscarry? oh yeah i also have type o neg blood too.
Doctor :   ok

User :   I take dilatin for seizures to
Doctor :   ok
User :   wow i sound like a mess
User :   so do run a high risk of miscarring?
Doctor :   what did your doc say?
User :   he had said that it is a possibility due to the heartbeat issue but aside from that nothing else
Doctor :  
yes he is right
Doctor :  
the heart beat is low but can wait for some more days and see how it progress
User :   i have never had a kid before so what can i do not to cause a miscarriage? and why do they happen?
Doctor :  
usually by 7 th to 9th week most of the threatened pregnancies do turn themselves to be normal and continue to progress normal
Doctor :   the causes are many and most of the time the cause is not known
User :   well i do not smoke, or drink but my fiance smokes around me. could second hand smoke cause me to lose my baby?
Doctor :   the passive smoking do have effect on the fetus and it is also one of the cause in reduced heart beat in fetus

Doctor :  
and you are on diltanin for seizures
User :   well that is good to know, as you can tell i am just scared at being a first time mother and while i am looking for a new doctor because mine has gotten too busy i just wanted to make sure that some things were answered for me.
User :   yess i am on dilatin for siezures, will that cause problems because he did not mention anything about it
Doctor :  
diltanin causes effects on the fetus from 18th to 30th day
User :   effects such as?
User :   does it harm my baby?
Doctor :   the diltanin causes neural tube defects in the growing fetus
Doctor :   the good part is it is preventable
User :   what does that mean?
User :   how is it preventable?
Doctor :   meaning you have to tale folate tablets daily
Doctor :  
are you on folate tablets?
User :   i am on 100 mg capsules. take by mouth 3 capsules once daily
User :   that is all i know
User :   i dont know what folate tablets are
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
since you are in 5th week it is the time you have to start the folate tablets to prevent the neural tube defects caused by the diltanin tablet
User :   oh ok.
User :   beings that it is hard for me to eat anything because i am sick all day long will that cause problems with the fetus
Doctor :   you have morning sickness right
User :   no i have sickness all day long, i have recently lost 5-10 lbs because i cannot eat anything, when i do eat.....i get sick immediately, it takes everything in me to try and keep food down.
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
this is also one of the reason why the baby has reduced heart rate
User :   my doctor gave me a prescription for promethazine for naseua and said that it will help me
Doctor :  
from when you have this nausea?
User :   from the time that i wake up usually until i fall asleep. sometimes i will wake up in the middle of the night with sharp pains in my lower abdomin and then it will go away.
User :   i have been this way for about 2 weeks now
Doctor :  
so this is associated with pregnancy and it is called morning sickness
Doctor :  
to be more specific
Doctor :  
hyperemesis gravidareum
User :   now that term i am familiar with
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User :   so what can i do to prevent this because i am miserable. It is hard for me to go to the bathroom because there is almost nothing in my system
Doctor :   vomiting is quite common and the cause is pregnancy itself

Doctor :  
the main objective of the treatment is to prevent dehydration of mother
User :   ok
Doctor :  
drugs wont help in this condition
Doctor :  
so the treatment is to stop orally and to give IV fluids
User :   if i take the promethazine it makes me so tired that i cannot function all i want to do is sleep
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
as i mentioned drugs will not help much in this condition as the cause is pregnancy
User :   ok well i will definately try to stay hydrated and i really appreciate you answering all of my questions, you were very helpful. I do have one last question...... Is promethazine ok for me to take because i am pregnant
Doctor :  
it has no proven effects on the growing fetus so it is a safe drug
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Doctor :   is there any thing else i can help you with

User :   no that is everything thank you
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