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Swallowed plastic pieces in pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
User :   My wife is 5 months pregnant
Doctor :   How can I help you?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   we think that she just swallowed some tiny pieces of plastic
Doctor :   Ok
User :   when she drank butter milk
Doctor :   Ok
User :   a piece of plastic from the blender was broke and it was in the buttermilk
User :   we are afraid what will happen
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   How big was that particle?
User :   well we found 2 pieces at the bottom of the glass which she threw away
User :   but we suspect there might be some tiny plastic particles
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   let me explain to you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Plastic materials containing butter milk or any other food particles are non toxic.
User :   it was not in butter milk
User :   our blender top broke and fell into the buttermilk when we blended yogurt with water
Doctor :   I mean to say, plastics are non absorbable material and do not contain toxic materials.
User :   ok
Doctor :   They pass out easily through the gut
Doctor :   and is excreted out.
Doctor :   This happens on most occasions.
User :   so there is not risk for the Baby right?
Doctor :   Rarely such particles if there are large enough can get lodged in the intestines causing symptoms of obstruction.
Doctor :   It definitely doesn't hurt the baby,
Doctor :   however if lodging and obstruction occur, it can induce abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation in the mother.
Doctor :   If such symptoms occur, then she will need specific treatment.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   also she threw up immediately after drinking the buttermilk
Doctor :   Was it a voluntary act?
User :   no she wanted to do a gargling since she thought it might be in the throat
User :   so when she did that she threw everything up
Doctor :   That is fine.
Doctor :   The vomiting was due to the reflex act.
Doctor :   Watch out for symptoms of abdominal pain, recurrent spontaneous vomiting, loose stools or constipation.
Doctor :   If such symptoms occur, then you will need to see a doctor.
User :   Ok thank you
Doctor :   There will not be any obvious effects either to the pregnancy or to the growing fetus.
User :   thanks doc
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   bye
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