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    1. Birth Defects Testing - Second-Trimester Tests

      Screening tests Triple or quadruple (quad) blood tests. These tests check the amounts of three or four substances in a pregnant woman's blood. The triple screen checks the levels of alpha-fetoprotein protein (AFP),beta human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-hCG),and a type of estrogen (estriol,or uE3). The quad screen checks those three substances,plus the level of the hormone inhibin A. ...

    2. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Labor induction As the end of pregnancy nears,the cervix normally becomes soft (ripe) and begins to open (dilate) and thin (efface),preparing for labor and delivery. When labor does not naturally start on its own and vaginal delivery needs to happen soon,labor may be started artificially (induced). Even though inducing labor is a fairly common practice,childbirth educators encourage women ...

    3. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Deciding About Testing

      The decision to have the test is personal. You must think about your chance of passing on a family disease, your age, your need to know about any problems, and what you might do once you have the test results. Your spiritual beliefs and other values also may play a role in your decision.Some birth defects-such as a cleft lip or cleft palate or certain heart problems-can be fixed with surgery ...

    4. Multiple Pregnancy: Twins or More - Topic Overview

      Sleep problems are common during pregnancy. Sleep studies tell us that hormonal changes,plus the discomforts of later pregnancy,can break up a pregnant woman's sleep cycle. The first trimester can bring insomnia and night waking. Most women feel the need to take naps to battle daytime sleepiness and fatigue. The second trimester tends to feel more normal for many women. This is often a ...

    5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about breech position and breech birth:What is breech position?What types of fetal problems are linked to breech position?What can I do to help have a healthy pregnancy?Getting treatment:Is there anything I can do to help my baby turn out of a breech position?How does a doctor turn the baby (external cephalic version)?What do I need to know about Cesarean delivery?

    6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      While you are pregnant,you may also have other common problems,like a cold,mild headache,backache,mild fever,or the flu,that are not caused by your pregnancy. These minor symptoms generally do not cause problems or hurt your baby. It is safe to use acetaminophen,such as Tylenol,during pregnancy to help relieve discomfort or mild fever. Acetaminophen dosage : The usual dose is 650 mg; ...

    7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more.Interactive Tool: What Is Your Due Date?

    8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Pregnancy takes your mind and body through an ongoing stream of changes. On a basic level,your body is making unusual amounts of hormones. At certain times,this can make you feel exhausted,forgetful,or moody. On top of that,it is normal to be preoccupied with how your body is quickly changing,how to manage symptoms,how different your life is becoming,worry about the pregnancy going ...

    9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis, and birth defects occur more frequently in multiple pregnancies than in pregnancies with one fetus. A group of deformities of the ankles and/or feet (clubfoot) is an example of a birth defect seen more commonly in multiple pregnancy. Genetic disorders and birth defects occur more frequently in identical fetuses than in fraternal ones. In rare cases, problems occur when the genetic material (chromosomes) in the fertilized egg does not split evenly. This can result in severe mental or physical defects in one or more fetuses.Conjoined (Siamese) twins occur rarely. This occurs when the egg does not split completely and the fetuses are partially joined.Most doctors advise pregnant women to be screened for genetic disorders.

    10. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Types of Tests

      Two types of tests are done during pregnancy to look for birth defects-screening and diagnostic. Screening tests see whether your baby is likely to have birth defects; if a screening test is positive-meaning a problem may be present-a diagnostic test is done to confirm or rule out the problem. A negative screening test means it is unlikely that the baby has a birth defect. However, it does not ...

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