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  1. Tips for Pregnant Parents - Topic Overview

    If you have one or more children at home,your pregnancy simply can't be your central focus. Getting the rest you need can be a challenge. Sometimes you may even forget to take extra good care of yourself. As you juggle the demands of pregnancy and parenting,consider the following: Your health is a top priority. You are eating,resting,and sleeping for two. Whenever possible,lie down to ...

  2. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Exposure to certain chemicals on a regular basis during pregnancy has been linked to increased rates of miscarriage. Chemicals that may increase a woman's chance of having a miscarriage include: Medicines. Before conceiving,or as soon as you become aware that you are pregnant,talk to your doctor about all of the medicines you have been taking. For example,the use of the medicine ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked QuestionsLearning about placenta previa:What is placenta previa?What is a low-lying placenta?What should I know about vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?Being diagnosed:How is a fetal ultrasound done?How is fetal heart monitoring done?How is amniocentesis done?Getting treatment:How can steroid medicines help my baby?How can I work well with the NICU staff?

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Some changes in your feet and ankles are normal during pregnancy. These symptoms occur from normal hormonal changes and increased body weight and usually go away after delivery. Many women see a change in shoe size during pregnancy and that may not go away later. Redness and itching of the soles and palms frequently occur during pregnancy. These symptoms may be caused by the normal increase ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Nuchal Translucency Screening Test

    The nuchal (say NEW-kuhl) translucency screening is a test done during pregnancy. It uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the fluid buildup at the back of the developing baby's neck. If this area is thicker than normal, it can be an early sign of Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or heart problems.The test is done between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. It may be done as part of the first trimester screening test or the integrated screening test.This test shows the chance that a baby may have a certain problem. It can't show for sure that a baby has a problem. You would need a diagnostic test, such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis, to find out for sure if the baby actually has a problem.

  7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is opened (dilated) and tissue is removed from the uterus. D&C is the most effective treatment for a miscarriage that is causing severe bleeding. Your doctor will use a tool called a speculum to spread apart the walls of your vagina. He or she will then use a tool called a dilator to open the cervix. The cervix ...

  8. Health & Pregnancy Guide - Topic Overview

    What is a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)?Vaginal birth after cesarean, also called VBAC, is a vaginal childbirth by a woman who has had a surgical delivery (cesarean section) in the past. It used to be that once you delivered a baby by cesarean, any future babies would be delivered by a planned cesarean. Now, many women who have had a cesarean can choose between vaginal birth or cesarean ...

  9. 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; ...

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Exams and Tests

    If you have symptoms of preterm labor, both you and your fetus will be examined and monitored.

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