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  1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    During pregnancy,changes in the hands are common. Mild swelling of your hands may be caused by the normal buildup of fluid during pregnancy. Red,itchy palms and soles of the feet are caused by changing hormone levels. The symptoms go away after delivery. Moisturizers may give some relief. An occasional pins-and-needles sensation may occur in the hands for no obvious reason. It is not ...

  2. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    A balanced vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. If you eat a vegetarian diet,pay special attention to getting enough protein,vitamin B12,calcium,vitamin D,zinc,and iron while you are pregnant and breast-feeding. These nutrients are vital to your fetus's cellular growth,brain and organ development,and weight gain. Consider working with a ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    On rare occasions,cancer coincides with pregnancy. Because the medicines and radiation used for treating cancer can be dangerous to a fetus,a pregnant woman and her doctors must weigh a number of factors when planning her care,including: The fetus's gestational age. The type and location of the cancer. How advanced the cancer is. How rapidly the cancer is developing. Whether she has other ...

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - What to Expect

    Information, preparation, and teamwork are needed for a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).Childbirth and VBAC educationTo prepare for labor, consider taking a childbirth education class at your local hospital or clinic. You and your birthing partner can learn: What to expect during VBAC labor and delivery.How to manage the birth using controlled breathing and emotional and physical ..

  5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Medications

    Learn about medications used to treat preterm labor (premature labor).

  6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    When labor does not start on its own and delivery needs to happen soon,contractions can be started (induced) with medicine. Some doctors avoid inducing labor when a woman is trying vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). But others are okay with the careful use of certain medicines to start labor or strengthen contractions. For a woman who has a cesarean scar on her uterus,there is a chance the ...

  7. 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.

  8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - What to Think About

    Any woman in labor-not just one attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)-might develop complications during childbirth that require a cesarean section delivery.If there is no medical reason for a cesarean, vaginal delivery is generally a safe option for both mother and baby. It is common, however, to fear going through labor after having had a cesarean delivery. This is especially true ...

  9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    During pregnancy,the cervix is a closed and sealed tunnel between the uterus and the vagina. Before or during labor and delivery,the cervix stretches and flattens ( effacement ). At 24 weeks of pregnancy,the average cervix is about 35 mm (1.4 in.) long. 1 Using ultrasound imaging,researchers have found that at the end of the second trimester (about 24 weeks),the shorter a woman's cervical ...

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    The most rare yet most serious risk of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is that the scar on the uterus may break open (rupture) during labor. Women who have a low transverse cesarean scar have a lower risk of rupturing than women who have a vertical incision scar. About 5 to 9 out of 1,000 women (0.5% to 0.9%) with a low transverse scar have a uterine rupture during a trial of labor. 1 A ...

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