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  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Most pregnant women have symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),especially heartburn,at some point during pregnancy. These symptoms may begin at any time during a pregnancy and often may become worse as the pregnancy progresses. Heartburn is common during pregnancy because hormones cause the digestive system to slow down. The muscles that push food down the esophagus also move ...

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    What is breech position?During most of pregnancy, there is enough room in the uterus for the baby (fetus) to change position. By 36 weeks of pregnancy, most babies turn into a head-down position. This is the normal and safest fetal position for birth.But in about 4 out of 100 births, the baby doesn't naturally turn head-down. Instead, the baby is in a breech position.1 Babies in breech position usually must be delivered by C-section.There are three main breech positions:Frank breech. The buttocks are in place to come out first during delivery. The legs are straight up in front of the body, with the feet near the head. This is the most common type of breech position.Complete breech. The buttocks are down near the birth canal. The knees are bent, and the feet are near the buttocks.Footling breech. One leg or both legs are stretched out below the buttocks. The leg or legs are in place to come out first during delivery.What causes breech position?Most of the time, there is no

  5. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Antiphospholipid syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease that has been closely linked to some cases of recurrent miscarriage. Antiphospholipid syndrome increases blood clotting and can cause dangerous blood clots (thrombosis) and circulatory problems. For some women,the only sign of this condition is an early miscarriage,a later pregnancy loss related to a poorly functioning placenta,or ...

  6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Exams and Tests

    Besides the usual prenatal tests, your doctor will take additional measures to assess whether vaginal delivery is likely to be a safe birthing option for you. (For more information on standard prenatal tests, see the topic Pregnancy.) These additional measures can help you and your doctor make a well - informed decision about your delivery. Assessments done sometime during the pregnancy to help ..

  7. 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 ..

  8. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Chemical exposure Take care to protect your developing fetus from dangerous substances during your pregnancy: Fumes from pesticides,household cleaners,and paint can be harmful to a developing fetus,especially in the first trimester. While you are pregnant,use chemical-free cleaning alternatives. If you must use chemical cleaners,wear gloves,ventilate the area,and avoid inhaling fumes. ...

  9. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Exams and Tests

    A miscarriage is diagnosed with a pelvic exam and a blood test.

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Some women carry group B streptococcus bacteria in their vaginal area,and it does not cause problems. (This type of strep is different from the type that causes strep throat infection.) Without knowing it,a woman who has group B streptococcus bacteria in her vagina can pass the infection to her baby during vaginal birth. The baby can then develop an infection of the tissues covering the brain ...

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