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  1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Vacuum aspiration,also called suction aspiration or dilation and aspiration,can be used to empty the uterus after an incomplete early miscarriage. This procedure involves the use of a hollow tube called a cannula that is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump,which provides a gentle vacuum. The cannula is passed through the vagina into the uterus,the pump is turned on,and the tissue is ...

  2. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    If you have high blood pressure before or after becoming pregnant,ask your doctor or nurse-midwife: Whether you should change or continue to take your medicine for high blood pressure during pregnancy. Have this discussion before you become pregnant if at all possible. Some blood pressure medicines are dangerous during pregnancy and need to be changed to a medicine that is safe for the fetus. ...

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    What is placenta previa?Placenta previa is a pregnancy problem in which the placenta blocks the cervix. The placenta is a round, flat organ that forms on the inside wall of the uterus soon after conception. During pregnancy, it gives the baby food and oxygen from the mother.In a normal pregnancy, the placenta is attached high up in the uterus, away from the cervix. In placenta previa, the placenta forms low in the uterus and covers all or part of the cervix. If placenta previa is present during labor and delivery, it can cause problems for both mother and baby.The mother may lose a lot of blood, which can be dangerous for both her and her baby. The placenta may separate too early from the wall of the uterus. This is called placenta abruptio, and it can cause serious bleeding, too.The baby may be born too early (premature), at a low birth weight, or with a birth defect.What causes placenta previa?Doctors aren't sure what causes this problem. But some things make you more likely to have

  5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Routine exams and tests At each prenatal visit,you can expect to be weighed and have your urine and blood pressure checked. Your health professional will monitor your fetus's growth and position by measuring the size of your uterus (fundal height) and feeling (palpating) your abdomen. If your fetus is not in the head-down (vertex) position after 36 weeks (as confirmed by fetal ultrasound ),...

  6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

  7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Regular prenatal examinations are a top priority during any pregnancy. They are important both for monitoring your own and your fetus's health and for giving you and your health professional time to build a working relationship. If your pregnancy is going well,you will have a regular schedule of prenatal checkups. These will become more frequent as you near your due date. A general example ...

  8. 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; ...

  9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Prevention

    Even if you have a healthy pregnancy, you may go into preterm labor. It is difficult to prevent preterm labor because it is usually not anticipated, and it is often due to causes that are not completely understood.

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Birth defects tests are done during pregnancy to look for possible problems with an unborn baby (fetus). Birth defects develop when something is wrong with the genetic material (genes or chromosomes), an organ, or body chemistry. A birth defect may have only a mild impact on a child's life, or it can have a major effect on quality of life or life span. Birth defects include:Genetic disorders such

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