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  1. Cancer During Pregnancy - 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 ...

  2. Tips for Pregnant Parents - 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 ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Routine exams At each prenatal visit during your first-trimester,you'll be weighed and have your urine and blood pressure checked. Your doctor will monitor your fetus's growth by measuring the height of your uterus (fundal height) above your pubic bone. Using a Doppler ultrasound,you should be able to hear your fetus's heartbeat as early as weeks 10 to 12. By the 20th week,the fetal heart ...

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Women with chronic high blood pressure require special medical care before,during,and after their pregnancies. Some blood pressure medicines are not recommended for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Talk to your doctor if you take blood pressure medicines and are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. High blood pressure (140/90 mm Hg or higher) during a pregnancy increases the risks of: ...

  5. Tips for Pregnant Parents - Topic Overview

    If you are planning to become pregnant soon,there are several things you can do to ensure your own and your baby's optimal health. Evaluate your birth control method If you use an intrauterine device (IUD),arrange to have it removed. If you have been taking the Pill (oral contraception) or using monthly hormone injections (such as Depo-Provera or Lunelle),try to wait until you've had your ...

  6. 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 doctor will monitor your fetus's growth and position by measuring the size of your uterus (fundal height) and gently pressing (palpating) your abdomen. Up to the 36th week of pregnancy,your fetus can regularly change position,varying from head down (vertex lie) to ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Recovery

    Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) recovery is similar to recovery after any vaginal birth. After a vaginal delivery, the mother and baby can usually go home within 24 to 48 hours. By comparison, recovery from a cesarean section requires 2 to 4 days in the hospital and a period of limited activity as the incision heals.The overall risk of infection is low for both vaginal and cesarean ...

  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. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - First-Trimester Tests

    Screening tests The nuchal translucency test and the first-trimester blood tests are often done together in what is called the first-trimester screening. Nuchal translucency test. This test uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the area at the back of the baby's neck. An increase in the thickness can be an early sign of certain birth defects,such as Down syndrome. This test is often ...

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