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  1. 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

  2. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about placenta abruptio:What is placenta abruptio?What should I know about vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?Being diagnosed:How is a fetal ultrasound done?How is fetal heart monitoring done?Getting treatment:How can I help my premature baby in the NICU?

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Expectant management,or observation,is sometimes used to manage complications of a high-risk pregnancy. Depending on the severity of your preeclampsia,you may need expectant management at home or in the hospital. Expectant management at home requires reduced activity and careful checking and daily recording of: Fetal activity. Blood pressure reading. Urine protein measurement. Weight. ...

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    During pregnancy,a uterine infection causes inflammation,which can trigger preterm labor. This inflammation can also stimulate the amnion cells to produce fetal fibronectin,a protein. Fetal fibronectin testing is sometimes done when preterm labor symptoms are present. When the fetal fibronectin test is negative,it is unlikely that you are having preterm labor. But even if the test is ...

  5. Caffeine During Pregnancy - 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 ...

  6. Tips for Pregnant Parents - Topic Overview

    What is stillbirth? Stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy but before the baby is born. It can happen during the pregnancy or during labor.

  7. 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 ...

  8. Pregnancy: First Prenatal Visit - 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 ),...

  9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Delivery before the 37th week is called a premature, or preterm, delivery. A premature delivery can cause problems for the infants if their organs are not fully developed. Infants delivered before 32 weeks have greater health risks than those who are delivered at 32 weeks of gestation or later. Multiple pregnancies seldom reach the usual 40-week due date:1For twins, the average time to delivery is 36 to 37 weeks. For triplets, the average time is 33 weeks.For quadruplets, the average time is 31 weeks.After delivery, most premature babies need care in a hospital unit called the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Care in the NICU can last days or weeks, depending on a baby's condition and the amount of specialized care the baby needs.For more information, see the topics Preterm Labor and Premature Infant.

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Methotrexate side effects are more likely to cause problems when treatment lasts for many months, which is common in cancer and rheumatoid arthritis treatment. But side effects do occur when methotrexate is given to end an ectopic pregnancy. The most common side effects of methotrexate treatment for ectopic pregnancy are nausea and indigestion. Side effects vary from woman to woman. And some women do not experience any side effects. If you are treated with methotrexate, you will be followed closely by your doctor.The suggestions below may help you manage methotrexate side effects. Tell your doctor about any symptoms you have during your treatment.For nauseaEat small meals more frequently instead of three large meals daily.Ask your doctor about using an antinausea (antiemetic) medicine, such as prochlorperazine or ondansetron (Zofran) to prevent or reduce nausea.Rest as much as possible.Try to eliminate strong odors from your surroundings.Do not use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

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