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  1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Your first prenatal visit is likely to be more extensive than later prenatal checks. Your doctor will take your medical history and perform a complete physical exam. Medical history Your medical history helps your doctor plan the best possible care for your pregnancy and childbirth. It includes: Your menstrual history,including your age when menstruation started,whether your cycles are ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Caffeine is the most frequently used drug during pregnancy. In small amounts,caffeine is considered safe for the fetus. It's a good idea to keep your caffeine intake below 200 mg a day because: 1 More caffeine may be connected to a higher rate of miscarriage. There is not enough evidence to know for sure. 2 Caffeine is a diuretic,meaning it makes you urinate more often. This can cause you ...

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    You and your birth partner can participate more fully in a vaginal birth than you can in a cesarean delivery. During a cesarean delivery,the mother receives either a regional anesthetic or a general anesthetic and cannot fully participate in her baby's birth. Some mothers feel very strongly about being able to bond with the baby immediately after birth. Unless there is some complication,a ...

  5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Some changes in your feet and ankles are normal during pregnancy. These symptoms occur from normal hormonal changes and increased body weight and usually go away after delivery. Many women see a change in shoe size during pregnancy and that may not go away later. Redness and itching of the soles and palms frequently occur during pregnancy. These symptoms may be caused by the normal increase ...

  6. 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.

  7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Vaginal intercourse can be continued as usual if your pregnancy is uncomplicated. Discuss any concerns or questions with your health professional. Sex during the first trimester will not cause any problems,such as a miscarriage. The fetus will not be harmed during sex,because it floats in amniotic fluid that acts as a cushion. Your interest in sex may change throughout your pregnancy. For ...

  8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    You may be pregnant if you: Have had sexual intercourse and you have not used any method of birth control. Have missed one or more periods. Have your period,but there is a lot less bleeding than usual. Take birth control pills,but you missed a pill. It is especially risky to miss a pill early in the cycle or pack or to start your new pack a day or two late. Have other symptoms of early ...

  9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is opened (dilated) and tissue is removed from the uterus. D&C is the most effective treatment for a miscarriage that is causing severe bleeding. Your doctor will use a tool called a speculum to spread apart the walls of your vagina. He or she will then use a tool called a dilator to open the cervix. The cervix ...

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    The following tips may be helpful when dealing with bed rest for a high-risk pregnancy: Try to lie on your side instead of your back. This may help improve blood flow to your uterus and baby and reduce pressure on your back. Keep a phone,phone book,note pad,and pen near the bed where you can easily reach them. If you have young children,you may want to restrict them to the room where you ...

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