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  1. Pregnancy: Ways to Find Your Due Date - Topic Overview

    Your doctor can use several methods to estimate how long you have been pregnant. These methods can give an estimate of when you are likely to deliver your baby (due date). The due date is only an estimate of when you will deliver. Most women deliver within 14 days of their due date. 1 Methods for estimating the length of your pregnancy and your due date include: Determining the first day of ...

  2. Molar Pregnancy - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about molar pregnancy: What is a molar pregnancy? Getting treatment: How is vacuum aspiration used to treat molar pregnancy? How is a hysterectomy used to treat molar pregnancy? What kind of birth control is right for me? Ongoing concerns: What is my risk for cancer after a molar pregnancy? What can help prevent cancer after a molar pregnancy? ...

  3. Birth Defects Testing - 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 ...

  4. Dilation and Curettage (D&C) for Miscarriage - 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 ...

  5. Pregnancy: Changes in Feet and Ankles - 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. Chemical Exposure and Miscarriage - Topic Overview

    Exposure to certain chemicals on a regular basis during pregnancy has been linked to increased rates of miscarriage. Chemicals that may increase a woman's chance of having a miscarriage include: Medicines. Before conceiving,or as soon as you become aware that you are pregnant,talk to your doctor about all of the medicines you have been taking. For example,the use of the medicine ...

  7. Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (pPROM) - Topic Overview

    Before a baby is born,the amniotic sac breaks open,causing amniotic fluid to gush out or,less commonly,to slowly leak. When this happens before contractions start,it is called premature rupture of membranes (PROM). PROM can occur at any time during pregnancy. When PROM occurs before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy,it usually leads to preterm labor. You may hear this early PROM referred ...

  8. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - 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 ..

  9. Preterm Labor - When To Call a Doctor

    Preterm labor can be difficult to recognize. Get the earliest possible medical care for preterm labor by calling your health professional about signs of possible preterm labor.

  10. First-Trimester Exams and Tests - 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 ...

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