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    1. 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 ...

    2. 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. ...

    3. Multiple Pregnancy: Twins or More - Topic Overview

      During pregnancy, lots of women wonder about how their body will change and how much weight they will gain. Maybe this is something that you've been thinking about too. Weight gain is healthy and normal when you're pregnant. And there's no fixed number of pounds that you should be aiming for. Instead, there's a range of weight gain that's good for you and your baby. Ask your doctor what your range is for healthy weight gain. It's based on your health, your pregnancy, and your weight before pregnancy.If you're worried about weight gain during pregnancy, try not to focus too much on the numbers. Think more about having a healthy pregnancy by being active and feeding your baby with healthy foods.Why does weight gain during pregnancy matter? Gaining too much or too little weight raises some health risks for you and your baby. Gaining too much weight when you're pregnant can raise your risk of having a large baby. If your newborn is 10 lb (5 kg) or larger, you may be more likely to have: A

    4. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

      Chemical exposure Take care to protect your developing fetus from dangerous substances during your pregnancy: Fumes from pesticides,household cleaners,and paint can be harmful to a developing fetus,especially in the first trimester. While you are pregnant,use chemical-free cleaning alternatives. If you must use chemical cleaners,wear gloves,ventilate the area,and avoid inhaling fumes. ...

    5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Exams and Tests

      If you have symptoms of preterm labor, both you and your fetus will be examined and monitored.

    6. Caffeine During Pregnancy - 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. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - What to Think About

      Any woman in labor-not just one attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)-might develop complications during childbirth that require a cesarean section delivery.If there is no medical reason for a cesarean, vaginal delivery is generally a safe option for both mother and baby. It is common, however, to fear going through labor after having had a cesarean delivery. This is especially true ...

    8. External Cephalic Version (Version) for Breech Position

      External cephalic version, or version, is a procedure used to turn a fetus from a breech position or side - lying (transverse) position into a head - down (vertex) position before labor begins. When successful, version makes it possible for you to try a vaginal birth.Version is done most often before labor begins, generally around 36 - 37 weeks. Version is sometimes used during labor before the ..

    9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Expectant management is the close monitoring of a pregnancy for complications. It may involve some bed rest at home or in the hospital. Being on expectant management may mean you are advised to stop working,reduce your activity level,or possibly spend a lot of time resting (partial bed rest). There is no evidence that long-term bed rest lowers the risk of preterm delivery. 1 Studies have ...

    10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ..

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