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  1. Pregnancy: Avoiding Papaya - Topic Overview

    If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant,avoid eating papaya or using a papaya product. Papaya is sometimes recommended for soothing indigestion,which is a common ailment during pregnancy. Although a fully ripe papaya is not considered dangerous,a papaya that is at all unripe contains a latex substance that triggers uterine contractions. 1 Contractions of the uterus could lead to a ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Ectopic Pregnancy: Managing Methotrexate Side Effects - 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

  4. Miscarriage - Exams and Tests

    A miscarriage is diagnosed with a pelvic exam and a blood test.

  5. Eclampsia (Seizures) and Preeclampsia - Topic Overview

    Eclampsia is pregnancy-related seizure activity that is caused by severe preeclampsia. Less than 1% of women who have preeclampsia experience seizures. 1 Eclampsia is life-threatening for both a mother and her fetus. During a seizure,the oxygen supply to the fetus is drastically reduced. Sudden seizures can occur before,during,or (rarely) up to 6 weeks after delivery (postpartum). ...

  6. Pregnancy: Vegetarian Diet - Topic Overview

    A balanced vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. If you eat a vegetarian diet,pay special attention to getting enough protein,vitamin B12,calcium,vitamin D,zinc,and iron while you are pregnant and breast-feeding. These nutrients are vital to your fetus's cellular growth,brain and organ development,and weight gain. Consider working with a ...

  7. Placenta Abruptio - Topic Overview

    What is placenta abruptio?Placenta abruptio is a pregnancy problem in which the placenta separates too early from the wall of the uterus. The placenta is a round, flat organ that forms during pregnancy. It gives the baby food and oxygen from the mother.In a normal pregnancy, the placenta stays firmly attached to the inside wall of the uterus until after the baby is born. In placenta abruptio, the placenta breaks away (abrupts) from the wall of the uterus too early, before the baby is born. Placenta abruptio can be very harmful. In rare cases, it can be deadly. The baby may be born too early (premature) or at a low birth weight.The mother may lose a lot of blood. Placenta abruptio usually occurs in the third trimester. But it can happen at any time after the 20th week of pregnancy. It is also called abruptio placenta or placental abruption.What causes placenta abruptio?Doctors aren't sure what causes it, but some things can raise your risk. These are called risk factors. Common risk

  8. Preterm Labor: Testing for Fetal Fibronectin - 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 ...

  9. Miscarriage - Symptoms

    Symptoms of a miscarriage include: vaginal bleeding, pelvic cramps, abdominal pain, or a persistent, dull ache in your lower back.

  10. Placenta Previa - Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked QuestionsLearning about placenta previa:What is placenta previa?What is a low-lying placenta?What should I know about vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?Being diagnosed:How is a fetal ultrasound done?How is fetal heart monitoring done?How is amniocentesis done?Getting treatment:How can steroid medicines help my baby?How can I work well with the NICU staff?

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