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  1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body,including the skin and muscles. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands,but they can also use their forearms,elbows,or feet. Some people believe that massage works because the touch is healing. Touch also communicates a sense of caring. When you are pregnant,you can use massage therapy for relaxation and to help relieve ...

  2. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    What is breech position?During most of pregnancy, there is enough room in the uterus for the baby (fetus) to change position. By 36 weeks of pregnancy, most babies turn into a head-down position. This is the normal and safest fetal position for birth.But in about 4 out of 100 births, the baby doesn't naturally turn head-down. Instead, the baby is in a breech position.1 Babies in breech position usually must be delivered by C-section.There are three main breech positions:Frank breech. The buttocks are in place to come out first during delivery. The legs are straight up in front of the body, with the feet near the head. This is the most common type of breech position.Complete breech. The buttocks are down near the birth canal. The knees are bent, and the feet are near the buttocks.Footling breech. One leg or both legs are stretched out below the buttocks. The leg or legs are in place to come out first during delivery.What causes breech position?Most of the time, there is no

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Treatment Overview

    There is no treatment that can stop a miscarriage. As long as you do not have heavy blood loss, fever, weakness, or other signs of infection, you can let a miscarriage follow its own course.

  5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

  6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Recovery

    Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) recovery is similar to recovery after any vaginal birth. After a vaginal delivery, the mother and baby can usually go home within 24 to 48 hours. By comparison, recovery from a cesarean section requires 2 to 4 days in the hospital and a period of limited activity as the incision heals.The overall risk of infection is low for both vaginal and cesarean ...

  7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    If you are planning to become pregnant soon,there are several things you can do to ensure your own and your baby's optimal health. Evaluate your birth control method If you use an intrauterine device (IUD),arrange to have it removed. If you have been taking the Pill (oral contraception) or using monthly hormone injections (such as Depo-Provera or Lunelle),try to wait until you've had your ...

  8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - What Happens

    If preterm labor occurs close to your due date (in the 35th or 36th week of pregnancy), you may be allowed to deliver without delay.

  9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Some early ectopic pregnancies are watched closely to see whether the embryo will become reabsorbed by the body. (This is also called expectant management.) If an ectopic pregnancy ends on its own, a woman will not need medicine or surgical treatment. But an ectopic pregnancy that does not end on its own can cause heavy bleeding that could be deadly. This is why you have frequent checkups during expectant management.To be a good candidate for expectant management, you must:Have no symptoms, such as abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding.Understand that there is a remote risk of fallopian tube rupture and excessive bleeding (hemorrhage). Have decreasing levels of the blood pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which suggests that your body is reabsorbing the ectopic pregnancy.Be able to see your doctor for frequent checkups.Increasing abdominal (belly) pain or pelvic pain, tubal rupture, and high serum hCG levels are reasons to stop expectant management and consider

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

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