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  1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Labor induction As the end of pregnancy nears,the cervix normally becomes soft (ripe) and begins to open (dilate) and thin (efface),preparing for labor and delivery. When labor does not naturally start on its own and vaginal delivery needs to happen soon,labor may be started artificially (induced). Even though inducing labor is a fairly common practice,childbirth educators encourage women ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Symptoms

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

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Tingling,numbness,and pain in the hands are common during pregnancy,especially in the last trimester. These problems are usually caused by carpal tunnel syndrome,and they usually go away after pregnancy. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific group of symptoms that can include tingling,numbness,weakness,or pain in the fingers,thumb,hand,and occasionally in the arm. These symptoms occur ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. Tips for Pregnant Parents - Get started

    The following are ways you can maintain your own and your baby's health during pregnancy. Eat a balanced diet Eat a balanced,nutritious diet during pregnancy to maintain your own health and to nourish your unborn baby. Get plenty of rest Go to bed earlier than usual and get up later,if possible. Take naps,unless napping makes you sleepless at night. If you cannot sleep,try reading,...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    What is placenta previa?Placenta previa is a pregnancy problem in which the placenta blocks the cervix. The placenta is a round, flat organ that forms on the inside wall of the uterus soon after conception. During pregnancy, it gives the baby food and oxygen from the mother.In a normal pregnancy, the placenta is attached high up in the uterus, away from the cervix. In placenta previa, the placenta forms low in the uterus and covers all or part of the cervix. If placenta previa is present during labor and delivery, it can cause problems for both mother and baby.The mother may lose a lot of blood, which can be dangerous for both her and her baby. The placenta may separate too early from the wall of the uterus. This is called placenta abruptio, and it can cause serious bleeding, too.The baby may be born too early (premature), at a low birth weight, or with a birth defect.What causes placenta previa?Doctors aren't sure what causes this problem. But some things make you more likely to have

  9. Pregnancy: First Prenatal Visit - 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 ...

  10. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Most women develop back pain at some point during pregnancy. As the size and weight of your growing belly place more strain on your back,you may notice your posture changing. To protect your back from poor posture,unnecessary strain,and painful injury,follow these guidelines: Avoid standing with your belly forward and your shoulders back. Do the opposite. When standing,rest one foot on a ...

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