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    1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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?

    2. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Routine exams and tests At each prenatal visit,you can expect to be weighed and have your urine and blood pressure checked. Your doctor will monitor your fetus's growth and position by measuring the size of your uterus (fundal height) and gently pressing (palpating) your abdomen. Up to the 36th week of pregnancy,your fetus can regularly change position,varying from head down (vertex lie) to ...

    3. Multiple Pregnancy: Twins or More - Topic Overview

      What is a molar pregnancy? A molar pregnancy happens when tissue that normally becomes a fetus instead becomes an abnormal growth in your uterus. Even though it isn't an embryo,this growth triggers symptoms of pregnancy. A molar pregnancy should be treated right away. This will make sure that all of the tissue is removed. This tissue can cause serious problems in some women. About 1 out of ...

    4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Medications

      Learn about medications used to treat preterm labor (premature labor).

    5. Indirect Coombs' Test - Topic Overview

      By the end of a pregnancy,a fetus is typically positioned head-down (vertex),ready to pass head first through the birth canal. Sometimes a fetus is in a bottom-down,or breech,position as the due date approaches. Postural management is a way of attempting to turn a fetus from a breech to a vertex position by lying or sitting in a certain position several times a day. Postural management is ...

    6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Exams and Tests

      Besides the usual prenatal tests, your doctor will take additional measures to assess whether vaginal delivery is likely to be a safe birthing option for you. (For more information on standard prenatal tests, see the topic Pregnancy.) These additional measures can help you and your doctor make a well - informed decision about your delivery. Assessments done sometime during the pregnancy to help ..

    7. Cancer During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

      On rare occasions,cancer coincides with pregnancy. Because the medicines and radiation used for treating cancer can be dangerous to a fetus,a pregnant woman and her doctors must weigh a number of factors when planning her care,including: The fetus's gestational age. The type and location of the cancer. How advanced the cancer is. How rapidly the cancer is developing. Whether she has other ...

    8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      During preterm labor, antibiotics may be used to treat or prevent an infection. Treatment with antibiotics If an infection is causing your preterm labor, you will be treated with antibiotics. The type of antibiotic used to treat the infection depends on which bacteria are causing the infection. Antibiotics commonly used during pregnancy include erythromycin, clindamycin, ampicillin, gentamicin, and metronidazole. Antibiotics don't always clear up uterine infection or prevent preterm labor. If a mother's uterus has become infected and her fetus is mature enough, her doctor or nurse-midwife might not attempt to delay the birth.Prevention with antibiotics after preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM)Preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM) is when your water breaks (rupture of the amniotic sac) before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. When given to women with pPROM, antibiotics may:1Increase time from pPROM to delivery.Lower the risk of infection in the vagina and

    9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Polyhydramnios is a condition in which there is too much fluid in the sac surrounding the fetus (amniotic sac). It occurs in up to 5% of twin pregnancies.1Polyhydramnios increases the risk of: Premature breaking (rupture) of the amniotic sac. Premature labor. Stillbirth.Severe polyhydramnios may be treated with medicine, such as indomethacin. Excess fluid is sometimes removed through a needle that is inserted through the mother's abdomen into the amniotic sac (amniocentesis).

    10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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). ...

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