Bed Rest in Pregnancy - Topic Overview
The following tips may be helpful when dealing with bed rest for a high-risk pregnancy: Try to lie on your side instead of your back. This may help improve blood flow to your uterus and baby and reduce pressure on your back. Keep a phone,phone book,note pad,and pen near the bed where you can easily reach them. If you have young children,you may want to restrict them to the room where you ...
Tips for Pregnant Parents - Topic Overview
If you have one or more children at home,your pregnancy simply can't be your central focus. Getting the rest you need can be a challenge. Sometimes you may even forget to take extra good care of yourself. As you juggle the demands of pregnancy and parenting,consider the following: Your health is a top priority. You are eating,resting,and sleeping for two. Whenever possible,lie down to ...
VBAC: Type of Past Incision - Topic Overview
It is standard practice for doctors to use a low,side-to-side (transverse) incision across the uterus for a cesarean delivery. But a vertical type of incision is sometimes needed,such as for some emergency cesarean deliveries. Before deciding whether you are a good candidate for a safe vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC),you and your doctor must first confirm what kind of uterine incision ...
Pregnancy: Hot Tub and Sauna Use - Topic Overview
Raising your core body temperature (hyperthermia) can harm your fetus,particularly during the early weeks of organ development. While experts don't forbid hot tub or sauna use,they do advise caution. 1 Hyperthermia during the first weeks of fetal development has been linked to neural tube defects. 2 So pregnant women are advised to treat a high fever with acetaminophen and to avoid other ...
Preterm Labor and Short Cervix - Topic Overview
During pregnancy,the cervix is a closed and sealed tunnel between the uterus and the vagina. Before or during labor and delivery,the cervix stretches and flattens ( effacement ). At 24 weeks of pregnancy,the average cervix is about 35 mm (1.4 in.) long. 1 Using ultrasound imaging,researchers have found that at the end of the second trimester (about 24 weeks),the shorter a woman's cervical ...
Polyhydramnios - 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).
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 ...
Preterm Labor - Medications
Learn about medications used to treat preterm labor (premature labor).
Stillbirth - Topic Overview
What is stillbirth? Stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy but before the baby is born. It can happen during the pregnancy or during labor.
Labor and Delivery - Managing Pain
The birthing process is known as labor and delivery. No one can predict when labor will start. One woman can have all the signs that her body is ready to deliver, yet she may not have the baby for weeks. Another woman may have no advance signs before she goes into active labor. First - time deliveries are more difficult to predict. Signs of approaching early laborSigns that early labor is not far