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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

    If you are a smoker and get pregnant,you should quit. If you are not a smoker,avoid secondhand smoke. Many programs are available to help pregnant women quit smoking. Ask your doctor or nurse-midwife for information on quitting smoking while pregnant. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of: 1 Placenta abruptio and placenta previa. Preterm labor. Miscarriage and stillbirth. A ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - What Increases Your Risk

    It is hard to predict who is at risk for preterm labor. While some women with risk factors do not have early labor, others with no known risk factors do.

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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

  5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Expectant management,or observation,is sometimes used to manage complications of a high-risk pregnancy. Depending on the severity of your preeclampsia,you may need expectant management at home or in the hospital. Expectant management at home requires reduced activity and careful checking and daily recording of: Fetal activity. Blood pressure reading. Urine protein measurement. Weight. ...

  6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

  7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Leg cramps affect almost half of all pregnant women. 1 The cause of leg cramps during pregnancy is not fully known,but they may be caused by reduced levels of calcium or increased levels of phosphorus in the blood. Leg cramps are more common in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and happen most often at night. There is no proof that increasing your intake of calcium or potassium ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Most women struggle with fatigue during pregnancy,especially during the first and third trimesters. During the first trimester,your body is supporting dynamic fetal growth and producing higher levels of progesterone,which has been linked to increased tiredness. If you're like many women,you'll feel more energy during most of your second trimester. Later in pregnancy,though,the physical ...

  10. 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

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