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    1. Pregnancy: Vegetarian Diet - Topic Overview

      A balanced vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. If you eat a vegetarian diet,pay special attention to getting enough protein,vitamin B12,calcium,vitamin D,zinc,and iron while you are pregnant and breast-feeding. These nutrients are vital to your fetus's cellular growth,brain and organ development,and weight gain. Consider working with a ...

    2. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      A woman who may have signs of early or mild preeclampsia will have her blood tested to detect additional signs of preeclampsia. A woman who has preeclampsia may have specific blood tests to help assess her health. Uric acid. Increased uric acid in the blood is often the earliest laboratory finding related to preeclampsia. Uric acid is a waste product formed from the breakdown of some ...

    3. Partner Support During Pregnancy - 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 ...

    4. Birth Defects Testing - Second-Trimester Tests

      Screening tests Triple or quadruple (quad) blood tests. These tests check the amounts of three or four substances in a pregnant woman's blood. The triple screen checks the levels of alpha-fetoprotein protein (AFP),beta human chorionic gonadotropin (beta-hCG),and a type of estrogen (estriol,or uE3). The quad screen checks those three substances,plus the level of the hormone inhibin A. ...

    5. Labor and Delivery - 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 ...

    6. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Deciding About Testing

      The decision to have the test is personal. You must think about your chance of passing on a family disease, your age, your need to know about any problems, and what you might do once you have the test results. Your spiritual beliefs and other values also may play a role in your decision.Some birth defects-such as a cleft lip or cleft palate or certain heart problems-can be fixed with surgery ...

    7. Pregnancy: Varicose Veins - Topic Overview

      Sleep problems are common during pregnancy. Sleep studies tell us that hormonal changes,plus the discomforts of later pregnancy,can break up a pregnant woman's sleep cycle. The first trimester can bring insomnia and night waking. Most women feel the need to take naps to battle daytime sleepiness and fatigue. The second trimester tends to feel more normal for many women. This is often a ...

    8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about breech position and breech birth:What is breech position?What types of fetal problems are linked to breech position?What can I do to help have a healthy pregnancy?Getting treatment:Is there anything I can do to help my baby turn out of a breech position?How does a doctor turn the baby (external cephalic version)?What do I need to know about Cesarean delivery?

    9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      While you are pregnant,you may also have other common problems,like a cold,mild headache,backache,mild fever,or the flu,that are not caused by your pregnancy. These minor symptoms generally do not cause problems or hurt your baby. It is safe to use acetaminophen,such as Tylenol,during pregnancy to help relieve discomfort or mild fever. Acetaminophen dosage : The usual dose is 650 mg; ...

    10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more.Interactive Tool: What Is Your Due Date?

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