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  1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Chemical exposure Take care to protect your developing fetus from dangerous substances during your pregnancy: Fumes from pesticides,household cleaners,and paint can be harmful to a developing fetus,especially in the first trimester. While you are pregnant,use chemical-free cleaning alternatives. If you must use chemical cleaners,wear gloves,ventilate the area,and avoid inhaling fumes. ...

  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. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    It is important for pregnant women with an active tuberculosis (TB) infection to receive treatment,because the TB infection is dangerous to the developing fetus. 1 Treatment usually involves isoniazid,rifampin,and ethambutol for 9 months. If the TB bacteria cannot be killed by any of these first-line medicines,then other medicines and a longer treatment time may be needed. The World Health ...

  4. Cervical Cerclage to Prevent Preterm Delivery

    Cervical cerclage is the placement of stitches in the cervix to hold it closed. In select cases, this procedure is used to prevent early opening of a weak cervix (incompetent cervix), a rare cause of preterm labor and delivery.

  5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - When To Call a Doctor

    Preterm labor can be difficult to recognize. Get the earliest possible medical care for preterm labor by calling your health professional about signs of possible preterm labor.

  6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Having an ectopic pregnancy may affect your future fertility, and it increases your risk of having another ectopic pregnancy. When an ectopic pregnancy grows in a fallopian tube, it can damage the surrounding tubal tissue. This may make it more likely that an egg will get stuck there in the future. But early detection and treatment can minimize the damaging effects of an ectopic pregnancy. Future fertilityYour chances of having another ectopic pregnancy will be affected by your own combination of risk factors (things that increase your risk). These can include smoking, use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to get pregnant, and how much fallopian tube damage you have.Your future fertility and chances of having a successful pregnancy in the future will also depend on:Whether your other fallopian tube is healthy. The extent of damage to your fallopian tube.Whether you have a history of infertility.Early detection is the key to avoiding new tube damage. As long as you have one

  7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Stretch marks Stretch marks (striae gravidarum) are lines on the skin that may appear late in pregnancy. They look like slightly indented pink,red,dark,or white streaks,depending on your skin color. Stretch marks are most common on the belly,but they can also develop on the breasts and thighs. The cause of stretch marks is not well understood. They have been linked to increasing ...

  8. 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).

  9. 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 ...

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Is VBAC Right for You?

    If your current pregnancy and health history are considered low - risk, you are a good candidate for a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). However, you may have one or more conditions that lower your chances of a successful trial of labor and increase your risk of complications. As you and your health professional decide whether VBAC is right for you, consider the following information

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