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    1. Gestational Diabetes - What Affects VBAC Success

      Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are different for every woman and difficult to predict. Even if your first pregnancy required a cesarean, the next one may not. The likelihood of a successful vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is influenced by various factors. Usually, a combination of factors affects how well or poorly a trial of labor goes.If you are or may be a good candidate for a trial of ...

    2. Labor and Delivery - What Happens

      If preterm labor occurs close to your due date (in the 35th or 36th week of pregnancy), you may be allowed to deliver without delay.

    3. Ectopic Pregnancy - Topic Overview

      If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant,avoid eating papaya or using a papaya product. Papaya is sometimes recommended for soothing indigestion,which is a common ailment during pregnancy. Although a fully ripe papaya is not considered dangerous,a papaya that is at all unripe contains a latex substance that triggers uterine contractions. 1 Contractions of the uterus could lead to a ...

    4. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

      Exposure to certain chemicals on a regular basis during pregnancy has been linked to increased rates of miscarriage. Chemicals that may increase a woman's chance of having a miscarriage include: Medicines. Before conceiving,or as soon as you become aware that you are pregnant,talk to your doctor about all of the medicines you have been taking. For example,the use of the medicine ...

    5. Gestational Diabetes - What to Think About

      Any woman in labor-not just one attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)-might develop complications during childbirth that require a cesarean section delivery.If there is no medical reason for a cesarean, vaginal delivery is generally a safe option for both mother and baby. It is common, however, to fear going through labor after having had a cesarean delivery. This is especially true ...

    6. Pregnancy: Varicose Veins - 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 ...

    7. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Health Tools

      Use these miscarriage health tools to help make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.

    8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Delivery before the 37th week is called a premature, or preterm, delivery. A premature delivery can cause problems for the infants if their organs are not fully developed. Infants delivered before 32 weeks have greater health risks than those who are delivered at 32 weeks of gestation or later. Multiple pregnancies seldom reach the usual 40-week due date:1For twins, the average time to delivery is 36 to 37 weeks. For triplets, the average time is 33 weeks.For quadruplets, the average time is 31 weeks.After delivery, most premature babies need care in a hospital unit called the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Care in the NICU can last days or weeks, depending on a baby's condition and the amount of specialized care the baby needs.For more information, see the topics Preterm Labor and Premature Infant.

    9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is opened (dilated) and tissue is removed from the uterus. D&C is the most effective treatment for a miscarriage that is causing severe bleeding. Your doctor will use a tool called a speculum to spread apart the walls of your vagina. He or she will then use a tool called a dilator to open the cervix. The cervix ...

    10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

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