If you develop high blood pressure when you’re pregnant, you have gestational hypertension. Usually it starts after you've been pregnant for about 20 weeks, and it goes away after your baby is born.
Is Your Pregnancy High Risk?
High-risk pregnancies usually go well, but it’s important to work closely with a doctor if you have any condition that could put you or your baby in danger.
Is a Planned C-Section Right for Me?
Cesarean births are a safe alternative if you or your baby may have a problem during labor and delivery.
Preterm Labor - 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.
VBAC: Labor Induction - Topic Overview
When labor does not start on its own and delivery needs to happen soon,contractions can be started (induced) with medicine. Some doctors avoid inducing labor when a woman is trying vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). But others are okay with the careful use of certain medicines to start labor or strengthen contractions. For a woman who has a cesarean scar on her uterus,there is a chance the ...
Preterm Labor - Treatment Overview
An overview of treatment for preterm labor (premature labor).
Birth Defects Testing - First-Trimester Tests
Screening tests The nuchal translucency test and the first-trimester blood tests are often done together in what is called the first-trimester screening. Nuchal translucency test. This test uses ultrasound to measure the thickness of the area at the back of the baby's neck. An increase in the thickness can be an early sign of certain birth defects,such as Down syndrome. This test is often ...
Pregnancy: Prenatal Exam Schedule - Topic Overview
Regular prenatal examinations are a top priority during any pregnancy. They are important both for monitoring your own and your fetus's health and for giving you and your health professional time to build a working relationship. If your pregnancy is going well,you will have a regular schedule of prenatal checkups. These will become more frequent as you near your due date. A general example ...
Pregnancy: Stretch Marks, Itching, and Skin Changes - 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 ...
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.