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  1. Bed Rest in Pregnancy - 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 ...

  2. Preterm Labor - 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. Second-Trimester Exams and Tests - 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 ...

  4. Miscarriage - Topic Overview

    A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 20 weeks.

  5. Preterm Labor - Treatment Overview

    An overview of treatment for preterm labor (premature labor).

  6. Pregnancy: Healthy Weight Gain - Topic Overview

    During pregnancy, lots of women wonder about how their body will change and how much weight they will gain. Maybe this is something that you've been thinking about too. Weight gain is healthy and normal when you're pregnant. And there's no fixed number of pounds that you should be aiming for. Instead, there's a range of weight gain that's good for you and your baby. Ask your doctor what your range is for healthy weight gain. It's based on your health, your pregnancy, and your weight before pregnancy.If you're worried about weight gain during pregnancy, try not to focus too much on the numbers. Think more about having a healthy pregnancy by being active and feeding your baby with healthy foods.Why does weight gain during pregnancy matter? Gaining too much or too little weight raises some health risks for you and your baby. Gaining too much weight when you're pregnant can raise your risk of having a large baby. If your newborn is 10 lb (5 kg) or larger, you may be more likely to have: A

  7. Birth Defects Testing - 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 ...

  8. Vacuum Aspiration for Molar Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Vacuum aspiration is a surgical procedure used to remove molar pregnancy tissue from the uterus. This procedure uses a hollow tube (cannula) that is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump, which provides a gentle vacuum. After the cervix is opened, or dilated, the cannula is passed into the uterus, the pump is turned on, and the molar tissue is gently removed from the uterus. While suction is being applied, the wall of the uterus is usually scraped with a sharp instrument, or curette, to remove the molar tissue. You will be given general anesthesia, so you are not awake during the procedure. Medicine (such as oxytocin) is used during or after the procedure to make the uterus contract. Uterine contractions help the uterus shrink to its prepregnancy size and help stop uterine bleeding after the growth is removed.

  9. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I have a VBAC trial of labor after a previous cesarean? ...

  10. Placenta Abruptio - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about placenta abruptio:What is placenta abruptio?What should I know about vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?Being diagnosed:How is a fetal ultrasound done?How is fetal heart monitoring done?Getting treatment:How can I help my premature baby in the NICU?

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