What Is Trisomy 18?
WebMD explains the causes and diagnosis of trisomy 18, a chromosomal abnormality that often results in stillbirth or an early death of an infant.
Managing a High-Risk Pregnancy
What is a high-risk pregnancy? WebMD explains conditions and preconditions that might cause complications in pregnancy.
Gestational Diabetes: Can I Lower My Risk?
WebMD explains how to lower your risk of getting gestational diabetes during pregnancy -- especially if you're having twins.
Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes Screening
All pregnant women should be screened for gestational diabetes. WebMD explains oral glucose tolerance testing and what the results mean.
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 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.
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.
Caffeine During Pregnancy - Topic Overview
Leg cramps affect almost half of all pregnant women. 1 The cause of leg cramps during pregnancy is not fully known,but they may be caused by reduced levels of calcium or increased levels of phosphorus in the blood. Leg cramps are more common in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy and happen most often at night. There is no proof that increasing your intake of calcium or potassium ...
Caffeine During Pregnancy - Home Treatment
There is nothing you can do to prevent a miscarriage. It is your body's way of ending a pregnancy that has had a bad start, often at the earliest stage of cell division.
Indirect Coombs' Test - Topic Overview
An indirect Coombs' test determines whether there are antibodies to the Rh factor in the mother’s blood. A normal (negative) result means that the mother has not developed antibodies against the fetus's blood. A negative Coombs' test indicates that the fetus is not presently in danger from problems relating to Rh incompatibility. An abnormal (positive) result means that the mother has ...