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  1. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about molar pregnancy: What is a molar pregnancy? Getting treatment: How is vacuum aspiration used to treat molar pregnancy? How is a hysterectomy used to treat molar pregnancy? What kind of birth control is right for me? Ongoing concerns: What is my risk for cancer after a molar pregnancy? What can help prevent cancer after a molar pregnancy? ...

  2. Gestational Diabetes - 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 ...

  3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Exams and Tests

    Besides the usual prenatal tests, your doctor will take additional measures to assess whether vaginal delivery is likely to be a safe birthing option for you. (For more information on standard prenatal tests, see the topic Pregnancy.) These additional measures can help you and your doctor make a well - informed decision about your delivery. Assessments done sometime during the pregnancy to help ..

  4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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 ...

  5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - 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? ...

  6. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    If you are a smoker and get pregnant,you should quit. If you are not a smoker,avoid secondhand smoke. Many programs are available to help pregnant women quit smoking. Ask your doctor or nurse-midwife for information on quitting smoking while pregnant. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of: 1 Placenta abruptio and placenta previa. Preterm labor. Miscarriage and stillbirth. A ...

  7. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    What is stillbirth? Stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy but before the baby is born. It can happen during the pregnancy or during labor.

  8. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Before a baby is born,the amniotic sac breaks open,causing amniotic fluid to gush out or,less commonly,to slowly leak. When this happens before contractions start,it is called premature rupture of membranes (PROM). PROM can occur at any time during pregnancy. When PROM occurs before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy,it usually leads to preterm labor. You may hear this early PROM referred ...

  9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Pregnancy takes your mind and body through an ongoing stream of changes. On a basic level,your body is making unusual amounts of hormones. At certain times,this can make you feel exhausted,forgetful,or moody. On top of that,it is normal to be preoccupied with how your body is quickly changing,how to manage symptoms,how different your life is becoming,worry about the pregnancy going ...

  10. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

    Most women struggle with fatigue during pregnancy,especially during the first and third trimesters. During the first trimester,your body is supporting dynamic fetal growth and producing higher levels of progesterone,which has been linked to increased tiredness. If you're like many women,you'll feel more energy during most of your second trimester. Later in pregnancy,though,the physical ...

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