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    1. Heart Valve Disease and Pregnancy - 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.

    2. Caffeine During Pregnancy - Surgery

      Learn about cervical cerclage, a surgical treatment of preterm labor (premature labor).

    3. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Prevention

      Even if you have a healthy pregnancy, you may go into preterm labor. It is difficult to prevent preterm labor because it is usually not anticipated, and it is often due to causes that are not completely understood.

    4. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Routine exams At each prenatal visit during your first-trimester,you'll be weighed and have your urine and blood pressure checked. Your doctor will monitor your fetus's growth by measuring the height of your uterus (fundal height) above your pubic bone. Using a Doppler ultrasound,you should be able to hear your fetus's heartbeat as early as weeks 10 to 12. By the 20th week,the fetal heart ...

    5. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      Some women carry group B streptococcus bacteria in their vaginal area,and it does not cause problems. (This type of strep is different from the type that causes strep throat infection.) Without knowing it,a woman who has group B streptococcus bacteria in her vagina can pass the infection to her baby during vaginal birth. The baby can then develop an infection of the tissues covering the brain ...

    6. 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 ...

    7. 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? ...

    8. Multiple Pregnancy: Twins or More - Topic Overview

      A balanced vegetarian diet can provide all the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. If you eat a vegetarian diet,pay special attention to getting enough protein,vitamin B12,calcium,vitamin D,zinc,and iron while you are pregnant and breast-feeding. These nutrients are vital to your fetus's cellular growth,brain and organ development,and weight gain. Consider working with a ...

    9. Alcohol Effects on a Fetus - Topic Overview

      A woman who may have signs of early or mild preeclampsia will have her blood tested to detect additional signs of preeclampsia. A woman who has preeclampsia may have specific blood tests to help assess her health. Uric acid. Increased uric acid in the blood is often the earliest laboratory finding related to preeclampsia. Uric acid is a waste product formed from the breakdown of some ...

    10. Ectopic Pregnancy - Topic Overview

      If you are planning to become pregnant soon,there are several things you can do to ensure your own and your baby's optimal health. Evaluate your birth control method If you use an intrauterine device (IUD),arrange to have it removed. If you have been taking the Pill (oral contraception) or using monthly hormone injections (such as Depo-Provera or Lunelle),try to wait until you've had your ...

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