Birth Defects Testing - Types of Tests
Two types of tests are done during pregnancy to look for birth defects-screening and diagnostic. Screening tests see whether your baby is likely to have birth defects; if a screening test is positive-meaning a problem may be present-a diagnostic test is done to confirm or rule out the problem. A negative screening test means it is unlikely that the baby has a birth defect. However, it does not ...
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.
Symptoms of Pregnancy - Topic Overview
You may be pregnant if you: Have had sexual intercourse and you have not used any method of birth control. Have missed one or more periods. Have your period,but there is a lot less bleeding than usual. Take birth control pills,but you missed a pill. It is especially risky to miss a pill early in the cycle or pack or to start your new pack a day or two late. Have other symptoms of early ...
Sleep Problems During Pregnancy - Topic Overview
Sleep problems are common during pregnancy. Sleep studies tell us that hormonal changes,plus the discomforts of later pregnancy,can break up a pregnant woman's sleep cycle. The first trimester can bring insomnia and night waking. Most women feel the need to take naps to battle daytime sleepiness and fatigue. The second trimester tends to feel more normal for many women. This is often a ...
Preterm Labor - Topic Overview
Information on preterm labor (premature labor).
Vaginal Exam for Preterm Labor
If you have symptoms of preterm labor, your doctor or nurse - midwife will examine you by feeling your cervix. If your contractions continue over a period of hours, you may be examined periodically to see whether your cervix is opening (dilating) or thinning (effacing).These exams allow your health professional to:Determine how much your cervix has opened (dilated) and thinned. Determine how far .
Health & Pregnancy Guide - Topic Overview
What is a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)?Vaginal birth after cesarean, also called VBAC, is a vaginal childbirth by a woman who has had a surgical delivery (cesarean section) in the past. It used to be that once you delivered a baby by cesarean, any future babies would be delivered by a planned cesarean. Now, many women who have had a cesarean can choose between vaginal birth or cesarean ...
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) - What to Think About
Any woman in labor-not just one attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)-might develop complications during childbirth that require a cesarean section delivery.If there is no medical reason for a cesarean, vaginal delivery is generally a safe option for both mother and baby. It is common, however, to fear going through labor after having had a cesarean delivery. This is especially true ...
Preeclampsia: Expectant Management - Topic Overview
Expectant management,or observation,is sometimes used to manage complications of a high-risk pregnancy. Depending on the severity of your preeclampsia,you may need expectant management at home or in the hospital. Expectant management at home requires reduced activity and careful checking and daily recording of: Fetal activity. Blood pressure reading. Urine protein measurement. Weight. ...
Pregnancy: Hand Changes - Topic Overview
During pregnancy,changes in the hands are common. Mild swelling of your hands may be caused by the normal buildup of fluid during pregnancy. Red,itchy palms and soles of the feet are caused by changing hormone levels. The symptoms go away after delivery. Moisturizers may give some relief. An occasional pins-and-needles sensation may occur in the hands for no obvious reason. It is not ...