Women with high-risk pregnancies and those who experience other complications often need a close watch of the fetus for potential problems or complications. Fortunately, there are many tests and procedures to monitor the health of both mother and baby.
Prenatal testing is part of prenatal care and it usually checks the health of the fetus as well as the mother. Knowing about your baby before birth can be helpful in making decisions before and after birth.
IVF in-vitro fertilization is defined as a procedure when eggs are removed from the ovary, fertilized outside the body and then implanted into the uterus.
I am amazed by the new 4D ultrasounds that have become popular with
mothers in the last few years. These incredibly detailed images allow
anticipation-filled parents-to-be view a 3D image of their growing baby.
I’m always amazed at the way expectant mothers are able to interpret the
images of their ultrasounds. What look essentially like grey and black
blobs to me suddenly become hands, fingers, faces and knees to these
Despite the fact that the first human heart beat can be detected early
in the first trimester, researchers from the University of Leeds report
human heart tissues remain jumbled until walls develop late in
I remember the first time I knew my idea of pregnancy, childbirth and
parenting was flawed – my first ultrasound. My fetus did not fit on the
screen of the ultrasound monitor and so went the rest of my life.
Researchers from St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London
recently published a study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology
focused on the possibility that Doppler ultrasound may be an effective
means of predicting stillbirth risk.
According to a new study presented at an American College of Cardiology
annual meeting, detecting preeclampsia risk is as easy as viewing the
hand of a pregnant woman under a special microscope.
Having twins is a blessing, but unfortunately it does make the pregnancy and delivery more complicated in a few ways.
Before it can be determined on an ultrasound, you’ll be endlessly curious about the gender of your baby, and you might even be tempted to listen to some of those weird old wives’ tales about gender prediction. Some of them are obviously a lie, but some are harder to fact-check.
The following are the elements and components considered integral to the code 76811 ultrasound for known or suspected fetal anomalies.
Up to one in three women experience vaginal bleeding during the firest few months of the pregnancy, and many wonder how they can make sure the pregnancy is viable.
I was concerned with my blood sugar during each pregnancy. In fact, blood sugar management in pregnancies complicated with diabetes is a full-time job.
There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will take a medical history, perform a physical exam - possibly including an ultrasound, check your hormone levels, and measure glucose, or sugar levels, in the blood.
There is now ample evidence that measuring the cervix with transvaginal ulttrasound can identify pregnancies that may be at risk for preterm labor and delivery and treating them with progesterone may decrease preterm labor and delivery.
A single progesterone measurement for women in early pregnancy presenting with bleeding or pain and inconclusive ultrasound assessments can rule out a viable pregnancy.
In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, I would like to share my journey with breast cancer, in the hope that it might help other women navigate their own journey through this disease.
Currently fetal weight charts are universal. All charts show the
same growth rate and estimated fetal weight and length based on hundreds
of years of data, but according to a new study on infants born in
Tanzania, not all fetal growth charts should be the same.
[This post is the second part of my story on how I found out I had
fertility problems. Please see my previous post, "Part 1" of When I Knew
Something Was Wrong.]
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection or STI, that is not so common in pregnancy in the United States. Due to the increased risk of pregnancy complications, women are typically screened for syphilis during prenatal testing.
Doctors use various methods to determine gestational age of a pregnancy.
The most common test is the ultrasound, which measures the size of the
gestational sac and the length between crown and rump to determine the
age of the fetus in weeks.
X-rays are generally safe in pregnancy. If your doctor finds you need x-rays for a medical problem or injury, it's OK to have them.
If you have any symptoms related to endometrial cancer, with the most common being abnormal vaginal bleeding, it is important to visit your doctor right away and undergo the appropriate testing.
Fetal testing and monitoring is done to ensure that a fetus is healthy
and growing at an acceptable rate. Fetal tests can help detect potential
and actual problems. This gives the doctors an opportunity to treat the
problem before it further develops, if at all possible.
When a pregnant women experiences bleeding or pain early in the
pregnancy, she may undergo an ultrasound to determine if a miscarriage
About 15-percent of women suffer from spontaneous abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy. Doctors and researchers are constantly looking for reasons why these spontaneous abortions occur.
The conception calculator can be used to estimate the date of pregnancy conception. Conception calculators use the first day of the previous menstrual cycle to estimate the date of conception.
It is commonly known that miscarriage and other complications tend to occur during the pregnancy first trimester so many couples choose to wait before telling family and friends.
There are milestones throughout a pregnancy. Some are physically noticeable and others happen and pregnant women have no idea they occurred. How pregnant am I?