Most pregnancies are uneventful and without complications. However, one of the reasons of attending prenatal care is that there may be some medical complications that increase risks in pregnancy. There are many potential medical complications in pregnancy including preterm births, high blood presure, and diabetes. 

Indeterminate Sex

When an infant is born with indeterminate sex, the genital organs are not visually male or female. ... read more »

Is Spotting in Pregnancy Normal?

There is a significant difference between spotting (light dots of pink, red or brown blood) and bleeding in pregnancy (a steady flow of blood). Both are a cause for a call to your obstetrician. ... read more »

What Is Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome TTTS?

Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a disease affecting maternal or identical twin pregnancies who share a common monochorionic placenta. There are two kinds of twin: ... read more »

Pandemic Flu May Increase Risk of Death During Pregnancy

A case of severe pandemic flu may increase the risk of death during pregnancy, according to a new study. According to the Centers for Disease Control, of the nearly 350 women who suffered from severe pandemic flu in 2009, 75 died. ... read more »

One Stillborn Pregnancy May Lead to Another

If a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth, the woman is more likely to suffer another stillbirth in the future, according to new research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... read more »

Venous Thromboembolism

Venous thromboembolism is a serious disorder that is the result of blood clots that form on the walls of veins. For pregnant women, VT is the number one risk of death during delivery of the baby. ... read more »

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy a Thing of the Past?

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening condition that only occurs during pregnancy. Some of the more common side effects include protein in urine and high blood pressure. ... read more »

10 Common Pregnancy Complications

During regular check-ups doctors check for proper fetal growth and development, but they are also looking for symptoms that may be associated with the 10 most common pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Acute Fever, Pregnancy and Fertility

An acute fever can be a sign of a serious complication for a pregnant woman or her baby. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that a pregnant woman call her doctor immediately if she develops a fever or chills. ... read more »

Drug Abuse, Fertility and Pregnancy Complications

According to the March of Dimes, nearly 4 percent of the pregnant women in the United States use illicit drugs. Using illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy, or heroin can have serious health consequences for pregnant women and their babies. ... read more »

Neonatal Complications: What is Very Low Birth Weight?

A subset of the low birth weight group includes infants born weighing less than 1,500 grams or 3.3 lbs. Infants born weighing less than 3.3 lbs are considered very low birth weight. ... read more »

The Invisible Face of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the term used to describe a series of birth defects associated with fetal alcohol exposure in utero. ... read more »

Antibodies and Pregnancy

The human immune system is powered by antibodies. When the body detects a threat like bacteria or viruses, lymphocytes produces proteins called immunoglobulins or antibodies to save the day. ... read more »

Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis is a bacterial infection that causes irritation and inflammation of the amnion and chorion fetal membranes. ... read more »

What is Intra-Amniotic Infection and Inflammation (IAI)?

IAI is an abbreviation for intra-amniotic infection or inflammation. The two conditions are different, but little information is available to pregnant women about inflammation compared to infection. ... read more »

Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

Cephalopelvic Disproportion is a rare condition where the baby's head or body is too large to fit through the mother's pelvis. ... read more »

Bed Rest as a Medical Intervention During Pregnancy

The signs and symptoms of premature labor are varied and may include spotting and early contractions, and pregnancy with multiples. ... read more »

Postpartum Postbirth Fever Endometritis Sepsis

Endometritis is an infection of the uterus, the uterine lining, myometrium, and/or parametrium. Postpartum endometritis is an infection of the uterus after delivery. ... read more »

Diabetes and Birth Weight Affects Coronary Artery Disease

Scientists have long been debating the link between birth weight and coronary artery disease. Some studies have linked the two events clearly while others negate the original link altogether. ... read more »

Daily Monitoring of Fetal Movements for High-Risk Pregnancies

Daily monitoring of fetal movements starting at 26 to 32 weeks should be done in all pregnancies with risk factors for adverse perinatal outcome. (I-A) ... read more »

Amniotic-Fluid Embolism and Medical Induction of Labor

Amniotic-fluid embolism and medical induction of labor: a retrospective, population-based cohort study. ... read more »

Melanoma and Pregnancy

Nearly one-third of cases of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, are diagnosed in women during their childbearing years and during pregnancy. ... read more »

All About Vaginal Discharge And Pregnancy

Vaginal discharge is a term given to fluids that are expelled from or stay inside the vagina. Vaginal discharge can have different colors like clear, white, yellow, brown, or green, and it can be odorless or have an odor. Vaginal discharge can be among the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy. ... read more »

Levels Of Bed Rest In Pregnancy

It can sometimes be confusing what exactly you can and what you cannot do when your doctor recommends bed rest during pregnancy. ... read more »

Diarrhea During Pregnancy

Diarrhea is an unpleasant thing to deal with during pregnancy, but it can affect a woman's health when not addressed promptly. ... read more »

Diarrhea During Pregnancy Causes and Treatment

Diarrhea describes bowel movements (stools) that are loose and watery. It is very common, usually not serious and typically lasts two to three days and can be treated with over-the-counter medicines. ... read more »

How Does An Unicornuate Uterus Affect Fertility?

Pregnancy can occur in a woman with a unicornuate uterus, but women with a unicornuate uterus who do become pregnant encounter certain risks. ... read more »

Small for Gestational Age (SGA) & Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR)

SGA or Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) are usually identified by ultrasound before birth or an examination after birth. ... read more »

High-Risk Pregnancy - Maternal

Maternal causes of a high-risk pregnancy ... read more »

Progesterone No Help in Preventing Preterm Twin Births

This Lancet study shows that progesterone does not prevent preterm births in twins. ... read more »

What Are The Odds Having A Placental Anomaly?

What are my odds that I will have a placenta previa an accreta or another placental anomaly? ... read more »

5 Simple Diet Changes to Control Nausea at Work

Making simple changes to the diet is often enough to curb nausea while ensuring you keep enough food down to keep energy levels high and prevent dehydration. ... read more »

Can I Have A Cesarean Section After A Myomectomy?

During a myomectomy, one or many incisions are made into the uterus, the myoma is cut out, and the defects are sutured. Can I have a cesarean section after myomectomy? ... read more »

Bleeding/Spotting in Early Pregnancy

Any vaginal bleeding or spotting during pregnancy may be concerning and could mean an increased risk of miscarriage or early or preterm delivery. Spotting during the first three months is often common. ... read more »

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