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

Diabetes and the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Women who have diabetes are at an increased risk for complications during pregnancy, including increased risk of birth defects or fetal death. These risks can be minimized by planning pregnancy ahead with the help of your obstetrician and primary diabetes care provider. ... read more »

What Can Be Used to Test Paternity?

While the cheek swab is the most common method to test paternity, any bodily fluid that contains DNA or cells can be used for the test. ... read more »

Post Term Pregnancy

When a pregnancy goes postdates and lasts beyond the 42nd week, the size of baby, integrity of the placenta and the possibility of baby having a bowel movement in-utero are all of great concern to the attending obstetrician. ... read more »

Labor Induction: Methods and Potential Benefits

If the time has come to give birth and the natural labor process has not begun, doctors can choose to induce labor in a variety of ways. ... read more »

Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a very rare and life threatening complication during pregnancy or childbirth. Learn about signs and treatment. ... read more »

Amniotic Fluid Issues: Too Little, Too Much

Amniotic fluid is usually derived from baby's urine and it is inside this protective sac that your baby lives inside your uterus. Amniotic fluid serves many purposes, all for your baby's protection. ... read more »

Types of Ultrasound

The trusted transducer ultrasound is likely going to be a part of your prenatal check-up, but there may be a few additional ultrasounds in order that you will want to know about. ... read more »

Exercise - When to Stop During Pregnancy

How do I know when to stop exercise during pregnancy? ... read more »

Oligohydramnios - Decreased Amniotic Fluid

Oligohydramnios means decreased amniotic fluid.  There are several methods to evaluate the amniotic fluid in pregnancy. ... read more »

Amniocentesis - Tests

What are the tests done on the amniotic fluid What are the tests done on the amniotic fluid The following tests can be done on the amniotic fluid: ... read more »

Facts About Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time in life when women feel closer to their spouse and body more than ever before. Here are a few facts about pregnancy for expecting moms. ... read more »

Pregnancy Discharge

Pregnancy discharge is a common symptom related to hormonal changes. However, the type of pregnancy discharge you have means the difference between normal secretions and potential infection. ... read more »

New Blood Test Detects Down Syndrome Early in Pregnancy

Obstetricians are constantly looking for better ways to diagnose Down syndrome. Currently, women with high risk factors associated with Down syndrome are urged to undergo amniocentesis. ... read more »

The Bachelor’s Sarah Herron Born With One Arm

Sarah Herron, a contestant on the hit television show The Bachelor, was born with only one arm. A condition known as amniotic band syndrome is to blame for this. ... read more »

Endoglin and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Recent reports indicate a connection between inflammation and angiogenesis. Researchers for the U.S. Government recently published an article connecting elevated sENG (soluble Endoglin), an anti-angiogenic protein, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. ... read more »

Will I Know When My Water Breaks?

Chances are you will know when your water breaks because it will happen in the hospital. Some estimates claim that around 75% of women don't have the Hollywood experience of their water breaking in the middle of dinner with close friends. ... read more »

Surprising Reason Why Babies’ Noses Are So Stuffy

A runny nose and stuffed-up head signal a cold in almost everybody but newborns are different. Unexpected symptoms such as a stuffy nose with no discharge can be mystifying. ... 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 »

Polyhydramnios - Too Much Amniotic Fluid

Polyhydramnios usually means that there is an increased amount of amniotic fluid present. ... read more »

Amniotic Fluid Evaluation

The AFI and the single pocket evaluation are 2 ways to evaluate the amniotic fluid. ... read more »

What is a Biophysical Profile Score?

The biophysical profile, or BPP, is a test that checks fetal health and it is usually done after the 24-26th week of the pregnancy. ... read more »

How Safe is Sudafed During Pregnancy?

How safe is Sudafed during pregnancy? Some say the drug should only be offered to pregnant women after having a "risk/benefit" discussion with their doctor. ... read more »

Amniotic Fluid Holds Stem Cells

Stem cell research has always been the topic of hot debate. Stem cells are thought to hold the key to cures and treatments for some diseases, but sourcing stem cells have been a moral battle for years. ... read more »

Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome occurs when twins who share a single placenta also share a blood supply. Within each baby has his own piece of the placenta, their blood circulation is connected. This results in the babies sharing their blood flow. ... read more »

Peeling Skin is Just One of Those Newborn Surprises

Your baby’s vernix is one of the many little surprises you’ll get in the first few weeks of motherhood. ... read more »

Don’t Let Leakage Go Unnoticed

When the amniotic sac is in tact, infections or bacteria will not make it past this barrier. However, when your amniotic sac has been ruptured, your baby is at risk for infection. ... read more »

Your Water Breaking Might Not Be Breaking News

Often, a gush or a trickle of fluid is a sign that the amniotic sac has opened in preparation for birth. However, birth can just as easily start without this show of fluid, so it’s important that you’re prepared either way. ... read more »

Your Risk for Hydramnios

In a normal pregnancy, you will have approximately 1000 mL of amniotic fluid by the final trimester. However, some women are faced with a condition called hydramnios, which means they have produced too much. ... read more »