Pregnancy Safety Guide

Everything you need to know about which activities, sports, foods, and exposures are safe during pregnancy. ... read more »

Check Your Baby's Fetal Growth and Weight Percentile

The growth of the fetus (and the percentile of the ultrasound sonogram) during pregnancy is dependent on many factors. Check your baby's fetal growth with this handy chart. ... read more »

Getting Pregnant: Understanding Conception

There are three primary steps in conception: Ovulation, Fertilization, and Implantation. Ovulation is the first step, the ejection of a mature egg from the ovary. ... read more »

Why Does a Miscarriage Occur?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimate up to 25% of pregnancies will end in pregnant miscarriage, but why does pregnant miscarriage occur? ... read more »

Can I Eat Too Many Carrots During Pregnancy?

Carrots do not harm the fetus and eating a lot cannot lead to too much Vitamin A ... read more »

Infections Carried Through Food

Certain infections which you can get by eating contaminated food during pregnancy can harm the pregnancy and the fetus. ... 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 »

Impact of Breastfeeding on Mother and Newborn

There was no significant difference in full-term or non-full-term births rates and mean newborn birth weight between for those who continued and discontinued breastfeeding during pregnancy.  ... read more »

Exposure to Malaria Increases Risk of Miscarriage

About 125 million pregnant women are at risk of contracting malaria each year. Malaria infection during pregnancy can cause anemia, parasitic fetal infection, low birth weight, premature delivery and death of the mother. ... read more »

Effects of Electronic Monitoring on Infant Mortality

In an attempt to make a clear connection between reduced risk of infant death and electronic heart rate monitoring prior to birth, researchers gathered nearly two million birth records collected in the 2004 National Birth Cohort. ... read more »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases During Pregnancy

An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus. ... read more »

Placenta and Ultrasound

The placenta is the organ that supplies all the oxygen and nutrients the growing fetus needs. ... read more »

The Fetus Knows Pain Earlier Than We Thought

Most mothers believe baby is immune to pain while in-utero, but new research reveals the fetus can feel the difference between pain and normal touch as early as 35 weeks gestation. ... read more »

First Trimester of Pregnancy Guide

During the first trimester of pregnancy, so many changes happen, but some of these changes may not be quite what you expected! ... read more »

Are Pumpkin or Pumpkin Spice Safe During Pregnancy?

Pumpkins are good for pregnant women. They can be served boiled, baked, steamed or roasted or used in soups and purees. ... read more »

The First 12 Weeks of Human Development

During the first trimester of pregnancy, major changes take place in fetal development. Read about the first 12 weeks of human development, week by week, and see what happens to your baby! ... read more »

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy can affect the fetus and can lead to hydrops. ... read more »

Weight Gain Guidelines Adjusted for Obese Patients

Women who enter pregnancy with a BMI in the obese range may have less weight to gain to stay within normal limits, according to a study presented at The Pregnancy Meeting in San Francisco. ... read more »

The Ins and Outs of Pregnancy Cramps

Pregnancy cramps can be scary for a pregnant woman. The cramps may be light and barely noticeable or strong and painful. They can signal a problem in pregnancy or be no cause for concern at all. ... read more »

Medications With Alcohol During Pregnancy

  Pharmaceutical products with ethanol would fall under Category D of products screened by the US Food and Drug Administration. This category is for drugs which are known to cause various health risks to fetuses when the drugs are taken during pregnancy. ... read more »

Doppler Ultrasound During Pregnancy

Unlike ultrasound imaging used to give parents a picture of baby in-utero, Doppler ultrasound is used to view blood flow in the fetus. ... read more »

Can Vomiting During Pregnancy Hurt My Baby?

Morning sickness is a typical part of pregnancy but can vomiting too much hurt my baby? And when does vomiting become a problem in pregnancy? ... read more »

DES Still Impacting Women of the World

DES or diethylstilbestrol was given to women for more than three decades. The synthetic estrogen was prescribed to pregnant women as a means of preventing miscarriage, but the drug caused vaginal tumors, so the Food and Drug Administration pulled it from the market in 1971. ... read more »

BPA Could Increase Down Syndrome Risk in Unborn Fetus

BPA, or Bisphenol A, is an ingredient in some plastics and other household items. The chemical has been in the news for more than a year thanks to several research studies proving negative side effects on the fetal level with maternal exposure. ... read more »

Fetus Gets Psychological Messages from Mom

As every mother knows, the fetus is constantly listening to the mother's heartbeat, the sounds of her digestive system and even the music sheplays outside the womb, but researchers believe the fetus hears morethan just physical sounds. ... read more »

Brain Development Affected by Environment and Experience

Recent studies have revealed that maternal stress, weight and eating habits can affect infant health well into adulthood. A new study now reports that life experiences of the mother during pregnancy may also have an impact on health. ... read more »

Alcohol and Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant, those planning a pregnancy, or women at risk for pregnancy should not drink any alcohol. ... read more »

Measles (Rubeola) Infection During Pregnancy

Measles (also known as Rubeola) is a viral disease that usually produces fever, cough, conjunctivitis and a red, bumpy rash, and a rash ("Koplik's spots") inside the cheeks. ... read more »

Is It Safe To Ski During Pregnancy?

Is it ok to ski when trying to conceive (TTC) and during pregnancy? ... read more »

Vitamin C and Baby's Brain Development

The lack of proper Vitamin C levels in the diet during pregnancy could be linked to impaired brain development of the fetus, according to a new study. ... read more »

Alcohol and the fetus

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a significant public health problem and may result in a wide range of adverse outcomes for the child. ... read more »

Fetal Evaluation-Indications

What are the indications for fetal evaluation in the last trimester? ... read more »

When To Take A Pregnancy Test To Get Best Results

Despite the claim that home pregnancy tests are effective as little as two to three days before the first day of your next menstrual cycle, the human body does not always live up to this expectation. ... read more »

Fetus Smells Odors and Brain Development Alters

The fetus is more aware than many pregnant women understand. When pregnant women eat and drink certain things, the fetus can smell those foods and drinks and the development of the brain is altered. ... read more »

Chemicals May Affect Baby Gender

Researchers have found a link between the consumption of PBB polybrominated biphenyls and PCB polychlorinated biphenyls and the sex and gender of fetal offspring. ... read more »

Chinese May Have New Answer to Genetic Testing

Testing for potential genetic problems typically requires piercing the abdomen and amniotic sac to collect a tissue sample from the fetus. Researchers in China may have found an alternative to invasive prenatal testing. ... read more »

What to Expect From Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

As the end of the pregnancy approaches, pelvic pain is often a signal of the start of labor. Labor pelvic pain is associated with pressure on the pelvis or the feeling that baby is getting heavier. ... read more »

Am I Able to Get Pregnant After…

In many cases, illness, disease and injury will not affect the ability to become pregnant, but that is not always the case. ... read more »

Is it Okay to Diet During Pregnancy?

For some women, the worries about pregnancy weight may cause her to diet. It is unsafe to diet in pregnancy, though weight loss is not dangerous in some cases, as was once thought. ... read more »

Examples of a Twin Pregnancy Diet

A twin pregnancy diet requires very small, protein-rich meals eaten every two hours throughout the day. ... read more »

Questions About Weight Gain Answered

Many women have questions about weight gain like, 'How much should I gain?' and 'Can I lose weight?' These and other questions about weight gain during pregnancy can be found below. ... read more »

How to Avoid Pregnancy Weight Gain – Excessive Weight Gain

The common misconception of 'eating for two' can lead a woman to excess weight gain. Pregnant women can easily avoid pregnancy weight gain in excess by choosing healthy foods that are good for baby and mom. ... read more »

Fetal Growth Issues

The majority of the babies born every day are of normal weight and normal length but the fluctuation in birth weight can be astounding. There are certain reasons for smaller and bigger babies. ... read more »

Smoking and Pregnancy

Smoking can cause more than low birth weight. Pregnant mothers who smoke are at an increased risk of miscarriage and premature birth. ... read more »

6 Stages in Pregnancy: The Changing Female Body

Stages in pregnancy are often divided up into weeks or trimesters. Within these common stages in pregnancy are six major times of change. ... read more »

Is Eating Pork Safe During Pregnancy?

If you eat pork during pregnancy, you have to ensure that the meat is thoroughly cooked right up to the core so that all parasites are killed. ... read more »

Bright Spot Echogenic Focus And Down Syndrome

Occasionally a so-called 'echogenci focus' or bright spot is seen in the heart of the fetus. Does this suggest an increased risk of Down syndrome in the baby? ... read more »

hCG Levels And Sex of the Fetus

Could hCG levels signify whether you may be having a boy or a girl? A recent study says there is some evidence to support this idea. ... read more »

Placenta Testing Reveals Possible Preeclampsia Marker

Researchers testing placentas after infant births may have found a gene marker. The gene is associated with the immune system and may be the cause of some cases of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Three Months of Fruits and Vegetables Could Better Nourish Fetus

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has published a study linking fruit and vegetable consumption to the prevention of undernourished fetuses. ... read more »

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