Pregnancy Safety Guide

Everything you need to know about which activities, sports, and foods are safe. ... 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 »

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 »

Fetal Risk of Using Antibiotics During Pregnancy

Most antibiotics are safe to take during pregnancy especially when the risks of not treating an infection are possible higher than the treatment. ... read more »

Should I Continue Taking my Medications During Pregnancy?

Most medications are safe in pregnancy. Before discontinuing or stopping any medication because of a pregnancy, it's important to talk to your doctor. ... read more »

When to Use Antibiotics During Pregnancy

Not all illnesses are infections that need or can to be treated with antibiotics. The obstetrician will judge the severity of the infection before prescribing an antibiotic. ... read more »

Alcohol, TTC, and Pregnancy

Even one glass of alcohol can significantly harm the developing fetus. ... read more »

Fetal Echo Echocardiography

A fetal echo or fetal echocardiography is an ultrasound test performed to evaluate the heart of the fetus during pregnancy and is often done as early as 20-24 weeks or later in pregnancy. ... read more »

How Safe Are Spa Treatments in Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a great time to get pampered. Spa treatments can alleviate many of the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy. ... read more »

Effect of Pregnancy on Cancer Progression

Pregnancy more often than not does not affect cancer progression and it's usually not necessary to stop the pregnancy. ... read more »

Gynecologic and Obstetric Ultrasound

Gynecologic and Obstetric Ultrasound is the use of high-frequency sound waves together with computer imaging to painlessly view the fetus and the pelvic organs. ... read more »

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

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

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 »

Toxoplasmosis: Infection by Trimesters

During which trimester is infection worse? ... read more »

What is a Miscarriage?

What is a miscarriage? ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Information

The umbilical cord is a narrow, tube-like structure that connects the developing baby (also referred to, in medical terms, as the fetus) to the placenta and transports blood and nutrients between the fetus and the placenta. ... read more »

ECP (Morning After Pill)

Can emergency contraceptive pills (morning after pill) harm the fetus? ... read more »

Bumping Against Abdomen

Can bumbing against my abdomen lead to a miscarriage? ... read more »

Cancer Treatments and Pregnancy

What is I am receiving cancer treatments while I am pregnant? Will the treatments effect the fetus? ... read more »

Smoking and the Fetus

Smoking does harm the fetus. Women who smoke during pregnancy have a higher rate of premature birth, miscarriage and low birth weight. ... read more »

Treatments for Constipation During Pregnancy

Constipation during pregnancy is a common occurrence. Constipation is not normally associated with any fetal condition or harm, just with the changes in the body during pregnancy ... read more »

Percentiles of Fetal Birth Weight

This table shows the percentiles of birthweights in grams by weeks of the pregnancy and gestational age. ... read more »

Amniocentesis - Indications

What are the reasons for doing a genetic amniocentesis? ... read more »

Enlarged Ventricle

The ventricles are fluid-filled spaces in the brain. The two major ventricle are the lateral ventricles. A lateral ventricle that's over 10 mm in size is usually considered enlarged (ventriculomegaly). ... read more »

What is it Like to be Pregnant with Twins?

For many women, having twins is either a prayer answered or the scariest thing on earth. As is the case with all pregnancies, being pregnant with twins can be easy or hard. It is often the unanswered questions that are hardest for women pregnant with twins. ... read more »

Diabetes and the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Women who have diabetes are at increased risk of complications in pregnancy, including increased risk of birth defects or fetal death. ... read more »

What Can I Expect During My Pregnancy?

Many women wonder what they can expect during pregnancy. This is especially true of first-time mothers. Changes during pregnancy are physical and emotional. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

6 Stages During Pregnancy: The Changing Female Body

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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