Different Types of Pregnancies

While pregnancy may seem like a simple term, there are different types of pregnancies. Most are a result of physical differences but some are related to multiple egg release, among other reasons. ... 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 »

Hospital Care of Small for Gestational Age Infants

Small for gestational age is a medical term used to describe the weightand gestational age of an infant. Just because an infant is small forgestational age doesn't mean extra care is needed or that the infantwill have long-term medical issues. ... read more »

Feeding Your Low Birth Weight Infant

Low birth weight is defined as an infant weighing less than 2,500 grams or about 5.5 pounds. Low birth weight infants can be born at any time during gestation so not all cases involve premature delivery. ... read more »

Home Care of Small for Gestational Age Infants

When parents give birth to a small for gestational age (SGA)  infant it can be a scary experience. That tiny little bundle of joy may need additional care in the hospital before being released and some of that care may extend months or years into the future, but extra care is not always needed. ... read more »

Caring for Your Large for Gestational Age Infant

A large for gestational age infant is born weighing more than 90% of all other infants born at the same gestational age. For instance, if an infant is born at 37 weeks weighing in excess of 10 pounds, that infant is termed large for gestational age. ... read more »

Changes in Serum Procalcitonin After Birth

According to researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at Peking University Third Hospital, serum procalcitonin levels reach peak levels and decline to normal levels within 96 hours of birth for most infants, including premature infants. ... read more »

Determination of the Gestational Age During Pregnancy

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. ... read more »

Influences on Biomarkers for Newborn Screening

Fine-tuning medical tests to better serve doctors in terms of diagnostic care was the subject of a study completed by researchers from the Department of Pediatrics at various hospitals and clinics associated with the University of Iowa. ... read more »

Scotland Bans Smoking, Reduces Premature Births

In March of 2006, Scotland passed legislation that banned smoking in public settings. The legislation did not focus on pregnant women, but the ban has proven to be quite helpful in terms of reducing the number of preterm deliveries in the country. ... read more »

My Uterus is Measuring Large for Gestational Age

The term large for gestational age (LGA) can be confusing and scary, for some women. The fundal height measurement is typically used once a pregnant woman starts showing. It is the measurement from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus. ... read more »

Hadlock Ultrasound Measurements Based on Gestational Age

How big should your baby be now? Check out this chart which outlines Hadlock ultrasound measurements based on gestational age. ... read more »

How Many Weeks Pregnant Am I?

Want to know the age-old question "how many weeks pregnant am I?" Learn some simple rules of thumb to determine it. ... read more »

Oregon Denies C-Sections And Deliveries Before 39 Weeks

As of September 1, 2011, Oregon will no longer allow doctors to plan delivery before 39 weeks gestation. ... read more »