Ultrasound Safety During Pregnancy

Ultrasounds have been used for more than 50 years to take images of the human body for diagnostic use. During pregnancy, women are often given at least one ultrasound to record fetal growth, number, orientation and development. ... read more »

Women No Longer Have to Wait to ID Dad

The question of paternity is one many women pregnant women face. Despite advances in our society and western culture as a whole, asking about paternity is still a touchy subject. ... 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 »

Surgery During Pregnancy

The ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recognizes the fact that non-obstetric surgery during pregnancy is an issue medical professionals deal with on a daily basis. ... read more »

What are Bleeding Disorders?

Bleeding disorders, also known as coagulopathy, cause unexpected or uncontrollable bleeding. Bleeding can occur after injury, but may start out of nowhere without injury. ... 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 »

Should You Choose a Birth Center for Your Pregnancy Care?

From the first minutes after finding out you're pregnant, you areconstantly making decisions. Decision making will be a major part ofyour life for the next 18 years or so ' but before you jump intoparenthood, you may want to decide where you'll give birth. ... 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 »

Bladder Infection During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to urinary tract infections and bladder infections. ... read more »

Mariah Carey's Pregnancy Complications

Mariah Carey faced both fertility and pregnancy challenges, from miscarriage to gestational diabetes, amongst others. ... read more »

12 Reasons Why This Blogger Mom Loves Her C-Section

Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg describes herself as a "writer, blogger, twin mom" and she suggests that cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) are misunderstood. ... read more »

Experts Remain Divided on Safety of Home Births

Some people childbirth think an act so natural as giving birth can be accomplished safely at home, without medical intervention. ... read more »

Bladder Infections: Overview, Causes and Symptoms

A bladder infection is a type of urinary tract infection that affects both men and women. ... read more »

Blood Test Predicts Preeclampsia Risk

A recent study indicates a blood test taken at intervals during pregnancy might be an impressively accurate way of predicting the onset of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Collagen Vascular Disease and Pregnancy

Some of the better known collagen vascular diseases include ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, psoriatic arthritis, and more. ... read more »

Using STI Status to Predict Pregnancy Outcomes

  According to researchers in New South Wales, STI (sexually transmitted infection) status may be helpful in predicting pregnancy outcomes. ... read more »

Can I Take Acyclovir During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding?

Is the drug Acyclovir, which is used to treat herpes simplex, safe to use while pregnant? How about if you are breastfeeding? ... read more »

Educating About Placental Complications Using the Web

Researchers from Toronto recently completed a study into the impact of web-based medical information on high-risk pregnant patients. ... read more »

Factors Affecting Pregnancy in Later Years

Before actively trying to conceive, a woman may want to consider the factors that affect pregnancy after age 35 and the steps she can take before and after pregnancy that will ensure the best outcome. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Prolapse During Labor and Delivery

Based on a study published in the Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, umbilical cord prolapse requires prompt delivery of the fetus to reduce possible negative outcomes. The research was completed by authors at Tel Aviv University. ... read more »

Complications, Vaginal Bleeding and Twin Pregnancy

Researchers and authors from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with Washington University report women who experience vaginal bleeding early in a twin pregnancy may be at increased risk of pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Vitamin C May Help Infants Born to Smoking Mothers

When women claim they are unable to stop smoking during pregnancy, there has been nothing the obstetrician could do to improve the health of the unborn fetus, until now. ... read more »

Pregnancy Disorders and Retinopathy Risk in Newborns

Researchers from the Floating Hospital for Children recently published a study in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine on the possible connection between pregnancy disorders and retinopathy in extremely low birth weight newborns. ... read more »

Nevirapine Reduces Risk of HIV Passing to Newborn

When a pregnant woman is HIV-positive, there are health factors and treatments that can reduce the chance of passing the infection to the fetus during childbirth. ... read more »

Hormone Linked to Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies cause more pregnancy-related deaths than any other pregnancy complication. Doctors and researchers have been looking for a means of determining women who are at increased risk to help reduce the number of deaths associated with the condition each year. New research appears to have solved that problem. ... read more »

Assisted Conception Increases Risk for Birth Problems

A new study suggests babies born as the result of assisted reproduction are at least twice as likely to suffer serious complications as those born after spontaneous conception. ... read more »

Capillaries Hold Key to Preeclampsia Risk

According to a new study presented at an American College of Cardiology annual meeting, detecting preeclampsia risk is as easy as viewing the hand of a pregnant woman under a special microscope. ... read more »

Lupus, Fertility and Pregnancy

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a disorder that affects how the body's immune system reacts to the skin, heart, lungs, jointsand brain and various other organs. The immune system attacks the bodyleading to a constant state of inflammation. ... read more »

Elective Preterm Delivery Increases Risk for Complications

Choosing to deliver a baby early may increase the risk for complications, according to a new study. ... read more »

Cardiovascular Disease Linked to Pregnancy Complications?

If you develop pregnancy-related hypertension or diabetes, you could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease later in life, according to a new study published by Circulation, a Journal of the American Heart Association publication. ... read more »

Delivery-Room Heart Attacks Underreported

An exhaustive study of heart attacks that occur in the delivery room was conducted. According to the team's findings, these "high-stakes events" go under-reported in the United States. ... read more »

Lupus Does Not Affect Pregnancy Outcome in Most Cases

Lupus was once thought to affect pregnancy outcomes, but new research suggests that women with lupus can conceive and give birth to healthy, full term infants just like women who do not suffer from the condition. ... read more »

PCOS Increases Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome, affects up to 15-percent of the female population. Women with the condition tend to have irregular periods, fertility problems, weight gain and excessive facial hair growth. ... read more »

Preconception Counseling May Spare Time, Heartbreak

A growing trend among couples in India hoping to start a family is preconception counseling, which helps identify any underlying concerns that may hinder conception or the birth of a healthy baby. ... read more »

Deaths from Pregnancy and Childbirth Cut in Half

The United Nations recently reported a significant change in the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth ' a nearly50-percent reduction in the last 20 years. ... read more »

Childbirth Simulator Takes Risk out of High-Risk Delivery

Researchers using an MRI scan and a computer program have developed a way to predict if childbirth will be difficult or simple. According to researchers, the assessment could prove especially useful in cases where mothers are at high-risk for complications during childbirth. ... read more »

Eclampsia during pregnancy and postpartum postbirth

Preeclampsia is a dangerous complication of pregnancy that typically affects women late in pregnancy. The condition is upgraded from preeclampsia to eclampsia when seizures develop. ... read more »

Preeclampsia: A Battle Not a Condition

Researchers and doctors are constantly on the lookout for a definitive cause of preeclampsia. The condition is life-threatening and the only known cure is childbirth. ... read more »

Wait For Pregnancy for 12 Months After Bariatric Surgery

The impact of weight loss surgery on pregnancy is a relatively new topic of research. According to a study published in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, women should wait at least 12 months after having surgery to minimize possible complications. ... read more »

Rare Case of Acute Splenic Sequestration in Pregnancy

Researchers in Brazil recently stumbled on a rare event involving a pregnant woman with homozygous sickle cell anemia. ... read more »

Pregnancy in Women with Vasculitis

The study claims women diagnosed with vasculitis are more likely to have complicated pregnancies. Vasculitis does not appear to affect male fertility or health of the conceived offspring. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a condition that affects the immune system. Possible complications of APS include growth restriction of the fetus, thrombosis and preeclampsia. ... read more »

Soluble TRAIL Reduced in Patients with Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication that can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. ... read more »

Metaprolol During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Metaprolol and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Leptin Levels in Pregnancy and Treatment of Obese Women

Researchers from Queens Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital in the United Kingdom recently published a question in the journal Medical Hypotheses. The question posed related to leptin levels, obesity and pregnancy management. ... read more »

Gestational Syphilis and Pregnancy Outcome

Researchers in Spain have recently completed a study into the effects of gestational syphilis on pregnancy and perinatal outcomes. ... read more »

Myo-Inositol Supplements to Prevent Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women with a family history of type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Does Depression During Pregnancy Cause Inflammation?

Researchers published a study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research. The study focused on a possible link between maternal depression, inflammation and pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Incontinence in Aging Women Linked to Vaginal Delivery

Two decades after giving birth to one child by vaginal delivery, women are facing incontinence problems at a rate three times that of women who did not give birth vaginally, according to research by the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. ... read more »

Preeclampsia May be Linked to Air Pollution

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that can lead to hypertension, protein in urine and preterm delivery. The only cure for the condition is delivery of the fetus. Researchers have been looking for a definitive cause of preeclampsia for years. ... read more »

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