Prenatal Pregnancy Tests

Once you get that positive result and know you're pregnant, you want the right tests and assurances about the health of you and your unborn child. That's where prenatal testing comes in. ... read more »

I Have Breast Cancer: The Journey Begins

In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, I would like to share my journey with breast cancer, in the hope that it might help other women navigate their own journey through this disease. ... read more »

Single Progesterone Test and Early Pregnancy Outcome

A single progesterone measurement for women in early pregnancy presenting with bleeding or pain and inconclusive ultrasound assessments can rule out a viable pregnancy. ... read more »

What Happens in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy with Doctor's Appointments and Tests?

For many, the second trimester is their favorite part of the pregnancy (other than the birth of their bundle of joy, of course). But to ensure the pregnancy is progressing as it should, you will need to start seeing your doctor monthly for a check-up and a series of tests. ... read more »

Placenta and Ultrasound

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

New Down Syndrome DNA Test 10 Times More Accurate

The latest edition of the Journal of Medicine includes the story on a DNA test that is ten times more accurate than those in wide use today and it can be done much earlier in the pregnancy, too. ... read more »

X-Rays in Pregnancy - How Safe Are They

X-rays are generally safe in pregnancy. If your doctor finds you need x-rays for a medical problem or injury, it's OK to have them. ... read more »

Swedish Moms Enjoy Midwives ... And Very Little Medicine

Having a baby is basically the same around the world but each nation's approach to prenatal and maternity care varies according to national policy. In Sweden, most mothers-to-be enjoy the services of midwives instead of doctors and nurses. ... read more »

Healthy Baby Born from Rare Abdominal Pregnancy

Abdominal pregnancy is a rare and dangerous medical condition that is easy to miss during routine ultrasound exams. ... read more »

Human Heart Tissue Jumbled Until Late Pregnancy

Despite the fact that the first human heart beat can be detected early in the first trimester, researchers from the University of Leeds report human heart tissues remain jumbled until walls develop late in pregnancy. ... read more »

Ultrasound During Pregnancy Guide

An ultrasound in pregnancy can be either done as a 'routine' anatomy ultrasound, usually between 18-20 weeks or it is done for specific reasons which usually depend on the time of pregnancy. ... read more »

Missing Protein Reverses Brain Disease

Doctors believe that in utero therapy for children diagnosed with Lissencephaly could improve brain disease. ... 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 »

Third Trimester Ultrasound Scan: Maternal Preferences

Based on a study in the journal Health Expectations, women desire a low-cost ultrasound that provides both clinical and non-clinical information, but they have no preference for who completed the ultrasound. ... read more »

Lung Ultrasound Identifies Preeclampsia Respiratory Failure Risk

Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine, is usually diagnosed after week 32 but, in some cases, symptoms appear as early as week 20. ... read more »

Women 35+ Less Likely to Have Babies with Anatomical Defects

A study revealed a decreased risk of anatomical defects by as much as 40% when the mother is older. ... read more »

Miscarriage Diagnosis Criteria Ineffective

When a pregnant women experiences bleeding or pain early in the pregnancy, she may undergo an ultrasound to determine if a miscarriage has occurred. ... read more »

Fetal Ultrasound Measurements

Ultrasound measurements of the fetus are important because measurements usually reflect the gestational age of the fetus, but if they fall outside the norm they can also indicate certain problems. ... read more »

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are common among women during reproductive years. Many women have fibroids, but location, growth pattern and size determine whether or not symptoms develop. ... 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 »

Introduction to Ultrasound During Pregnancy

An ultrasound or sonogram during pregnancy is used to assess the development of the fetus and to look at other structures such as the uterus, ovaries, and cervix. ... 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 »

Doppler Ultrasound Assessment of Stillbirth Risk: 2nd Trimester

Researchers from St. George's Hospital Medical School in Londonrecently published a study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecologyfocused on the possibility that Doppler ultrasound may be an effectivemeans of predicting stillbirth risk. ... read more »

Fetal Yawns Captured in 4-D

The latest ultrasound technology shows us that all this delightful activity starts long before a baby is born. Yawns, for instance, keep a baby busy during the sixth month of gestation. ... read more »

Ultrasound During Pregnancy

An ultrasound (or sonogram) examination in pregnancy is a medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a person creating pictures (sonograms) of the organs being examined. ... read more »

Excess Weight Shields Fetal Heart Defects from Ultrasound

Ultrasound scans have revolutionized fetal diagnostics but they are not fool proof. A Swedish doctor says that more than six of every ten serious fetal heart defects go undetected in ultrasound scans. ... read more »

Fetal Heart Beat

When can the fetal heart beat be seen first on ultrasound? ... read more »

All Signs And Symptoms Of Pregnancy

Your body hurts, you have cramps, maybe you are nauseous. Think you are you pregnant? Find out if you have the typical pregnancy symptoms. ... read more »

Fetal Health Monitoring

Women with high-risk pregnancies and those who experience other complications often need a close watch of the fetus for potential problems or complications. ... read more »

Development of Fetal Weight Chart Using Serial Trans-abdominal Ultrasound

Currently fetal weight charts are universal. All charts show the same growth rate and estimated fetal weight and length based on hundreds of years of data, but according to a new study on infants born in Tanzania, not all fetal growth charts should be the same. ... read more »

Fetal Ultrasound Measurements in Pregnancy

Fetal ultrasound measurements can show how the baby is growing and detect abnormalities. During pregnancy many different ultrasounds measurements can be done. ... read more »

Performance Artist Takes to the Stage to Share Story of Tragic End to Her Pregnancy

Nicole Stewart's show - Bun in the Oven - was supposed to be funny, filledwith happy stories. It wasn't, but as the saying goes, the show must goon, so it opened as scheduled in October 2013. ... read more »

First Trimester Screen Test - Nuchal Translucency

The first trimester screening also known as nuchal translucency screening, or NT, is a prenatal test, ultrasound and a blood test that can help determine the likelihood of having Down's Syndrome ... read more »

Down Syndrome Screening

You can screen for Down syndrome by ultrasound as early as 11-12 weeks. Screening is done with an ultrasound examination and two blood tests, and it can detect up to 90% of Down syndrome fetuses. ... read more »

When Is The Earliest An Ultrasound Can Diagnosis Pregnancy?

You may have had a positive pregnancy test but when will you be able to have an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy? And what will that early ultrasound show? ... read more »

Estimating Fetal Weight Via Ultrasound

One of the most important reasons for prenatal visits and for doing an ultrasound examination is to estimate the fetal size of your baby. ... 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 »

What Is a Chemical Pregnancy?

A chemical pregnancy happens much more frequently than most people expect, probably up to 30-40% of all pregnancies end up in a chemical pregnancy. ... read more »

Bleeding Behind the Placenta

I just had an ultrasound and the doctor found a blood clot next to the placenta. Is that a problem? Should I be on bed rest? Is retroplacental hemorrhage a problem? ... read more »

Syphilis During Pregnancy

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. It is not very common in the USA. Due to the increased risk of pregnancy complications, women are typically screened for syphilis during prenatal testing. ... read more »

How Pregnant Am I When…?

There are milestones throughout a pregnancy. Some are physically noticeable and others happen and pregnant women have no idea they occurred. How pregnant am I? ... read more »

Dating the Pregnancy Estimated Due Date Based on Ultrasound

Ultrasound of the embryo and fetus before 14w0d of the pregnancy is the most accurate method to establish the pregnancy estimate due date (EDD). The crown-rump length (CRL) before 14w0d is accurate within 5-7 days of the actual due date. The earlier the CRL is done in pregnancy, the better the actual estimated due date can be calculated. ... read more »

What Is an Anatomy Ultrasound During Pregnancy?

When the pregnancy hits the 20th week of gestation, an anatomy ultrasound is often ordered. This ultrasound is used to determine fetal anomalies, the baby's size and weight, and also to measure growth to ensure that the fetus is developing properly. ... 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 »

First Trimester Ultrasound Scanning

First trimester ultrasound scanning can diagnose many different issues in pregnancy. ... read more »

Ultrasound Sonogram Pregnancy Calculators and Tools

Ultrasound and Sonograms during pregnancy are important to obtain important information such as the pregnancy due date, fetal anomalies, anatomic malformations, uterine and placental issues, cervical measurements, amniotic fluid changes, estimated fetal weight, fetal measurements of bipariental diamater (BPD), head circumference (HC), abdominal circumference (AC), femur length (FL), and much mo ... read more »

Ultrasound and Ectopic Pregnancy

On ultrasound about on-half of ectopic pregnancies can be seen and the other half have only indirect signs. ... read more »

What Is A Vestigial Tail?

All humans have a tail during embryological development, and usually, the tail disappears in the first trimester. If not, the baby is born with a vestigial tail. ... read more »

Can Fetal Heart Rate Predict A Miscarriage?

The fetal heart rate can be seen on ultrasound as early as 5 weeks 1 days of the pregnancy, and usually it's seen by 6 weeks and 0 days. ... read more »

At What hCG Level Can You See Pregnancy on Ultrasound?

Up to one in three women experience vaginal bleeding during the firest few months of the pregnancy, and many wonder how they can make sure the pregnancy is viable. ... read more »

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