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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Development of Fetal Weight Chart

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 »

Second Trimester of Pregnancy: 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 »

Third Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

If you’re in your third trimester (weeks 28 through 40 weeks) you’re in the home stretch. Doctor visits with are coming up more frequently, and depending on how your pregnancy is progressing so far, you will either have them monthly or weekly. ... read more »

Fetal Testing and Monitoring

Fetal testing and monitoring are done to ensure that a fetus is healthy and growing at an acceptable rate. Fetal tests can help detect potential and actual problems. This gives the doctors an opportunity to treat the problem before it further develops, if at all possible. ... read more »

What if I Become Pregnant With Fibroids?

Fibroids result from the growth of genetically altered uterine cells. The cells divide over and over again until a rubbery mass forms. The mass can be small; undetectable during a normal pelvic exam. ... 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 »

What Tests are Used to Diagnose Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

There is no single test to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will take a medical history, perform a physical exam - possibly including an ultrasound, check your hormone levels, and measure glucose, or sugar levels, in the blood. ... read more »

Ultrasound Scans Show Harm of Smoking During Pregnancy

Researchers have discovered facial differences in fetuses from smoking and non-smoking mothers remarkable enough to visually document the harm of smoking while pregnant. ... read more »

Doppler Ultrasound Assessment of Stillbirth Risk

Researchers from St. George's Hospital Medical School in London recently published a study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology focuses on the possibility that Doppler ultrasound may be an effective means of predicting stillbirth risk. ... read more »

Performance Artist Shares Story of Tragic End to Pregnancy

Nicole Stewart's show Bun in the Oven was supposed to be funny, filled with happy stories. It wasn't, but as the saying goes, the show must go on, so it opened as scheduled in October 2013. ... 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 »

3-D and 4-D Ultrasound During Pregnancy

Ultrasounds, often referred to as sonograms, are digital images taken of a fetus in-utero. Typically, a 2-D ultrasound is used to determine fetal growth, organ development and gender. ... 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 »

Lung Ultrasound for Detecting Pulmonary Edema

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 »

Gauging Placental Health via Ultrasound

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

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 »

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 »

Measuring Cervix May Help Reduce Prematurity

There is now ample evidence that measuring the cervix with transvaginal ultrasound can identify pregnancies that may be at risk for preterm labor and delivery and treating them with progesterone may decrease preterm labor and delivery. ... read more »

Zika Virus Guidelines for Pregnant Women

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published guidelines and a travel advisory for pregnant women as well as travel health notices concerning the Zika virus. ... read more »

Ultrasound Guide for Pregnancy

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What Affects Normal hCG Levels In Pregnancy?

Human chorionic gonadotropin, more frequently referred to as hCG, is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy. ... 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 »

Diagnosis of PCOS

How can you diagnose if I have PCOS? ... 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 »

Do You Need a Second or Third Trimester Anatomic Ultrasound?

The following is a listing of indications for the anatomic ultrasound. An ultrasound can be of benefit in many situations in the second and third trimesters, including but not limited to the following circumstances. ... read more »

Ultrasound And Nuchal Screen For Down Syndrome Risk

Around 11-12 weeks many doctors perform a transvaginal sonogram to measure the fetal neck (nuchal translucency) to assess the risk of Down syndrome. ... read more »

Corpus Luteum Size And Appearance On Ultrasound

Sometimes, the corpus luteum appears to not produce enough progesterone to support the pregnancy, possibly resulting in an early pregnancy loss. This is called 'corpus luteum insufficiency' or 'luteal phase defect (LPD). ... read more »

Risk of Miscarriage and Fetal Heart Rate

With vaginal bleeding, the risk of miscarriage is high before you see the fetal heartbeat and low without bleeding after you see the heartbeat. ... 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 »

Missing Protein Reverses Brain Disease

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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