• Rh Factor

    When the mother is Rh-negative and the father is Rh-positive, the fetus can inherit the Rh factor from the father. This makes the fetus Rh-positive too. Problems can arise when the fetus's blood has the Rh factor and the mother's blood does not.

  • Ultrasound: Sonogram

    An ultrasound exam is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman's abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and placenta. Although the terms ultrasound and sonogram are technically different, they are used interchangeably and reference the same exam.

  • What's the Real Scoop on Caffeine During Pregnancy?

    Caffeine is one of the most loved stimulants in America! But now that you are pregnant, you may need to lighten up on the daily intake of your favorite drinks and treats. Ack! Why? How much coffee can I safely drink? What other foods contain caffeine?

  • Exercise and Fitness

    There are many benefits to be gained by exercising and participating in sports while you are pregnant. As in any period of your life, these activities make you feel better and can help you maintain or gain physical flexibility, tone, and strength.

  • Guarding Against Disease During Pregnancy

    While protecting yourself from disease is important at all times, it becomes especially necessary during pregnancy when a baby is in critical stages of development. Having certain infectious diseases during pregnancy can result in severe and chronic problems in a newborn.

  • Nutrition During Early Pregnancy

    Eating right while you're pregnant is one way you can help assure your baby`s good health. It's also a very smart way to help you feel good during this physically challenging time. Good nutrition is really quite simple when you make a decision to eat wisely and well.

  • Seat Belt Use During Pregnancy

    Just as diet, rest, and exercise take on an extra importance during pregnancy, so does the use of seat belts. Your unborn baby is depending on you to keep him/her safe from harm. So, every time you get into an automobile, as either the driver or a passenger, use the car's three-point restraint system.

  • Amniocentesis FAQ's

    When a couple finds out that they're going to have a baby, it's a cause for celebration. But for some couples, there are questions about the health of their newborn. With all the advances in medicine, doctors and their patients can learn a lot about the development of a fetus

  • Alpha-Fetoprotein Test

    MSAFP is a screening test that examines the level of alpha-fetoprotein in the mother's blood during pregnancy. Because it is measuring the level of alpha-fetoprotein, it is often referred to as an AFP test. This is not a diagnostic test. It is often part of the triple test screening that assesses whether further diagnostic testing may be needed.