A woman who drinks alcohol during pregnancy risks giving birth to an abnormal child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). A child born with FAS has a pattern of mental and physical defects.
Anai Rhoads: Researcher/Writer
by Anai Rhoads
The average pocket EDC calculator is based on the first day of the last menstrual cycle in a 28-day cycle, so attention must be paid to the interval between the patient's periods (i.e. if the interval is 35 days instead of 28 days, then the EDC will be one week later than that determined by the pocket calculator; the opposite would hold true for a 21-day interval). Reliable dating by last menstrual period requires that the patient has had three consecutive regular, normal periods and not to have been on hormonal birth control during that time.
Wondering what to expect at your preconception appointment? The following checks or tests may be made by your doctor before making the decision of pregnancy, in order to ensure you will have as trouble-free a term as possible and good health for the growing baby.
Placenta previa, a potentially life threatening situation occurs when the placenta grows over part of the cervix. When this happens, a c-section is most often required.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) refers to a group of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) that are caused by viruses or bacteria. The first stages begin with vaginal infection.
PCOS also known as Stein-Leventhal syndrome is a disorder in which the ovaries are enlarged with cysts, with levels of male hormones.
There is more and more evidence that it is possible to have lupus and continue on with a successful pregnancy.
Wondering if today is the day? What's the difference between dilation and effacement? Braxton-Hicks or the real thing? If you've lost your mucus plug will labor start right away? Learn more about the changes your body makes as it prepares for and begins labor.
by Anai Rhoads
A healthy baby is an active baby
In order to ensure your baby is doing well, you will need to monitor your baby's movements daily. The following is a list of how to monitor your baby's movements, which you can do after 20 weeks of pregnancy:
- Make sure to count the fetal movements at least once a day.
- Set aside a specific time, and do this the same time each day.