Second Trimester

Piercings and Tattoos During Pregnancy

Piercings and tattoos can be a way to express yourself, a way to remember an event or person, even a way to feel unique. Now that you're pregnant you may have questions. Do you need to remove your naval ring? What about tongue or genital piercings? Can you get a tattoo during pregnancy. Read more for answers to these and more questions about pregnancy, tattoos and piercings.

Could Oversized Uterus Indicate Twins?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I am 15 weeks pregnant with my first child. I regularly see my OB/Gyn each month but he hasn't measured the size of my uterus yet. I have been reading several pregnancy books and they say that at 15 weeks my uterus should be easily felt 3-4 inches below my belly button. My stomach feels hard starting at my belly button, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm feeling.

What is Amniotic Band Syndrome?

Jane Foley's picture


Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I had an ultrasound just this week at 19 weeks. The results all came back fine -- no baby abnormalities -- which is great. There was something yet to be determined; there was a little "thing" which the doctor said could either have been another baby that didn't form or a small amniotic band. They reassured me yesterday that the baby was fine and that this wouldn't affect the baby. But then why when I look on the Internet it says that the bands cause abnormalities. What should I think?