Prenatal Checkups

  • All Pregnancies Should be Screened for Down Syndrome

    Nuchal translucency (NT), a non-invasive screening for Down Syndrome, measures thickness at the neck of the fetus.

  • Non-stress Test: Monitoring Your Baby's Well-Being

    Due to special situations like high blood pressure, premature rupture of membranes, twins or triplets, your provider may decide to order a non-stress test (NST). An NST monitors a baby's health by showing his/her baseline heart rate and also any increases in the heart rate due to movement. It's an easy, painless, non-invasive test that allows your providers to monitor baby's well being in the womb.

  • Why Would I Be Measuring Big?

    Dear Midwife,
    I am at eight weeks according to my u/s. Dating by my LMP put me at seven weeks. I had my first ultrasound six weeks past LMP and measured 6w6d.

  • Demystifying Drug Categories for Pregnant Women

    Mothers who require medication for a chronic health condition will be faced with a dilemma: continue therapy and possibly risk harm to their baby or risk under-treating a serious illness, which can be harmful to both. How do you know what drugs are safe during pregnancy?

  • Larger Uterus Than Expected

    QUESTION

    Hello!
    I am 11 weeks pregnant and had my first doctor appointment this morning. Upon feeling the size of my uterus, my doctor asked me if I was sure about the date of my last menstrual period because my uterus is roughly 2 weeks bigger than it should be.

  • Excluded by the O.B.

    I'm really excited about my wife's pregnancy and started to go to the doctor's appointments with her. But the doctor basically ignores me or gives me a silly looking smile. I want to stay involved but I'm getting really angry. Is there anything else I can do?

  • Low Potassium and Magneisum

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,

  • Doctor Unsupportive in Twin Pregnancy

    QUESTION

    I went for an ultrasound at 5 weeks and 4 days (baby A's measurements) baby B was 5 weeks 2 days. All that was showing on the transvaginal ultrasound were the 2 sacs -- no yolks, poles or heartbeats which the technician said is very normal for that early on.

  • Is a Transvaginal Ultrasound Dangerous?

    QUESTION

    I am 37 years old, 4 weeks pregnant, and have scheduled my first appointment with my OBGYN who will only see me at 6 weeks. I was told that my doctor will do a urine test and a transvaginal ultrasound at this first appointment to confirm the pregnancy and take a measurement.