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.

  • Is Debris in the Amniotic Fluid Dangerous?

    QUESTION

    Dear Ms Ultrasound,
    I'm 36-weeks pregnant and had an ultrasound done yesterday. The report said there was a small amount of debris in the fluid. Can this debris harm the baby?

    My mom said the baby could swallow it and choke? Is she over reacting, or do I need to be concerned?

  • Tummy measuring bigger than normal

    I went in for my 24 week check up last week and when my ob/gyn measured my tummy it measured in at 29 weeks. This is my second pregancy and my first pregnancy was naturally conceived faternal twins. I have had five ultrasounds and they all show one baby at normal size, but it has been feeling like twins since my fourth month. However, I've never been pregnant with just one so I don't know if what I am feeling is normal for one.

  • Are Vaginal Exams in Pregnancy Necessary?

    What is the purpose behind performing the vaginal exam in pregnancy? If it is patient led, meaning that the patient is the one requesting it, what would be her reasoning? On the other hand, if it is physician or midwife prompted, what are they looking for and why?

  • Quad Screen Test Results Reliable?

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,

  • 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?