You're in the third trimester! You'll get to hear the heartbeat and you might even feel a playful or angry kick when your healthcare provider examines your bump. If you're Rh negative, you and your doctor or midwife will talk about Rhogam and your options at during this visit.
You'll be offered a first trimester screening between 11 and 14 weeks. The results of an ultrasound and blood test combine to evaluated the risk that your baby has Down syndrome, trisomy 18 or trisomy 13.
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?
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.
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?
There are major differences in the way doctors and hospitals approach pregnancy and delivery. I'd like to spend the next few minutes making you a savvy consumer. The hospital is the most important choice you will make with regards your pregnancy. Is it baby friendly? Can it care for preterm babies? Take these and more into consideration when making your decision.
Mild dizziness can be normal, so you may not need a special appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss it. However, your doctor may have helpful suggestions about how to limit or prevent dizziness, so you should not hesitate to speak with him or her.
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.
Eating for two doesn't mean twice the food. Controlling weight gain during pregnancy can be a problem. Childbirth education specialist, Bonnie Berk shares tips to help keep your eating healthy and reasonable.
Chiropractic care is the health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy when provided by a chiropractor that has been trained in the physical changes that occur within a pregnant woman's body.