Category Archives: Parenting & Families

Multiple Pregnancy Multiple Pregnancy


If you are pregnant with more than one baby—with twins, triplets, or more your pregnancy is called a multiple pregnancy. Fraternal twins are more common than identical twins and are the result of two sperm fertilizing two egg Fraternal twins may or may not be the same sex and are no more alike appearance than…
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Emotional Symptoms During Second Trimester Pregnancy Emotional Symptoms During Second Trimester Pregnancy


Most women find the second trimester to be a more positive experience that the first, as they are now beginning to feel the movements of the life with them. Most husbands by now have accepted the existence of the pregnancy, and are as excited as the woman about the movements of the baby. During the…
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Chorionic Villus Sampling Chorionic Villus Sampling


Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a test that can detect genetic abnormalities earlier than amniocentesis can. It is usually done between the ninth a eleventh weeks of pregnancy. However, it is not available in all locations. A chorionic villus is one of the fingerlike projections covering the developing embryo. It contains cells that have the…
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Pregnancy and Nutrition Guidelines Pregnancy and Nutrition Guidelines


The handling and processing of food can affect its nutritional value. Knowledge of the various food preparation methods can help you derive the maximum nutrients from the meals and snacks you prepare each day. Vegetables Buy fresh vegetables that are in season. Steam them or cook them quickly in a small amount of water to…
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Group B Streptococcal Group B Streptococcal


Group B Streptococcal (GBS) infection is found in the genital area of up to 30 percent of healthy women. Most infected pregnant women show no signs of illness, but are at increased risk for kidney infections, premature rupture of the membranes, preterm labor, and stillbirth. The biggest danger is to infants who become infected during…
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Emotional Symptoms During Third Trimester Pregnancy Emotional Symptoms During Third Trimester Pregnancy


During the third trimester, most women focus more and more on the baby, and on labor and delivery. Most parents consider the search for a name to be an important past time. They also spend time preparing an area in the house for the baby. Almost all women by now have accepted that they are…
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Nonstress Tests Nonstress Tests


Nonstress test can be a very reliable noninvasive test for fetal well-being. It is measuring the fetal heart rate in response to fetal activity on a fetal monitor. In a nonstress test, the woman is placed on an electronic fetal monitor and when the heart rate is noted. The woman is given a control to…
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Pregnancy Nutritional Needs Pregnancy Nutritional Needs


When a woman is pregnant, she is growing not only a baby, but also a placenta. This placenta, like the baby, needs to be adequately nourished to ensure proper implantation and development for efficient functioning, the placenta carries out many essential life functions for the baby. Along with umbilical cord, amniotic sac, and uterus, the…
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First Trimester During Pregnancy First Trimester During Pregnancy


Pregnancy is generally divided into three trimesters, or three periods of 3 months each, for purposes of discussion. This is done because most women experience the same general changes during each trimester. During pregnancy, two kinds of development go on at once—the physical changes in the mother-to-be and the physical changes in the fetus. Along…
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Amniocentesis Amniocentesis


Amniocentesis is a test to detect abnormalities in the baby. It may also be done to assess fetal lung maturity if induction of labor or cesarean delivery is indicated. The test is performed by administering a local anesthetic, then drawing a sample of amniotic fluid using a long needle inserted through the abdominal and uterine…
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Hypertension in Pregnancy Hypertension in Pregnancy


Hypertension (high blood pressure) that occurs during pregnancy is called Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH). Most women who develop PIH did not have hypertension before pregnancy and will not have it after. PIH was formerly known as toxemia. While the cause of PIH is unknown, some studies suggest that the blame lies with an imbalance of the…
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Oxytocin Challenge Test Oxytocin Challenge Test


Oxytocin Challenge Test (OCT) is done in the hospital to help determine how well the baby will undergo the stress of labor. The OCT is also known as the Contraction Stress Test. Oxytocin is a medication that causes uterine contractions. While reclining on a 45-degree angle, the woman is given oxytocin intravenously until she has…
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Length of Pregnancy Length of Pregnancy


The average length of pregnancy is 280 days. This is about 9 calendar months or 10 lunar months. A lunar month is the time it takes to go from full moon to full moon – 28 days. Your doctor calculated your estimated due date by adding 7 days to the first day of your last…
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Pregnancy Nutrition Guide Pregnancy Nutrition Guide


As your pregnancy progresses the nutritional demands of your body increases. A look at these increasing needs by trimester can provide a good first insight. Pregnancy First Trimester Nutrition During the early weeks of pregnancy, you may not be aware of the baby with your body. Therefore, you should consume an adequate diet even before…
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Preterm Labor Preterm Labor


If a baby is born before the thirty-seventh week of pregnancy – more than weeks early – the birth is called preterm and the baby premature. Premature birth represents the greatest health risk to newborns. Preterm babies have increased risk of neonatal problems. Their lungs and other organs may not ready to function yet. Respiratory…
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Prenatal Care Prenatal Care


You should begin receiving prenatal care the moment you suspect you are pregnant. All of your baby’s vital organs will have already begun forming by time. The person you choose as your caregiver will be the one providing you prenatal care. He or she will chart your progress during your pregnancy and will watch for…
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Vitamin Needs Vitamin Needs


Vitamins are certainly an important factor in life. Fortunately, the average  diet, both for baby and adult, is adequate in most cases to meet daily vitamin needs. However, some babies do have vitamin deficiencies. The most likely to be encountered are those due to a lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or vitamin D. Vitamin…
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