popular topics in medical concerns and pregnancy conditions

  • Causes and Treatment of Gestational Diabetes
    Gestational Diabetes
    What Is Gestational Diabetes?
    Diabetes that develops for the first time in pregnancy is called gestational diabetes and affects between two and seven percent of pregnant women. In this condition, the pancreas produces insufficient insulin to move glucose (sugar) from the bloo...
  • Tubal Pregnancy
    Ectopic Pregnancy
    What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
    This occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterine cavity. The vast majority of ectopic pregnancies are in the fallopian tube, but they can occur on an ovary, in the cervix, or in the abdominal cavity at the site of a previous cesa...
  • Medications During Pregnancy
    Medication During Pregnancy
    Taking Medications During Pregnancy: What's Safe and What's Not
    Taking medications during pregnancyDuring the first three months of pregnancy, it's best to avoid all over-the-counter medications. Once you are past the first trimester, some other medications are considered safe, but always consult your doctor ...
  • Preexisting Conditions and Pregnancy
    Managing Illnesses During Pregnancy
    Managing Preexisting Illnesses During Pregnancy
    Whether you have a preexisting medical condition, or acquire an illness or infection during pregnancy, always consult your doctor before taking medication or before stopping any prescribed medication.If you have a condition such as high blood pre...
  • Common Prenatal Medication Concerns
    Medication During Pregnancy
    Common Worries About Medication and Pregnancy
    I'm asthmatic. Can I use my inhalers during pregnancy?It's essential that you keep asthma under control in pregnancy, which means continuing to use your inhalers, since the risks from uncontrolled asthma are greater than any risk from taking asth...
  • Avoiding and Treating Infections During Pregnancy
    Infections During Pregnancy
    Handling Infections During Pregnancy
    When you're pregnant, your immune system is slightly suppressed. This is necessary to stop you from rejecting the baby, who is genetically half the father's! This means that you may be slightly more susceptible to common problems such as colds, c...
  • Chickenpox and Rubella During Pregnancy
    Exposure to Rubella
    Exposure to Chickenpox or Rubella During Pregnancy
    Exposure to chickenpox or rubellaChickenpox in pregnancy can cause problems for the baby and can be severe in a pregnant woman, possibly leading to pneumonia. If you contract rubella for the first time in early pregnancy, it can cause miscarriage...
  • Symptoms of Tubal Pregnancy
    Ectopic Pregnancy
    Understanding Ectopic Pregnancy
    Understanding Ectopic Pregnancy Baby Talk An ectopic pregnancy is one in which the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus. After an egg is fertilized, it travels down the fallopian tube to find a comfy place in the uterus to attach a...
  • Rh Incompatibility and Pregnancy
    Rh Incompatibility
    What Is Rh Incompatibility?
    What Is Rh Incompatibility? Baby Talk Rh incompatibility occurs when the mother's blood is Rh-negative and the baby's blood is Rh-positive. At your first medical visit, blood is drawn to determine your blood type and Rh factor. You are eith...
  • Preventing High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
    What Is Preeclampsia?
    What Is Preeclampsia? Hey Mom! Some believe that preeclampsia can be prevented by taking one baby aspirin every day during pregnancy. If a friend or relative suggests this plan, beware. There is no solid evidence that aspirin can reduce the risk...
  • When OTC Medications Are Safe for You and Your Baby
    Medication During Pregnancy
    Using Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy
    Using Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy Baby Talk Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are ones that can be bought without a prescription. They are all the preparations and remedies that fill the shelves in your local pharmacy. Here's ...
  • Easing the Discomfort of Edema
    What Is Edema?
    What Is Edema? Baby Talk Edema is swelling caused by an excess buildup of fluid in body tissues. Hey Mom! If your rings get stuck because of swollen fingers, don't try to remove them until the morning. That's when there's the least amount of swe...
  • Signs of Pregnancy Complications
    Medical Concerns and Pregnancy Conditions
    The Scary Pregnancy Complications You Need to Look Out For
    Although the normal discomforts of pregnancy can be annoying, they are not life-threatening. However, there are other symptoms that can't be ignored and need attention immediately. The Three Big Pregnancy “Tests” The three most alarming w...
  • School and Learning
    Facts About Lds
    Could Seizure Meds During Pregnancy Cause LD?
    A mother is concerned that the medication she took during pregnancy could have caused her son's learning difficulties. ...