• Breast and Nipple Problems During Pregnancy
    Breast Changes
    Breast Problems in Pregnancy
    Breast tendernessFor many women, breast tenderness and an increase in the size of their breasts are the first signs of pregnancy. Sometimes breasts are so painful that you can't bear them to be touched, and they may also throb and feel hot. Breas...
  • Causes of Digestive Problems in Pregnancy
    Digestive Problems
    Digestive Problems in Pregnancy
    Nausea and vomiting Approximately 80 percent of women are troubled by the unpleasant symptoms of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. During this period it can be difficult to eat large meals, and strong smells and tastes can become unbearable...
  • woman drinking water to help urinary tract infection during pregnancy
    Urinary and Vaginal Problems
    3 Common Urinary and Vaginal Pregnancy Problems
    While pregnancy brings many wonderful experiences it also, unfortunately, brings some negative ones too. Some of the most unfortunate possible side-effects of being pregnant are an increased risk for urinary tract infections, painful urination, y...
  • Twin Birth Experience
    Delivering Multiples
    Birth Story: A Twin Birth
    Gillian found out she was having twins at an early scan. At first she was worried that the pregnancy and birth would be hard, but her confidence grew as she saw her babies growing well. She went into labor at 35 weeks.Gillian's story: I was shock...
  • Carrying and Delivering Multiple Births
    Delivering Multiples
    Multiple Births
    Twin pregnancies occur naturally in around 1 in 53 women, but some factors increase the chance of you conceiving twins or more, including the use of some fertility treatments, becoming pregnant when you're older, already having children, and havi...
  • Pregnancy
    Nuchal Translucency Screening
    Nuchal Translucency Screening
    An ultrasound scan, known as the nuchal translucency screening, is done between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy and is used to help assess your baby's risk of Down syndrome. During this test, the sonographer measures the depth of fluid under the ski...
  • The Danger of Pets During Your Pregnancy
    Things to Avoid While Pregnant
    The Downside of Kitties, Dogs and Turtles During Pregnancy
    Household pets, like cats and dogs, are a part of the family. They give you love and joy, and I'm sure there's no chance they'll be moving out to make room for your baby. But keep in mind that pets can bring more than fun into your home—they br...
  • How Diagnostic Tests During Pregnancy Work
    Tests and Appointments
    Diagnostic Tests During Pregnancy
    Diagnostic tests are tests that involve taking a sample of either the placenta, the amniotic fluid, or fetal blood. The samples are then sent away and examined in a laboratory for chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. The two main diagnostic test...
  • Pregnancy
    Chorionic Villus Sampling
    Comparing Chorionic Villus Sampling and Amniocentesis
    There are two ways of doing chorionic villus sampling. In the transabdominal method, a fine needle is placed through the abdomen to collect placental fragments. In the transcervical procedure, a thin tube (catheter) is inserted into the cervix. T...
  • Pregnancy
    Week 20 of Pregnancy
    20 Week Ultrasound
    By 20 weeks, your baby's organs and body systems are well developed and can be seen clearly on an ultrasound scan. The sonographer performing the scan will look closely at how your baby's major organs and body systems have formed and whether ther...
  • pregnant woman abdominal cramps
    Aches and Pains
    Abdominal Cramps During Pregnancy: What Do They Mean?
    If you feel cramps in your abdomen (the area around your stomach), don't panic right away. Sometimes cramping is nothing more than a gentle reminder to take it easy, and at other times it might be a sign of digestive problems. Occasionally, thoug...
  • Pregnancy
    Ultrasounds
    Your First Ultrasound
    This ultrasound helps to accurately establish your baby's gestational age. This is particularly useful if you are not sure when your last menstrual period was, if you have irregular periods, or you became pregnant immediately after you stopped us...
  • Screening tests in First Trimester of Pregnancy
    Genetic Testing and Screenings
    Screening Tests During Pregnancy
    In addition to Down syndrome, screening tests also assess the risk of another chromosomal abnormality called trisomy 18. Babies with this condition have more severe mental and physical abnormalities than babies with Down syndrome and seldom survi...
  • Pregnancy
    The Placenta
    Your Baby's Life Support System
    The placenta forms from cells in the embryo shortly after the egg implants in the lining of the uterus. Early placental growth is rapid, and at the beginning of the first trimester, the placenta is larger than the baby. However, the baby's growth...
  • Pregnancy
    Fetal Growth and Development
    Fetal Growth Chart
    If your doctor has any concerns about your baby's growth later in pregnancy, he or she may arrange for scans to be done over a period of time so that your baby's growth can be plotted on a chart and monitored. Individual measurements will be take...
  • Pregnancy
    Tests and Appointments
    Your First Prenatal Visit
    At your initial visit, you will meet your doctor who will be handling your care. She will ask you questions about your past and present health and about medical conditions in your family. You will also have a physical examination and blood and ur...
  • Pregnancy
    Finding a Doctor
    Prenatal Care Options
    Early in pregnancy, you will need to think about who you would like to care for you during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. You will also need to consider where you want to give birth since this will have an influence on your choice o...
  • Health-care Providers Before, During, and After Pregnancy
    Prenatal Visits
    Who's Who: Your Care Providers
    Several different health-care professionals will care for you during pregnancy and labor, and in the postpartum period:Ob/gyns provide the vast majority of care for women in pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. They're specially trained t...