popular topics in prenatal health and nutrition

  • Treatments for Pregnancy Pain
    Aches and Pains
    Aches and Pains in Pregnancy
    Backaches Lower generalized backaches are extremely common during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester; around two thirds of all pregnant women suffer from backaches. Causes As pregnancy progresses, the increased weight of your abdome...
  • Urinary Tract Infections During Pregnancy
    Urinary and Vaginal Problems
    Urinary and Vaginal Problems in Pregnancy
    Just when you think you've got a handle on all the hurdles pregnancy throws at you, you wake up with a yeast infection or worse...a urinary tract infection. Ugh. How do yeast infections and UTIs affect your pregnancy? How do you prevent and trea...
  • 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...
  • Heart Problems During Pregnancy
    Circulation Problems
    Heart and Circulation Problems in Pregnancy
    Dizziness and faintness Throughout pregnancy, occasional dizziness or feelings of faintness can be a problem. Causes In early pregnancy, feeling faint may occur even when you are sitting down and is likely to be due to low blood sugar. This ca...
  • 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...
  • pregnant woman working at a physically strenuous job
    Things to Avoid While Pregnant
    Physically Strenuous or Hazardous Work During Pregnancy
    Physically Strenuous or Hazardous Work During Pregnancy Women are tough and they can do the work of any man, but your baby is not so tough right now. There are some jobs that can be too physically strenuous or toxic for a woman to continue throu...
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    Book Finder
    Book Finder
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  • 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
    Expecting Multiples
    Getting Ready for Twins
    Although multiple pregnancies and births are more likely to have complications, they are now safer than ever as advances in prenatal and postpartum care have dramatically improved the outlook for premature babies-the main concern with multiples.Y...
  • human embryo at 5 weeks and 5 days
    Week 6 of Pregnancy
    You are 5 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis is a view of the right side of an embryo with the fronds of the chorionic villi in the background. The curled shape of the embryo is clearly demonstrated. The umbilical cord attachment to the early placenta can just be seen. ...
  • Pregnancy
    Fetal Growth and Development
    Assessing Fetal Growth and Well-Being
    In a low-risk pregnancy, the abdomen is measured at prenatal visits to assess the baby's growth. The measurement in centimeters from the top of your pubic bone to the top of your uterus (the fundus) should be about the same as the number of weeks...
  • 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
    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...
  • ovary at the end of fallopian tube ready to release egg
    Week 2 of Pregnancy
    Day 14 of your Menstrual Cycle
    What's happening insideThe ovary can be seen here at the end of the fallopian tube. At around this time of the menstrual cycle, a follicle at the surface of the ovary releases an egg, which is swept down the tube by clearly visible fingerlike pro...
  • Baby Name Finder
    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
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  • 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...