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Recent advancements in the fields of medicine and diagnostic procedures have substantially reduced the risks of various problems and complications related to pregnancy. Modern screening tests are making it possible to detect serious birth defects as early as the first trimester, giving doctors a chance to treat them before it is too late. Genetic screening allows parents to find out the risks of having a baby with serious hereditary conditions before they even conceive, so they are better prepared for any problems. Nowadays, babies born with incurable mental or structural deformities have a better shot at leading as normal a life as possible, thanks to the progresses in the medical field.

temp What Do Doctors Look for in an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound technology has meant expectant parents can get a small glimpse into their baby’s appearance before the big due date arrives. You may notice when your doctor is looking at the ultrasound that they’re doing so very intently. This is because doctors are visualizing an …

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temp Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Pain Relief Options During Labor

  Doctors and nurses often ask their patients to rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being little pain and 10 being the worst pain ever – like labor pain. While this may not be reassuring to an expectant mom, …

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temp Your Guide to Understanding The Most Common Prenatal Testing

At its most basic form, prenatal testing is any kind of test you get while you’re pregnant (thankfully, not the multiple choice kind). This could include ultrasounds, taking your blood pressure, or testing your urine. However, there are other prenatal testing types available throughout your …

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temp Is a C-Section Recovery Longer Than from a Natural Birth?

        Is Recovery from a C-Section Longer Than Recovery from a Natural Birth? Did you know about 30% of babies enter the world via caesarian section? These days, you can even decide beforehand whether you’d like your baby to be born naturally, …

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temp What Are the Benefits of a Walking Epidural?

    What Are the Benefits of a Walking Epidural? It’s natural to want pain relief when you go into childbirth. Yet, you also like to be aware of what’s going on and be as lucid as possible with a minimum of discomfort. With traditional …

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temp Prolapses

Prolapses Pregnancy changes your body in a number of ways. Of course, you already knew that, didn’t you? When you carry a baby, it places stress and pressure on the floor of your pelvis. In some cases, this can lead to a condition called prolapse. …

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temp 2 Month Vaccinations and Why They’re Important for Your Baby

2 Month Vaccinations and Why They’re Important for Your Baby   It’s easy to forget that at one time, babies and children died or were permanently disabled by diseases such as diphtheria and polio. That’s no longer the case. Thanks to vaccinations, your baby will …

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temp ICSI: How Does It Differ from In-Vitro Fertilization?

ICSI: How Does It Differ from In-Vitro Fertilization?   One of the frustrating problem a couple experiences is the inability to conceive. Fortunately, science and technology make it possible for many couples to conceive and deliver a healthy baby even in situations where it once wasn’t …

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temp Stripping Membranes

What is stripping membranes (membrane sweep) Stripping membranes, or a membrane sweep, is a technique used for inducing labor in an overdue or high-risk pregnancy by manually separating the lower part of the amniotic sac from the uterus so contractions may start.[1] Why do you …

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temp Cervical Cerclage

What is cervical cerclage As your baby grows, he puts more pressure on the uterus, which may sometimes cause the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that leads to the vagina) to start dilating (shortening and opening) days or even weeks before the baby …

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temp External Cephalic Version (ECV)

In a normal pregnancy, the baby settles in a cephalic (head down) position by the last few weeks of pregnancy, ready for delivery [1]. But sometimes, the baby may remain in a feet-down position (breech baby) [2] even as your labor starts, often requiring a …

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temp Amniocentesis

What is amniocentesis? Amniocentesis (also referred to as amnio, amniotic fluid test or AFT) is a prenatal testing procedure with significant accuracy. It involves collecting an amniotic fluid sample from the uterus and testing it in the laboratory for certain fetal abnormalities and genetic conditions. [1]

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