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Pregnancy

Find articles and information about common issues related to pregnancy. Your doctor, if a family physician, may provide routine obstetrical care throughout your pregnancy. If your primary care doctor is an internist, or if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you most likely will be referred to an obstetrician for your prenatal care, labor, and delivery.

If you do not see a topic of interest to you, please try the A to Z listing of health conditions.


recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Normal Pregnancy
Cesarean Section
Multiple Pregnancy: Twins or More
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Breech Position & Breech Birth
Breast Cancer and Pregnancy
Ectopic Pregnancy
Gestational Diabetes
Miscarriage
Molar Pregnancy
Placenta Abruptio
Placenta Previa
Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
Preterm Labor
Rh Sensitization During Pregnancy
Vaginal delivery in breech position and breech birth

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have a VBAC trial of labor after a previous cesarean?
Should I have an amniocentesis?
Should I have an early fetal ultrasound?
Should I have medical, surgical, or no treatment to complete a miscarriage?
Should I have the maternal serum triple test (triple screen)?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Managing morning sickness
Managing postpartum depression
Monitoring your blood pressure at home
tests & procedures

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Alpha-Fetoprotein (AFP) in Blood
Amniocentesis
Amniocentesis for Rh sensitization during pregnancy
Blood Pressure Monitoring
Blood Glucose
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Contraction Stress Test
Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance
Electronic Fetal Heart Monitoring
Fetal Blood Sampling for Rh Sensitization During Pregnancy
Fetal Ultrasound
Fetoscopy
Home Pregnancy Tests
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing
Pelvic Examination
Pregnancy Test—human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)
Rubella Test
Tay-Sachs Screening
Vaginal Exam for Preterm Labor

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

RELATED TOPICS
Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
Breast Feeding
Family Life Cycle
Premature Infant
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

Depression After Delivery
MEDLINEplus—Pregnancy Topics
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
National Women's Health Information Center
Sidelines—High Risk Pregnancy Support
Smart Moms, Healthy Babies

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL
Cordón umbilical y ombligo - [Umbilical Cords and Bellybuttons]
El embarazo: Cómo tener un bebé sano - [Pregnancy: How to Make a Healthy Baby]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015


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