Pregnancy and Childbirth

Questions about pregnancy and impending parenthood? familydoctor.org has facts on pregnancy, fetal health, labor, childbirth and caring for your newborn.

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  • Cystic Fibrosis Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis

    Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that can be detected through prenatal screening.

  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

    De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is when the 2 tendons at the base of your thumb become swollen and cause pain and…

  • Dealing with Pain During Childbirth

    It is up to you and your doctors to create a pain management plan for childbirth. It can include natural…

  • Diethylstilbestrol

    Diethylstilbestrol is a man-made form of estrogen given to pregnant women from 1938 to 1971. It was found to increase…

  • Down Syndrome

    Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes physical problems and intellectual disabilities.

  • Early Pregnancy Loss

    Early pregnancy loss is known as a miscarriage. It is a pregnancy that ends on its own in the first…

  • Ectopic Pregnancy

    An ectopic pregnancy happens when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube.

  • Edema

    Edema is swelling or puffiness of parts of the body. It usually happens in the feet, ankles, and legs but…

  • Ending a Pregnancy

    Abortion means ending a pregnancy early. When a woman chooses to end her pregnancy, it is called induced abortion.

  • Epilepsy and Pregnancy

    Women who have epilepsy are at higher risk for pregnancy-related complications. Regular medical care is important for monitoring these…

  • Evaluating and Treating Infertility

    Infertility is defined as trying to get pregnant without success for at least a year. Infertility impacts you physically, financially,…

  • Exercise During Pregnancy

    Exercise offers many benefits during a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy. Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program while…

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Fetal alcohol syndrome is a group of medical problems that can happen in a baby when the mother drinks alcohol…

  • Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

    An influenza (flu) vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the flu, even when you are pregnant.

  • Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is a type of disabetes that starts during pregnancy. It affects your body’s ability to use sugar (glucose)…

  • Healthy Eating and Pregnancy

    Eating healthy is more critical than ever during pregnancy. Eating for two really means that you are making healthy choices…

  • Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes

    Diabetes can cause problems during pregnancy. Learn how to manage your diabetes to have a healthy pregnancy.

  • HELLP Syndrome

    HELLP syndrome is a rare but serious illness during pregnancy.

  • How Do I Know I’m in Labor?

    Knowing when you’re in labor can be tricky. But there are signs you can look for that signal your little…

  • Infertility

    Infertility is a disease that makes it hard for a woman to become pregnant. Infertility is a disease that affects…