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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  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

    De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons in your wrist.

  • Dealing with Pain During Childbirth

    Pain is part of labor. It occurs because of the things your body has to do to give birth to…

  • Diethylstilbestrol

    Diethylstilbestrol, or DES, is a synthetic form of estrogen given to millions of pregnant women from 1938-1971 to prevent complications…

  • 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 the fertilized egg grows outside the uterus. This type of pregnancy can be dangerous for…

  • Edema

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

  • Ending a Pregnancy

    Ending a pregnancy is called induced abortion. The decision is made for therapeutic or elective reasons.

  • Epilepsy and Pregnancy

    Women who have epilepsy are at higher risk for complications during pregnancy, making medical care before, during, and after their…

  • Evaluating and Treating Infertility

    Infertility evaluation can include a pelvic exam, lab tests, imaging tests, review of medical and menstrual history, and certain…

  • 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 (FAS) is the most serious type of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), which occur when a mother…

  • Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

    Not only is getting a flu shot safe for pregnant women, but it will also help to protect both you…

  • Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that starts during pregnancy usually during the second trimester. It affects 1% to…

  • Healthy Eating and Pregnancy

    Eating healthy is more critical than ever during pregnancy. You’re making healthy choices for two. Your food should reflect…

  • HELLP Syndrome

    HELLP syndrome is a rare but serious illness during pregnancy.

  • High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

    A small percentage of pregnant women in the U.S. have high blood pressure during their pregnancy. Some cases are mild;…

  • 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…

  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a term that describes an unborn baby who isn’t growing at the normal rate inside…