Pregnancy and Childbirth

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  • Labor Induction

    Information for pregnant women about the reasons for and what to expect during labor induction from the American Academy of…

  • Lupus and Pregnancy

    If you have lupus and are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, plan ahead for adequate medical care before, during…

  • Mastitis

    Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast. It is usually caused by an infection and often happens while a woman…

  • Monitoring Baby’s Heart Rate During Labor

    Fetal heart rate monitoring keeps track of your baby’s heart rate. This helps your doctor detect problems that may develop…

  • Morning Sickness

    Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting that some women have when they become pregnant. Morning sickness is very…

  • Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy

    If you have multiple sclerosis (MS) and are planning to get pregnant, talk to your doctor beforehand.

  • Natural Family Planning

    Natural family planning (NFP) is a form of pregnancy planning. It does not involve medicine or devices. It tracks when…

  • Newborn Screening Tests

    Your newborn will go through screening tests at the hospital. The purpose is to find and treat certain health issues…

  • Options After Fertility Treatments

    If you have tried fertility treatments and they haven’t worked, you still have options including using donors, surrogates, and…

  • OTC Medicines and Pregnancy

    Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are those you can buy without a prescription. Many OTC medicines haven’t been well studied for safety…

  • Pica

    Pica is a compulsive eating disorder of eating nonfood items that affects children and pregnant women.

  • Postpartum Depression (PPD)

    It is normal to feel the “baby blues” for a few weeks after giving birth, but postpartum depression can have…

  • Postpartum Depression Action Plan

    Postpartum depression is a mental health condition that affects women after giving birth.

  • Postpartum Health

    Your body goes through a lot of changes after you give birth. Some of these can be life-threatening. It’s important…

  • Preconception Carrier Screenings

    Preconception carrier screenings are pre-pregnancy tests a woman can have to determine if she or her partner are carriers of…

  • Preeclampsia

    Preeclampsia is a rare condition that women can get when pregnant. It occurs when a woman has high blood pressure…

  • Pregnancy After 35: Advanced Maternal Age

    Pregnancy at age 35 or older comes with its own set of risk factors, including greater chances of having a…

  • Pregnancy with Multiples

    Pregnancy with multiples is more common than ever, but it is considered a high-risk pregnancy for you and the…

  • Pregnancy: Making Choices

    Pregnancy is an important milestone with a lot of choices and questions. Learn all you can to make the choices…

  • Pregnancy: What to Expect When You're Past Your Due Date

    When is a pregnancy considered overdue? A pregnancy usually lasts for 38 to 42 weeks. It is considered overdue if it lasts more than 42 weeks. "Post-term pregnancy," "prolonged pregnancy," and "post-date pregnancy" are other phrases used to describe a pregnancy that