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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  • Postpartum Health

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

  • Options After Fertility Treatments

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

  • Sleep and Pregnancy

    Sleeping well may be difficult while you’re pregnancy, but is important.

  • Rh Incompatibility

    Rh incompatibility is a mismatched blood type between a pregnant mother and the baby she is carrying.

  • Postpartum Depression Action Plan

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

  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction

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

  • Epilepsy and Pregnancy

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

  • Diethylstilbestrol

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

  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

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

  • Congenital Heart Disease: How to Care for Your Baby and Yourself

    In many ways, babies born with heart defects are cared for just like any other baby. But there are times…

  • 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…

  • Premature Birth

    When a baby is born prematurely, he or she can have health problems. That’s because some organs are still developing…

  • 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…

  • Newborn Screening Tests

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

  • Edema

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

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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

  • Healthy Eating and Pregnancy

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

  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

    Repeatedly losing a pregnancy is emotionally devastating and doesn’t always have a cause.

  • Prenatal Diagnosis: Amniocentesis and CVS

    Prenatal diagnosis means diagnosis before birth. Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling let your doctor to see if your developing baby…

  • Gestational Diabetes

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