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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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  • Mother with her premature baby

    Premature Birth

    Preterm is defined as babies born alive before the completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy.

  • happy man and nurse looking at pregnant woman laying in a hospital bed

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

    A pregnancy usually lasts for 38 to 42 weeks. It is considered overdue if it lasts more than 42…

  • pregnant woman talking to her doctor

    Pregnancy: Making Choices

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

  • Pregnant woman with two ultrasound scans of twins resting on her belly

    Pregnancy with Multiples

    Pregnancy with multiples means more than one baby in your uterus at once. They carry a higher chance of gestational…

  • pregnant woman in bed reading a book

    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…

  • Doctor measures the blood pressure of a pregnant woman

    Preeclampsia

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

  • illustration of unborn baby in the womb with DNA strand in the background

    Preconception Carrier Screenings

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

  • mother stands in nursery holding sleeping newborn

    Postpartum Health

    After giving birth, your body changes and complications can occur. Learn the complications and warning signs.

  • Two mothers walk their babies in strollers through the park

    Postpartum Depression Action Plan

    A postpartum depression action plan is important if you are at risk of developing postpartum depression after your baby is…

  • woman with head down, holding baby pajamas

    Postpartum Depression (PPD)

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

  • Pica

    Pica is a compulsive eating disorder in which people eat nonfood items. Dirt, clay, and flaking paint are the most…

  • close up of pregnant woman reading label on a medicine bottle at the pharmacy

    OTC Medicines and Pregnancy

    Over-the-counter medicines can present potential health problems if you are pregnant. Know the risks and talk to you doctor before…

  • couple talking to a doctor

    Options After Fertility Treatments

    When infertility treatments fail it can be very upsetting for a couple looking to have a baby. However, there are…

  • Doctor collecting blood from newborn child in hospital for screening tests

    Newborn Screening Tests

    Newborn screenings are important to find and treat certain health issues that aren’t always visible at birth.

  • Natural Family Planning

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

  • Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy

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

  • A young woman leaning over a toilet bowl as if she may vomit

    Morning Sickness

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

  • pregnant woman in the hospital with fetal heart rate monitoring sensors strapped to her abdomen

    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…

  • a mother breastfeeds her baby

    Mastitis

    Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast, usually caused by an infection. It can cause breast pain, tenderness, and flu-like…

  • pregnant woman sitting on bench with hands on belly

    Lupus and Pregnancy

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

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