Pregnancy and Childbirth

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

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  • Labor Induction

    A walk through the labor induction process – what it is, why doctors may need to do it and what…

  • Couple meeting with doctor


    Infertility means a couple isn’t able to become pregnant after 1 year of having regular, unprotected sex. Infertility can affect…

  • A woman experiencing strong contractions that are 5 to 10 minutes apart

    How Do I Know I’m in Labor?

    Going into labor can look different for every woman. But there are some common signs.

  • 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;…

  • doctor checks blood pressure of a pregnant woman

    HELLP Syndrome

    HELLP Syndrome is a rare but serious pregnancy-related illness, similar to preeclampsia, another pregnancy condition.

  • Pregnant woman balancing bowl of salad on belly

    Healthy Eating and Pregnancy

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

  • A pregnant woman holding a urine sample

    Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy in 1% to 3% of all pregnant women. It usually begins in the second…

  • Pregnant woman getting a flu shot in the arm

    Flu Vaccine During Pregnancy

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

  • Fetal Growth Restriction

    Sometimes babies don’t grow at the normal rate before they are born. Taking care of your body and regular visits…

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    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    Fetal alcohol syndrome is a group of problems occurring in a baby when the mother drinks alcohol while pregnant.

  • Pregnant woman uses dumbbells to exercise

    Exercise During Pregnancy

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

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    Evaluating and Treating Infertility

    For couples experiencing infertility, it’s important to evaluate and treat the cause of the problem.

  • pregnant woman standing at window, smiling at belly

    Epilepsy and Pregnancy

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

  • close-up of a woman’s hands holding a positive pregnancy test

    Ending a Pregnancy

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

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    Edema is a swelling or puffiness of part of the body, usually the feet, ankles and legs. It sometimes occurs…

  • Ectopic Pregnancy

    An ectopic pregnancy happens when the fertilized egg grows outside the uterus. This type of pregnancy can be dangerous for…

  • sad woman holds a teddy bear in an empty nursery

    Early Pregnancy Loss

    An early pregnancy loss is a miscarriage that occurs on its own in the first 20 weeks of the…

  • a young girl with Down syndrome looks up and smiles

    Down Syndrome

    Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that affects physical and intellectual development.

  • illustration of close-up of pregnant woman’s belly with fetus inside


    Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is a cancer-causing, synthetic female hormone given to pregnant women between 1938 and 1971.

  • Man holding hand of pregnant woman in hospital bed

    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…