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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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  • 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…

  • pregnant woman holding scale with other hand on her belly

    Obesity and Pregnancy

    Women who have obesity can have healthy pregnancies. It is important to receive regular prenatal care to manage risks to…

  • 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 leans over a toilet bowl as if she may vomit. Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting some people have when they become pregnant. It affects the majority of pregnant people.

    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.

  • 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…

  • 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

    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;…

  • A doctor checks the blood pressure of a pregnant woman. HELLP syndrome is a rare but serious pregnancy-related illness, similar to preeclampsia, another pregnancy condition.

    HELLP Syndrome

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

  • doctor listens to a pregnant woman’s belly with a stethoscope

    Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes

    Diabetes can cause problems during pregnancy. Learn how to manage your diabetes to have a healthy pregnancy.

  • 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…

  • A pregnant woman gets 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…

  • close-up of pregnant woman with her hands on her stomach

    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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

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