Featured Pregnancy Articles
Descriptions of Featured Pregnancy Articles
Many couples want to know if it's safe to have sex during pregnancy. This page from the eMedTV archives discusses the safety of pregnant sex, issues that may affect your changing sex life, positions to consider, and more.
Pregnancy Week by Week
As this eMedTV article explains, knowing what to expect in your pregnancy week by week can help you take the necessary steps to ensure your health and your baby's. This page offers detailed information on what happens during each week of pregnancy.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
If a women drinks alcohol during pregnancy, her child may be born with fetal alcohol syndrome. This eMedTV resource further describes this syndrome, including its causes, effects, treatment options, and prevalence.
Pregnancy symptoms can vary from woman to woman, but some are more common. This eMedTV Web page describes typical symptoms of pregnancy experienced during each trimester, such as swollen breasts, nausea, fatigue, constipation, and leg cramps.
False-Positive Pregnancy Test
Why would my home pregnancy test give a positive result if I'm not actually pregnant? In this eMedTV article, we tell you what you need to know about this rare occurrence, with in-depth info on what causes a false positive and how to reduce your risk.
Folic acid is a vitamin that is most commonly used in pregnant women to prevent neural tube defects. This eMedTV article further discusses what folic acid is used for, describes its effects, and explains what you should know before taking the vitamin.
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only affects pregnant women. This page of the eMedTV library discusses this condition in detail (including its effects on the baby) and explains that, for most women, it often goes away after pregnancy.
Clomid, a prescription medicine, is licensed to treat infertility in women. This page on the eMedTV Web site contains a general overview of the medication, including its effects, potential side effects, dosage information, and more.
With an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg does not plant itself inside the uterus, but somewhere else. This eMedTV resource discusses treatments and possible risk factors for this condition, such as sexually transmitted diseases.
A pregnancy test checks for hCG (also called the pregnancy hormone) in a woman's blood or urine. This part of the eMedTV archives explains each type of pregnancy test and its accuracy, including the type that is taken at home.
How to Get Pregnant
Women who are having difficulty conceiving may need to know more about their options and tips. This eMedTV article explains how to get pregnant based on when a woman ovulates and discusses other available options, such as fertility testing.
Pregnant women with preeclampsia can experience decreased blood flow to vital organs. This page of the eMedTV Web site examines this dangerous condition in detail, and describes possible causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Prenatal vitamins are helpful for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive. This eMedTV Web page provides an overview of prenatal vitamins, including information on their benefits, possible side effects, and tips for taking them.
Signs of Labor
Early signs of labor are different for each woman and with each pregnancy. This page of the eMedTV site explains the difference between false labor and true labor -- the most obvious being contractions that increase in strength and duration.
The types of contractions felt during pregnancy are Braxton Hicks contractions and true labor contractions. This eMedTV Web segment offers an in-depth look at these two types and explains the differences between them.
The mucus plug, which keeps bacteria from entering the uterus during pregnancy, is lost prior to labor. This eMedTV resource explains the plug in detail and its relevance to pregnancy and childbirth.
Prenatal care helps ensure the health of the baby and the mother during pregnancy. This eMedTV article provides a variety of tips for a healthy pregnancy and includes links to specific issues during each stage of pregnancy.
Placenta previa is a condition characterized by the placenta partially or totally blocking the cervix. This eMedTV resource provides an in-depth look at this medical condition and explains the risk it poses for a safe vaginal delivery.
A cesarean section is a procedure to surgically remove a baby from the uterus. This eMedTV page explains the structures in the body that are involved with pregnancy, what happens during the surgery, and possible complications of this procedure.
Many women will experience what is known as the "baby blues," but some will develop postpartum depression. This eMedTV segment deals with this more serious condition, including information on symptoms, treatment options, and more.