Pregnancy Health Topics

Featured Tests and Procedures
When considering an amniocentesis, you may have lots of questions. Fortunately, this eMedTV article has lots of answers. This segment describes in detail what this procedure entails, what risks it carries, how accurate the results are, and more.
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.
This eMedTV Web page and video discusses a laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy. It explains in detail what an ectopic pregnancy is, addresses possible complications associated with a laparoscopy, and describes the benefits and risks.
Postpartum tubal ligation is a surgical procedure used to prevent pregnancy. As this eMedTV page explains, it is performed shortly after a woman gives birth. This page covers postpartum tubal ligation, including its risks, benefits, and alternatives.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
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.
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is directly caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. This eMedTV page explains the types of the disorder; associated physical, mental, and behavioral issues; and ways to help a child with the condition.
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.
As this eMedTV page explains, fetal distress is a term that has no clear definition but refers to any trouble the baby is having prior to delivery. Fetal distress can be brought on by anything that cuts off the supply of blood or oxygen to the baby.
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.
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.
Does bleeding during pregnancy mean you are having a miscarriage? This eMedTV article provides detailed information on the signs and symptoms of miscarriage. This segment also tells you how your doctor will determine the cause of any problems.
Placenta accreta, as this eMedTV article explains, is a serious condition in which the placenta becomes too firmly attached to the walls of the uterus. In some cases, a hysterectomy is needed to fix the problem.
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.
Placental abruption occurs when the placenta becomes detached from the uterus too early. As this eMedTV segment explains, if this happens, cesarean delivery is usually recommended because of the serious risk posed to the mother and the baby.
Some postpartum bleeding is normal, and most of it occurs right after birth. This eMedTV resource talks about normal bleeding and postpartum hemorrhage (which can occur when the uterus fails to contract during and after delivery of the placenta).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Umbilical cord prolapse refers to when the umbilical cord drops down into the birth canal. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this problem, including details on what causes it and how it can cause complications during delivery.
Featured Medications
Carenatal DHA is a prescription prenatal vitamin that contains important nutrients for pregnant women. This eMedTV article describes Carenatal DHA in more detail, including the benefits of taking the vitamins, potential side effects, and dosing tips.
Cervidil is a drug licensed to help relax and soften the cervix for childbirth. This page of the eMedTV Web site contains more details on this medicine, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, potential side effects, and more.
Citracal Prenatal + DHA is a prenatal vitamin that is commonly prescribed to pregnant women. This eMedTV article discusses Citracal Prenatal + DHA in more detail, including information on important nutrients contained in the vitamins and dosing tips.
Citranatal is a line of prenatal vitamins that contain iron, calcium, and, in most varieties, DHA. This eMedTV page lists the various products currently available, offers dosing information for the vitamins, and explains how they work.
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.
Clomiphene is a medication that is prescribed to treat infertility in women. This eMedTV Web page covers how clomiphene works and provides general information on its effects, success rate, and possible side effects.
Diclegis is a drug approved to treat nausea and vomiting caused by pregnancy. This eMedTV segment explores several topics relating to this drug, including how it works, how it is taken, effectiveness, and more.
DuetDHA is a prenatal vitamin that is only available by prescription. This eMedTV article describes this product in more detail, including information on its benefits, potential side effects, and general dosing guidelines.
Expecta Lipil is a non-prescription supplement that is meant to be used in addition to a prenatal vitamin. This eMedTV page explains how Expecta Lipil is beneficial to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, describes possible side effects, and more.
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.
Gesticare is a prescription prenatal vitamin that contains a variety of different vitamins and minerals. This eMedTV segment describes the benefits of this supplement, explains how it works, and offers dosing information for the product.
To help prevent preterm birth, your healthcare provider may recommend a drug called Makena. This eMedTV Web page takes an in-depth look at this medication, including how it is injected, how often it needs to be used, what to expect, and more.
NataChew, a prescription prenatal vitamin, provides important vitamins and minerals for pregnant women. This eMedTV page provides an overview of NataChew, including information on the benefits of the vitamins, potential side effects, and dosing tips.
Neevo is a prescription prenatal vitamin that is specially designed for high-risk pregnancies. This eMedTV Web page describes the various benefits of this product, offers dosing information, and explains how the supplement works.
Available by prescription, Nestabs is a prenatal vitamin used to fill in nutritional gaps during pregnancy. This eMedTV resource offers a comprehensive overview of various details on this prenatal vitamin, including how to take it, side effects, and more.
Administered by a healthcare provider, Pitocin is given to help cause or improve uterine contractions. This eMedTV Web selection presents an overview of this medicine, with details on specific uses, how it is administered, side effects, and more.
PreCare Premium and PreCare Chewables are prenatal vitamins that are available by prescription only. This eMedTV page offers an overview of these products, including information on the benefits of taking prenatal vitamins and general dosing tips.
PreferaOB is prescribed to supplement nutrients in women who are pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive. This eMedTV Web page addresses important aspects of this vitamin, including the various products available, how to take it, side effects, and more.
PremesisRx is a prescription prenatal vitamin that is designed to help relieve morning sickness. This eMedTV article describes PremesisRx in more detail, including the benefits of taking the vitamins, potential side effects, and general dosing tips.
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.
Prenate DHA, a prescription vitamin, provides important nutrients for a pregnant woman and her baby. This eMedTV page provides an overview of this product, including information on its benefits, potential side effects, and dosage information.
Prenate Elite is a prescription prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid, which can prevent birth defects. This eMedTV resource offers an overview of this product, including information on the benefits of the vitamins, side effects, and dosing tips.
Prenate Essential is a type of prenatal vitamin prescribed to provide important nutrients during pregnancy. This eMedTV Web page examines the benefits of this vitamin, explains how it works, and lists potential side effects. It also links to more details.
Prenate Mini is a prenatal vitamin taken by women to help support a healthy pregnancy. This eMedTV Web page contains information on how these vitamins provide important nutrients. It also covers dosing, side effects, and various other topics.
PreNexa is a vitamin commonly prescribed to pregnant or breastfeeding women. This article from the eMedTV site explores the benefits of this prenatal vitamin, explains how it works, and lists some of the potential side effects of this supplement.
Available by prescription only, Prepidil is approved to help ripen the cervix at the time of delivery. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of this medicine, with details on how it works, how it is administered, safety precautions, and more.
PrimaCare and PrimaCare One are prenatal vitamins that are available by prescription. This eMedTV Web page describes these products in more detail, explains the benefits of taking prenatal vitamins, and offers dosing information for the drug.
Stuart Prenatal is a prenatal vitamin that is available without a prescription. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this product, including information on the benefits of the prenatal vitamin, possible side effects, and tips for taking it.
Available without a prescription, TheraNatal is a line of vitamins taken by women. This eMedTV resource describes how these vitamins provide important nutrients, and also discusses dosing tips, side effects, and more.
Featured Other
As with many drugs, alcohol can be misused, and this may lead to dependence (alcoholism). This eMedTV page discusses the difference between alcohol use and abuse. This page also covers possible signs of abuse and lists some treatment options.
When a normal vaginal delivery is deemed too risky or impossible, a forceps delivery may be used instead. As this eMedTV article explains, with this procedure, the doctor uses forceps to gently pull the baby down the birth canal.
Bloody show -- a normal sign of prelabor -- refers to mucus that is tinged pink or streaked with blood. This eMedTV selection further explains this sign, including why it occurs and its relevance to labor.
Braxton Hicks are a sign that your body is preparing for childbirth, not a sign of actual labor. This eMedTV article explains Braxton Hicks contractions and offers suggestions for alleviating them.
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.
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.
Many different drugs can be used to stimulate ovulation in women who have this particular fertility problem. This eMedTV segment takes a detailed look at several different classes of ovulation medications, exploring the pros and cons of each.
Preconception, the time during which you plan for pregnancy, involves making changes to diet and lifestyle. This eMedTV article discusses several measures you can take, such as taking folic acid and getting enough sleep.
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.
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.
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