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Pregnancy Tests 101: Down Syndrome Screening During Pregnancy

This exists as a personal question for all expecting mothers. Some women want to know as soon as possible so they can prepare for a child with special needs. Other mothers don’t care and do not have the test. The risk of having a child with Down Syndrome is

Prenatal Tests 101: Routine Ultrasound Pregnancy Scans

Ultrasounds can be used for several important reasons. First, they can determine a baby’s due date based on his or her size and development. Second, it can confirm whether or not a mother is carrying multiple babies. Third they …

Is Nipple Discharge in Pregnancy a Normal Situation?

Discovering you’re pregnant may indeed be a joyful time; however some of the changes your body will experience over the next nine months may be less so.  From the acne to the weight gain you’ll likely experience a revolving door of physical changes. …

Can You Take a Pregnancy Test While Bleeding?

Well, can you take a pregnancy test while bleeding ? Yes. Home pregnancy tests measure the level of hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, in your urine.  This hormone, only produced during a pregnancy, is also present in the blood.  As long as you…

How You Can Make Your Own Pregnancy Test at Home

How You Can Make Your Own Pregnancy Test at Home

Before the widespread use of home pregnancy tests, women often created their own pregnancy tests.  And you too, can make your own pregnancy test at home, with several simple ingredients readily available in your home or just down the road at your local…

Polyhydramnios in Pregnancy

Polyhydramnios Causes Too Much of a Good Thing

This prenatal condition develops when there is too much amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac. And here’s the good news: polydyramnios develops in about 1% of expecting mothers. That means that …

Oligohydramnios in Pregnancy- Causes, Risk and Treatment

Oligohydramnios Treatment Not Enough of a Good Thing

Ready to learn a new prenatal vocabulary word? Oligohydramnios in pregnancy is a very long term referring to a dealing with a deficit of amniotic fluid.  This is a condition that can lead to several serious conditions including facial distortion and growth restriction. …

(DES) Diethylstilbestrol in Pregnancy: An Unfortunate Medical Legacy

Diethylstilbestrol An Unfortunate Medical Legacy

You’re bound to come away from your pregnancy having learned an entirely new set of acronyms.  One such acronym is DES.  DES stands for diethylstilbestrol. In this blog, you will find more information about diethylstilbestrol in pregnancy. DES is a synthetic form of…

Prenatal Testing 101: Streptococcus Group B Screening

Prenatal Testing 101 streptococcus group b Screening

Streptococcus Group B  is one of the last tests your OB or midwife will order during your pregnancy.  As part of routine prenatal testing, this test is performed in the third trimester.  GBS, or Group B Streptococcus, refers to a type of bacteria. …

Prenatal Tests 101: Routine Blood Tests in Pregnancy

Prenatal Tests 101 Routine Blood Tests and Serum hcg

So why should you submit yourself to that little prick when your doctor or midwife asks? Because your blood exists as a journal regarding what’s happening throughout your body

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