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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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  • Labor Induction

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

  • 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…

  • a mother breastfeeds her baby

    Mastitis

    Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast, usually caused by an infection. It can cause breast pain, tenderness, and flu-like…

  • 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 young woman leaning over a toilet bowl as if she may vomit

    Morning Sickness

    Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting that some people have when they become pregnant. Morning sickness is very…

  • Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy

    If you have multiple sclerosis (MS) and are planning to get pregnant, talk to your doctor beforehand.

  • Natural Family Planning

    Natural family planning (NFP) is a form of pregnancy planning. It does not involve medicine or devices. It tracks when…

  • Doctor collecting blood from newborn child in hospital for screening tests

    Newborn Screening Tests

    Your newborn will go through screening tests at the hospital. The purpose is to find and treat certain health issues…

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    Options After Fertility Treatments

    If you have tried fertility treatments and they haven’t worked, you still have options including using donors, surrogates, and…

  • close up of pregnant woman reading label on a medicine bottle at the pharmacy

    OTC Medicines and Pregnancy

    Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are those you can buy without a prescription. Many OTC medicines haven’t been well studied for safety…

  • Pica

    Pica is a compulsive eating disorder in which people eat nonfood items. Dirt, clay, and flaking paint are the most…

  • woman with head down, holding baby pajamas

    Postpartum Depression (PPD)

    It is normal to feel the “baby blues” for a few weeks after giving birth, but postpartum depression can have…

  • Two mothers walk their babies in strollers through the park

    Postpartum Depression Action Plan

    Postpartum depression is a mental health condition that affects women after giving birth.

  • mother stands in nursery holding sleeping newborn

    Postpartum Health

    Your body goes through a lot of changes after you give birth. Some of these can be life-threatening. It’s important…

  • illustration of unborn baby in the womb with DNA strand in the background

    Preconception Carrier Screenings

    Preconception carrier screenings are pre-pregnancy tests a woman can have to determine if she or her partner are carriers of…

  • Doctor measures the blood pressure of a pregnant woman

    Preeclampsia

    Preeclampsia is a rare condition that women can get when pregnant. It occurs when a woman has high blood pressure…

  • pregnant woman in bed reading a book

    Pregnancy After 35: Advanced Maternal Age

    Pregnancy at age 35 or older comes with its own set of risk factors, including greater chances of having a…

  • Pregnant woman with two ultrasound scans of twins resting on her belly

    Pregnancy with Multiples

    Pregnancy with multiples is more common than ever, but it is considered a high-risk pregnancy for you and the…

  • pregnant woman talking to her doctor

    Pregnancy: Making Choices

    Pregnancy is an important milestone with a lot of choices and questions. Learn all you can to make the choices…

  • happy man and nurse looking at pregnant woman laying in a hospital bed

    Pregnancy: What to Expect When You're Past Your Due Date

    A pregnancy usually lasts for 38 to 42 weeks. It is considered overdue if it lasts more than 42…

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