Pregnancy and Childbirth

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  1. Alcohol and Pregnancy

    Alcohol consumption by the mother is a leading cause of preventable birth defects in the fetus. In addition, the risk for miscarriage and stillbirth increases with alcohol consumption.

  2. Anatomy: Fetus in Utero

    A thin-walled sac surrounds the fetus during pregnancy. The sac is filled with amniotic fluid, which protects the fetus from injury.

  3. Birth Statistics

    Statistics relating to birth rates

  4. Bottle-Feeding

    Detailed information on bottle-feeding, including information on the different types of baby formula

  5. Breast Milk is The Best Milk

    Your milk contains just the right balance of nutrients, and it contains them in a form most easily used by the human baby's immature body systems.

  6. Breastfeeding Difficulties - Baby

    Detailed information on breastfeeding difficulties of the baby, including ineffective latch-on, ineffective sucking, slow infant weight gain, poor infant weight gain, mismanaged breastfeeding, over-active breast milk let down

  7. Breastfeeding Difficulties - Mother

    Detailed information on breastfeeding difficulties of the mother, including sore nipples, low breast milk production, flat nipples, plugged milk ducts, and mastitis

  8. Breastfeeding Your Baby

    Detailed information on breastfeeding, including information on breast milk, starting breastfeeding, breast milk production, effective breastfeeding, breastfeeding difficulties, sore nipples, insufficient breast milk production, delayed breast milk production, low breast milk production, flat nipples, inverted nipples, plugged milk ducts, mastitis, breastfeeding latch-on difficulties, and poor infant weight gain

  9. Calculating a Due Date

    First, determine the first day of your last menstrual period. Next, count back three calendar months and add one year and seven days to that date.

  10. Care and Management of Multiple Pregnancy

    A woman with a multiple pregnancy needs more calories and nutrients, more frequent prenatal visits, and more rest.

  11. Care of the Baby in the Delivery Room

    A newborn baby is wet from the amniotic fluid and can easily become cold. Drying the baby and using warm blankets and heat lamps can help prevent heat loss. Often a knitted hat is placed on the baby's head.

  12. Caring for the Mother: Physically and Emotionally

    Nap when your baby naps. Take warm, shallow baths several times a day if you had stitches after delivery. Wear a supportive bra and use warm compresses to help with milk letdown.

  13. Common Discomforts During Pregnancy

    Nausea and vomiting are common in the first trimester, as is fatigue. Other common discomforts are hemorrhoids and heartburn.

  14. Common Tests During Pregnancy

    Certain tests and screenings may be scheduled during your pregnancy. Your health care provider will advise you on which tests you'll need.

  15. Complications of Multiple Pregnancy

    Having more than one baby is especially exciting—and complicated. Find out what to watch for, including a greater chance of anemia and preterm birth.

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