High-Risk Pregnancy

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  1. About the Nervous System

    Do you know how your nervous system works? This system coordinates all your body’s activities, and chances are it’s functioning normally during your pregnancy. In the rare case that it’s not, here’s what you need to know.

  2. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

    HIV can be passed to a child when he or she is in the mother's womb or as the infant passes through the birth canal. The virus has also been detected in breast milk.

  3. Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy

    Acute fatty liver of pregnancy is a rare, but serious, condition of pregnancy in which there is an excessive accumulation of fat in the liver or liver cells.

  4. 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.

  5. Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)

    Alpha-fetoprotein screening is a blood test that measures the level of AFP in the mothers' blood. Abnormal levels may indicate certain problems with the fetus.

  6. Amniocentesis

    Detailed information on amniocentesis, including potential risks and benefits

  7. Amniotic Fluid Problems / Hydramnios /Oligohydramnios

    Too much or too little amniotic fluid around the fetus can cause problems. These include preterm labor, birth defects, and underdeveloped lungs in the fetus.

  8. Anemia in Pregnancy

    Doctor appointments and baby showers aren’t the only things that can tucker you out when you’re pregnant. Anemia is a condition that also can make you feel fatigued. Find out what you need to know to safeguard yourself.

  9. Antiphospholipid Syndrome (aPL)

    This disease can have serious effects in pregnancy, both for the mother and the baby. These include strokes, blood clots, and recurrent miscarriage.

  10. Asthma and Pregnancy

    With proper asthma management and good prenatal care, most women with asthma can have healthy pregnancies.

  11. Autoimmune Diseases

    Detailed information on autoimmune diseases and pregnancy

  12. Biophysical Profile (BPP)

    A biophysical profile is a test that combines a nonstress test with ultrasound. It's usually performed in the last trimester.

  13. Bleeding in Pregnancy / Placenta Previa / Placental Abruption

    Bleeding may occur at various times in pregnancy. Although bleeding is alarming, it may or may not be a serious complication.

  14. Care and Management of Multiple Pregnancy

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

  15. Cholestasis of Pregnancy

    Cholestasis of pregnancy is a condition in which the normal flow of bile in the gallbladder is slowed or stopped resulting in itching and jaundice.

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