Human pregnancy refers to the process by which a human female carries a live offspring from conception until childbirth. The medical term for a pregnant woman is "gravida," just as the medical term for the unborn human is embryo and then fetus.

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Chorionic Villus Sampling for Prenatal Diagnosis
... What is Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)? CVS is an accepted and proven method of prenatal diagnosis. During the CVS test, a small sample of cells (called chorionic villi) is taken from the placenta wh...
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Oral Glucose Tolerance Test During Pregnancy
... What is the oral glucose tolerance test? The oral glucose tolerance test is performed to screen for gestational diabetes. This test involves quickly drinking a sweetened liquid (called Glucola), which...
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Pregnancy Treatment

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Pregnancy, Childbirth and Bladder Control
... Do pregnancy and childbirth affect bladder control? Yes. But don''t panic. If you lose bladder control after childbirth, the problem often goes away by itself. Your muscles may just need time to recov...
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Chorioamnionitis
... Chorioamnionitis is a condition that can affect pregnant women in which the chorion and amnion (the membranes that surround the fetus) and the amniotic fluid (in which the fetus floats) are infected b...
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Pregnancy Support

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Depression in Pregnancy
... Pregnancy has long been viewed as a period of well being that protected against psychiatric disorders. But depression occurs almost as commonly in pregnant women as it does in non-pregnant women. What...
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Genetic Amniocentesis
... During pregnancy, the fetus is surrounded by amniotic fluid, a substance that is similar to water. Amniotic fluid contains fetal cells that are normally shed during growth, and other substances, such ...
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Pregnancy Other

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Sleep During Pregnancy
... The hormonal changes and physical discomfort associated with pregnancy can affect a woman’s quality of sleep. Each trimester of brings its own unique changes, including changes in sleep. According to ...
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Exercise After Delivery
... If you’re ready to start a fitness routine, check with your health care provider to make sure its safe for you to begin exercising. If your goal is weight loss, consistent exercise and a healthy diet ...
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Pregnancy Articles

  • Breast Cancer and Pregnancy
    ... The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above. Edito...
  • Folic Acid
    ... Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. Folate, the natural form of folic acid, is found in orange juice, other citrus fruits and juices, leafy green vegetables, beans, peanuts, broccoli, asparagus, peas...
  • Highlights of FDA Food Safety Efforts: Fruit Juice, Mercury in Fish
    ... By Raymond Formanek Jr. Strict rules for egg producers and makers of fruit or vegetable juices, and consumption limits for pregnant women and women considering pregnancy on fish containing high levels...
  • PREGNANCY AND A HEALTHY DIET
    ... When you become pregnant, what you eat isn't only important for your own health, but for the health of your baby. Healthy foods are the building blocks for your growing baby since pregnancy is a c...
  • Pregnancy and the Drug Dilemma
    ... By Michelle Meadows Jennifer, 25, of Baltimore wishes she only had to deal with the basics of pre-pregnancy planning, like going for a routine checkup and taking prenatal vitamins. "I get discouraged ...
  • Pregnancy Tests
    ... All pregnancy tests look for a special hormone in the urine or blood that is only present when a woman is pregnant. This hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), is also called the pregnancy hormo...
  • Pregnancy, Breast-Feeding, and Travel
    ... Pregnant women considering international travel should be advised to evaluate the potential problems associated with international travel as well as the quality of medical care available at the destin...
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Bladder Control
    ... Yes. But don't panic. If you lose bladder control after childbirth, the problem often goes away by itself. Your muscles may just need time to recover. If you still have a problem after 6 weeks, ta...
  • Preguntas Frecuentes acerca de la Atención Prenatal
    ... Atención prenatal significa atención médica durante su embarazo antes de que nazca su bebé. Cuídese y cuide a su bebé haciendo lo siguiente: Obteniendo atención prenatal en forma temprana. Si sabe que...
  • Preguntas Frecuentes acerca de las Pruebas de Embarazo
    ... Todas las pruebas de embarazo buscan detectar una hormona especial que sólo se encuentra en la orina o en la sangre cuando una mujer está embarazada. A esta hormona, la gonadotropina coriónica humana ...

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