• Infertility and Stress

    For couples struggling with infertility, “just relax” may be the most aggravating two-word phrase in the English language. “Those are fighting words,” says infertility expert Sandra Berga, MD, chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University in Atlanta. Couples don’t need or appreciate any suggestion that infertility is “all in their head,”

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  • Contraction Stress Test

    What is a contraction stress test? In this procedure, your baby’s heart rate is measured in response to the uterus when it contracts. These contractions are mild and induced. Every contraction you have squeezes the baby and gives the doctors a chance to see how he or she will stand up to the physical challenges

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  • Nonstress Test (Fetal)

    What is a nonstress test? A nonstress test is a simple, noninvasive procedure that involves monitoring your baby’s heartbeat to make sure your baby is getting the oxygen he needs through the placenta. This test helps your doctor determine if your baby is distressed and make plans for delivery if he is. When is a

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  • Week 07 of Pregnancy

    In week 7, your baby will grow to one-half an inch in size — about the size of a small lima bean. Given the embryo’s tiny size, it is astonishing to think of the sophisticated processes that are occurring inside. All the elements of life are contained in that compact little unit, which is working

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  • Week 23 of Pregnancy

    Your baby is now about 8 inches long from crown to rump and weighs about a pound. He looks like a grown baby but for the see-through skin. Tiny tooth buds are starting to form in his gums, and the hair (lanugo) that covers his body may start to turn dark. His eyes are well-developed,

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  • Week 39 of Pregnancy

    At week 39, your baby is likely to be a bit over 14 inches long from head to rump (a little more than 21 inches from head to toe) and probably now weighs slightly more than 7 pounds. He’s a fully developed baby just waiting for the right moment to come out. He’s already lost

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  • Assisted Reproductive Technology

    If you’re old enough, you may remember all the hoopla about “test-tube babies” when the first child was conceived outside a woman’s body in 1978. That original experimental procedure, called in vitro fertilization (IVF), is now just one of several fertility treatments available. IVF has since been joined by a host of additional procedures which

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  • Cramping During Pregnancy

    I’ve been feeling cramps in my abdomen. Is this normal? Pregnancy puts a major strain on your body, and nowhere is this more evident than in your expanding belly. As your baby grows, the added pressure on muscles, joints, ligaments, and surrounding organs can lead to cramping and discomfort. Knowing when and why cramps are

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  • Placenta Previa

    What is placenta previa? When the placenta, which conducts blood from the mother’s body to the developing fetus, is located so low in the uterus that it lies across the cervix (the opening of the womb), the condition is called placenta previa. The placenta may cover part or all of the cervix, blocking the baby

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  • Week 08 of Pregnancy

    Now in her eighth week, your fetus is still very small. Measured from “crown to rump” — that is, from the top of her head to her bottom, which is how the fetus is measured during ultrasound examinations — she is about three-quarters of an inch long. She is tiny, but growing fast, making minute

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