Pregnancy

Smoking, Alcohol, And Pregnancy: Glossary

Here are definitions of medical terms related to smoking, alcohol, and pregnancy: Binge drinking: Typically defined as having 5 or more drinks within one day. Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas found in cigarette smoke; can displace oxygen from hemoglobin and thus reduce the bloods ability to carry oxygen to the cells. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS): Collection of defects including […]

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Smoking, Alcohol, And Pregnancy: Additional Sources Of Information

Here are some reliable sources that can provide more information on smoking, alcohol, and pregnancy: American Lung Association  Phone: 212-315-8700 http://www.lungusa.org The American Lung Association offers a variety of smoking control and prevention programs, along with information about the risks associated with cigarette smoking. American Cancer Society  Phone: 1-800-ACS-2345 http://www.cancer.org The American Cancer Society offers

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Premature Labor: Additional Sources Of Information

Here are some reliable sources that can provide more information on premature labor: Sidelines National Support Network  Phone: 714-497-2265 http://www.sidelines.org Resources for Parents of Preemies  http://members.aol.com/MarAim/preemie.htm Twinslist.org (Resources for parents of multiples)  http://www.twinslist.org American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists  http://www.acog.org Cord Blood Banking Information Provides information on public and private umbilical cord blood collection and storage.

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Premature Labor – What To Expect

After diagnosis of premature labor has been made, careful consideration must be given as to whether or not labor should be stopped. This will depend on a number of factors: The mother’s condition will be assessed by checking her vital signs and possibly doing blood tests. The baby’s status will be determined by monitoring the

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What Is Premature Labor?

If labor occurs before a pregnancy reaches its 37th completed week (full term is normally 40 weeks), it’s called premature labor, or preterm labor. The World Health Organization defines preterm labor as the onset of contractions of the uterus before the 37th completed week of pregnancy that are: Regular Frequent Painful Palpable (that can be

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What Causes Premature Labor?

The mechanism that causes normal term labor to begin is not completely understood, so the actual cause of premature labor is also unknown. However, there are some factors that may increase a woman’s risk for premature labor. Risk factors in a woman’s medical history that can lead to premature labor include: Infection in the cervix or uterus

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How Is Premature Labor Diagnosed?

Since it is difficult to predict or prevent premature labor, health care providers often have to cope with managing the condition as it arises. Contractions alone aren’t enough to accurately diagnose premature labor. Diagnosis depends on detecting changes in the cervix by vaginal examination. Final diagnosis depends on answering two questions: Is it really labor?

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Premature Labor: Glossary

Here are definitions of medical terms related to premature labor: Braxton Hicks Contractions: Normal contractions of the uterus, usually painless, in which it tightens and becomes hard. Cesarean Section: A surgical method of delivering a baby through an abdominal incision in the uterus. Cerclage: A stitch put around the cervix to help prevent preterm delivery. Cervix: The lower part

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