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Ultrasound, as a diagnostic and prognostic tool, is often the critical tool of the trade for the maternal fetal medicine specialist. The maternal fetal medicine specialist can be a crucial part of the obstetrical healthcare team.
Obstetrics is one area in medicine that has been greatly influenced by new technology and discoveries. Not only has there been an explosion of new information regarding normal physiology and pathology of pregnancy, but advances in medicine have also provided reproductive age women and men with a quality of life in which pregnancy may be considered.
There is no reason to change or alter your sexual activity during pregnancy unless your health care provider advises otherwise. Intercourse or orgasm during pregnancy will not harm your baby, unless you have a medical problem.
After pregnancy first month of having a newborn at home can be quite overwhelming. You may feel like all of your time is focused on caring for your newborn, but don't forget to take care of yourself. Your baby needs you to be as healthy as you can be.
Gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy is a good sign. You should gain about 2 to 4 pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and 1 pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy.
Not all birth defects can be prevented, but a woman can take some actions that increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Remember that about half of all pregnancies are unplanned.
The first step toward a healthy baby is good prenatal care that includes a pre pregnancy checkup and taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid and iron.
Because low birthweight, premature babies are more likely to have health problems than babies of normal weight, expectant women should know the following factors can lead to premature delivery and low birthweight: lack of prenatal care; use of alcohol, drugs, and/or cigarettes; and/or poor dental hygiene.