Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is birth defect caused when a woman consumes alcohol during her pregnancy. FAS is considered to be one of the most preventable causes of mental retardation and other birth defects. It is a lifelong mental and …

Pregnancy brings about many changes in a woman’s body. Right from the time of conception till birth of the child, she may experience many pleasant as well as discomforting moments. Besides bodily changes, she may also notice some changes in …

Pregnancy brings joy and special feeling in the family. For the pregnant woman feeling the baby move is a greatest pleasure and experience. However, even if the pregnant woman is healthy, the risk of pregnancy related complication cannot be ignored. …

Hyperglycemia is abnormal rise of blood sugar level in the body. When it is first detected during pregnancy irrespective of diet or insulin therapy, the condition is called gestational diabetes. At least 2 to 10 percent of pregnant women are …

Infected placenta is an infection caused by bacteria that invade chorion, chorionic fluid and the placenta. It can occur before or during the time of delivery. The condition is also called as chorioamnionitis or intra-amniotic infection. Infection of placenta and …

Normal and healthy pregnancy lasts for 9 months. It is divided into stages or trimesters. Each trimester consists of 3 months during which the various parts of fetus start developing and functioning. First trimester is of great importance because the …

During the nine months of pregnancy a woman has many exciting and amazing experiences. There is a pleasant emotional feeling when the baby inside the womb squirms and kicks around for the first time. For every pregnant woman fetal movement …

For a woman pregnancy is the most adventurous and exciting journey of nine months. The aim of every pregnancy is healthy mother and healthy child. Once you decide to become pregnant emotionally, your body has to be fit and ready …

Amniotic fluid is fluid present inside the amniotic sac. Amniotic fluid is extremely important for the fetus for its overall protection and development. It acts as a cushion and protects the baby from trauma. It prevents compression of umbilical cord …

Many women during their pregnancy experience uterine contraction before 37 weeks. Often Braxton Hicks contractions occur before 37 weeks, but they are painless, infrequent and irregular. This contraction subsides with change of position. Braxton Hicks contractions do not induce labor …

TORCH infection is an acronym used for a group of pathogenic infections contracted by a pregnant woman and passed on to the developing fetus through the placenta. This infection can be caused by virus, bacteria and protozoa. TORCH infections in …

Eclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy characterized by seizures and coma. Eclampsia occurs in a pregnant woman suffering from preeclampsia. High blood pressure, passage of protein in urine and swelling in legs are three important criteria for diagnosing preeclampsia.…

Pregnancy brings several changes in a woman’s body. These changes are both physical as well as emotional. At one end pregnancy is the joyous moment in a woman’s life. On the other, several changes that occur during this period may …

Urinary incontinence is involuntary passage of urine. Many women experience this discomforting condition especially when they are pregnant. It is a miserable situation for pregnant women when she is unable to hold her urine voluntarily due to loss of control …

Pulmonary embolism during pregnancy is the most dreaded medical condition. It is one of the most prominent causes of maternal mortality in developed countries. Pulmonary embolism is defined as obstruction of pulmonary artery in the lung. Blockage mainly results from …

Pregnancy is the happiest phase in a woman’s life. During pregnancy woman needs to take extra care as she raises a fetus inside her. In this period the main focus of a woman is on her diet, exercise, etc. But …

Enlargement of kidneys in fetus is detected on ultrasound examination during the first trimester. By 10th to 14th week of pregnancy, the kidneys of fetus start to function and baby releases urine into the amniotic fluid. The shape of kidney …

Pregnancy is a moment of joy and exciting time for many women. But unfortunately there are few women who feel depressed during their antenatal period. At least one in ten to fifteen women have symptoms of depression as their belly …

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting moments in a woman’s life. However, many women during the nine months of pregnancy become more anxious than they ever were. There may be variety of reasons such as being first time pregnant, …

Almost one third women who conceive experience the earliest sign of pregnancy in the form of implantation bleeding. It is small amount of bleeding that occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself in the inner lining of uterus, the endometrium. …