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Alpha-Fetoprotein Test (or AFP Test)

By JustMommies staff

The purpose of routine pre-natal exams is to monitor the health of both mom and baby. Typical prenatal exams consist of obtaining the mothers weight, vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure) listening to the fetal heart beat and discussing any questions or concerns the doctor
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Bleeding During Pregnancy: What It Could Be

By JustMommies staff

woman bleeding during early pregnancy While not all vaginal bleeding is a reason for panic, it should be a cause for concern. Here are some of the most common causes for bleeding during the various stages of pregnancy.
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Breech Baby - What Can You do if Your Baby is Breech

By JustMommies staff

According to the American Pregnancy Association, every 1 out of 25 full-term births end up being a breech birth. As a woman’s due date approaches, many babies become settled head down in a woman’s pelvis. When a baby is in any position besides head down, this is called a breech presentation. Breech
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CVS: Chorionic Villi Sampling

By JustMommies staff

Chorionic Villi Sampling is a prenatal test where a small sample of fetal placenta (chorionic villi) is obtained to perform genetic testing. Chorionic Villi sampling is similar to an amniocentesis, but can be performed earlier in a pregnancy. CVS is usually performed between the 8th and 12th week. CVS:
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Group B Strep

By JustMommies staff

According to the American Pregnancy Association, Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterial infection that a woman can pass on to her baby. Group B strep is bacteria commonly found in the body. It should not, however, be confused with the group strep A, the bacteria responsible for strep throat.
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Help I am Pregnant and an Addict

By JustMommies staff

  There are a lot of resources on the internet, in books, and from the medical community on the dangers of drug and alcohol use during pregnancy. However, there is not very much quality information on what you should do if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs and are pregnant. The simple answer
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Low Amniotic Fluid (Oligohydramnios)

By JustMommies staff

Amniotic Fluid Amniotic fluid surrounds your baby in the uterus. In the first trimester amniotic fluid is produced by the mom’s circulatory system and is primarily made up of water. After the first trimester, your baby will begin to breath and swallow amniotic fluid. This helps to support the development
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Managing Gestational Diabetes

By Rebecca Pillar

Most women find that as soon as they find out they are pregnant, they start watching everything they put into their body. They drink more water, make healthier food choices and just overall take better care of themselves. Depending on your doctor or midwife, somewhere between 12 and 20 weeks gestation,
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Multiple Pregnancy: Special Care

By JustMommies staff

  Special care is needed for a pregnant mother carrying more than one baby. If you've recently found out that you are pregnant with mulitples you may be having fears and concerns about how to best take care of yourself and your growing babies. Hopefully, we can help prepare you for some of what is in
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Placental Abruption

By JustMommies staff

An uncommon, but very serious complication in pregnancy is called placental abruption or Abruptio Placenta. This condition requires immediate medical attention. After an egg is fertilized in the fallopian tube, it travels down to the uterus and implants itself. The uterus provides an environment for
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