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Ultrasound in Pregnancy

What is ultrasound? Ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves to view inside the body. When used in this way, it is referred to as an ultrasound scan. Why is it used in pregnancy? Ultrasound is used in pregnancy to view the developing fetus and check for possible problems. There are ...

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Special Tests in Pregnancy

Pregnancy - Special Tests Although most babies are born perfectly normal, around 2% are born with a major congenital abnormality. Many of these abnormalities cannot be identified in pregnancy, but there are two classes of abnormality for which screening is available. These are: · Open neural tube defects. The best known of ...

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Pregnancy – Multiple pregnancy

What is multiple pregnancy? The term multiple pregnancy is used to describe the development of more than baby in the uterus. Twins are the most common. There are two types of twin pregnancy: · Monozygotic or uniovular. 'Identical twins'. One egg is fertilised which later splits. This is usually into two, leading to monozygotic ...

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Pregnancy – Morning Sickness

What is morning sickness? This is nausea and vomiting that occur during pregnancy. The term 'morning' is a misnomer as it can happen at any time throughout the day. Morning sickness is very common, although the degree of nausea and vomiting differs from woman to woman, and from pregnancy to pregnancy. For ...

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Pregnancy – Ectopic

What is an ectopic pregnancy? It is a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus. This can be in one of the Fallopian tubes, on an ovary or in the abdominal cavity. The most common place is in one of the Fallopian tubes. Most ectopic pregnancies end early in pregnancy, but, occasionally, ...

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Dental Care in Pregnancy

Pregnancy - Dental Care There is no truth in the old wives' tale that you lose a tooth for every pregnancy. However, you may find that your gums are sore and bleed easily whilst you are pregnant. This is a condition called gingivitis and it occurs as a result of the ...

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Pregnancy – Antenatal Care

Why do I need antenatal care? Most women have perfectly straightforward pregnancies. However, it is a good idea to have antenatal care to make sure that you and the baby remain healthy and to identify any potential problems as soon as possible. It is also a good opportunity for you to ...

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Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy

What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland (lies at the front of your neck) is overactive, which speeds up the rate at which the body works (known as metabolism). Mild hyperthyroidism is quite common in a pregnant woman because of the changes that occur naturally in pregnancy. Why does it ...

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A Good Diet in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a good time to think about a healthy diet as this will help your baby develop and grow and will also keep you fit and healthy. You do not need to go on a special diet nor do you need to eat for two, but you do need ...

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Nutrition for Nursing Mothers

When a mother is nursing her child, she should maintain the good eating habits she followed during pregnancy, since the basic approaches to eating during the two periods have much in common. Mothers must get a sufficient amount of nutrition so that they will not have to draw on their ...

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