What Is an Amniocentesis?

Some pregnant women will need to have an amniocentesis during pregnancy to rule out genetic or inherited birth defects. This test is usually done after blood testing comes back abnormal for a possible genetic defect. The test does come with some risks, but most mothers and babies do just fine. Mothers are told to rest for a few days and most often have no complications. 

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Nuchal Translucency Screening

The nuchal translucency screen is a new test being done in the first trimester of pregnancy. This non-invasive ultrasound evaluation is done in combination with a blood test to check for high risk abnormalities of the chromosomes. These abnormalities can identify risk for Down Syndrome, Trisomy-21 and Trisomy 18. The nuchal translucency via ultrasound can also identify congenital defects in the heart or other areas of the fetus. However, this screening cannot identify defects in the neural tube.

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Folate Deficiency Diagnosis: Folic Acid Blood Test

Folic acid blood test is done to assess how much Folate or vitamin B12 is present in a blood sample. We require both Folate (folic acid) and Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) in our body as they help in the production of red blood cells and making of cells. Deficiency of Folate is indicative of alcohol abuse while lack of Vitamin B12 in blood is a sign of pernicious anemia. We can get Vitamin B12 and Folate naturally from animal products and leafy vegetables respectively.

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Hot Flashes During Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes a lot of changes in your body because of all your hormonal imbalances. These include hot flashes, which even though uncomfortable, are not really a cause for alarm. They are commonly accompanied by a quickening heartbeat, profuse sweating, and sudden redness of your chest, neck and face. You may also find yourself feeling hot, even in the middle of winter or on cold nights.
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Metallic Taste in Mouth During Pregnancy

Some women experience an odd metallic taste in mouth during pregnancy and this is considered slightly unusual. At the beginning, this sensation may seem vague and unpleasant and even be difficult to describe. Despite this, it is a real issue and in fact is common enough to have its own name, dysgeusia. While some people use this name, others use the easier nickname of “metal mouth.”
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8 Cosmetics That Should Be Definitely Avoided During Pregnancy

Cosmetics are substances or mixture of substances used on external parts of body like face, skin, hair intended to cleanse, beautify or altering appearance. While we all use cosmetics more or less in some form, it is important to pay attention to what cosmetics you use during pregnancy. It is because some of the ingredients of cosmetics can pass through the skin barrier and affect your growing baby negatively. So, it is not silly to worry about the moisturizer or the fragrance you are using during pregnancy.
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How Can I Try to Prevent Tearing During Delivery?

Even if you are proceeding without any complications throughout your pregnancy, during the last few weeks of your third trimester it’s natural for you to develop apprehensive thoughts about the process of delivery. The most you fear about when you are ready for a vaginal delivery is the torment of unpremeditated laceration of the vagina. Did you know that 95% of the first time moms experience some type of tearing during delivery?

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Placental Abruption – Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment And Risks

One pregnancy complication that sends every pregnant woman into panic is ‘bleeding’. Bleeding may or may not be a serious complication. The degree of complication is determined by the reason of bleeding, the quantity of bleeding, and during which month of the pregnancy does the bleeding occur. In this article, we are discussing an uncommon but a serious complication that arises during pregnancy – placental abruption.

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The Worst Workplace Experiences Started When I Told Them I Was Pregnant

Want to make one of the best and happiest news of your life the most traumatic one? Tell it to your boss. No, really. I am not kidding. This is exactly what happened to me when I became pregnant. I know that all bosses and workplaces are not the same, and my intention is definitely not to scare the readers here. My hope is that you will learn from my experience and better prepare yourself for the repercussions of announcing your pregnancy in the office.

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Is It Safe To Wear Bluetooth Devices And Fitness Bands During Pregnancy?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer for this one as the research done on the same is too limited to get concrete views. However, if you go by the “better safe than sorry” philosophy, then it is best to not use them during the pregnancy. There is, of course, the strong counter point here. We have been hearing for long how mobiles or cell phones can result in tumors and cancers.
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