First Trimester Screening

First trimester screening involves blood a blood test and an ultrasound. The ultrasound measures the thickness of the baby’s neck called nuchal translucency. First trimester screening looks for an increased […] Continue

CVS (Chorionic villus sampling)

Chorionic villus sampling, CVS, is a procedure that can obtain genetic information about the unborn baby. CVS is typically done between 10-12 weeks. The advantage to CVS over amniocentesis is […] Continue

First Trimester Bleeding

Vaginal bleeding early in pregnancy is very common and usually not dangerous. If the bleeding becomes heavy, that can be a sign of an impending miscarriage. First trimester bleeding with […] Continue

Exposures

Exposure to alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs very early in pregnancy is unlikely to cause birth defects. It may increase your risk of miscarriage but as long as that exposure is […] Continue

Precautions

There are very few things that really need to be avoided early in pregnancy. For the most part women can continue to do all the normal activities they enjoyed prior […] Continue

Normal Symptoms of Pregnancy

Nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness and swelling, tiredness, mood swings, cramping, bloating, and of course no periods are all normal symptoms of early pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting are very common symptoms […] Continue

Fetal Heart Tones

The baby has a heart beat at 6 weeks. By 10-12 weeks the heart tones can be heard in the office. The most common reason for not hearing the heart […] Continue

Treatments for Miscarriage

Treatment options for miscarriage include: waiting for the body to pass the tissue on its own, using a medication called Cytotec, and having a procedure called a D&C. For most […] Continue

Miscarriage Overview

Miscarriages are common and not preventable. They can occur very early in pregnancy or much later. The bleeding may be like a period or more severe. They are not a […] Continue

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus. It is a potentially life threatening situation but it can be treated successfully with surgery or medication. Ectopic pregnancy […] Continue

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are very common in early pregnancy but usually go away by the first trimester. There are behavioral and medical treatments for nausea and vomiting. People who have […] Continue

Dietary Restrictions

There are very few things that you should not eat or drink during pregnancy. Caffeine, lunch meats, cheese, fish, and sushi are all safe in moderation. There is currently no […] Continue