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Multiple Births Quiz
What Do You Know About Multiple Births? So you're having more than one! You're not alone. The number of multiple births has increased dramatically in recent years. 1. Which is an explanation for the increasing number of multiple births in this country? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is About a third of the increase in multiple births can be explained by an increasing number of women older than age 30 having children. The remaining two-thirds of the increase can be tied ...
Fast Facts
If you are expecting twins (or more), you will usually have prenatal visits more often. For example, early in pregnancy you may see your health care provider every 2 to 3 weeks, instead of every month. That's because you are at greater risk for complications, and more frequent visits allow your provider to monitor you more closely.
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Complications of Pregnancy
Complications of Pregnancy What are some of the more common complications of pregnancy? Although the majority of pregnancies are uneventful, sometimes complications do happen. The following are some of the more common pregnancy complications: Amniotic fluid complications Too much or too little amniotic fluid in the sac around the fetus may be a sign of a problem with the pregnancy. Too much fluid can put too much pressure on the mother's uterus, leading to preterm labor. It also can cause pressure on th...
Medical Conditions and Pregnancy
Medical Conditions and Pregnancy Certain medical conditions may complicate a pregnancy. However, with proper medical care, most women can enjoy a healthy pregnancy, even with their medical challenges. Diabetes before pregnancy Diabetes is a condition where the body does not make enough insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin that is made. Insulin is the hormone that allows glucose to enter the cells of the body to make fuel. When glucose cannot enter the cells, it builds up in the blood and the...
Warning Signs During Pregnancy
Warning Signs During Pregnancy What are some warning signs of possible pregnancy complications? Certain signs should be reported to your healthcare provider right away during any stage of the pregnancy. These include the following: Bleeding or leaking fluid from the vagina Blurry or impaired vision Unusual or severe stomach pain or backaches Frequent, severe, and/or constant headaches Contractions, where your stomach muscles tighten, before 37 weeks that happen every 10 minutes or more often Decrease in...