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  1. Pregnancy danger from urinary tract infection Pregnancy danger from urinary tract infection
    Pregnancy danger from urinary tract infection (UTI): A pregnant woman who develops a UTI should be treated promptly to avoid premature delivery of her baby and other risks such as high blood pressure. Some antibiotics are not safe to take during pregnancy. In selecting the best treatment, doctors co...
  2. Pregnancy planning Pregnancy planning
    Pregnancy planning: Pregnancy planning addresses issues like nutrition, vitamins, body weight, exercise, potentially harmful medications and illnesses, immunizations, and genetic counseling that may impact a woman's ability to carry a child to term. A woman who plans to become pregnant should ma...
  3. Pregnancy radiation exposure Pregnancy radiation exposure
    Pregnancy radiation exposure: See: Prenatal radiation exposure....
  4. Pregnancy symptoms Pregnancy symptoms
    Pregnancy symptoms: A symptom or sign of pregnancy. These symptoms and signs depend upon the time in pregnancy. In the first trimester of pregnancy, the first sign of pregnancy is most often a missed menstrual period. If a sexually active woman's periods are generally regular, missing a period for ...
  5. Pregnancy ultrasound Pregnancy ultrasound
    Pregnancy ultrasound: Creating an image of the developing fetus within the uterus by means of measuring the vibrations returned when a device emits high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasound imaging has been done during pregnancy for over three decades. It has proven to be a very useful, safe, and v...
  6. Pregnancy, acute fatty liver Pregnancy, acute fatty liver
    Pregnancy, acute fatty liver: Liver failure in late pregnancy, usually from unknown cause. Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) typically occurs in first-time pregnancies in the last trimester. AFLP causes nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain especially in the upper abdomen (epigastrium), jaundic...
  7. Pregnancy, alcohol in Pregnancy, alcohol in
    Pregnancy, alcohol in: The consumption of alcohol during pregnancy carries the danger of damaging the fetus and causing fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or fetal alcohol effects....
  8. Pregnancy, dangerous drugs during Pregnancy, dangerous drugs during
    Pregnancy, dangerous drugs during: A teratogen is an agent that can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus. Teratogens halt the pregnancy or produce a congenital malformation (a birth defect). Classes of teratogens include radiation, maternal infections, chemicals, and drugs. Drugs t...
  9. Pregnancy, ectopic Pregnancy, ectopic
    Pregnancy, ectopic: A pregnancy that is not in the usual place and is located outside the inner lining of the uterus. A fertilized egg settles and grows in any location other than the inner lining of the uterus. The large majority (95%) of ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tube. However...
  10. Pregnancy, extrauterine Pregnancy, extrauterine
    Pregnancy, extrauterine: A pregnancy that is not in the usual place and is located outside the inner lining of the uterus. A fertilized egg settles and grows in any location other than the inner lining of the uterus. The large majority (95%) of extrauterine pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tube. H...
  11. Pregnancy, hyperemesis of Pregnancy, hyperemesis of
    Pregnancy, hyperemesis of: Excessive vomiting during pregnancy which, by definition, leads to the loss of 5% or more of the body weight of the woman. Also called hyperemesis gravidarum, the disorder affects one in every 300 pregnant women. It is more common in young women, in first pregnancies and i...
  12. Pregnancy, mask of Pregnancy, mask of
    Pregnancy, mask of: Pigmentation of the cheeks of the face (malar area) that occurs in about half of women during pregnancy. The pigmented area darkens with sun exposure. Also referred to as melasma....
  13. Pregnancy, pernicious vomiting of Pregnancy, pernicious vomiting of
    Pregnancy, pernicious vomiting of: Medically known as hyperemesis gravidarum, this is excessive vomiting in early pregnancy. By definition, hyperemesis gravidarum, leads to the loss of 5% or more of the body weight of the woman. Hyperemesis gravidarum affects about one in every 300 pregnant women. ...
  14. Pregnancy, tubal Pregnancy, tubal
    Pregnancy, tubal: An ectopic pregnancy that takes place in the Fallopian tube. Tubal pregnancies are due to the inability of the fertilized egg to make its way through the Fallopian tube into the uterus. Most tubal pregnancies occur in women 35 to 44 years of age. Tubal pregnancies account for 95 pe...
  15. Pregnancy-associated malaria Pregnancy-associated malaria
    Pregnancy-associated malaria: A specific syndrome that occurs only in pregnant women and that is characterized by the accumulation in the placenta of red blood cells containing the malarial parasite. Pregnancy-associated malaria causes low birthweight and maternal anemia and therefore is associated ...