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Prenatal Care

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS): Risks vs. Benefits

Chorionic villus samplingIf you have a family history of genetic problems, or you are over 35 years old, your midwife or OB/GYN will recommend that you undergo a prenatal diagnostic test to identify genetic abnormalities in your baby. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis are two common diagnostic tests that your healthcare provider may recommend.

In this article, I will be discussing the risks and benefits of chorionic villus sampling – also known as CVS testing. Some women with a family history of a genetic disorder choose to have chorionic villus sampling, rather an amniocentesis, because it is performed in the first trimester so you will get your results sooner.

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What to Expect at Your First Pregnancy Ultrasound

Guest post by Junou.

pregnancy first ultrasoundAre you having a first pregnancy ultrasound? What an exciting milestone in your pregnancy. Here is what you should expect to happen during the first ever ultrasound in pregnancy.

At your first pregnancy ultrasound, a technician will use ultrasound equipment to take internal images of your fetus. These images will help determine the age of the fetus, the gender, and when you should expect the birth of your child. Your technician may use these pictures to detect any problems with the fetus. Usually, pregnant women have their first ultrasound at 16 to 20 weeks, yet some have when they are four to five weeks pregnant.
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Pregnancy Testing: A History Through the Ages

Pregnancy Testing History
Today, you’re going on a journey throughout history. The history of pregnancy tests through the ages. Before women peed on a stick to learn their fates, pregnant women urinated on a variety of other things that are quite humorous – including peeing on wheat and barley seeds.

The history of the pregnancy test is quite interesting and it’s colored in old wives’ tale (not just fun old wives tales for gender prediction), superstition, myths, and pseudo-science. For as long as women have been giving birth, there have been pregnancy testing.

Ancient Egypt: Urinating on a Seed of Barley

Around 1350 BCE, an ancient Egyptian document recorded an early method of pregnancy test. To figure out if they were pregnant or not, a potential mom-to-be would urinate on wheat or barley seeds over the course of a few days. If neither wheat nor barley grew, she wasn’t pregnant. If the barley grew, this meant she was carrying a male baby. If wheat sprouted from the seeds, this was a sign that it was a female child. [continue reading…]


Obesity, Poor Prenatal Care May Cause Stillbirths [New Study]

stillborn infant
No parent wants to hear the news that their baby has died in the womb, yet this is a sad reality for many couples in the United States. When your baby is stillborn, you go from happily anticipating your little one’s arrival to mourning his or her death.

Approximately 98 percent of stillbirths take place in poor or less affluent countries. Every year, 2.6 million stillborn infants are born in the world. In the United States, this statistic drops down to 27,000 stillbirths – but this is still a high number of stillborn babies.

As part of a series of research studies published online in The Lancet, a medical journal, scientists report that a leading cause of stillborn infants in the United States is obesity.

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