Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) tests in pregnancy An alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test is a blood test that can show whether your fetus has signs of some birth defects, in particular, spina bifida (a type of neural tube defect).
Ectopic pregnancy Ectopic pregnancy is a serious condition, but it can be treated with minimum damage.
Engorgement and mastitis Not all women experience true engorgement or mastitis; however, if you do it may really test your desire to breast feed.
Epilepsy: newer medicines safer in pregnancy Taking newer epilepsy medicines, such as lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, gabapentin and levetiracetam, during the first trimester of pregnancy does not increase major birth defects, a study suggests.
Getting pregnant Getting pregnant is easy for some women, but for others it can be a difficult. Women are most fertile between 20 and 24 years of age, after which fertility declines.
Group B streptococcus and pregnancy Group B streptococcus (group B strep) is a common bacterium that is found in the body. It is usually harmless in adults. Sometimes, however, a woman who has group B strep can infect her baby during delivery.
Rhesus-negative blood and pregnancy If you have rhesus negative blood, your fetus may be at risk for health problems. This is true only if the fetus has Rh positive blood. A simple test followed by treatment can help prevent problems.
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