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Multiple sclerosis is most commonly diagnosed in women who are of child-bearing age . As such, patients diagnosed with MS are frequently interested in the topics of fertility, pregnancy, motherhood, and disease. Since the incidence of MS can be affected by hormones , it is understandable that women with MS may have concerns.
What is the effect of MS on fertility?
According to the National MS Society, no evidence suggests that MS impairs fertility or leads to a higher number of spontaneous abortions, stillbirths or birth defects. Results from various studies have shown that women who have MS do not experience any more complications related to pregnancy, labor or delivery than women without the disease. However, one study did suggest that MS-related fatigue, weakness of abdominal muscles, or the inability to feel contractions may make a women more likely to require a Caesarean delivery or the use of forceps during delivery.
Does pregnancy have an effect on MS?
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Cord blood refers to a sample of blood collected from the umbilical cord when a baby is born. The umbilical cord is the cord connecting the baby to the mother's womb.
This article focuses on cord blood testing done to evaluate a newborn's health.
How the test is performed
Immediately after the birth of your baby, the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. If cord blood is to be drawn, another clamp is placed 8 to 10 inches away from the first, then the isolated section is cut and a blood sample is collected into a specimen tube.
How to prepare for the test
No special preparation is necessary for this test.
How the test will feel
You will not feel anything beyond the normal birthing process.
Why the test is performed
Cord blood testing is done to determine the following:
(if an infection is suspected)
Blood gases, to evaluate the oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH ...
Home pregnancy tests have become commonplace. A woman can find out if she is pregnant within minutes and anytime of the day or night. Some tests boast they can detect a pregnancy the first day of a missed period. But how accurate are these tests? Can you really know if you are pregnant the day you should have gotten your period? Two Types of Pregnancy Tests There are two basic types of pregnancy tests: blood tests and urine tests. Both tests determine pregnancy by detecting the presence of human chonrionic gonadotrophin (hCG), the hormone that is present in a woman only after an embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall. Once this happens, hCG levels rise quickly and continue to rise each day. Blood tests must be completed by a doctor and are typically more accurate than urine tests. Blood tests can normally detect pregnancy as early as six to eight days after ovulation. This is because blood tests can detect a very small amount of hCG. A quantitative blood test will measure th...
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