Pregnancy Tracker: 22 weeks Size of the Baby: The size of a small doll. Biggest Obstacle: Staying comfortable in this heat wave! I'd venture to say that all pregnant women are concerned with weight during their pregnancy. Whether they take the "I can eat anything I want now!" attitude, try to maintain a healthy level of weight gain, or fall somewhere in between, pregnancy puts pounds on the brain. For pregnant women with preexisting diabetes, the topic of weight takes on another aspect entirely -- that is the weight of your baby. The most common complication for diabetic pregnancies is macrosomia, or a heavier-than-average fetal weight at birth. Besides the health concerns for the baby, macrosomia contributes to more difficult labors and thus the increased likelihood of needing to deliver via cesarean. Babies of diabetic mothers become large because the baby receives additional nutrition whenever the mother's blood sugar ...
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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