Acrania, Anencephaly, and Encephelocele – Fetal Development

Posted On: August 9, 2021 By Nathan D. Fox, MD

Acrania, Anencephaly, and Encephelocele – Fetal Development

Acrania, Anencephaly and Encephalocele are birth defects classified as neural tube defects that occur early in pregnancy. Neural tube defects (NTDs) occur when the neural tube, a structure that folds and closes within the first month of pregnancy, does not close completely or correctly. Neural tube defects are the second most common congenital anomaly in

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What To Know About Fetal Echocardiograms

Posted On: July 16, 2021 By Jennifer Lam-Rachlin, MD

What To Know About Fetal Echocardiograms

If your doctor orders a fetal echocardiogram (often called “fetal echo”), you likely have nothing to worry about. This procedure, which uses ultrasound imaging to map the fetal heart, is used to detect congenital heart defects, which occur in about 1% of births. About 1 in 4 babies born with a heart defect has a critical congenital heart defect which require surgery

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The 3 Most Common Reasons to Induce Labor

Posted On: June 30, 2021 By CIW

Most pregnant women will go into labor on their own, without any assistance. In some cases, your OB/GYN may recommend inducing your labor. This is done in the hospital using a combination of medications that cause contractions, ultimately leading to cervical dilation and then delivery. Usually, labor induction is recommended when the risks of continuing the pregnancy for the mother, baby, or both outweigh the benefits of waiting to

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What Is Amniotic Fluid?

Posted On: June 29, 2021 By CIW

Amniotic fluid is an important part of the womb during pregnancy. This fluid protects and cushions a growing fetus and is important for babies’ development in other ways as well.  Where Does Amniotic Fluid Come From?  Once the amniotic sac is formed about 12 days after conception, it begins to fill with fluid, which is mostly water

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Preeclampsia and Eclampsia: Two Serious Pregnancy Conditions

Posted On: June 9, 2021 By CIW

Preeclampsia and Eclampsia: Two Serious Pregnancy Conditions

Preeclampsia and eclampsia are two pregnancy complications that require the help of a maternal fetal medicine specialist. Both require specialized care to ensure you have a healthy and successful pregnancy. Preeclampsia and eclampsia can be dangerous or even fatal, but the vast majority of cases in the United States are effectively managed and most patients do not have serious consequences. Still you can experience illness and symptoms during pregnancy with preeclampsia and eclampsia,

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First Trimester Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriage)

Posted On: May 20, 2021 By CIW

First Trimester Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriage)

In a recent episode of the Healthful Woman podcast, Dr. Sarp Aksel joined Dr. Fox to discuss first trimester miscarriage or early pregnancy loss. Early miscarriage is unfortunately quite common, so it is important to understand common symptoms and causes.   Healthful Woman · “First Trimester Pregnancy Loss (Miscarriage)” – with Dr. Sarp Aksel   First Trimester Pregnancy Loss is

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