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Pregnancy Complications and Interventions (continued)

The words "pregnancy complication" may be an expecting parent's worst nightmare, but thanks to advances in medical testing and treatment, there are interventions available to test for, treat and even prevent many disorders, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and placenta previa.

GBS (Group B Streptococcus)
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the number one cause of life threatening infections, such as sepsis and meningitis, in newborn babies, and is also a frequent cause of newborn pneumonia. Read the article

Genetic Counseling
Genetic counseling allows parents to stop worrying about, prepare for, or even prevent genetic disorders for which their babies may be at risk. Read the article

Gestational Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, gestational diabetes is the most common pregnancy complication, affecting between 2 and 5 percent of women. Read the article

Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Most women experience some form of morning sickness during their pregnancy; however, about one percent experience severe and prolonged nausea and vomiting, a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Read the article

Incompetent Cervix
An increasing amount of pressure on your cervix later in pregnancy may cause it to efface and dilate without contractions, a condition called cervical insufficiency or an incompetent cervix. Read the article

Inducing Labor
Labor may be induced for medical reasons if the mother's or baby's health is at risk, while elective inductions are performed for non-medical reasons such as convenience or the mother's comfort. Read the article

Low Amniotic Fluid (Oligohydramnios)
According to the March of Dimes, approximately 8 percent of women develop oligohydramnios, or low amniotic fluid, at some point during their pregnancy. Read the article

Making the Best of Bedrest
More than 700,000 pregnant women, or nearly one in six, are put on bedrest for some part of their pregnancy. This can be an extremely stressful situation for obvious reasons. Read the article

Between 10 and 25 percent of all known pregnancies end in miscarriage, and more than 80 percent of these miscarriages occur within the first 12 weeks. Read the article

Placenta Previa
Normally, the placenta covers the top of the uterus, but if you develop placenta previa, the placenta partially covers the cervix. Read the article

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