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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.

Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition that occurs in 5 to 8 percent of all pregnancies, and is characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Read the article

Premature Birth
About 10 percent of births are premature, and thanks to significant advances in medicine, premature birth is no longer as dangerous as it used to be. Read the article

Premature Labor
The best way to prepare yourself to avoid early labor is to learn what a uterine contraction feels like so you can identify one if you feel one and call your caregiver. Read the article

PROM (Premature Rupture of Membranes)
Premature rupture of the membranes, or PROM, occurs in 1 in 10 pregnancies. When it occurs after the 37th week it is referred to as PROM; however, when it occurs before the 37th week, it is called preterm PROM, or PPROM. Read the article

PUPPP and Other Pregnancy Rashes
Approximately one percent of women will develop an itchy, raised rash in the last part of their pregnancy called PUPPP (pruritic uticarial pupules and placques of pregnancy). Read the article

Having triplets used to be a rare and wonderous occurence; however, triplets now account for one out of every 8000 live births - 100 times as many as 20 years ago! Read the article

Twins get a lot of attention - though not as much now that there are quads, quints, and even septuplets wandering around news magazines on a regular basis. Read the article

Vitamin A and Birth Defects
A relationship between vitamin A intakes and birth defects has been known for some time, but the level of vitamin A that was associated with earlier studies was much higher than the levels indicated by the new study. Read the article

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