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Birth Defects

September 16, 2020

What are Fetal Heartrate Monitors?

A fetal heart monitor is a handheld medical device that uses ultrasound waves to listen to a baby’s heart during pregnancy and labor. It’s also known as electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) or cardiotocography (CTG). Usually, beginning in a pregnant woman’s second trimester, her OB-GYN will use a fetal heartrate monitor to check on the...
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August 18, 2020

Pregnancy Risks For Women Over 35

Years ago, physicians used to call pregnancies that happened in women over the age of 35 “geriatric pregnancies.” That seems a little harsh, so thankfully, the term isn’t used anymore. Nonetheless, being pregnant after age 35 means that several types of complications are more likely, such as premature birth, birth defects, and getting pregnant...
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March 6, 2020

What I Need to Know About the Zika Virus and Birth Defects

You’ve probably heard about the Zika virus on the news, and while this virus hasn’t risen to a national health risk, it’s wise for prospective parents to take proactive steps in prenatal screening. The Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly, which is a birth defect. The baby’s head is smaller compared to babies...
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