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The Importance of Amniotic Fluid in Pregnancy

When a woman becomes pregnant, many changes occur within her body. This article describes amniotic fluid and its importance to the developing fetus. Amniotic fluid begins to form within the pregnancy after the first 12 days following conception. It is a clear/yellow fluid that has many functions. As the baby grows, the fluid increases. During…
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What Is That Circular Structure In My Ultrasound?

That circle is known as the Yolk Sac (YS). It is a membrane that is connected by a tube to the embryo, and acts as the start of the circulatory system. The Yolk Sac also is what provides nourishment to the growing fetus until the placenta is fully formed. Once the placenta is fully formed…
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Zika Virus: What You Need To Know

Pregnancy Concerns:  Zika is linked to birth defects such as microcephaly. Other birth defects include eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth. Transmission can occur by:  Being bitten by an infected mosquito. Having sex with a man infected with the virus An infected pregnant woman passing it to her fetus. Symptoms:  Fever Joint Pain Rash…
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Safe, Safer, Safest

In recent years there’s been a lot of talk about “safe sex”: safe from infection, disease, and pregnancy. So how can we be safe? We’re told by some that condoms are the answer for the protection we need. But what’s the bottom line?  It’s not called “Safe Sex” any more – now it’s “Safer Sex”. The…
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How Do I Know If I Have Gonorrhea?

If you are a sexually active women younger than 25 years old or an older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection, you should be tested for gonorrhea every year. Not all people infected with gonorrhea have symptoms, so knowing when…
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The Importance of Ultrasound

What is ultrasound and how does it work? Ultrasound is a safe and very effective way of seeing inside the body. It is performed to see many different parts of the body, including pregnancy. Ultrasound works like sonar does in the ocean. The sound waves travel the best through water (or fluid). Ultrasound uses a…
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