Maybe you’ve seen the commercials or talked with a friend, convincing you to give an intrauterine device (IUD) a try. Maybe you’re just tired of popping a pill each morning. Or maybe you are breastfeeding and need a safe birth control option. IUDs may be the answer for you. Because pregnancy complications are possible with this type of device, you should talk with your doctor and partner before choosing this option.
Influenza, referred to by most people as “the flu,” is a respiratory illness that passes from person to person via droplets in the air or physical contact with contaminated surfaces. The flu produces many symptoms including fever, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, cough, headache, nausea and vomiting. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized annually for flu-related complications. One of the most at-risk groups for developing flu complications is pregnant women.
A premature baby is one who is born before 37 weeks of gestation. Because the baby is not considered full-term, there is an increased risk of complications for the baby. If you are at risk for a premature delivery or already have a premature baby, understanding the potential complications helps you prepare for the coming weeks and months.
A cesarean section, also called a C-section, is the delivery of a baby through surgery. The surgeon makes a cut across the belly to deliver the baby when a vaginal birth is unsafe for the mother or child. C-sections are safe, but certain risks are associated with the procedure that are not present with vaginal delivery.