Miscarriages are way more common than you'd glean from your Facebook newsfeed, filled with ultrasounds, baby photos, and updates on poopy diapers.Out of every 10 women who get pregnant, one to two of them lose their babies to miscarriage, according to Planned Parenthood. Yet, unfortunately, the silence surrounding miscarriage can make the loss even more difficult for women to bear.“For something that is so common, I really felt a sense of shame, like I had done something wrong,” says Shelly N., 30, who has had three miscarriages. (She just gave birth to her second baby!) “Miscarriage, in my opinion, is definitely not discussed as openly as it should be. But the more I talked about it, the less painful it was, and realizing that I wasn't alone was very comforting.”“Things like, ‘it just wasn't meant to be,’ ‘there was probably something wrong with the baby,’ ‘you'll have another baby,’ ‘the timing wasn't … [Read more...] about 5 Women Share the Pain of Having a Miscarriage
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My husband and I began trying for our second child in the spring of 2015, and that May, we learned we were pregnant. We'd conceived our first child quickly and without incident, and this time was no different. I still have the video on my phone of my 2-year-old daughter running up to my husband with a positive pregnancy test in a shirt that said "I'm going to be a big sister." Our family was so excited—my daughter was even talking to my belly. At 18 weeks and three days, my husband and I went in for an anatomy scan ultrasound, a standard procedure where they check to make sure the baby has all of its appendages, organs, fingers, and toes. When I went into the appointment, I thought the most important thing I’d learn was whether we were having a boy or a girl—something I feel naïve admitting now. When they told us it was a girl, I was elated and started crying, saying that my daughter would have the sister I never did.But the technician kept going back to our … [Read more...] about I Had An Abortion At 23 Weeks—This Is What It Was Like
As the working mom of a three-year-old girl, Gina Zapanta-Murphy, 34, didn’t have time for complications during her second pregnancy.She knew every pregnancy was different and told herself not to worry, but Gina never got that burst of energy she was expecting in her second trimester. In fact, she was so tired that she spent her 35th birthday in bed, and soon after she noticed a clear, watery discharge that was out of the norm for her. Over the next few weeks, that discharge became so heavy that she needed to wear a pad. After developing a low-grade fever, Gina had a frightening thought: What if her amniotic sac had ruptured and was leaking fluid this whole time?She called her doctor at PIH Health Women’s Health Center in Whittier, California, who directed her to Labor and Delivery for a pelvic exam. After a series of tests and an ultrasound, OB/GYN Brent J. Gray, M.D., and his team tested the fluid and confirmed that her amniotic sac was intact. They had, however, … [Read more...] about ‘I Was Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer At 29 Weeks Pregnant’
During week 21 of your pregnancy, your baby continues to mature and develop, and as with other earlier weeks, week 21 is no exception when it comes to developmental strides. These rapid changes are keeping your little one busy enough to need some sleep! Your baby is sleeping quite nicely at this point, getting about 12-14 hours of sleep per day.1 This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a series of articles on pregnancy. It provides a summary of each stage of pregnancy, what to expect, and insights into how your baby is developing. Take a look at the other articles in the series: First trimester: fertilization, implantation, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9, week 10, week 11, week 12. Second trimester: week 13, week 14, week 15, week 16, week 17, week 18, week 19, week 20, week 21. You will also see introductions at the end of some sections to any recent developments that have been covered by MNT's news stories. Also look out for links to information about related … [Read more...] about 21 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week
During week 10 of your pregnancy, your baby is starting to look less like an alien and more like the cute little human that he or she will be by the time of birth. As with other earlier weeks, week 10 is no exception when it comes to rapid growth and huge developmental strides. In fact, during this time, because of the formation of your baby's vocal cords, he or she is able to make sounds - be prepared to hear quite a bit of that little voice around 4 am!2 This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a series of articles on pregnancy. It provides a summary of each stage of pregnancy, what to expect, and insights into how your baby is developing. Take a look at the other articles in the series: First trimester: fertilization, implantation, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9, week 10, week 11, week 12. Second trimester: week 13, week 14, week 15, week 16, week 17, week 18, week 19, week 20, week 21, week 22, week 23, week 24, week 25, week 26. You will also see introductions … [Read more...] about 10 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week
During week 14 of your pregnancy, your baby's organ systems continue to mature and develop, and as with other earlier weeks, week 14 is no exception. Your baby's body isn't the only thing growing these days. He or she is growing a fine coating of hair called lanugo that keeps your little one warm and toasty.1 This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a series of articles on pregnancy. It provides a summary of each stage of pregnancy, what to expect, and insights into how your baby is developing. Take a look at the other articles in the series: First trimester: fertilization, implantation, week 5, week 6, week 7, week 8, week 9, week 10, week 11, week 12. Second trimester: week 13, week 14, week 15, week 16, week 17, week 18. You will also see introductions at the end of some sections to any recent developments that have been covered by MNT's news stories. Also look out for links to information about related conditions. At this stage of your pregnancy, you may continue to … [Read more...] about 14 weeks pregnant: your pregnancy week by week
Medical News Today helped fund treatment for Daniel Pretty, a young boy living with cerebral palsy. In this article, Daniel's mom Catherine relates the story of his operation and recovery from the procedure: My son Daniel is a wonderful, bright, cheerful 6-year-old boy who lives with cerebral palsy. To be specific, he has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The "spastic" part of that name means that his muscles are very tight, and the "quadriplegic" part means that all four limbs are affected, or more accurately, his whole body is affected by the condition. He is unable to stand unaided, walk without a walking frame or even crawl along the floor. He depends on adult help to do almost everything that other 6-year-olds take for granted, including dressing or going to the toilet. We are very lucky, in that Daniel can eat, drink and talk relatively easily, but he is very quietly spoken and cannot take deep breaths, as even these muscles are affected. His dexterity is limited, so … [Read more...] about A young boy’s journey to SDR for cerebral palsy
Endometrial cancer starts in the layer of cells that form the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium. Endometrial cancer can also be called cancer of the womb or cancer of the uterus. Most uterine cancers are endometrial cancer. In another type of cancer, uterine sarcoma, the malignancy starts in the muscles around the womb. Endometrial cancer and uterine sarcoma are usually treated differently. Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women in the U.S. It normally affects women aged over 55 years. Signs and symptoms of endometrial cancer include: Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods Periods that are heavier than usual Vaginal bleeding in post-menopausal women Abnormal vaginal discharge, which may be watery or tinged with blood. Less common is pain in the pelvic area or during sexual intercourse. As the disease progresses, there may be fatigue, nausea and pain in the legs, back, and pelvic area. Some women also experience pain when urinating, … [Read more...] about What is endometrial cancer?
An ovarian cyst is an accumulation of fluid within an ovary that is surrounded by a very thin wall. Ovarian cysts can range widely in size, from as small as a pea to larger than an orange. In rare cases, ovarian cysts can become so large that the woman looks pregnant. A cyst is a closed sac-like structure - an abnormal pocket of fluid, similar to a blister - that contains either liquid, gaseous, or semi-solid material. The majority of ovarian cysts are small and harmless and occur most frequently during a female's reproductive years. However, ovarian cysts may affect a woman of any age. Generally, there are no signs or symptoms, but, in some cases, ovarian cysts can cause pain and bleeding. If the cyst is over 5 centimeters in diameter, it may need to be surgically removed. A cyst can develop anywhere in the body and may vary in size - some are so tiny they can only be observed through a microscope, while others may become so large that they displace normal organs. There are 2 main … [Read more...] about Ovarian cysts: Symptoms, treatment, and causes
Eythema infectiosum is caused by the parvovirus B19. It involves a low-grade fever, tiredness, and a rash over the body and, notably, on the cheeks. It is sometimes called "slapped cheek syndrome," because the rash makes the cheeks, or "fifth disease," as it used to be 5th among a common group of childhood diseases with similar rashes. These were measles, rubella (German measles), scarlet fever, and Dukes' disease. The virus can affect any age, but it mostly occurs between the ages of 5 and 14 years, and especially in children from 5 and 7 years. Most people only catch it once, and then they are immune. It is more common during the spring. Erythema infectiosum only affects humans. Some types of parvovirus can affect animals, but humans and animals cannot catch parvovirus B19 from each other. The effects are normally mild, but, life-threatening complications can arise. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) describes it as "relatively common and mildly … [Read more...] about Erythema infectiosum, slapped cheek syndrome, or fifth disease?