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Why Your Brain Is Obsessed With Food at Night

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It happens to all of us: You’re at home at night when suddenly a craving hits. Never mind that you’re not actually famished — you need food now. And, unfortunately, you’re probably going to eat more than you should.

3 Things The Healthiest Eaters Are Doing Better Than You

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Forget strict diets and resolutions. According to a new study published in the journal Psychology & Marketing, eating more nutritious foods on a daily basis can be as easy as following a three-step method that anyone “C.A.N.” follow.

Group B Strep Test

Who has it, when, why, and what the results mean.

When is the test taken?
The Group B strep test, which screens for potentially dangerous Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection, is usually given during weeks 35 to 37.

Who needs to take the test, and why?
Many healthcare providers routinely test all pregnant women for Group B streptococcus, a bacterium that lives in the reproductive and genito-urinary systems. Group B strep (which is different from Group A streptococcus, the kind that gives you strep throat) can be present in anyone, but few people become sick from it. It is a concern during pregnancy, however, because it can cause urinary tract and uterine infections, and, if it is transmitted from mother to baby during birth, it can be very harmful to the baby. If your doctor doesn't offer the test, you may want to ask for it: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently advise all healthcare providers to give the test to any patient who requests it.

List of Third Trimester Tests

The final stretch may involve some additional procedures. Here's what you need to know.

Types of Pregnancy Tests
Pregnancy: Who'd have thought it would require more tests than all your academic years combined? But if you're like most pregnant women, the only tests you'll need in your third trimester are the routine screenings conducted at every prenatal visit: a urine test, blood pressure check, measurement of your uterus, and a check of your baby's heartbeat.

You'll also be tested for group B streptococcus, a bacterium that you can pass to your child during delivery. If you carry the bacterium (up to 30 percent of women do), you'll receive antibiotics during labor to prevent your baby from becoming ill. Your doctor may also give you a pelvic exam to see if your cervix has begun to change in preparation for delivery.

4 High-Risk Pregnancy Conditions

How to have a healthy pregnancy and birth when you're diagnosed with complications like preterm labor, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or placenta previa.

Preterm Labor

What it is. Labor before the 37th week. About 10 percent of infants are premature.

What causes it. Doctors aren't sure, but risk factors include carrying multiple fetuses, a history of premature labor, an abnormality of the cervix, and certain vaginal infections.

Symptoms. See your physician right away if you notice bloody or watery vaginal discharge or experience abdominal cramps or backache.

What Your Ultrasound Reveals

Have an ultrasound scheduled? Here's what you can expect to learn.

___ Estimate the due date

___ Detect fetal motion

___ Determine the stage of pregnancy from the size of the fetal head, abdomen, or femur

___ Reveal if there is more than one fetus

___ Show the amount of amniotic fluid present

___ Identify fetal abnormalities

___ Check the size, location, and condition of the placenta

___ Determine the safest place to carry out certain tests, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS)

Trimester-By-Trimester Guide to Ultrasounds

Find out what to expect at your first and second trimester ultrasound appointments, what you can learn from those ultrasounds, and why you might need an ultrasound (or a few) in the third trimester.

Relax -- You don't have to brace for needles when you get this painless test. During an ultrasound your doctor or a skilled technician uses a plastic transducer to transmit high-frequency sound waves through your uterus. These sound waves send signals back to a machine that converts them into images of your baby.

The standard ultrasound arms your doctor with valuable information. It allows him to monitor your baby's growth and track milestones, detect abnormalities, home in on your due date, determine whether you're carrying multiples, see the position of your placenta (important for delivery), and (a big one for parents-to-be!) make out the sex of your baby.

All About Ultrasounds

Your first look at your developing baby!

What's an Ultrasound?

If you're pregnant, chances are you'll have an ultrasound at some point. Read on to learn what ultrasounds are, why they're necessary, and what they feel like.

Ultrasounds are sound-wave pictures that help doctors see internal fetal and maternal structures. The ultrasound probe scans across the mother's abdomen or inside her vagina. The transducer transmits high-frequency sound waves that echo back and are transformed into a picture on a video screen. This picture shows the fetus inside the womb. Often, parents will be given a printout of the ultrasound to keep.

At six weeks' gestation, it's possible to see the baby's heartbeat. For many expectant parents, it's an added bonus that an ultrasound given after 20 weeks can sometimes identify the sex of the baby. However, in some cases it's not possible to see the baby's genitalia and parents are kept guessing.

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