What are ultrasounds used to determine during a pregnancy?
Ultrasounds are used to determine the age of a fetus; rate of growth of a fetus; placement of the placenta; fetal position, movement, breathing and heart rate; amount of amniotic fluid in the uterus; number of fetuses; and some birth defects.
What are some things women should avoid while pregnant?
While pregnant, women should avoid the following: smoking and secondhand smoke; alcohol and illegal drugs; prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications unless prescribed by your doctor; large amounts of caffeine; fish with high levels of mercury; x-rays; pesticides; hot tubs, long hot baths or saunas; cat litter; and fumes from paint and household cleaning products.
What types of contraceptives are available to women?
There are many types of contraceptives available to women, such as birth control pills, injectable progestins, intrauterine devices (IUD), sponges, diaphrams, and cervical caps. A doctor can help you determine the best birth control method for your lifestyle.