Effects of STIs on Pregnancy

It is entirely possible for a pregnant individual to contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) during, or prior to, pregnancy. This can cause problems for the individual by affecting their fertility and pregnancy. STIs can be transmitted to the developing fetus and potentially cause damage, which can range from physical or mental abnormalities to loss…

Miscarriage

Disclaimer: Throughout this article we will be using the term “expectant mother” to refer to a pregnant female, although we acknowledge that not all pregnant females will become mothers. Some may choose to serve as surrogates, or to give their babies up for adoption by couples who wish to become parents. Further, we will be…

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg does not attach itself to the inner lining of the uterus where it normally would, and instead attaches to a different location. The embryo often attaches itself along the reproductive tract in the fallopian tubes, thus resulting in a tubal pregnancy. Fallopian tubes are far too narrow…

Effects of Drugs Taken During Pregnancy

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that not all pregnant females will remain the mother of the child and that not all mothers may have biologically given birth to their child. In this article, we use the term "mother" for the sake of simplicity and consistency. Expecting mothers and fathers often feel worried about whether or not their child will be healthy. Some of the major factors currently posing…

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

Overview Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a term used to describe a wide range of effects and symptoms in children caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. Each year, over 40,000 infants are diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) was the first form of FASD discovered and also the most well-known. FAS…