Pregnancy and baby When you first learn that you're pregnant, get in touch with a midwife or GP as soon as possible. Although your first hospital antenatal appointment may not be until you are around 12 weeks pregnant, telling your GP and/or midwife promptly will help to make sure you receive maternity healthcare that takes into account all your health needs and preferences.
Anal fistula An anal fistula is a small channel that develops between the end of the bowel, known as the anal canal, and the skin near the anus. The end of the fistula can appear as a hole in the skin around the anus. The anus is the opening where waste leaves the body.
Anal fissure An anal fissure is a tear or ulcer (open sore) that develops in the lining of the anal canal. The anal canal is the last part of your large intestine, located between your rectum (where stools are stored) and the opening in your bottom through which you pass stools.
Anal cancer Anal cancer, or cancer of the anus, is a rare type of cancer that affects the very end of the large bowel (large intestine). Fewer than 1,200 people are diagnosed with anal cancer each year in the UK.
Amniocentesis Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test carried out during pregnancy. It can assess whether the unborn baby (foetus) could develop, or has developed, an abnormality or serious health condition.
Pregnancy and baby All young children are active, and it’s normal for them to have lots of energy. Children should be active on a daily basis; getting lots of exercise is good for their health and it’s fun
Prolactin Prolactin is a hormone produced by the anterior portion of the pituitary gland, a grape-sized organ found at the base of the brain. Normally present in low amounts in men and non-pregnant women, prolactin's primary role is to promote lactation (breast milk production). This test measures the amount of prolactin in the blood.
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