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These Tests Could Save Your Baby's Life: Newborn Screening Tests

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Why does my baby need newborn screening tests? Although most babies are healthy when they are born, every U.S. state requires that newborn screening tests be performed on all babies to identify those that may look healthy but have a rare and serious health problem. If problems are found early, tr...

December 2014

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October 2014

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Reducing Risks of Birth Defects

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What is a birth defect? A birth defect is a condition that is present at birth and affects how a baby looks, functions, or both. Some birth defects can be seen right after the baby is born, such as a clubfoot or extra fingers or toes. Special tests may be needed to find others, such as heart defe...

October 2014

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Back Pain During Pregnancy

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What causes back pain during pregnancy? The following changes during pregnancy can lead to back pain: Strain on your back muscles Abdominal muscle weakness Pregnancy hormones Pregnancy What causes back pain during pregnancy? How do my back muscles become strained during pregnancy? ...

October 2014

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Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

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What is high blood pressure? Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood against the blood vessel walls each time the heart contracts (squeezes) to pump the blood through your body (see FAQ123 Managing High Blood Pressure). High blood pressure also is called hypertension. Hypertension can lead to...

September 2014

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Car Safety for Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children

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Why is it important to wear a seat belt when I travel during pregnancy? Although the baby is protected inside your body, you should wear a lap and shoulder belt every time you travel while you are pregnant for the best protection—even in the final weeks of pregnancy. You and your baby are much mo...

September 2014

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Sterilization for Women and Men

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Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control. Sterilization procedures for women are called tubal occlusion. The procedure for men is called vasectomy. Contraception What is sterilization? How does tubal occlusion work to prevent pregnancy? How effective is female ster...

August 2014

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Ovarian Cysts

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What is an ovarian cyst? An ovarian cyst is a sac or pouch filled with fluid or other tissue that forms on the ovary. Ovarian cysts are quite common in women during their childbearing years. A woman can develop one cyst or many cysts. Ovarian cysts can vary in size. In most cases, cysts are harml...

July 2014

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Progestin-Only Hormonal Birth Control: Pill and Injection

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What is progestin? Progestin is a form of progesterone, a hormone that plays a role in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Progestin is used in combination with another hormone called estrogen in combined hormonal birth control pills, the vaginal ring, and the skin patch. It also can be used by it...

July 2014

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Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth

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What is preterm labor? Preterm labor is defined as regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Changes in the cervix include effacement (the cervix thins out) and dilation (the cervix opens so that the fetus can enter the birth ca...

July 2014

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