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Obesity and Pregnancy

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Being overweight is defined as having a body mass index BMI of 25299 Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater Within the general category of obesity there are three levels that reflect the increasing health risks that go along with increasing BMI Lowest risk is a BMI of 30349 Medium ris...

April 2016

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Breastfeeding Your Baby

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How long should I breastfeed my baby Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of a babys life Breastfeeding should continue up to the babys first birthday as new foods are introduced You can keep breastfeeding after the babys first birthday for as long as you and your baby wou...

March 2016

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Heart Health for Women

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What is cardiovascular disease CVD Cardiovascular disease CVD is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States CVD is a general term for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels Many are caused by the buildup of a waxy substance called plaque in the arteries Plaque ...

March 2016

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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 protectioneven in the final weeks of pregnancy You and your baby are much more li...

March 2016

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Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

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What is dilation and curettage DC DC is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is opened dilated and a thin instrument is inserted into the uterus This instrument is used to remove tissue from the inside of the uterus curettage Special Procedures What is dilation and curettage DampC Why is a Dam...

February 2016

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Cervical Cancer Screening (Infographic)

PFSI009 Your obgyn or other health care professional takes a sample of cervical cells and sends them to a lab for testing For a Pap test the sample is tested to see if abnormal cells are present For an HPV test the sample is tested for infection with HPV types linked to cancer If you are younger t...

February 2016

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Travel During Pregnancy

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When is the best time to travel during pregnancy The best time to travel is probably the middle of your pregnancybetween weeks 14 and 28 Most common pregnancy emergencies usually happen in the first and third trimesters After 28 weeks it may be harder for you to move around or sit for a long time ...

February 2016

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Cystic Fibrosis: Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis

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Pregnancy What is cystic fibrosis CF What causes CF What are the symptoms of CF Is treatment available for CF What are risk factors for CF Can I be tested to assess whether I am a CF carrier What does it mean if test results for one partner are negative What does it mean if test results for one pa...

February 2016

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Weight Control: Eating Right and Keeping Fit

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What is the body mass index The body mass index BMI is a tool that often is used to measure body fat It is based on height and weight To find out your BMI you can use the online calculator at wwwnhlbinihgovhealtheducationallosewtBMIbmicalchtm nbsp Womens Health What is the body mass index What BMI...

February 2016

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Diabetes and Women

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What is diabetes Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not make enough insulin or does not use it as it should Insulin is a hormone that helps balance the amount of glucose in your blood Normally your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose Glucose is then carried to the bodys ce...

February 2016

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