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Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth


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 canal La...

July 2014

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Skin Conditions During Pregnancy


What are some of the common skin changes that occur during pregnancy Many women notice changes to their skin nails and hair during pregnancy Some of the most common changes include the following Dark spots on the breasts nipples or inner thighs Melasmabrown patches on the face around the cheeks no...

June 2014

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What is vulvodynia Vulvodynia is chronic longlasting pain and discomfort of the vulva that is not caused by an infection skin disease or cancer It is likely that many factors including those related to the bodys nerves hormones or immune system are involved Gynecologic Problems What is vulvodynia ...

June 2014

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It's Time to Quit Smoking


What are the dangers of smoking Smoking is a leading cause of death in women Lung cancer causes more deaths in women than any other type of cancer including breast cancer and ovarian cancer Another smokingrelated disease heart disease is currently the number one killer of women in the United State...

June 2014

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Testing for Human Immunodeficiency Virus


Human immunodeficiency virus HIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS HIV can enter the bloodstream through contact with the body fluids of an infected person such as blood or semen This can happen during sex or by sharing needles used to inject drugs An infected woman ...

May 2014

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Screening Tests for Birth Defects


What is a birth defect A birth defect is a problem that is present at birth although it may not be noticed until the child is older Birth defects may affect any part of the body including major organs such as the heart lungs or brain The defect may affect the babys appearance a body function or bo...

April 2014

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Genetic Disorders


What are genes A gene is a small piece of hereditary material called DNA that controls some aspect of a persons physical makeup or a process in the body Genes come in pairs Pregnancy What are genesnbsp What are chromosomesnbsp What determines my babyrsquos sexnbsp What causes genetic disordersnbsp...

April 2014

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Medications for Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery


What are the types of painrelieving medications that can be used during labor and delivery In general there are two types of painrelieving drugs 1 analgesics and 2 anesthetics Analgesics relieve pain without total loss of feeling or muscle movement They are used to lessen pain but usually do not s...

March 2014

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Problems of the Digestive System


What are some common digestive problems Common digestive problems include the following Constipation Diarrhea Acid reflux Hemorrhoids Most common digestive problems are short term and easy to control with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication In some cases these problems can be a sign of more...

January 2014

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Routine Tests During Pregnancy


Why are tests done during pregnancy A number of lab tests are suggested for all women as part of routine prenatal care These tests can help find conditions that can increase the risk of complications for you and your fetus Pregnancy Why are tests done during pregnancynbsp What tests are done early...

January 2014

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