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Preterm (Premature) Labor and Birth

FAQ087, November 2016

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 Pr...

November 2016

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Prenatal Genetic Testing Chart (Infographic)

PFSI010 Weeks 14 Weeks 58 Weeks 912 Weeks 1316 Weeks 1720 Weeks 2124 Timing 1013 weeks Blood test plus NT ultrasound exam Screens for Down syndrome and trisomy 18 Firsttrimester screening Secondtrimester screening quad screen Timing 1522 weeks Blood test Screens for Down syndrome trisomy 13 trisom...

October 2016

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Zika Virus and Pregnancy (Infographic)

PFSI011 Mosquito Bite Prevention If you must travel to one of the areas where Zika virus is spreading strictly follow these four steps to prevent mosquito bites Use EPAregistered bug spray with DEET picaridin IR3535 oil of lemon eucalyptus paramenthanediol or 2undecanone Used as directed these spr...

October 2016

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Extremely Preterm Birth

FAQ173, June 2016

When is a baby considered preterm or extremely preterm A normal pregnancy with one baby lasts about 40 weeks Babies born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy are called preterm or premature Babies born before 28 completed weeks of pregnancy are considered extremely preterm The earlier a baby is ...

June 2016

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Breastfeeding Your Baby

FAQ029, March 2016

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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Car Safety for Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children

FAQ018, March 2016

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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Assisted Vaginal Delivery

FAQ192, February 2016

What is assisted vaginal delivery Assisted vaginal delivery is vaginal delivery of a baby performed with the help of forceps or a vacuum device It sometimes is called operative vaginal delivery Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is assisted vaginal delivery How common is assisted vaginal deli...

February 2016

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Multiple Pregnancy

FAQ188, July 2015

How does multiple pregnancy occur A twin triplet or higherorder pregnancy four or more babies is called multiple pregnancy If more than one egg is released during the menstrual cycle and each is fertilized by a sperm more than one embryo may implant and grow in your uterus This type of pregnancy r...

July 2015

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Group B Strep and Pregnancy

FAQ105, March 2015

What is group B streptococcus GBS Group B streptococcus is one of the many types of bacteria that live in the body and usually do not cause serious illness It is found in the digestive urinary and reproductive tracts of men and women In women it can be found in the vagina and rectum GBS is not a s...

March 2015

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

PFS006, December 2014

Why does my baby need newborn screening tests Although most babies are healthy when they are born every US 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 treatment...

December 2014

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