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Having a Baby After Age 35

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Why is there a concern about having a child later in life? Becoming pregnant after age 35 years can present a challenge. Also, having a child later in life has certain risks. These risks may affect a woman’s health as well as her baby’s health. Pregnancy Why is there a concern about having...

July 2014

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Diagnostic Tests for Birth Defects

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What are diagnostic tests for birth defects? Prenatal diagnostic tests are able to detect some birth defects before a baby is born. Pregnancy What are diagnostic tests for birth defects?  What is a birth defect?  What causes birth defects?  What other types ...

May 2014

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Screening Tests for Birth Defects

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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 baby’s appearance, a body func...

April 2014

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Genetic Disorders

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What are genes? A gene is a small piece of hereditary material called DNA that controls some aspect of a person’s physical makeup or a process in the body. Genes come in pairs. Pregnancy What are genes?  What are chromosomes?  What determines my baby’s sex?  ...

April 2014

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Preconception Carrier Screening

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What is preconception carrier screening? Preconception carrier screening is screening that you can have before becoming pregnant to help predict your chances of having a child with a genetic disorder. Pregnancy What is preconception carrier screening?  What is a carrier? H...

August 2012

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Reducing Your Risk of Birth Defects

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What is a birth defect? A birth defect is a problem that is present at birth and affects how the baby looks, functions, or both. A birth defect also is called a congenital disorder. More than 4,000 different birth defects are known, ranging from mild to severe. Some birth defects can be seen ri...

August 2011

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