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Good Health Before Pregnancy: Preconception Care


What is a preconception care checkup The goal of this checkup is to find things that could affect your pregnancy Identifying these factors before pregnancy allows you to take steps that can increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby During this visit your health care pro...

March 2015

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21 Reasons to See a Gynecologist Before Age 21 (Infographic)

This infographic highlights 21 reasons a woman under the age of 21 should see a gynecologist

March 2015

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Having a Baby After Age 35


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 womans health as well as her babys health Pregnancy Why is there a concern about having a child later ...

July 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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Obesity and Pregnancy


What is the body mass index The body mass index BMI is a number calculated from height and weight that is used to determine whether a person is underweight normal weight overweight or obese You can find out your BMI by using an online BMI calculator on a web site such as wwwnhlbisupportcombmi Preg...

June 2013

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Preconception Carrier Screening


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 screeningnbsp What is a carrier How is carrier screening do...

August 2012

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A Healthy Pregnancy for Women with Diabetes


What is diabetes mellitus Diabetes mellitus also called diabetes is caused by a problem with insulin Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the bodys cells where it can be turned into energy see the FAQ Diabetes and Women Pregnancy health care providers often call diabetes that is present...

December 2011

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