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The Flu Vaccine and Pregnancy


What is influenza the flu Influenza the flu is more than a bad cold It usually comes on suddenly Signs and symptoms may include fever headache fatigue muscle aches coughing and sore throat It can lead to complications such as pneumonia Some complications can be lifethreatening Pregnancy What is in...

October 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 ...

September 2015

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Diagnostic Tests for Birth Defects


What are prenatal diagnostic tests Prenatal diagnostic tests are tests that can detect certain disorders before a baby is born Pregnancy What are prenatal diagnostic testsnbsp How are prenatal diagnostic tests different from screening testsnbsp What is a birth defectnbsp What is a genetic disorder...

September 2015

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Early Pregnancy Loss


What is early pregnancy loss The loss of a pregnancy during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy the first trimester is called early pregnancy loss miscarriage or spontaneous abortion Pregnancy What is early pregnancy lossnbsp How common is early pregnancy loss What causes early pregnancy loss Are ther...

August 2015

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Multiple Pregnancy


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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Prenatal Development: How Your Baby Grows During Pregnancy


How does pregnancy begin Fertilization the union of an egg and a sperm into a single cell is the first step in a complex series of events that leads to pregnancy Fertilization takes place in the fallopian tube Over the next few days the single cell divides into multiple cells At the same time the ...

June 2015

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Cesarean Birth (C-section)


What is cesarean birth Cesarean birth is the delivery of a baby through incisions made in the mothers abdomen and uterus Labor Delivery and Postpartum Care What is cesarean birth What are the reasons for cesarean birth Is a cesarean birth necessary if I have had a previous cesarean birth Can I req...

May 2015

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Nutrition During Pregnancy


How can I plan healthy meals during pregnancy Planning healthy meals during pregnancy is not hard The United States Department of Agriculture has made it easier by creating wwwchoosemyplategov This web site helps everyone from dieters and children to pregnant women learn how to make healthy food c...

April 2015

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If Your Baby Is Breech


What does it mean when a baby is breech In the last weeks of pregnancy babies usually move so that their heads are positioned to come out of the vagina first during birth This is called a vertex presentation A breech presentation occurs when the babys buttocks feet or both are in place to come out...

April 2015

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Having a Baby (Especially for Teens)


What is prenatal care Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant It includes medical care education and counseling The earlier you get prenatal care the better your chances are for a healthy pregnancy and baby Especially For Teens What is prenatal care What may happen at my fi...

April 2015

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