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Extremely Preterm Birth

FAQ173

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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A Partner's Guide to Pregnancy

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Why is it important to be supportive during your partners pregnancy Women who have an involved and supportive partner during pregnancy are more likely to give up harmful behaviors such as smoking and lead healthier lives Babies may be born healthier as well with lower rates of preterm birth and gr...

May 2016

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Exercise During Pregnancy

FAQ119

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal it is safe to continue or start most types of exercise but you may need to make a few changes Physical activity does not increase your risk of miscarriage low birth weight or early delivery However it is import...

May 2016

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Postpartum Sterilization

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What is sterilization Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control Sterilization for women is called tubal sterilization In tubal sterilization the fallopian tubes are closed off or removed Tubal sterilization prevents the egg from moving down the fallopian tube to the uterus and keeps the...

May 2016

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Repeated Miscarriages

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What is recurrent pregnancy loss Recurrent pregnancy loss is defined as having two or more miscarriages After three repeated miscarriages a thorough physical exam and testing are recommended Pregnancy What is recurrent pregnancy lossnbsp What is the likelihood of having repeated miscarriagesnbsp W...

May 2016

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Obesity and Pregnancy

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Being overweight is defined as having a body mass index BMI of 25299 Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or greater Within the general category of obesity there are three levels that reflect the increasing health risks that go along with increasing BMI Lowest risk is a BMI of 30349 Medium ris...

April 2016

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Car Safety for Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children

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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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Travel During Pregnancy

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When is the best time to travel during pregnancy The best time to travel is probably the middle of your pregnancybetween weeks 14 and 28 Most common pregnancy emergencies usually happen in the first and third trimesters After 28 weeks it may be harder for you to move around or sit for a long time ...

February 2016

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Cystic Fibrosis: Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis

FAQ171

Pregnancy What is cystic fibrosis CF What causes CF What are the symptoms of CF Is treatment available for CF What are risk factors for CF Can I be tested to assess whether I am a CF carrier What does it mean if test results for one partner are negative What does it mean if test results for one pa...

February 2016

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Reducing Risks of Birth Defects

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What is a birth defect A birth defect is a condition that is present at birth Some birth defects can be seen right after the baby is born such as a clubfoot or extra fingers or toes Special tests may be needed to find others such as heart defects or hearing loss Some birth defects are not noticed ...

February 2016

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