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

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Why does my baby need newborn screening tests? Although most babies are healthy when they are born, every U.S. 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, tr...

December 2014

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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 and affects how a baby looks, functions, or both. 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 defe...

October 2014

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Back Pain During Pregnancy

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What causes back pain during pregnancy? The following changes during pregnancy can lead to back pain: Strain on your back muscles Abdominal muscle weakness Pregnancy hormones Pregnancy What causes back pain during pregnancy? How do my back muscles become strained during pregnancy? ...

October 2014

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Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

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What is high blood pressure? Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood against the blood vessel walls each time the heart contracts (squeezes) to pump the blood through your body (see FAQ123 Managing High Blood Pressure). High blood pressure also is called hypertension. Hypertension can lead to...

September 2014

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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 protection—even in the final weeks of pregnancy. You and your baby are much mo...

September 2014

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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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Skin Conditions During Pregnancy

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What are some of the common skin changes that occur during pregnancy? Many women notice changes to their skin, nails, and hair during pregnancy. Some of the most common changes include the following: Dark spots on the breasts, nipples, or inner thighs Melasma—brown patches on the face around th...

June 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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