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Car Safety for You and Your Baby


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 p...

September 2014

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Postpartum Depression


What are the postpartum blues? About 2–3 days after childbirth, some women begin to feel depressed, anxious, and upset. They may feel angry with the new baby, their partners, or their other children...

December 2013

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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. Y...

June 2013

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Breastfeeding Your Baby


How does breastfeeding benefit my baby? Breastfeeding benefits your baby in the following ways: Breast milk provides the perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat that your baby needs to grow. The...

June 2013

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Postpartum Sterilization


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. Tubal ...

May 2013

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A Fathers Guide to Pregnancy


How long does pregnancy last? Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, which is equal to 9 months. The 9 months of pregnancy are divided into three 3-month periods called trimesters. Pregnancy How lon...

April 2013

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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 chance...

February 2013

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Newborn Circumcision


What is circumcision? Circumcision is the surgical removal of the layer of skin, called the foreskin, that covers the glans (head) of the penis. Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Care What is...

September 2012

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Getting in Shape After Your Baby Is Born


What are the benefits of exercising after having a baby? Daily exercise can help restore muscle strength and firm up your body. Exercise can make you less tired because it raises your energy level a...

May 2011

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