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Prenatal Genetic Testing Chart (Infographic)

PFSI010 Weeks 14 Weeks 58 Weeks 912 Weeks 1316 Weeks 1720 Weeks 2124 Timing 1013 weeks Blood test plus NT ultrasound exam Screens for Down syndrome and trisomy 18 Firsttrimester screening Secondtrimester screening quad screen Timing 1522 weeks Blood test Screens for Down syndrome trisomy 13 trisom...

October 2016


Zika Virus and Pregnancy (Infographic)

PFSI011 Mosquito Bite Prevention If you must travel to one of the areas where Zika virus is spreading strictly follow these four steps to prevent mosquito bites Use EPAregistered bug spray with DEET picaridin IR3535 oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthanediol Used as directed these sprays are safe...

September 2016


Postpartum Sterilization

FAQ052, May 2016

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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A Partner's Guide to Pregnancy

FAQ032, May 2016

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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Obesity and Pregnancy

FAQ182, April 2016

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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Breastfeeding Your Baby

FAQ029, March 2016

How long should I breastfeed my baby Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of a babys life Breastfeeding should continue up to the babys first birthday as new foods are introduced You can keep breastfeeding after the babys first birthday for as long as you and your baby wou...

March 2016

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Car Safety for Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children

FAQ018, March 2016

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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Exercise After Pregnancy

FAQ131, June 2015

What are some of the benefits of exercise for postpartum women Exercise has the following benefits for postpartum women It helps strengthen and tone abdominal muscles It boosts energy It may be useful in preventing postpartum depression It promotes better sleep It relieves stress Labor Delivery an...

June 2015

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Having a Baby (Especially for Teens)

FAQ103, April 2015

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

PFS006, December 2014

Why does my baby need newborn screening tests Although most babies are healthy when they are born every US 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 treatment...

December 2014

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