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FAQ165, July 2019

What is prenatal genetic testing? Prenatal genetic testing gives parents-to-be information about whether their fetus has certain genetic disorders.


FAQ119, July 2019

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity. Physical activity does not increase your risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, or early delivery. However, it is important to discuss exercise with your obstetrician or other member of your health care team during your early prenatal visits. If your health care professional gives you the OK to exercise, you can discuss what activities you can do safely.


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FAQ142, July 2019

What is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body does not make enough insulin or does not use it as it should. Insulin is a hormone that helps balance the amount of glucose in your blood. Normally, your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose. Glucose is then carried to the body’s cells with the help of insulin. If your body does not make enough insulin, or the insulin does not work as it should, the glucose cannot enter the body’s cells. Instead, it stays in the blood. This makes your blood glucose level too high.


FAQ131, July 2019

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 help prevent postpartum depression. • It promotes better sleep. • It relieves stress. • It can help you lose the extra weight that you may have gained during pregnancy.


FAQ105, July 2019

What is group B streptococcus? Group B streptococcus (GBS) is one of the many bacteria that live in the body. It usually does not cause serious illness, and it is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Also, although the names are similar, GBS is different from group A streptococcus, the bacteria that causes “strep throat.”


FAQ176, July 2019

What is diabetes mellitus? Diabetes mellitus (also called “diabetes”) is caused by a problem with insulin. Insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the body’s cells where it can be turned into energy (see the FAQ Diabetes and Women). Pregnancy health care professionals often call diabetes that is present before pregnancy pregestational diabetes mellitus. When the body does not make enough insulin or does not respond to it, glucose cannot get into cells and instead stays in the blood. As a result, the level of glucose in the blood increases. Over time, high blood glucose levels can dam...


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FAQ072, July 2019

I'm having a problem with sex. Is this normal? Yes. About 4 in 10 women have problems with sex at some point during their lives. If you are having a sexual problem, and it is worrying or upsetting you, you may want to find a solution. Some problems can be solved by you alone, with a partner, or with the help of a gynecologist or other health care professional.


PFSI008 How the Test Is Done CELL-FREE DNA PRENATAL SCREENING TEST What is it? The cell-free DNA prenatal screening test (also called “cfDNA test”) screens for certain conditions caused by an abnormal number of chromosomes. It does not test for all types of chromosomal disorders. Screening tests are used to estimate whether your baby is at higher risk or lower risk of having a certain condition. Diagnostic tests can give a definite answer about whether the baby has a certain condition. These tests include amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). = maternal ...


TFAQ004, June 2019

Especially For Teens What does transgender mean? What steps do people take to express gender? I have questions about my gender. Who can I talk to? How can a doctor help me? What options do I have for transitioning? Whose permission do I need for a medical transition? How do puberty blockers work? How does hormone treatment work? What are the risks of puberty blockers and hormone treatment? What are the benefits of puberty blockers and hormone treatment? Is surgery an option for me? Do I need to keep seeing a doctor after a medical transition? ...


FAQ065, June 2019

What are the dangers of smoking? Smoking is a leading cause of death in women. Lung cancer causes more deaths in women than any other type of cancer, including breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Another smoking-related disease, heart disease, is currently the number one killer of women in the United States. Death occurs earlier in women who smoke. On average, female smokers die 12 years earlier than female nonsmokers.


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