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FAQ035, August 2019

What is sterilization? Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control. It is the most popular form of birth control worldwide.


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August 2019

FAQ081, August 2019

What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinencesimply means leaking urine. Incontinence can range from leaking just a few drops of urine to complete emptying of the bladder.


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August 2019

FAQ173, August 2019

When is a baby considered “preterm” or “extremely preterm?” A normal pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are called “preterm” or “premature.” Babies born before 28 weeks of pregnancy are considered extremely preterm. The earlier a baby is born, the less likely he or she is to survive. Those who do survive often have serious, sometimes long-term, health problems and disabilities.


FAQ077, August 2019

What is pelvic inflammatory disease? Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. It is a common illness. PID is diagnosed in more than 1 million women each year in the United States.


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.


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.


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