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Cesarean Section: Your Questions Answered

What to expect if you’re having a C-section. A cesarean section, commonly called a C-section, is a surgical procedure to deliver a baby. The baby is delivered through an incision in the abdomen and uterus rather than through the vagina.   A C-section is major surgery. Doctors may recomm

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Healthy Eating in Your Third Trimester

Keep up good habits in the last stretch of your pregnancy. You’re in the home stretch of your pregnancy — the third trimester. It’s just as important now as it was earlier in your pregnancy to have a healthy diet. Remember, you are the only source of nutrients for your baby. So i

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Vaginal Birth Basics

What to expect when baby is finally ready to be born. Most babies are delivered vaginally, or through the birth canal. It is the method most patients and doctors prefer. Benefits of vaginal births include shorter hospital stays, lower infection rates and faster recovery. A C-section, by contrast,

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Safe Eating During Pregnancy: Avoiding Foodborne Illnesses

Take care to prepare food properly, and know what foods to avoid when you’re expecting. Did you know that when you’re pregnant, your immune system is weakened? It is trying to protect two growing people, after all. This makes you more vulnerable to food poisoning, which can make you sic

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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

The extra weight you gain during pregnancy nourishes your growing baby. Learn about the guidelines for healthy pregnancy weight gain. Some weight gain is a normal part of pregnancy. The extra weight you gain gives nourishment to your growing baby. And also can provide stores for breast-feeding. &n

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Your Childbirth Experience

Here are the basics on choices for birth locations and health care providers. Car seat … check!Name chosen … getting close.Childbirth plan … don’t delay.   Your view of your childbirth experience will influence some of your most important decisions. Who will deliver

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Pregnancy Travel Tips

How to stay safe and comfortable while traveling. You may have tweaked your diet or fine-tuned your exercise habits when you found out you were pregnant. For the most part, healthy pregnant women can carry on with their usual routine. Depending on the stage of their pregnancy and their destination

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Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

Learn the pros and cons of donating or saving these special cells. Before a birth, parents have many decisions to make. Among the choices may be whether to collect blood from the umbilical cord after delivery.   The umbilical cord is the part of the placenta that carries nutrients to a growing

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Vaginal Birth Basics

What to expect when baby is finally ready to be born. Most babies are delivered vaginally, or through the birth canal. It is the method most patients and doctors prefer. Benefits of vaginal births include shorter hospital stays, lower infection rates and faster recovery. A C-section, by contrast, i

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Miscarriage: About Early Pregnancy Loss

One in five pregnancies that are confirmed by a doctor end in pregnancy loss. Learn why this occurs and what to expect if it happens to you. Losing a pregnancy can be devastating. Though you may feel alone, confused or even at fault, these feelings are normal. Usually the loss could not have been p

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Healthy Snacking During Pregnancy

Smart choices help you and your baby get the nutrients you need at this special time. When you’re pregnant, healthy eating  helps provide the nutrients you and your baby need. But “eating for two” isn’t a license to eat twice as much. The right choice of snacks can nou

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Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke

Cigarettes can put nonsmokers at risk of serious health problems. As if we needed more reasons why quitting smoking now is a terrific idea: When you go smoke-free, you have a dramatic impact on protecting your loved ones from diseases and health problems caused by secondhand smoke.   It might

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Chorionic Villus Sampling: Prenatal Genetic Testing

CVS can detect Down syndrome and other chromosome and genetic problems in the first trimester. Find out when and how this test is used. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal test. It checks for chromosomal or genetic birth defects in your baby. To do the test, your doctor inserts either a

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Amniocentesis: Prenatal Genetic Testing

Amniocentesis can detect chromosome and genetic problems, including Down syndrome, as well as neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Amniocentesis (amnio) is a prenatal test. It is used to diagnose certain health problems and birth defects, some of which are genetic, meaning they may be passed

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Healthy Pregnancy: Tips on Working Out for Two

If you’re pregnant, you need to be extra careful and know your limits. Being physically active has tremendous health benefits for pregnant women. Exercising may help: Prevent or help control gestational diabetes Ease symptoms such as back pain, constipation and varicose veins Renew energy S

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Healthy Teeth for a Healthy Pregnancy

Why dental health is important when you’re pregnant. Did you know that keeping your teeth and gums in top shape is important during pregnancy?   Some studies show that there may be a link between gum disease (periodontitis) and premature birth. Lack of good dental habits has also been a

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The Pregnancy Calendar: Due Date Details

Think your due date is set in stone? Think again. Learn how your due date is calculated and why it’s important. Congratulations. You’re pregnant! Are you like some women who know the precise moment their baby was conceived? Or are you like most, who are less certain of the exact date o

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How to Make a Birth Plan

A birth plan is a written statement that outlines your preferences for your childbirth experience. Here are some tips for creating yours. You are pregnant and your due date is approaching. Do you have a vision of what your “labor day” will look like? Who do you want with you during labo

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Depression in Pregnancy

It may pose serious risks for mother and baby. But effective treatments are available. Depression during pregnancy is common. One study found that about one in eight pregnant women experience depression. Such depression can pose serious risks for both mother and baby.   Women who are depressed

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8 Tips for Better Sleep When You’re Pregnant

Get a good night’s sleep with these tips. Most adults need about 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Pregnant women in their first trimester need a few more hours on top of that. That’s because during those first few months, your body is working overtime to nurture your developing baby. &

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