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Group B Strep Test

Group B strep can be passed from mother to child during birth and cause life-threatening infection in the newborn. Find out about testing. At some time in your ninth month of pregnancy, you should be tested for bacteria called group B streptococcus, or GBS. As many as 30 percent of women

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Elective C-Section: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Unnecessary surgery can pose risks for mother and baby. By now you are probably starting to develop a plan for your delivery day.   In most births, the baby passes through the birth canal and is pushed out through the vagina. But sometimes a baby is delivered by surgery. This is called a cesa

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Doulas: Helping Hands for Childbirth

Learn about a doula’s role during labor and delivery. In many societies throughout history, women have helped other women give birth. They pressed cool cloths on sweaty foreheads. They grasped hands. They whispered encouragement.   But as medicine has progressed, women began giving birt

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Preparing Siblings for a New Baby

Tips to help you deliver the news that someone is going to be a big brother or a big sister. Congratulations, you’re going to be a parent — again! A new baby is exciting news, but you may be nervous about how your other child or children will react.   Here are some tips for bringi

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Considering Episiotomy

When is an episiotomy a choice versus a necessity? Being pregnant is an exciting and anxious time. You may want to jump straight to picking out names and nursery items. But first, there are a few medical decisions and choices you’ll need to think about. Here are some to consider: What kind

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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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