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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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You’re Pregnant: Should You Get an HIV Test?

Learn about HIV testing, a routine test for pregnant women. In order to monitor the health of both you and your baby, your medical team will do routine tests throughout your pregnancy. It may surprise you to learn that one of these is the test for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).   HIV

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Pregnancy and Food Cravings

Learn how to manage pregnancy cravings from pickles to ice cream. From pickles to ice cream, many women have food cravings during pregnancy. Though no one knows for sure why, experts do have suggestions for managing these cravings.   Why curb cravings?   While it may be fine to give in t

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Buckle up! Seat Belt Safety Tips for Pregnant Women

Is it safe for pregnant women to use seat belts? Yes. Buckling up the seat belt protects both mom and her unborn baby. Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death for pregnant women. Motor vehicle crashes are also the leading cause of traumatic fetal death. Seat belt use reduces

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An Introduction to Prenatal Testing

These screenings and diagnostics can check for common problems. Prenatal tests can tell a lot about the health of you and your unborn baby. Tests are done throughout pregnancy. Many tests are given to almost all pregnant women as part of their prenatal care. Other tests are suggested to certain wo

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Frequency Used Pregnancy Acronyms

AF: aunt flow (period)BF: breast feedingBFN: big fat negative (pregnancy test)BFP: big fat positive (pregnancy test)CD: cycle dayCH: crosshairs- the lines drawn on the chart to indicate ovulationCIO: cry it outDD: estimated due dateDH: dear husbandDPO: days past ovulationFet: fertilityFF: formula fe

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early pregnancy and spotting

I just found out that I am pregnant on 5/29/19 and I was told by blood test that I am about 5 weeks pregnant. I have been spotting for the past 4 days it started out a brown color and has progressed to a watery pink and now it is more like brownish red. I have gotten tiny little clots about the size

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oscillococcinum

Can you take Oscillococcinum if you think you are pregnant?

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Do you have to give your baby a middle name?

Do you have to give your baby a middle name?I am an Optum employee. The posting on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the company’s position, strategies or opinion. The Content on this website should not be considered medical advice. For medical assistance, please contact your d

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Pregnant or Not??

I'm 56 days passed my miscarriage. I don't know if this is still left over HCG or not. On 1/19/19 i took a test and it was 100% negative. 3 days later I got my first cycle since my miscarriage. I've taken 5 tests, 2 were negative and 3 had faint lines, What do you think?

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