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Pregnancy and Newborns   - Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing for Pregnancy

Planning Ahead

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  • Planning a Pregnancy

    Planning a Pregnancy If you're planning to become pregnant, taking certain steps can help reduce risks for both you and your baby. Proper health before deciding to become pregnant is almost as import...

  • Nutrition Before Pregnancy

    Nutrition Before Pregnancy Becoming healthy before becoming pregnant Pre-conception nutrition is a vital part of preparing for pregnancy. Factors such as a woman's weight compared with her height and...

Older Moms

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  • Older Moms, Healthy Babies

    Older Moms, Healthy Babies If you are older than age 35 and planning to have your first baby, you may have concerns about becoming pregnant later in life. You may have heard that a woman's risk for c...

  • Pregnancy Over Age 30

    Pregnancy Over Age 30 Many women today are waiting until later in life to have children. In the United States, birth rates for women in their 30s are at the highest levels in three decades. However, ...

Genetic Counseling

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  • Types of Genetic Diseases

    Types of Genetic Diseases There are several types of genetic disorders. The way in which the disorder is inherited can help determine the risks it will have on a pregnancy and the risk it will recur ...

  • Genetics

    Genetics What is genetics? Genetics is the study of the patterns of inheritance--how traits and characteristics are passed from parents to their children. Genes are formed from segments of DNA (deoxy...

  • Overview of Birth Defects

    Overview of Birth Defects What is a birth defect? A "birth defect" is a health problem or physical change, which is present in a baby at the time he or she is born. Birth defects may be very mild, wh...

  • When to Seek Genetic Counseling

    When to Seek Genetic Counseling Genetic counseling is a professional assessment of a person's or couple's risk factors regarding their family history, medical history, and/or pregnancy history. The g...

  • Pregnancy Over Age 30

    Pregnancy Over Age 30 Many women today are waiting until later in life to have children. In the United States, birth rates for women in their 30s are at the highest levels in three decades. However, ...