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Health Information For Parents
Most babies are born healthy at or near their due date. Sometimes, though, babies are born early and might have health problems.
Babies born before 37 weeks are premature. A premature birth is more likely to happen when a mother has a health problem — like diabetes — or does harmful things during her pregnancy, like smoke or drink. If she lives with a lot of stress, that also can make her baby be born too early.
Many things can cause a baby to be born early or with health problems. Some of these things can be controlled, but others can’t.
Here’s what you can do to have a healthy pregnancy.
During pregnancy, help your baby grow strong and healthy. Be sure to:
Some things that may increase the chances of a premature birth are out of your control. This doesn’t mean that your baby will be born sick or too early. Remember, most babies are born healthy.
Here are some things you can’t control during pregnancy:
If you’re pregnant or are planning to be, talk with your health care professional. Women who get regular prenatal care are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and baby.
The sooner in pregnancy good careÂ begins, the better for theÂ health of both moms and their babies. Here’s what to expect.
During your pregnancy, you’ll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you – read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
Pregnancy brings a mix of feelings, and not all of them are good. It can be even harder if you’re dealing with depression or anxiety.
It’s best for babies not to be born before they’re due. Learn what you can do to prevent early labor.
Moms-to-be have a lot of questions about what’s safe during pregnancy. Keep your sanity by knowing what you can – and can’t – do before your baby arrives.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
The reality of labor and birth may seem extremely far off – but now’s the time to start planning for your baby by creating a birth plan that details your wishes.
Are you expecting more than one baby? Find out how to take care of yourself and prepare for your multiple birth experience.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Where you choose to give birth is an important decision. Is a hospital or a birth center right for you? Knowing the facts can help you make your decision.
Our week-by-week illustrated pregnancy calendar is a detailed guide to all the changes taking place in your baby – and in you!
Every parent-to-be hopes for a healthy baby, but it can be hard not to worry. Find out what tests can keep you informed of your health â and your baby’s â throughout pregnancy.
Whether you feel confused, worried, scared, or excited, you’ll want to know how your life will change, what you can do to have a healthy baby.
If you just learned you’re pregnant, you’re not alone. You probably wonder how to tell your parents and how they’ll react. Read our article for some tips.
Babies who are born premature – before 37 weeks of pregnancy – can have health problems that last their whole lives. Learn ways to prevent early labor and have a healthy pregnancy.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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