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Health Information For Parents
Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll want to know how your baby is growing. Prenatal tests can offer valuable information about your health and the health of your growing child.
If your doctor recommends a screening or test, be sure to learn about the risks and benefits. Most parents find that prenatal tests offer them peace of mind while helping to prepare them for their baby’s arrival. But it’s your choice to accept or decline a test.
Your first visit to the obstetrician should have included a full physical, urine (pee) test, and blood test to check for things like:
You can expect to get your urine tested and your weight and blood pressure checked at every (or almost every) visit until you deliver. These tests can identify conditions such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure).
Throughout your third trimester, you’ll be offered more tests depending on your age, health, family medical history, and other things. These can include:
Remember that tests are offered to you — it’s your choice whether to have them.
To decide which tests are right for you, talk with your health care provider about why a test is recommended, its risks and benefits, and what the results can — and can’t — tell you.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
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.
Find out what tests may be offered to you during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Find out what tests may be offered to you during weeks 13 through 26 of pregnancy.
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.
Women who have this common but potentially dangerous bacteria while pregnant receive antibiotics during labor to avoid passing the bacteria onto their babies.
If your child has a birth defect, you don’t have to go it alone – many people and resources are available to help you.
Read the basics about genetics, including how certain illnesses, or increased risks for certain illnesses, pass from generation to generation.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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