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obesity during pregnancy

Obesity During Pregnancy

Does obesity during pregnancy put me at risk of any health problems? Obesity during pregnancy puts you at risk of several serious health problems: Gestational hypertension—High blood pressure that starts during the second half of

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Amenorrhea: Absence of Periods

What is Amenorrhea? Amenorrhea is the absence of menstrual periods. There are two types of amenorrhea: Primary amenorrhea—This is when a girl does not get her first period by age 15. Secondary amenorrhea—This is when a woman who

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Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests

What is prenatal genetic testing? Prenatal genetic screening tests gives parents-to-be information about whether their fetus has certain genetic disorders. What are genetic disorders? Genetic disorders are caused by changes in a person’s genes or chromosomes. Aneuploidy is a condition in which there

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Exercise During Pregnancy

Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy? If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity. Physical activity does not increase your risk of miscarriage,

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Postpartum Birth Control

Why is postpartum birth control recommended? If you are not using a birth control method, it is possible to get pregnant very soon after having a baby. Using a birth control method in the weeks

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Pregnancy and Depression

Depression is a common illness that can be mild or very serious. It is more than feeling sad or upset for a short time or feeling grief after a loss. Depression changes your thoughts, feelings,

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Dealing with a Miscarriage

A pregnancy loss or miscarriage can be heartbreaking, often leaving the mother feeling guilty and wondering if she did something wrong to cause it. Miscarriage in the first trimester (before about 13 weeks), also called

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