Pregnancy and Childbirth

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  • Fetal Growth Restriction

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a term that describes an unborn baby who isn’t growing at the normal rate inside…

  • Zika

    Zika is a virus caused by a bite from the Aedes mosquito. It is contagious and increases the risk of…

  • What to Do When Your Pregnancy Is Unexpected

    If your pregnancy is unexpected, you may be feeling scared or confused about what to do. It is important to…

  • Screening in Pregnancy

    Pregnancy screenings can provide valuable information before your baby is born about the risks for common birth defects.

  • Bringing Your Baby Home

    Welcoming a baby into your home is a big event. It can be scary if it is your first baby…

  • Your Baby's Development: The Second Trimester

    The middle part of your pregnancy is called the second trimester. It is made up of weeks 13 or 14…

  • Being a Single Parent

    Being a single parent can be challenging. It can also be very rewarding. It’s important to find a way to…

  • Bonding with Baby

    Bonding is a special connection you have with your baby. Bonding with your baby is not a one-time event. It…

  • Cardiomyopathy

    Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the muscles in the heart. It causes your heart muscles to become enlarged. This can…

  • Anemia

    Anemia is the most common blood disorder in the U.S. It affects your red blood cells and hemoglobin. Most people…

  • Changes in Your Body During Pregnancy: First Trimester

    The first trimester of pregnancy can be exciting and scary. A person’s body goes through a lot of changes—physically and…

  • Birthing Classes

    Birthing classes are an important part of preparing to have a baby. They can help you develop a birth plan…

  • Infertility

    Infertility means a couple isn’t able to become pregnant after 1 year of having regular, unprotected sex. Infertility can affect…

  • Becoming Parents: What It Means for Couples

    Having a baby changes many things at home, including your relationship with your partner. Use these tips to help you…

  • Pica

    Pica is a compulsive eating disorder in which people eat nonfood items. Dirt, clay, and flaking paint are the most…

  • Morning Sickness

    Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting that some people have when they become pregnant. Morning sickness is very…

  • Changes in Your Body During Pregnancy: Second Trimester

    Your body continues to change in the second trimester of pregnancy. As your baby continues to grow, so does your…

  • Mastitis

    Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast, usually caused by an infection. It can cause breast pain, tenderness, and flu-like…

  • Vaccines: Myth Versus Fact

    There are many common misconceptions regarding vaccines. Use this evidence-based information to clear up any confusion.

  • Your Baby's Development: The First Trimester

    From conception to delivery, your baby goes through several stages of development. The first third of your pregnancy is called…