When is a baby considered premature?

A:   Any baby born at or before 37 weeks gestational age is considered preterm. There are an alarming number of preterm births in the US, with 1 in 8 babies being born preterm.  Despite the prevalence of prematurity, parental knowledge of the subject is low--a recent survey found that 75% of …

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How early can you start teaching your baby?

A: As one little life is born, the parent has now been given the opportunity to begin spending time with their child.  From the moment you take your baby home, is a moment in time you can never get back.  Good news parents: You can make your time meaningful, beginning day one.How do infants …

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I’m scared! How will I get through pregnancy?

A: It’s perfectly normal to be worried, anxious or even “scared” about pregnancy, especially if it’s your first one! Remember, most of the time, pregnancy goes smoothly, without a hitch. Think about the things you are most worried about and then tackle each one to get answers.The very …

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How can I make sure my doctor supports natural birth?

How can I ask my doctor whether he'll support my decision for a natural birth?  I am not sure how far my doctor's support goes.  I am 24 weeks pregnant.  Each time I have asked him it he seems to beat around the bush and say things like ‘Well, we’ll see how it goes.’  My intuition tells …

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Is gestational diabetes my fault?

Q: Why do some women get gestational diabetes and others don't? Is it something I did?A: Gestational diabetes is a condition that can happen to women who have never had diabetes before. It shows up sometime around the 24th week of pregnancy or during the third trimester and affects about 18% of …

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Husband not interested in pregnancy?

A: My husband doesn’t seem to be very interested in my pregnancy, he doesn’t read the magazines or books that I ask him to, he’s reluctant to go to a childbirth class and I am worried that he might not bond with our baby. What should I do?First, you are not alone. Many expectant mothers …

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Way to make diabetes injections easier?

A: Are there any techniques or technologies I can use to make injecting easier in the third trimester?If you already have diabetes or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes (the kind that occurs only during pregnancy) your doctor may have recommended you take insulin injections. It will …

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Ultrasound shows baby kidney abnormality?

"I just had an ultrasound and found out that my baby has a kidney abnormality. What does that mean? What are my next steps?"Kidney abnormalities are found relatively often on ultrasound during pregnancy.  The good news is that most of the time your baby will not have a life or …

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Sunscreen a no-no for babies?

Why is it recommended for parents NOT to use sunscreen on babies under the age of 6 months old? What are the alternative forms of sun protection for kids?Doctors generally recommend against using sunscreen on babies under 6 months old because they have extremely sensitive skin and because most …

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Test for STDs when pregnant?

Q: "Should I be screened for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)when I'm pregnant?"A: Absolutely. Getting tested for STDs is an important part of prenatal care. Many women with STDs do not have symptoms or don’t recognize they are infected, and laboratory testing is the only way to detect …

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