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Gestational Diabetes Screening: Questions for the Doctor

Use these questions to start a conversation with your doctor or midwife about screening for gestational diabetes.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Have a Healthy Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, get important prenatal tests and see your doctor or midwife regularly. Women who get prenatal care have healthier babies.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FAQs: Folic Acid

Find out what folic acid is, why women should take it, how they can obtain it, and how much they should take before and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Folic Acid: Questions and Answers

The purpose of these questions and answers is to educate women of childbearing age on the importance of consuming 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

National Alliance for Hispanic Health Helplines

Learn about services offered by Su Familia: The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline (1-866-783-2645) and La Línea Nacional Prenatal Hispana, The National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline (1-800-504-7081).

Review Date: July 11, 2014

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Pregnancy and Hepatitis B: Frequently Asked Questions

This site provides important information related to Hepatitis B and pregnant women. Included are questions to ask the doctor, information about tests, vaccinations, breast feeding, labor and delivery guidelines, and more.

Review Date: June 20, 2012

Hepatitis B Foundation

Pregnancy-Planning Education Program

Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant? There are steps you can take for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Air Travel During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Generally, commercial air travel during pregnancy is considered safe for women who have healthy pregnancies. Still, if you're pregnant, it's best to check with your health care provider before you fly.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Before You Get Pregnant: Information for All Women

Take a moment to learn what you can do now to make sure any future pregnancies are planned and healthy.

Review Date: February 23, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Causes and Prevention of Intellectual Disabilities

Although not all intellectual disabilities can be prevented, there are some that can be prevented through newborn screening, immunization and prenatal care. Learn more about it.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

The Arc

Center Locator - Birthright International

Birthright helps any girl or woman who feels distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. To locate the office nearest you, enter your zip code in the location search tool.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Birthright International

Cord Blood Banking – Information for Consumers

One choice prospective parents often face is whether to donate, bank or discard their baby's cord blood. Learn about cord blood donation and how cord blood is regulated.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)

Detecting Genetic Abnormalities

Some tests can detect genetic abnormalities before birth. By learning about these problems before birth, you can help plan your child’s health care in advance, and in some cases even treat the disorder while the baby is still in the womb.

Review Date: June 25, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Facts About Birth Defects

About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented, but there are things that a woman can do before and during pregnancy to increase her chance of having a healthy baby, such as taking folic acid and preventing infections.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a range of lifelong disorders, known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders(FASDs). Learn about the characteristics and behaviors of children with FASDs and how much alcohol is too much to drink during pregnancy.

Review Date: February 01, 2011

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Find a Childbirth Educator or Doula

Search for childbirth educators, postnatal educators, certified doulas, and certified perinatal fitness educators by location or name.

Review Date: November 21, 2012

International Childbirth Education Association

Find a Health Center

Find a Federally-funded health center near you for low-cost care based on your income.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

Find a Health Center iPhone Application

Download this iPhone app to find a Federally-funded health center near you for low-cost care based on your income.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy

This document provides ideas and tips for pregnant women to help them improve their eating plans and become more physically active before, during, and after their pregnancy.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

NIH Weight-Control Information Network, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Folic acid can also help prevent some major birth defects. Learn why everyone needs folic acid.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Food Safety for Moms-to-Be

Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. This page contains a food-by-food guide to selecting, preparing, and eating foods safely.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Gestational Diabetes

Learn how you can prevent pregnancy complications by following your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you're planning your pregnancy.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

American Diabetes Association

Group B Streptococcal Infections

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. Find out more information about this infectious disease.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Jesse Cause Foundation

Group B Streptococcal Resources for Expectant Parents

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. If you are pregnant, the following information may assist you in reducing the chances of your baby being infected.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

Jesse Cause Foundation

Guidance for Preventing Birth Defects

Many birth defects happen very early during pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Find steps a woman can take to get ready for a healthy pregnancy.

Review Date: October 05, 2011

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Healthy Pregnancy

Designed for expectant mothers, this web site provides information about each trimester of pregnancy, family planning, preparing for the new baby, childbirth, postnatal and postpartum care, and more.

Review Date: March 01, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Healthy Pregnancy: Do’s and Don’ts- (PDF)

Pregnant women are bombarded with Do’s and Don’ts. Use this list to keep it all straight.

Review Date: February 22, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV and Pregnancy - (PDF)

A woman who is HIV-infected and pregnant or has recently given birth will find steps to take to preserve health and prevent transmission of HIV to her baby.

Review Date: June 27, 2011

AIDSinfo

Iodine Deficiency

Iodine deficiency can lead to thyroid diseases and to mental retardation in infants and children whose mothers were iodine deficient during pregnancy. Read more about this important mineral.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

American Thyroid Association

MyPlate.gov - Daily Food Plan for Moms

When pregnant or breastfeeding, you have special nutritional needs. Enter your information to get your Daily Food Plan for Moms including the foods and amounts that are right for you.

Review Date: February 03, 2012

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center

The Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center features information on planning a pregnancy, and on prenatal and postnatal care.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Pregnancy & Newborn Timeline of Tips

As an expectant parent, there is so much to learn about caring for your unborn baby and even more to learn about caring for your newborn once you’re home from the hospital. Here is a timeline of tips that provides accurate and up-to-date information on infant health and survival.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

Pregnancy & Prenatal Testing

Prenatal tests performed during pregnancy screen for and diagnose any existing problems that may affect the mother’s or baby’s health so doctors can identify and address problems as they arise.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Pregnancy After Age 35

Most healthy women from age 35 into their 40s have healthy pregnancies. Learn how good prenatal care and healthy habits can help you reduce certain risks.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Pregnancy: Taking Care of You and Your Baby

These are some guidelines to follow to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Review Date: December 19, 2011

American Academy of Family Physicians

Prenatal Care: Helping You Have a Healthy Baby- (PDF)

Information about the importance of regular prenatal care is provided in English and Spanish, including what to expect during prenatal visits, prenatal tests and exams, tips to help prevent and relieve common pregnancy discomforts, complications, and what to consider after birth.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Prenatal Services

If you are pregnant, programs in your state can help you have a healthy baby. These programs offer medical care, support and advice for pregnant women, information about health insurance and other services you and your baby may need.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

Preventing Infections in Pregnancy

Use these simple tips to prevent infection during pregnancy and keep your unborn baby safe.

Review Date: December 11, 2012

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Protect Your Baby and Yourself From Listeriosis

Pregnant women are at high risk for getting sick from Listeria, harmful bacteria found in many foods. If you are pregnant, you need to know what foods are safe to eat.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ten Healthy Pregnancy Tips

Important advice for mothers-to-be on maintaining a healthy pregnancy through sensible food choices, mental health and other healthy behavior choices..

Review Date: March 26, 2013

Lamaze International

Test Your Folic Acid IQ

Take this short quiz to test your knowledge and learn more about folic acid.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Council on Folic Acid

The Healthy Baby Resource

Learning the dangers inherent in our modern world can help you avoid many harmful exposures and increase the chances of having a healthy baby. This site discusses prenatal care, nutrition, recreation and more.

Review Date: December 16, 2011

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms during your pregnancy.

Review Date: February 22, 2012

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services