Pregnancy & Newborns

Planning Ahead

Planning a Pregnancy

Planning ahead and taking care of yourself before becoming pregnant is the best thing you can do for you and your baby.

Nutrition Before Pregnancy

You need about 300 extra calories a day to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These calories should come from a balanced diet of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Older Moms

Older Moms, Healthy Babies

The fact is that most women in their 30s and 40s have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. To ensure a healthy pregnancy, you should do what any woman should do: Prepare for your baby with healthy lifestyle choices. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and learn what you can do to prevent potential problems.

Pregnancy Over Age 30

Many women today are waiting until later in life to have children. In the United States, birth rates for women in their 30s are at the highest levels in three decades.

Genetic Counseling

Genetics

Genetics is the study of the patterns of inheritance - how traits and characteristics are passed from parents to their children.

Types of Genetic Diseases

Genetic diseases are classified by type: chromosomal abnormalities, single gene defects, problems caused by exposure to certain substances, or a combination of these.

Overview of Birth Defects

A "birth defect" is a health problem or physical change that is present in a baby at the time he/she is born.

The Difference Between a Chromosome Abnormality and a Single Gene Defect

A person can have normal chromosomes in number and structure, but still have a disease or condition caused by a mutation in one or more of the genes on the chromosomes.

How Chromosome Abnormalities Happen: Meiosis, Mitosis, Maternal Age, Environment

Chromosome abnormalities usually happen as a result of an error in cell division.

Pregnancy Over Age 30

Many women today are waiting until later in life to have children. In the United States, birth rates for women in their 30s are at the highest levels in three decades.

When to Seek Genetic Counseling

A family history of certain diseases or disorders or certain factors affecting the pregnancy itself may be reasons to visit a genetic counselor.