Having the Proper Insurance Coverage for Your Pregnancy


Getting pregnant can be a blessing and a burden depending on your finances. Many people don't even realize how important health insurance is until they get pregnant. Its a good idea to shop around online and compare low cost health insurance quotes before getting pregnant. Be sure to check the details of the maternity coverage on your plan. Sometimes very little is covered. Despite the daunting task of finding the right company to get coverage with you can most definitely find a the right plan for you.


diabetes

How gestational diabetes can affect your baby?

How gestational diabetes can affect your baby?
Gestational diabetes usually affects the mother later in pregnancy when the baby’s body is already formed, yet while the baby is still growing. As a result gestational diabetes does not cause the kinds of birth defects that are sometimes seen in babies whose mothers have diabetes before pregnancy. However, untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can harm your baby. Because your body is not able to process glucose normally, extra glucose is crossing the placenta, giving your baby high blood glucose levels. This causes the baby’s pancreas to produce extra insulin. Since the devel Read More

Newborn Baby

Newborn Screening to Prevent Mental Retardation

Newborn Screening to Prevent Mental Retardation
What is newborn screening? Newborn screening identifies biochemical or other inherited conditions that may produce mental retardation, other disabilities and/or death. Babies are screened for these conditions during the newborn period. These conditions are identified using tests on blood collected from a heel stick onto filter paper.  Over 300 gene disorders can be traced to specific biochemical defects referred to as inborn errors of metabolism, and many of these disorders result in mental retardation. A specific intervention is possible that may prevent brain damage in about one-t Read More

pregnancy

SEEING YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT

SEEING YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT
If you're thinking about having a baby, don't wait for the results of a home pregnancy test before seeing a doctor. The best time to have that first pre-natal visit is before you become pregnant, because a healthier you could mean a healthier baby. Pre-conceptual counseling, as it is called, helps educate women so they can be physically and emotionally prepared - and healthy - for pregnancy. Pre-conceptual counseling is catching on, as more healthcare providers emphasize preventive health care. About 45 percent of pregnancies in America, however, are either unintended or unplanned, acco Read More

Teen Pregnancy

How common is preterm birth?

How common is preterm birth?
One in every eight babies born in the US is preterm so that in 2002, more than 480,000 babies were born too early. Unfortunately the problem is getting worse not better. In fact the rates of preterm birth have increased 29% over the last 20 years, going from 9.4% in 1981 to 12.1% in 2002.2 But despite this increase, only about 1/3 of women think premature birth is common and serious. In a national survey, 31% of pregnant women felt that preterm birth is an extremely or very serious problem in the U.S.3 However, pregnant African-American women were almost twice as likely as white women Read More

Treatment In Pregnancy

SEEING YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT

SEEING YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE YOU GET PREGNANT
If you're thinking about having a baby, don't wait for the results of a home pregnancy test before seeing a doctor. The best time to have that first pre-natal visit is before you become pregnant, because a healthier you could mean a healthier baby. Pre-conceptual counseling, as it is called, helps educate women so they can be physically and emotionally prepared - and healthy - for pregnancy. Pre-conceptual counseling is catching on, as more healthcare providers emphasize preventive health care. About 45 percent of pregnancies in America, however, are either unintended or unplanned, acco Read More
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