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The Science Inside Having Healthy Babies

This booklet summarizes what health professionals know about healthy babies and mothers. It shows women how to avoid or reduce the health risks of pregnancy, provides information about the development of healthy infants and toddlers, and outlines the steps of pregnancy from conception to labor and delivery to postnatal care. Having Healthy Babies directs readers to more sources of information and to the latest scientific research.

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The Science Inside: Having Healthy Babies.

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Content Reviewers/Advisors:

Stacey Garnett, RN, MS, is the director of Maternal-Child Health Nursing at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jacqueline Novak, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Research Institute.

Frank Tillman III is a student in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Research Institute.

Additional resources on pregnancy and childbirth are provided below, in both English and Spanish.

Resources in English

About Cesarean Childbirth
American College of Surgeons
Explains what a c-section is, why you might need it, how it’s performed and what to expect after the operation.

Asthma and Pregnancy
American Academy of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology
Provides frequently asked questions about pregnant women who have asthma.

Breastfeeding Your Baby – Making the Decision Together
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Targets fathers-to-be who may be doubtful about the idea of their child breastfeeding.

Car Safety Tips for You and Your Baby
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Guidelines for using seatbelts when you are pregnant and car seats after your baby is born.

A Child Becomes a Reader: Birth Through Preschool
National Institute for Literacy
Gives parents suggestions, games, and activities for preparing their young child for reading and writing later in life.

Circumcision
American Academy of Family Physicians
Guide to the pros and cons of circumcision as well as to caring for a newborn baby’s penis, regardless.

Colic: Learning How to Deal with Your Baby’s Crying
American Academy of Family Physicians
Teaches you about colic and its symptoms and gives you suggestions for helping your baby stop crying. Also offers suggestions for how you can cope when you’re feeling frustrated by your baby’s crying.

Down Syndrome and Your Unborn Baby
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines Down Syndrome and discusses who is most at risk of giving birth to a baby with it, as well as how to find out if your baby might have it.

Drinking and Your Pregnancy
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIH Publication No. 96-4101
Answers questions about alcohol and drinking during pregnancy, discusses the problems associated with fetal alcohol syndrome and provides a list of resources.

Especially for Teens: Having a Baby
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Gives teens an overview of their choices at the outset of a pregnancy as well as brief highlights of do’s and don’t’s during pregnancy.

Fathers Can Support Breastfeeding
Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Explains why fathers should encourage breastfeeding and how they can support the process.

A Father’s Guide to Pregnancy
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Gives dads-to-be a general overview of the different stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and life after the baby is born.

Fit for Two: Tips for Pregnancy
Weight-Control Information Network

Gestational Diabetes: What It Means for Me and My Baby
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines gestational diabetes, provides an overview of nutrition and exercise suggestions, and discusses what happens after the baby is born.

Got Diabetes

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alerts women who have diabetes and are thinking of getting pregnant about the importance of keeping diabetes symptoms under control.

Health Diary
Health Resources and Services Administration
Health diary and resource booklet for a pregnant woman to record all the pertinent information about herself during pregnancy and about the baby after it’s born.

HIV, Pregnancy, and AZT
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines perinatal HIV, tells when you can find out if your baby is infected if you have HIV, and what you can do to reduce the risk of passing HIV on, including the use of AZT.

New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding
American Academy of Pediatrics
Everything you ever wanted to know about breastfeeding.

Pregnancy and Exercise: What You Can Do for a Healthy Pregnancy
American Academy of Family Physicians
Includes tips on physical fitness during pregnancy as well as warning signs for problems associated with exercising and pregnancy.

Pregnancy: Taking Care of You and Your Baby
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about prenatal care, such as what you should eat, whether it’s okay to have sex, and what you can do to feel better if you suffer from some of pregnancy’s most common discomforts.

Pregnancy: What to Expect When Your Due Date Has Passed
American Academy of Family Physicians
Tells you what to expect if you are one or more weeks overdue.

Recursos En Español

Atención prenatal temprana y periódica: Guía para tener un bebe saludable

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
A comprehensive guide to pregnancy that includes bilingual information in English and Spanish about the importance of regular prenatal care.

Cólicos: Aprendiendo a vivir con los llantos de su bebé
American Academy of Family Physicians
Teaches you about colic and its symptoms and gives you suggestions for helping your baby stop crying. Also offers suggestions for how you can cope when you’re feeling frustrated by your baby’s crying.

Embarazo: Cuidándose a usted misma y a su bebé
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about prenatal care, such as what you should eat, whether it’s okay to have sex, and what you can do to feel better if you suffer from some of pregnancy’s most common discomforts.