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 after the first trimester to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These calories should come from a balanced diet of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains.

Zika and Pregnancy Planning

There is no vaccine to prevent Zika infection. If you are planning a pregnancy, you’ll need to take steps to take to protect yourself and your partner.

Older Moms

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 four decades.

Genetic Counseling

Medical Genetics: Types of Genetic Changes

Genetic changes come in two main types: chromosome abnormalities and single-gene defects.

Birth Defects in Children

A birth defect is a health problem or physical change that is present when a baby is born. Birth defects can be very mild, where the baby looks and acts like any other baby. Or birth defects can be more severe.

Medical Genetics: How Chromosome Abnormalities Happen

Chromosome problems usually happen as a result of an error when cells divide.

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 four decades.

When to Seek Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling gives you information about health concerns that run in your family.