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Preventing Prematurity

It's best for babies to be born at full term. Here are 5 ways to help prevent early labor.

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  • Taking Care of Your Body

    Taking care of yourself is an important part of having a healthy pregnancy. Here's what you need to know.

    Staying healthy


    Sex and sleep

  • Taking Care of Your Mind

    Learn ways to relax and what to do if worries or anxiety take over.

    Your mental health

    Leaving an abusive partner

Prenatal Care

Going to the doctor regularly can help keep you healthy and lower your chances of having your baby early.

  • Prenatal Tests

    Prenatal tests can tell how your baby is growing and help find any health problems early.

    Learn about prenatal tests

  • First Trimester Tests

    At your first visit, the doctor will confirm your pregnancy and check to see how your baby is developing.

    Learn about tests in the 1st trimester

  • Second Trimester Tests

    The second trimester is when many moms and dads "see" their babies for the first time on ultrasound.

    Learn about tests in the 2nd trimester

  • Third Trimester Tests

    In this trimester, you'll be offered more tests depending on your age, health, family medical history, and other things.

    Learn about tests in the 3rd trimester

  • Prenatal Genetic Counseling

    If your doctor thinks that genetic testing would be helpful, you may be referred to a genetic counselor.

    Learn about genetic counseling

Top Q&As

  • In a high-risk pregnancy, one or more things raise a woman's — or her baby's — chances for health problems or early delivery.

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