It’s Prematurity Awareness Month, and a premature birth takes place more than 3 weeks before the expected due date.
Learn the signs and symptoms that you might be going into labor early.
Some of the greatest risk factors for premature birth are previous premature births, a pregnancy with multiple babies, smoking or drug use, and going less than 6 months between pregnancies.
Premature babies can deal with mild symptoms or more serious complications. Some signs include a small size, sharper features from a lack of stored baby fat, low body temp, and trouble breathing or feeding.
Premature babies will likely need longer hospital stays. Your doctor and a specialized team help care for the baby and can explain what’s happening every step of the way.
Short-term complications from premature birth can include issues with their lungs, heart, brain, blood, metabolism, and immune system.
Long-term complications from premature birth can include cerebral palsy, chronic health issues, and problems with their learning, vision, hearing, and teeth.
If you’re at risk of a premature birth, your doctor might have you take progesterone supplements or have a surgical procedure on your cervix. They might also have you avoid vigorous activity or go on bed rest for the end of your pregnancy.
It’s Atrial Fibrillation Month, and atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib or AF, is a type of irregular heartbeat that can raise your risk of other health problems. Learn more.
For most people, their heart beats between 60 and 100 times a minute. Those with AFib can have heart rates as high as 175 beats a minute.
AFib can feel like drums or thunder pounding in your chest or even flip-flopping in your chest. Talk to your doctor if you’ve experienced this kind of discomfort.
If you’re experiencing AFib and other issues, like shortness of breath with light physical activity, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fatigue, your heart might not be getting enough blood and oxygen out to your body.
AFib raises your risk of stroke by 5 times. It can allow clots to form, which can cause strokes that can cause serious damage to your tissue and brain.
Some people may just have to cut caffeine in their diet to improve their AFib. Others may need special medication and treatment to address the underlying cause.
If you suffer from heartbeat irregularities, changes in your lifestyle, like being physically active, quitting smoking, or managing stress and your blood pressure can also help.
January is National Blood Donor Month, and it’s the perfect time to make a New Year’s resolution to give.
Why do you donate? The mother in this article donates knowing the supply isn’t guaranteed.
Get the facts about the value of blood, giving, and eligibility, and find a place to give.
Learn the value of giving from this woman’s firsthand story. She was saved by blood donations.
Can’t give? Volunteer or host a blood drive to still give back.
Give the gift of life. Some need blood donations to survive.
Go digital with the Red Cross’s blood app to schedule appointments, track your donations, and earn rewards.
March is National Kidney Month. Did you know your kidneys filter 200 liters of blood each day?
Your kidneys regulate the salt, potassium, and acid in your body and filter out waste. And they release hormones and produce vitamin D and red blood cells.
Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 26 million have it, and most don’t know it.
More than 590,000 Americans have kidney failure. This quiz can tell you if you’re at risk.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure. Managing your diabetes is key.
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March is the first-ever Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Join us this week in taking the Red Tie Challenge and learn more about these disorders.
More than 3 million Americans suffer from bleeding disorders, like hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, or rare factor deficiencies.
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder where your blood doesn’t clot normally and can be fatal in emergencies.
von Willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder caused by low levels of clotting protein in your blood.
Join us and those across America taking the Red Tie Challenge and help start a conversation about bleeding disorders.
It’s the perfect opportunity to learn how to tie the perfect knot.
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