Nipple Pain Remedies

Nipple pain can cause some mothers to stop nursing. Discover how you can relieve the nipple pain that may come from breastfeeding your baby.

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Pregnancy Symptom Alternatives

Before you make any assumptions about your pregnancy-like symptoms, you may want to know about all of the other causes of those symptoms unrelated to pregnancy.

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Introducing the Bottle

When should you start bottle feeding your baby? Discover tips for introducing the bottle and find out what might be the best timing.

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Donor Milk

Can you use donor milk to feed your baby? Discover if donor milk is right for you and your baby and if there are nutritional benefits or any concerns.

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Preparing to Breast Pump

Are you trying to decide to pump? Using breast pumps to retrieve and store breast milk might be right for you, learn about the benefits of using a breast pump.

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Nutrition and Breastfeeding

Did you know that what you eat affects your breastfeeding? Learn more about the nutrition that is best for breast feeding and the benefits for your baby.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding As you approach the end of your pregnancy, your body is preparing to breastfeed. Breast milk is the perfect food for your…

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Pregnancy Pains

As your body changes, you may experience pain in your abdomen, legs, or back. Here is how to know if the pain is a cause for concern, or normal pregnancy aches.

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Probiotics During Pregnancy

What are probiotics? Probiotics are living microorganisms, the majority of which are bacteria followed by yeast. They are similar to the naturally occurring microorganisms found…

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Muscle Cramps During Pregnancy

Muscle Cramps During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes and Prevention Muscle cramps during pregnancy are one of the common discomforts experienced by approximately half of all expecting…

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Vitamin Overdose

During pregnancy, it is important to get the proper nutrients to foster healthy fetal development. You may be tempted to take a multivitamin in addition…

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Pregnancy Dreams

If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, it’s important to be aware of the possible changes that could occur. You may already know…

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Halloween and Pregnant

Halloween is a fun time for both kids and adults filled with fall festivals, Halloween parties, and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Part of the…

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Vomiting During Pregnancy

Unfortunately, vomiting during pregnancy is common, with as many as 60-70% of pregnant women experiencing vomiting as an unpleasant symptom of morning sickness.  Morning sickness,…

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Hives During Pregnancy

About 1 in 5 pregnant women experience changes in their skin during pregnancy, including acne, skin darkening, and stretch marks. Although women may feel self-conscious…

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Pregnancy After Vasectomy

Although a vasectomy is one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy, many people often consider pregnancy after the procedure.

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Laxatives During Pregnancy

The Safety of Using Laxatives During Your Pregnancy Constipation is a common complaint during pregnancy, which means questions about using laxatives during pregnancy are frequent,…

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Dehydration During Pregnancy

Staying hydrated is very important during your pregnancy. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and avoid drinks and activities that could lead to dehydration.

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Pregnancy Emotions

Mood swings are a common symptom of pregnancy. Sadness, anger, and other emotions can seem overwhelming. Discover ways to address this aspect of pregnancy.

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Sharp Pain During Pregnancy

If you experience sharp, stabbing pains during pregnancy, it is important to be aware of what pain is normal and what is symptomatic of a cause for concern.

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Lifting During Pregnancy

Lifting While Pregnant: Is it Safe? As your growing baby develops, your body will go through changes to make room for the baby. Your uterus…

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Pregnancy Workout

One of the best things you can do for your pregnancy is to start, or maintain, a healthy lifestyle. This can include anything from seeing…

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Wine During Pregnancy

Drinking Wine During Pregnancy: Safety and Risks Can you drink wine during pregnancy?  A common area of concern during pregnancy is over what you can…

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Adalimumab During Pregnancy

Adalimumab During Pregnancy: Side Effects and Risks The primary reason that individuals take Adalimumab is for rheumatoid arthritis.  This makes the use of Adalimumab during…

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Albuterol During Pregnancy

Albuterol During Pregnancy: Safety and Side Effects Is Albuterol safe during pregnancy? This is a common question for women who are using albuterol and discover…

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Nosebleeds During Pregnancy

The risk of experiencing nosebleeds can increase during pregnancy. Although messy and annoying, there are a number of ways to help prevent them.

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Fetal Distress

Fetal Distress: Diagnosis, Conditions & Treatment Historically, the term fetal distress has been used to describe when the fetus does not receive adequate amounts of oxygen…

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Prenatal Yoga

During pregnancy your body goes through many changes, which creates stress on you mentally and physically. A way to maintain a healthy mind and body…

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Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Cutting Your Newborn’s Umbilical Cord Throughout your pregnancy, the umbilical cord has functioned as the connection between your baby and the placenta. It has brought…

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Pregnancy Glow

There are many physiological changes and common concerns that comes with pregnancy such as nausea, fatigue, or swelling. However, the pregnancy glow is one of…

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Pregnancy Line – Linea Nigra

The Pregnancy Line, which is more official called Linea Nigra, is the dark line that develops across your belly during pregnancy.  It is possible the…

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Epilepsy and Pregnancy

Epilepsy affects approximately 1% of the US population. Read more to discover how epilepsy can affect your pregnancy, and how to moderate your symptoms.

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Rapid Labor

Rapid Labor: Signs, Difficulties and Management With each pregnancy, labor and birth can be quite different. Some women follow the typical course of labor, others…

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Umbilical Cord Prolapse

Umbilical Cord Prolapse: Causes, Dangers and Treatment During the last few weeks of pregnancy you may begin to worry more about the health and well-being…

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Fetal Arrhythmia

What is fetal arrhythmia? Fetal arrhythmia is a term that refers to any abnormality in the heart rate of your baby. These can include tachycardia–an…

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Genital Warts During Pregnancy

Genital Warts During Pregnancy: Symptoms and Treatment What are the symptoms of genital warts during pregnancy? Is my baby safe if I have genital warts…

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Nitrous Oxide During Labor

Using Nitrous Oxide During Labor: Benefits and Risks As your due date approaches, you will want to become familiar with the natural and medical intervention…

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Blood Clots During Pregnancy

Blood Clots During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention Blood clots are serious concerns and even more so while you are pregnant. A blood clot during…

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Vaccination During Pregnancy

Taking Vaccinations While Pregnant Vaccinations are an important part of normal healthcare, and help prevent a number of diseases, such as the flu, hepatitis, and…

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Placenta Encapsulation

Placenta Encapsulation: Safety and Possible Benefits The placenta is the organ surrounding the fetus in the womb and allows for the exchange of nutrients, blood, and…

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Flu During Pregnancy

Flu During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Prevention and Vaccinations During pregnancy changes occur in your immune system, heart, and lungs. Additional stress is put on the heart…

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Gonorrhea During Pregnancy

Gonorrhea During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention During pregnancy, in order to protect your growing baby, one of the most important things is to prioritize…

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Second Hand Smoke and Pregnancy

All women are advised to quit smoking when they become pregnant; however, research has shown simply quitting is not enough to eliminate the risks associated…

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Syphilis During Pregnancy

Syphilis During Pregnancy : Testing and Treatment Pregnancy can be a very fun and exciting time for expecting mothers and families, but along with that…

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Fifth Disease During Pregnancy

Fifth Disease During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention What is Fifth Disease? Fifth disease is a contagious infection that is caused by the human parvovirus…

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Sinus Infection While Pregnant

Sinus Infection While Pregnant: Medication and Natural Remedies Sinus pressure, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat?  Welcome to a sinus infection during pregnancy.  Sinus…

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Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Abdominal pain is not uncommon, and can be addressed in simple ways. It is also important to be aware of potential factors that could necessitate medical attention.

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Cough and Cold During Pregnancy

Cough and Cold During Pregnancy: Treatment and Prevention When you become pregnant, your immune system is likely to change.  As a result of these changes,…

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Breastfeeding While Pregnant

Breastfeeding While Pregnant: Safety and Challenges You may have just started adjusting to breastfeeding only to find out you are pregnant again. You might have…

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Hip Pain During Pregnancy

Hip Pain During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment Hip pain during pregnancy is a common symptom that you may experience. This discomfort is most often felt…

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Diabetes During Pregnancy

Diabetes During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Risks and Treatment Diabetes is a serious disease in which your body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in your…

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Cramping During Pregnancy

Cramping During Pregnancy: Causes, Treatment and Prevention During the first trimester, cramping often results from normal changes that occur during your baby’s development. Cramps can…

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Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea is commonly experienced during the first trimester and is not generally a reason for concern. There are many options you can try to alleviate this symptom.

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Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fatigue is a common symptom during pregnancy. Some women may feel exhausted throughout their pregnancy, while some may hardly feel tired at all. Although experience…

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Diarrhea During Pregnancy

Diarrhea during pregnancy is one of the unfortunate discomforts that may be experienced.  Diarrhea literally means “flowing through” and is defined as having three or…

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Hernia During Pregnancy

Hernia During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention A hernia refers to a medical condition that happens when part of an internal organ protrudes externally…

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Uterus Size During Pregnancy

During pregnancy many women have questions about how their body changes.   You may not only wonder how big your baby is, but also how big your uterus…

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TUMS During Pregnancy

Using TUMS During Your Pregnancy Heartburn is a common discomfort experienced during pregnancy. However, many women experience heartburn for the first time after getting pregnant….

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Pregnant

“Pregnant.” This may just be the word you are looking for. You may be trying to get pregnant or perhaps you are wondering if you…

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Strep Throat During Pregnancy

Strep Throat During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention Rest assured you are not alone if questioning strep throat during pregnancy. No one wants strep throat…

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Diet During Pregnancy

What does diet during pregnancy mean? When we refer to diet during pregnancy, we are not speaking about restricting calories or trying to lose weight….

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Exercise During Pregnancy

There are usually many questions that come to mind when planning how to exercise during pregnancy. Physical exercise is bodily activity that improves or maintains…

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Spotting During Pregnancy

Spotting during pregnancy is a common concern that many pregnant women face.  Approximately 20% of women report they experience spotting during their first 12 weeks…

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Nesting During Pregnancy

You might wake up one morning feeling energetic and wanting to clean and organize your entire house. This urge to clean and organize is known…

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Anemia During Pregnancy

Anemia During Pregnancy: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Anemia is a medical condition in which there is not enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen…

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Gas During Pregnancy

Gas During Pregnancy: Causes and Prevention Gas during pregnancy is a frequent occurrence, which also means that gas during pregnancy is a common concern. The…

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Maternity Insurance

Maternity insurance which is sometimes called pregnancy insurance is an effective way to save money on prenatal care, and other costs associated with birth.

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Medication and Pregnancy

Medication and Pregnancy: Important Factors Medicine and pregnancy related questions are common; you are not alone. You might be trying to get pregnant and wondering…

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Deli Meats

Eating Deli Meats During Your Pregnancy: Is it Safe? Deli meats refers to cooked meats that have been sliced and prepared for sandwich and other…

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Kippered

Eating Kippered Fish During Pregnancy: Is it Safe? What is kippered? Kippered usually refers to a style of food preparation involving herring, salmon or some…

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Withdrawal

What is withdrawal? The process of removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation. How does it work? It works by having the male partner…

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Vaginal Ring

  Vaginal Ring: Side Effects, Risks & Effectiveness What is the Vaginal Ring? The vaginal ring is a soft flexible piece of plastic that contains synthetic…

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Spermicide

What is spermicide? Spermicide is a chemical product that comes in the form of a jelly, foam, or cream. It is a barrier method of birth…

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Lunelle: Monthly Injection

Lunelle is no longer available in the United States. This medication was recalled due to a concern with the effectiveness of it as a birth control method….

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Lubrication

What should I know about lubrications and condom use? Lubrications make penetration easier and help prevent the condom from tearing. Some condoms come with lubrication. Water-based lubricants…

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Intrauterine Devices: IUD

What is an Intrauterine Device? A intrauterine device is a T-shaped piece of plastic placed inside the uterus. The piece of plastic contains copper or a…

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How Pregnancy Occurs

What is Ovulation? Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube and is available to be fertilized. The…

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Ethical Considerations

It is possible that you may not have been aware that any ethical questions existed concerning contraception.  For some, there are ethical considerations for sex…

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Depo-Provera: Quarterly Injection

What is Depo-Provera? Depo-Provera is an injection containing the synthetic hormone progestin which is called depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA). Depo-Provera is a hormonal method of contraception obtained by…

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Contraceptive Sponge

What is a contraceptive sponge? A soft saucer-shaped device made from polyurethane foam. It is considered a barrier method of contraception. How does it work? It…

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Birth Control Pills

What are oral contraceptives? Birth control pills or oral contraceptives use synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two types: combined and progesterone only. Combined pills contain…

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Birth Control Patch

Birth Control Patch: Side Effects, Effectiveness and Costs What is the Birth Control Patch? The birth control patch is a thin plastic patch (1 3/4…

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Birth Control Failure

Birth control failure is more common than most realize, here is a chart displaying birth control failure rate percentages, as well as common risks and…

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Male Condom

What is a male condom? The male condom is a sheath that is rolled over the penis to prevent semen from entering the vagina. Condoms are…

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Female Condom

What is a female condom? The female condom is a pouch made of polyurethane or latex that fits inside the vagina. It is a barrier method…

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Diaphragm

Diaphragm: Side Effects, Risks & Effectiveness What is a diaphragm? A diaphragm is a soft rubber dome shaped barrier that covers the cervix in order to…

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Cervical Cap

Cervical Cap: Side Effects, Risks and Effectiveness The cervical cap is not a method of birth control that is widely used, and very few health care…

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Abstinence

What is abstinence? Abstinence simply means not having sex; it means refraining from sexual intercourse. For most people, abstinence is the absence of sexual contact altogether. How…

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Postpartum Massage

Postpartum massage can be as important and beneficial as massage during pregnancy. Postpartum bodywork is an effective and holistic approach for the many adjustments to…

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Preventing the Baby Blues

Preventing the baby blues is something almost every expecting mother wants to do. Mothers-to-be often spend hours and days making preparations for their little ones,…

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Vitamin D and Pregnancy

Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin from a group of fat-soluble pro hormones. Vitamin D and pregnancy are important together. Expecting mothers need to make…

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Diet Considerations While Breastfeeding

The following articles are provided by organizations partnering with the American Pregnancy Association to deliver related information to you. The mention of specific products or services…

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OV-Watch Fertility Predictor

Using the OV-watch Fertility Predictor can help you find the most fertile days you have and help your with conception. Learn more about the OV-Watch.

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Pregnancy Week 40

40 Weeks Pregnant: The 40th Week Of Pregnancy Congratulations! You will probably be welcoming your baby this week. Here is a list of things to…

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Pregnancy Week 39

39 Weeks Pregnant: The 39th Week Of Pregnancy Pregnancy Week 39: What Changes are Occurring With Your Body? For pregnancy week 39, you most likely…

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Pregnancy Week 38

  38 Weeks Pregnant: The 38th Week Of Pregnancy You only have 2 weeks left in your pregnancy, so try to sit back and enjoy these…

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Pregnancy Week 37

  37 Weeks Pregnant: The 37th Week Of Pregnancy You are now less than one month from delivering your baby! Keep reading for more information about…

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Pregnancy Week 36

36 Weeks Pregnant: The 36th Week Of Pregnancy You have reached 36 weeks and your baby could arrive at any time. We hope you enjoy…

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Pregnancy Week 35

  35 Weeks Pregnant: The 35th Week Of Pregnancy You are almost there, as you are now 35 weeks pregnant! Here are several different things that…

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Pregnancy Week 34

34 Weeks Pregnant: The 34th Week Of Pregnancy Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your new baby. Here are several things you can expect…

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Pregnancy Week 33

  33 Weeks Pregnant: The 33rd Week Of Pregnancy Only 7 more weeks until your baby arrives. Here is what you can expect this week. Pregnancy…

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Pregnancy Week 32

  32 Weeks Pregnant: The 32nd Week Of Pregnancy These last several weeks can become tiresome, but remember that every week brings you one step closer…

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Pregnancy Week 31

  30 Weeks Pregnant: The 30th Week Of Pregnancy You are 31 weeks pregnant. The double digit weeks are gone and now you know it…

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Pregnancy Week 30

  30 Weeks Pregnant: The 30th Week Of Pregnancy Only 10 more weeks until your baby arrives. Until then you can expect some of the following…

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Pregnancy Week 29

  29 Weeks Pregnant: The 29th Week Of Pregnancy The first two weeks of the third trimester are behind you. The next several weeks will hold…

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Pregnancy Week 28

28 Weeks Pregnant: The 28th Week Of Pregnancy Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your bundle of joy. Here are some things to think…

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Pregnancy Week 27

At 27 weeks, you have begun your third trimester! At this point, you can feel your baby move more. This is also a great time to pick out an infant car seat.

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Pregnancy Week 26

At 26 weeks, you have almost reached your third trimester! At your next appointment , you can expect your doctor to perform some routine screenings.

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Pregnancy Week 25

At 25 weeks, your uterus is about the size of a soccer ball. Your baby is gaining fat, and you may be able to find out your baby’s gender at this point.

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Pregnancy Week 24

By the 24th week, your baby’s brain is developing rapidly, and the lungs are maturing. You may be experiencing heartburn and changes in your skin.

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Pregnancy Week 23

At 23 weeks, your baby is continuing to develop. This is also a great time to finalize plans for maternity leave and begin discussing options for paternity leave.

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Pregnancy Week 22

By 22 weeks, your baby is looking more like a newborn, although there is much more growing to do. This is a good time to sign up to take a childbirth education class.

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Pregnancy Week 21

At 21 weeks, you are well into your second trimester. For many women, this is the most enjoyable trimester. Enjoy this time as your baby continues to grow.

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Pregnancy Week 20

Congratulations on making it half-way through your pregnancy! Now is a great time to start creating a birth plan. Also make sure you are consuming enough iron.

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Pregnancy Week 19

During the 19th week, you may experience round ligament pain and dizziness. Talk with your doctor before using any medication or herbal remedies.

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Pregnancy Week 18

By 18 weeks, your pregnancy bump is starting to show more. You may need to take time to rest during the day. You may also have your third prenatal appointment soon.

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Pregnancy Week 17

By the 17th week, you are well into your second trimester. Your baby is developing adipose, your abdomen is growing, and you may experience sciatic nerve pain.

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Pregnancy Week 16

As you enter your 16th week, your blood volume has increased, you may have a pregnancy glow, and your baby is getting ready for a growth spurt.

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Pregnancy Week 15

By the 15th week, your doctor may begin measuring your fundal height to monitor growth. Also, discover the best sleeping position for pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Week 14

Congratulations on beginning your second trimester! You and your baby are continuing to grow. Learn how to manage stress in a healthy way.

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Pregnancy Week 13

As you finish your first trimester, you will begin to notice many changes with your body, including stretch marks. Also, your baby now has a unique set of fingerprints.

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Pregnancy Week 12

You have almost completed the first trimester! Your baby is continuing to grow, and you want to eat well to get the proper nutrients for both you and your baby.

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Pregnancy Week 11

At 11 weeks, you only have a couple weeks left in the first trimester. While you may not be able to feel any movement at this point, your baby is becoming more active.

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Pregnancy Week 10

While most of your baby’s organs are present by the 10th week, they will continue to mature throughout your pregnancy. Also, find exercises to stay healthy during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy Week 9

At nine weeks, your baby is about the size of a grape and may start sucking on his/her thumb. Find out how you can prevent heartburn and get a better night’s sleep.

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Pregnancy Week 8

During the eighth week, you will probably experience morning sickness, and your baby is growing. You will also probably have your first prenatal appointment this month.

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Pregnancy Week 7

By the seventh week, every vital organ has begun to develop in your baby’s body. Also, while morning sickness is unpleasant, there are steps you can take to find relief.

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Pregnancy Week 6

At this point, you may experience nausea, breast changes, and heartburn, among other symptoms. Your baby’s vital organs are also developing.

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Pregnancy Week 5

During the fifth week, you will want to schedule your first prenatal appointment. At this point, you may also begin to experience morning sickness.

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Pregnancy Week 4

Between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy is when many women discover they are pregnant. You may begin to experience various pregnancy symptoms.

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Pregnancy Week 3

The third week is around the time that ovulation and conception occur. During this week, fetal development will begin, including development of the brain and spinal cord.

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Pregnancy Week 1 & 2

During the first two weeks of pregnancy, you are technically not pregnant yet. During these weeks, you will menstruate, after which your body will prepare to ovulate.

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Keepsake Ultrasounds or Sonograms

In most major cities across the country, commercial keepsake ultrasound services are opening, offering to give families a sneak preview of their growing baby. Although…

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves…

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X-Rays During Pregnancy

X-Rays During Pregnancy: Safety and Side Effects Having X-Rays Done During Your Pregnancy You may have heard getting an x-ray during pregnancy can harm your baby….

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Pregnancy and Dental Work

Is Having Dental Work During Pregnancy Safe? Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy…

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CAT Scans and Pregnancy

Are CAT Scans Safe During Pregnancy? A CAT scan is a common name for the imaging procedure called a computed axial tomography scan. A CAT…

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Hair Treatment During Pregnancy

Hair Treatment During Pregnancy: Is it Safe? Questions related to hair treatments during pregnancy are common. Most treatments involve chemicals and dyes which leave women…

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Tattoos When Pregnant

Maybe you’ve thought of remembering this special time in your life with a tattoo, or maybe you have concerns about existing tattoos when pregnant. More than anything…

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Piercing and Pregnancy

The following piercing and pregnancy information will help you care for the piercings you already have and can help you make an informed decision  about…

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Perfume and Pregnancy

Perfume and Pregnancy: Starting Fragrance-Free Pregnancy has given you a natural glow. Now it’s time to find a scent that will reflect the beautiful, pregnant…

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Paint and Pregnancy

There are basically three categories of paint which pregnant women could be exposed to: latex, oil, and enamel. The degree of toxicity during pregnancy is…

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Pregnancy and Tanning

Pregnancy and Tanning: Question on Different Types of Tanning While Pregnant Pregnancy and tanning questions are sure to follow as the weather warms. As soon…

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Sex During Pregnancy

Sex During Pregnancy It is common for couples to wonder whether sex and pregnancy are safe together. Unless your health care provider advises you otherwise, sex…

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Pregnant in a Hot Tub

For many pregnant women, sitting in a hot tub sounds like a great way to ease muscle aches related to pregnancy. It is important to…

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Pregnancy and Travel

There are few pregnancy and travel related concerns; however, the information below is provided to help make your trip the safest and most comfortable it can be….

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Pregnancy and Saunas

For many pregnant women, sitting in a sauna sounds like a great way to ease muscle aches related to pregnancy. It is important to use caution when…

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Recreation and Pregnancy

When you discover that you are pregnant, you start asking questions about which activities are safe. Vacation, hobbies, exercise and everyday activities have always been…

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Pregnancy and Amusement Parks

For many people, summer is the time to go to an amusement park and enjoy the sun while riding roller coasters and other exciting thrill rides. Unfortunately,…

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Pesticides and Pregnancy

Pesticides and pregnancy lead to several questions and for good reason. Significant exposure to pesticides is a concern for adults, children and particularly expectant mothers….

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Cleaning and Pregnancy

Unfortunately ladies, most products are safe to use for cleaning during pregnancy. Yes, even bleach. So you don’t have to call a maid to do the household cleaning…

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Acne During Pregnancy

During pregnancy elevated hormone levels can bring a variety of skin changes, which makes acne and pregnancy a common complaint. Acne can be treated by…

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Pregnancy and Pica

Pica: Causes, Common Cravings and Risks During Pregnancy Pica is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. Most pregnancy and pica related…

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Mercury Levels in Sushi

Most women who are pregnant or wishing to become pregnant have heard the warnings about eating sushi. There are risks to pregnant women due to certain…

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Mercury Levels in Fish

Despite the previous concern regarding mercury levels in fish, the FDA now recommends that women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan on becoming pregnant consume…

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Caffeine and Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants in America, which makes caffeine and pregnancy related concerns common too.  If you are pregnant, you might…

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Mood Swings During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or are supporting someone through pregnancy, you probably have had some experience with mood swings. You are not alone; mood swings during pregnancy…

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Depression in Pregnancy

Depression symptoms are experienced by 14-23% of women during pregnancy. Learn more about the symptoms of depression and treatment options.

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Exercise Warning Signs

Learn more about the exercise warning signs you should be aware of during pregnancy. These warning signs should be discussed with your doctor.

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Exercise and Pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy is safe for most women. Learn more about which forms of exercise are safest during pregnancy and which ones you should avoid.

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Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines

Exercising during pregnancy is safe for most women. Learn more about exercise guidelines during pregnancy that will help ensure the health of you and your baby.

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Prenatal Vitamin Limits

Vitamins and minerals are vital for proper fetal growth. Learn more about how to receive adequate amounts of nutrients and recommendations for prenatal vitamin limits.

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Swelling During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is normal to experience swelling as the body produces more blood and fluid. Even so, there are ways you can minimize swelling.

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Pregnancy Nutrition

Without a doubt, a nutritious, well-balanced eating plan can be one of the greatest gifts you give to your soon-to-be-born baby. Pregnancy nutrition is essential to…

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Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

During pregnancy you may find yourself wrestling in bed trying to get comfortable before falling asleep. Unfortunately, your regular sleeping positions may no longer work for you…

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Pregnancy and Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain During Pregnancy The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, providing sensory and motor function to the lower extremities. This nerve…

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Herbs and Pregnancy

Although medicine has replaced most natural supplements with a synthetic substitute, there are many who still look to natural herbs and vitamins to provide essential nutrition to…

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Round Ligament Pain

Round Ligament Pain: Causes and Treatment Round ligament pain is most common during the second trimester. Women may have a sharp pain in their abdomen or…

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Herbal Tea and Pregnancy

Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas…

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Migraines During Pregnancy

If you are prone to getting migraines, you may notice that they either improve or worsen during pregnancy. Either way, there are ways you can alleviate migraine headaches.

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Folic Acid

Folic acid is used to make the extra blood your body needs during pregnancy. All women of childbearing age should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid a…

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Pregnancy and Leg Cramps

Leg cramps are commonly experienced during pregnancy. While they are not generally a concern, there are steps you can take to alleviate them.

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Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins are an excellent complement to eating well. They help insure that your baby is getting the nutrients needed for healthy development.

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Omega-3 Fish Oil and Pregnancy

Taking Omega-3 fish oil during pregnancy offers many health benefits, for both you and your baby. Learn more about how this supplement can impact your pregnancy.

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Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids

Swollen veins in the rectum are known as hemorrhoids, and are a painful symptom of pregnancy. Here are some ways to treat them and relieve the pain.

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Pregnancy and Heartburn

Heartburn is the unpleasant sensation some may feel in their chest after eating, and is a common pregnancy complain. Here are ways to lessen the burn.

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy and Headaches

Headaches during pregnancy is one of the most commonly experienced discomforts and complaints. Learn more about headaches and how to treat and prevent them.

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss

After childbirth, it is not uncommon to experience excessive hair loss for several months. Here, you can read about what to expect in regards to hair loss.

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Pregnancy Weight Gain

Weight gain during pregnancy is expected and normal. Read on to learn more about how much weight pregnant women will typically gain.

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Pregnancy and Dizziness

Dizziness or feeling faint is a normal symptom during pregnancy. It is more common in the first trimester, but you may experience it throughout your pregnancy.

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Pregnancy and Constipation

Approximately half of women will experience constipation during pregnancy. Here are some tips on how to handle difficult or painful bowel movements.

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Breast Changes During Pregnancy

While pregnant, there are breast changes you should expect. These changes are normal, if uncomfortable at times, because your body is preparing for the arrival of your baby.

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Pregnancy and Alcohol

Alcohol has been proven to have adverse affects on the development of babies. It is important that you do not drink any amount of alcohol during pregnancy.

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Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy can be very detrimental to your health and the health of your baby. Here are some resources to help you quit.

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Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

Yeast infections during pregnancy are more common  than any other time in a woman’s life, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy. You may be noticing an…

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Listeria and Pregnancy

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Back Labor

Back Labor: Causes, Complications and Prevention Labor and giving birth are among the most physically demanding things that a woman will ever experience. Many woman try…

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage I

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Babies born before the 37th week of gestation are considered premature and are sometimes referred to as “preemies”. Mothers whose babies are born prematurely are…

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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According to the March of Dimes, there are an estimated 120,000 to 160,000 women in the United States who have been infected with HIV. About…

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Premature Birth Complications

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Gestational Diabetes

All expectant mothers will be tested for gestational diabetes at some point during their pregnancy. Expecting mothers who are over the age of 35, over weight, or…

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General Anesthesia

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Most Common Pregnancy Complications

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Cholestasis of Pregnancy

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Chicken Pox and Pregnancy

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Cervical Cerclage

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Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can occur frequently in the first trimester of pregnancy and may not be a sign of problems. But bleeding that occurs in the…

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Bed Rest

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Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy

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Using Duloxetine During Pregnancy: Side Effects and Risks Pregnancy and the increase in hormones often trigger depression or worsen it for someone already experiencing it….

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Signs and Symptoms of Labor Probably every woman who shares her labor experience tells a different story. Your delivery will be just as unique. However,…

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As the time of delivery approaches, you might notice that Braxton Hicks contractions become more frequent and intense. It is very common for women to…

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Mucus Plug: Bloody Show

Throughout pregnancy, a mucus plug blocks the opening of the cervix to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. Before labor, this mucus plug is expelled…

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Premature Labor

Premature Labor: Symptoms, Risks and Treatment Pregnancy is normally a time of happiness and anticipation, but it can also be a time of uncertainty. Many women…

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Glucose Tolerance Test

Pregnant women can develop a condition known as Gestational Diabetes (diabetes brought on by pregnancy) which can pose a risk to both mother and baby. A glucose…

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Fetal Non-Stress Test (NST)

The Fetal Non-Stress test is a simple, non-invasive test performed in pregnancies over 28 weeks gestation. The test is named “non-stress” because no stress is…

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An episiotomy is a surgical incision used to enlarge the vaginal opening to help deliver a baby. What are some circumstances that would require an…

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Biophysical Profile

Biophysical Profile: Risks and Side Effects The biophysical profile combines an ultrasound evaluation with a non-stress test (NST) and is intended to determine fetal health…

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Most babies will move into delivery position a few weeks prior to birth with the head moving closer to the birth canal. When this fails…

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Triple Screen Test

Also Known as Triple Test, Multiple Marker Screening and AFP Plus The triple screen test is a maternal blood screening test that looks for three specific substances:…

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Quad Screen

The quad screen test is a maternal blood screening test that looks for four specific substances: AFP, hCG, Estriol, and Inhibin-A. AFP: alpha-fetoprotein is a…

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Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that may be recommended by your health care provider following an abnormal triple test result. Inherited or genetic concerns lead some parents…

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First Trimester Screen

The First Trimester Screen is a new, optional noninvasive evaluation that combines a maternal blood screening test with an ultrasound evaluation of the fetus to identify risk…

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Chorionic Villus Sampling: CVS

Chorionic villus sampling, often referred to as CVS, is a diagnostic test for identifying chromosome abnormalities and other inherited disorders. This test may be recommended by your…

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Ultrasound: Sonogram

An ultrasound exam is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman’s abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and…

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Urine Test: Urinalysis

A urine test is a routine test used by your healthcare provider as part of your prenatal care. Although urine tests are used in screening for…

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Blood Test

A blood test is a routine test used by your healthcare provider as part of your prenatal care. Although blood tests are used in screening for pregnancy,…

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Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida: Effects, Risks, Diagnosis and Prevention Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that affects approximately 3,000 pregnancies each year. Although the occurrences appear…

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Down Syndrome: Trisomy 21

Down Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms and Risks Down syndrome is the most common birth defect in the United States. It was first described in 1866 and…

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Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Defects: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention Heart defects are among the most common form of birth defects. More than 32,000 infants are born…

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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate: Causes and Treatment Cleft means ‘split’ or ‘separation’. During early pregnancy separate areas of the face develop individually and then…

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy: Causes, Treatment and Prevention Cerebral palsy refers to a group of conditions that affect control of movement and posture. Because of damage to…

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Cesarean Birth After Care

The days following the birth of your baby, the postpartum period, can be one of the most challenging times for mothers and families. This period…

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Autism

Autism: Causes, Risks and Treatment Autism is a developmental disability that usually appears during the first three years of life. It is a neurological disorder…

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Trying to Avoid a Cesarean

There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over the past 30 years. In November of 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported…

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Risks of a Cesarean Procedure

Cesarean Procedure: Risks & Complications for Mother & Baby A cesarean birth occurs through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through…

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Cesarean birth happens through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina. There has been a gradual increase in cesarean…

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Birth Center

Today, women have more options than ever to find and select a suitable birth process. Options include increasing numbers of hospitals, obstetricians, and midwives that…

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Water Birth

Water Birth: The Benefits and Risks Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to labor…

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Home Birth

Home Birth: Benefits and Tips For centuries giving birth at home was the norm. By the 1900’s increasing numbers of women started having their babies…

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Assisted Delivery

Near the end of the pushing stage, it might become apparent that mother and baby need a little extra help in the delivery. After ensuring…

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Benefits of Adoptions

The Benefits of Adoptions Adoption benefits everyone in the adoption triad. Many of the benefits are helpful to the birthmother and birthfather. Other benefits come…

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Types of Parenting

When dealing with an unplanned pregnancy you have options as a parent. Learn more about the types of parenting options you have.

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Kegel Exercises

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Single Parenting

Being a single parent can be difficult at times for some people. This page provides information on how to make the most out of single parenting.

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Parenting Preparation Checklist

If you are a first-time parent you may find having a baby challenging. That’s why creating a parenting preparation checklist can help you prepare for the responsibilities.

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Creating Your Birth Plan

The birth of your baby should be one of the most memorable, life-changing and joyful experiences of your life. You will want to spend time…

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Doing It Alone

Being a single parent can be challenging for some people. Learn more about the common issues many people often face when trying to be a parent on their own.

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Surgical Abortion Procedures

Your stage in pregnancy determines what type of surgical abortion you can have. Learn about these types of abortion procedures as well as the side effects and risks.

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Labor & Birth Terms to Know

Abruptio Placenta (Placental Abruption): The placenta has started to separate from the uterine wall before the baby is born.  Amniotic Fluid: This protective liquid, consisting…

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Medical Abortion Procedures

Medical abortion procedures are an option during the earlier stages of a pregnancy. Learn about the types of medical abortion and the potential risks and side effects.

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Abortion Follow Up Care

After most abortions many clinics will schedule a follow up care appointment. Learn about the common procedures of an abortion follow-up care appointment.

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Abortion Laws by State

Abortion laws by state can vary so if you are considering to have an abortion you may want to review the state abortion laws first before having the procedure.

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Cord Blood Banking

Cord Blood Banking: Costs and Risks Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth. It is blood that…

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Abortion Procedures

The type of abortion procedure you can have is contingent on what trimester of pregnancy one is in. Learn what types of abortion one can have for each trimester of pregnancy.

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Midwives: Benefits of Having a Midwife The term midwife reflects a philosophy of care–one that is directed toward women and their individual reproductive needs. A…

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Making a Decision

Making a decision on what to do about your unplanned pregnancy can be tough. Learn about what to consider to help you make the right decision for yourself.

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Stillbirth: Surviving Emotionally

Stillbirth is one of the most devastating of losses, affecting over 25,000 families each year. Stillbirth touches families of all races, religion and socio-economic status….

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Stillbirth: Trying to Understand

According the National Stillbirth Society, stillbirth is defined as the intrauterine death and subsequent delivery of a developing infant that occurs beyond 20 completed weeks…

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Weight Gain With Multiples

You have just discovered that you are carrying a multiple pregnancy. Whether you are ecstatic or shocked and overwhelmed, your head is probably spinning with…

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Vanishing Twin Syndrome

Vanishing Twin Syndrome: Causes, Signs and Effects Vanishing twin syndrome was first recognized in 1945. Vanishing twin syndrome is when one of a set of…

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Kick Counts

Most mothers-to-be eagerly await that first reassuring flutter, just to know their baby is growing and developing. Sometime between 18-25 weeks into pregnancy, moms will begin to…

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Fetal Development

Calculating the day your baby begins to develop and keeping track of your pregnancy dates can be a challenge. The development of pregnancy is counted…

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Postpartum Doula

Most new parents will tell you that navigating through those first few days after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! Even for…

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Life Insurance

Most people do not think about life insurance until they become pregnant or have a newborn. Suddenly, you are wondering if your family would have…

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Importance of a Will

Approximately 55% of American adults do not have a valid Legal Will. Unfortunately, if you die without a Will, your children’s financial future may be…

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Lactation Consultants

Most women make the decision during pregnancy whether they are planning to breastfeed or not. “I’ll try it and see what happens” is a common…

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Home Business for Mom

If you are planning on becoming a stay-at-home mother or you already are a stay-at-home mother and are looking for a home business to generate…

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Child Life Insurance

Many insurance companies offer child life insurance to help parents with burial expenses in the event of their child’s death. It is wise to consider…

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Choosing a Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician might not appear to be important early in pregnancy, but selecting a pediatrician is very important. Many women begin their search for…

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Medical Terms to Know

Amniotic Fluid: This is a liquid of mostly water that surrounds the baby and protects it while it is in the uterus. When a woman’s…

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WIC

WIC: Eligibility and Income Requirements The Women, Infants and Children’s program, frequently referred to as WIC, is a supplemental food and nutrition program for pregnant…

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Maternity Leave

Maternity leave refers to the period of time that a new mother takes off from work following the birth of her baby. Many companies have similar…

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Baby Blues

Mood swings after the birth of a baby are not uncommon. While the “baby blues” are the least severe form of postpartum depression, it is…

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Umbilical Cord Care

The umbilical cord transported nutrients from you to your baby throughout your pregnancy. Now he or she has a purplish-blue stump that is about a…

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Newborn Testing

Newborn Testing: Types of Tests for Newborns Now that you have had your baby and the delivery was a success there is still one more…

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Newborn Jaundice

Newborn Jaundice: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment After the birth of a baby, it is common for care providers to watch a newborn closely. One of…

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Medicaid for Pregnant Women

Medicaid is a government sponsored health insurance program for low income families who have no medical insurance or inadequate insurance. All states offer Medicaid or…

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Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a government supported program. It is part of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and resides in the division of Perinatal services…

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Your First Prenatal Visit

What to Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit If you did not meet with your health care provider before your were pregnant, your first prenatal…

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Changing a Diaper

How to Change a Diaper Changing your baby’s diapers may seem like a frightening task, especially if you have never been around babies before. Don’t…

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Choosing an Obstetrician

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What’s in Breast Milk?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and that breastfeeding continue for at least 12…

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Breastfeeding Latch

Breastfeeding Latch: Proper Positioning The most important part of successful breastfeeding is the latch. If your baby is not properly latched on to your breast,…

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Breastfeeding vs Bottle feeding

There are advantages and disadvantages to both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Ultimately the decision should be made by the parents. The following table outlines several of…

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Breastfeeding: Overview

An Overview on Breastfeeding Breast milk is produced naturally by women and provides the basic nutrition for a baby during the first several months of…

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PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is one of the most serious consequences of some bacterial infections including gonorrhea or chlamydia. PID affects nearly 1,000,000 women each…

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Paternity Testing

DNA testing to establish paternity can be done before or after your baby is born. If you have had more than one partner, it is natural for you to want to know who the father of your baby is. Find out how.

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Human Papillomavirus: HPV

HPV During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention HPV, the Genital Human Papillomavirus, is a viral infection that affects nearly 6,200,000 new individuals each year. There…

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HIV/AIDS

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), a condition that breaks down a person’s immune system leading to a…

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Choosing an Adoption Agency

Choosing an adoption agency and/or an attorney is a task involving a number of considerations. It is important to select the adoption professional that is…

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that affects nearly 30,000 new individuals each year. There are approximately 2,700,000 Americans who are chronically infected with hepatitis C. What…

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects nearly 73,000 new individuals each year. Approximately 1,250,000 people in the United States are carriers of this disease. What…

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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that affects over 700,000 new individuals each year. The current number of cases is unknown. What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?…

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Genital Herpes

Genital herpes, also known as herpes simplex virus (HSV), is a viral infection that affects nearly 1,600,000 new individuals each year. Approximately 45 million Americans…

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. There are 2,800,000 new cases each year with some individuals accounting for multiple cases. Approximately 1.9 million Americans are currently infected with…

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Yeast Infections

A yeast infection occurs when the normal levels of acid and yeast in the vagina are out of balance and cause a very uncomfortable, but not serious,…

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The Adoption Process

How Adoption Works Whether you have struggled with infertility, already have biological children and want to expand your family, or have the desire to make…

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Tipped Uterus: Tilted Uterus

The uterus is the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a developing fetus will grow. The uterus is normally in a straight vertical position. Some women have a tipped…

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Adoption Home Study

An adoption home study generates a profile of a potential adoptive family that includes anyone living in the home. The profile includes information on relationships,…

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Puberty

Puberty is the combination of physical and emotional changes that occur when a girl or boy becomes a young woman or man. Puberty takes place at the…

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Adoption Options

Types of Adoptions for you to Choose From What are the adoption options?  You might be asking this question as potential adoptive parents or as…

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Closed Adoption: Disadvantages

Closed adoption refers to an adoption process where there is no interaction between birthmothers and prospective adoptive families. In closed adoptions, there is no identifying…

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Semi Open Adoption : Disadvantages

A semi-open adoption occurs when the potential birth mother or birth families experience non-identifying interaction with the adoptive families. In most cases, interaction is facilitated…

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, circulatory system, and appearance. Women have both male…

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Open Adoption: Disadvantages

Open adoption occurs when potential birthmothers and prospective adoptive families have personal interaction with one another. In this type of adoption, the identities of all…

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Pap Smear

A Pap smear is a test used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix which indicate cervical cancer or conditions that may…

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Closed Adoption Advantages

Closed adoption refers to an adoption process where there is no interaction of any kind between birthmothers and prospective adoptive families. This means that there is no…

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Fibroid Tumors; Fibroid Uterus

Fibroid Tumors: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment Fibroid tumors are usually undetected non-cancerous masses that grow in the uterus. There are several types of fibroids found in…

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Semi-Open Adoption: Advantages

A semi-open adoption occurs when potential birthmothers or birth families experience non-identifying interaction with adoptive families. In most cases, interaction is facilitated by a third party, usually…

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial lining of the uterus attaches itself to other organs outside of the uterus. During menstruation, the endometrial lining is shed from the…

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Cervical Cancer

Diseases in the cervix can develop into cancer. This happens when cells grow out of control and can no longer perform their normal functions. Only malignant…

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Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection. The number of new cases and current number of infected individuals is unknown. What are the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis?…

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Abnormal Pap Smear

Women are encouraged to start getting yearly Pap smears at the age of 21 or within 3 years of becoming sexually active. Pap smears are not…

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Open Adoption Advantages

Open adoption occurs when the birth parents and prospective adoptive families are allowed to interact with one another. In this type of adoption, the identities of all…

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Adoption Terms to Know

Several terms related to the adoption process can be confusing. The following list of terms can be helpful in clarifying the language of adoption: Adoption Terms and Definitions…

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Donor Eggs

Egg donation, also referred to as oocyte donation, makes pregnancy possible for women who might not otherwise be able to get pregnant using their own eggs. Who…

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Donor Insemination

Donor insemination is a simple procedure that uses a syringe to place semen into a woman’s vagina to assist her in getting pregnant. The semen is…

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Male Fertility Testing

Male fertility testing is simple and routine. Male infertility is a factor in approximately 50% of all infertility cases, and male infertility alone accounts for…

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Male Infertility

Male Infertility: Causes, Treatment and Prevention Infertility affects approximately 1 out of every 6 couples. An infertility diagnosis is given to a couple who are unable…

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Female Fertility Testing

When a couple has been unsuccessful at achieving pregnancy after one year, both partners need to go through a comprehensive physical and medical assessment.  Tests for female…

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Female Infertility

Infertility is a condition that affects approximately 1 out of every 6 couples. An infertility diagnosis is given to a couple that has been unsuccessful in…

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Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer: ZIFT

What is zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT)? ZIFT is an assisted reproductive procedure similar to in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, the difference being that the fertilized…

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: PGD

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Benefits & Concerns Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure used prior to implantation to help identify genetic defects within embryos created through…

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Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection: ICSI

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) involves the direct injection of sperm into eggs obtained from in vitro fertilization (IVF). How is ICSI performed? There are basically five simple…

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Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer: GIFT

Gamete intrafallopian tube transfer (GIFT) What is GIFT? GIFT is an assisted reproductive procedure which involves removing a woman’s eggs, mixing them with sperm, and immediately…

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Intrauterine Insemination: IUI

Intrauterine insemination (IUI): Uses Risks Success Rate Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization. The…

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In Vitro Fertilization: IVF

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF): Side Effects and Risks In Vitro Fertilization is a one assisted reproductive technology (ART) commonly referred to as IVF. IVF is…

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Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer is a simple procedure that follows in vitro fertilization (IVF) and is often considered the simplest and final step of the in vitro fertilization process….

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Infertility and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care and Infertility: Safety, Costs and Benefits Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or…

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Infertility and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body which reside on channels or meridians; these are pathways in both…

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What is Infertility?

Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents the conception of children. It affects approximately 10-15% of couples throughout the United States. The diagnosis…

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Infertility Terms to Know

Common Terms Associated With Infertility Adverse outcome: A pregnancy that does not result in a live birth, including miscarriage, induced terminations, and stillbirths. ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology):…

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Infertility Medications

Types of Infertility Medications Medications are a regular and normal part of infertility treatments and the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. These medications are used to prepare…

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Fertilty & Infertilty FAQ

When is a woman’s most fertile time? A woman’s most fertile time is during ovulation. Ovulation typically occurs within day 11 through day 21 of a…

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Ovulation Tests

You may find it unappealing to track your basal body temperature and cervical mucus on a daily basis, but you still want to know when…

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Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy tests can either be urine or blood tests, but the most commonly used are urine tests. Urine pregnancy tests are accurate, and they carry…

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Understanding Ovulation

What is Ovulation? Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, pushed down the fallopian tube, and is available to be fertilized….

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Signs of Ovulation

Signs and Symptoms of Ovulation The signs of ovulation vary from woman to woman. It is possible that some women will not even experience ovulation…

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Taking a Pregnancy Test

Taking a pregnancy test can be filled with excitement for some people, whereas for others it may be a little intimidating. Before you take a pregnancy test,…

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Preconception Nutrition

Preconception Nutrition: Increasing Fertility Preconception nutrition research has shown that food and healthy nutrition are tied to fertility health in both women and men.  Additionally, there…

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Genetic Counseling

What is genetic counseling? Genetic counseling is the process of determining the risk you have of passing on an inheritable disease to your baby. Genetic counseling involves…

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Trying to Conceive After Age 35

Many women today find themselves trying to conceive after the age of 35. This opportunity can be full of joy and riddled with questions. Despite some challenges,…

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Preconception Health for Men

Tips on Preconception Health for Men As couples prepare for pregnancy, it is easy to focus only on the woman’s health. However, there are several habits…

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Calculating Conception

Gestational age, or the age of the baby, is calculated from the first day of the mother’s last menstrual period. Since the exact date of conception is…

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Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is commonly experienced during the first trimester. While it is not a pleasant part of pregnancy, there are many relief options available.

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Pregnancy Discrimination

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act is an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical…

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Turner Syndrome

Turner Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Turner syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when one of the two X chromosomes found in females is missing…

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Financial Assistance for Adoption

The costs related to adoption can vary, but in most cases the amount of money necessary to pursue adoption is substantial. The costs related to adoption include…

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Preconception Health for Women

Tips on Preconception Health for Women Pregnancy should not be considered a nine month journey, but a yearlong journey. Knowing that the first few weeks…

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Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes: Types and Benefits For most pregnant women, even if you already have a child, the labor and birth process can be both overwhelming…

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