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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

High blood pressure is a serious concern during pregnancy, especially for women who have chronic hypertension. Chronic hypertension refers to high blood pressure which is already present before pregnancy. It…

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Fifth Disease During Pregnancy

Fifth Disease During Pregnancy

What is Fifth Disease? Fifth disease is a contagious infection that is caused by the human parvovirus B19 and spread through coughing, sneezing, or bodily fluids. How common is Fifth…

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Sinus Infection While Pregnant

Sinus Infection While Pregnant

Sinus pressure, a stuffy nose, and a sore throat?  Welcome to a sinus infection during pregnancy.  Sinus infections while pregnant at the same time makes being sick even worse. Sinusitis…

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Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Abdominal pain during pregnancy can be a normal part of the process as your body changes to accommodate your growing baby. While there are many harmless causes of abdominal pain…

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Getting Sick While Pregnant

Getting Sick While Pregnant

Getting sick is never fun, but getting sick while pregnant is even worse. It is common for the immune system to weaken while you are pregnant, which makes you more…

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Cough and Cold During Pregnancy

Cough and Cold During Pregnancy

When you become pregnant, your immune system is likely to change.  As a result of these changes, you may contract a cold or a cough at some point during your…

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Breastfeeding While Pregnant

Breastfeeding While Pregnant

You may have just started adjusting to breastfeeding only to find out you are pregnant again. You might have a rush of questions and concerns. Is it safe to breastfeed…

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Electronic Cigarettes and Pregnancy

Electronic Cigarettes and Pregnancy

As more research, education and awareness about the health risks and dangers of smoking become available, more and more people are seeking safe and effective ways to stop smoking. Some…

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Hip Pain During Pregnancy

Hip Pain During Pregnancy

Hip pain during pregnancy is a common symptom that you may experience. This discomfort is most often felt late in pregnancy, specifically during the third trimester. This occurs because your…

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Diabetes During Pregnancy

Diabetes During Pregnancy

Diabetes is a serious disease in which your body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in your blood because it does not have enough insulin. Diabetes is the most…

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Cramping During Pregnancy

Cramping During Pregnancy

During the first trimester, cramping during pregnancy often results from normal changes that occur during your baby’s development. Cramps can generally be described as pulling sensations on one or both…

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Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea during pregnancy is typically one of the most experienced and complained about symptoms that women report. Up to 70 percent of expectant mothers experience nausea at some point during…

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Fatigue During Pregnancy

Fatigue During Pregnancy

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

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Diarrhea During Pregnancy

Diarrhea During Pregnancy

Diarrhea during pregnancy is one of the unfortunate discomforts that sometimes shows up more easily. Diarrhea literally means “flowing through” and is defined as having three or more loose or…

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Hernia During Pregnancy

Hernia During Pregnancy

  A hernia refers to a medical condition that happens when part of an internal organ protrudes externally through an opening in a muscle. The most common locations for hernias…

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Uterus Size During Pregnancy

Uterus Size During Pregnancy

During pregnancy many women have questions about how their body changes and not only wonder how big their baby is, but also how big their uterus is. Your uterus grows…

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TUMS During Pregnancy

TUMS During Pregnancy

Heartburn is a common discomfort experienced during pregnancy. However, many women experience heartburn for the first time after getting pregnant. Generally, it is harmless but it can be uncomfortable. This…

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Pregnant

Pregnant

“Pregnant” This may just be the word you are looking for. You may be working on getting pregnant or already asking the question, “Am I Pregnant?” Whether it is pregnant…

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Strep Throat During Pregnancy

Strep Throat During Pregnancy

Rest assured you are not alone if questioning strep throat during pregnancy. No one wants strep throat at any time, but pregnant moms don’t need the additional struggles. There is…

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Diet During Pregnancy

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. Dieting to lose weight during…

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Exercise During Pregnancy

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 physical fitness and overall health…

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Spotting During Pregnancy

Spotting During Pregnancy

Spotting during pregnancy is a common concern that many pregnant women face. You are not alone with approximately 20% of women reporting that they experience spotting during their first 12…

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Nesting During Pregnancy

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 as nesting. Nesting during pregnancy…

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Anemia During Pregnancy

Anemia During Pregnancy

Anemia is a medical condition in which there is not enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the tissues in the body. When the tissues do not receive…

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Gas During Pregnancy

Gas During Pregnancy

Gas during pregnancy is a frequent occurrence, which also means that gas during pregnancy is a common concern. The typical person will pass gas approximately 18 times a day. The…

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Maternity Insurance

Maternity Insurance

Maternity insurance, Pregnancy coverage, maternity coverage, or pregnancy insurance are all speaking about the same thing. This coverage can be provided by an employer or secured individually. Maternity insurance as…

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Medication and Pregnancy

Medication and Pregnancy

Medicine and pregnancy related questions are common; you are not alone. You might be trying to get pregnant and wondering about current medication use and how it might affect your…

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Deli Meats

Deli Meats

Deli meats refers to cooked meats that have been sliced and prepared for sandwich and other light dining options.  These could easily be called sandwich meat, lunch meat, cold cuts,…

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Kippered

Kippered

What is kippered? Kippered usually refers to a style of food preparation involving herring, salmon or some other fish. In most cases people are referring to a herring, which is…

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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 remove his penis before he ejaculates….

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Vaginal Ring

Vaginal Ring

What is the Vaginal Ring? The vaginal ring is a soft flexible piece of plastic that contains synthetic hormones to be absorbed inside the vagina. It is a hormonal method of contraception…

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Spermicide

What is spermicide? A chemical product that comes in the form of a jelly, foam, or cream. It is a barrier method of birth control. How does it work? Spermicidal chemicals…

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Overview: Types of Birth Control

Types Of Birth Control Overview Contraception is a term used for the prevention of pregnancy, and it is often referred to as birth control. There are several methods of contraception, some…

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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. What is Lunelle? Lunelle is…

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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 are appropriate with latex condoms,…

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Intrauterine Devices: IUD

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 synthetic progesterone hormone that prevents pregnancy….

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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 lining of the uterus has thickened…

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Ethical Considerations

It is possible that you may not have been aware that any ethical questions existed concerning contraception.  The contraceptive methods that involve the changing of the lining of the uterus…

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Emergency Contraception: Morning After Pill

Emergency Contraception: Morning After Pill

What is Emergency Contraception? Emergency Contraception is often referred to as “The Morning After Pill,” but it actually is a dosage of a few pills combined. Emergency contraception is high doses of…

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Depo-Provera: Quarterly Injection

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 prescription. How does Depo-Provera work?…

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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 is designed to fit over…

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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 synthetic forms of estrogen and…

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Birth Control Patch

Birth Control Patch

What is the Birth Control Patch? The birth control patch is a thin plastic patch (1 3/4 inch square) placed directly on the skin of the woman. It is a hormonal…

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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 side effects. Birth Control Failure…

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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 a barrier method of…

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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 of birth control. How…

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Diaphragm

What is a diaphragm? A soft rubber dome shaped barrier that covers the cervix in order to prevent sperm from entering into the uterus. It is a barrier method of…

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Cervical Cap

The cervical cap is not a method of birth control that is widely used, and very few health care providers recommend this type of contraception. If you are interested in…

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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 does abstinence work?…

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Postpartum Massage

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 motherhood. You may be surprised…

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Omega 3 fatty acids: FAQs

When it comes to omega 3 fatty acids, many people have lots of questions. The good news is there are answers to your omega 3 fatty acid questions. Scientific research…

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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, doing everything from prenatal yoga,…

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Vitamin D and Pregnancy

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 sure that the get the…

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Are My Twins Identical or Fraternal?

Twin Zygosity If you are pregnant with multiples, you know that you’ll soon face unique joys and challenges that may not accompany the single birth experience. With twins, a common…

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Nutrition During Breastfeeding

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Are Pregnancy Stretch Marks Different?

Are Pregnancy Stretch Marks Different?

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 does not constitute a…

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What Can Be Done to Prevent Stretch Marks?

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 does not constitute a…

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OV-Watch Fertility Predictor

OV-Watch Fertility Predictor

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 does not constitute a…

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Cervical Mucus and Your Fertility

Cervical Mucus and Your Fertility

If you participate in any of the many TTC forums or message boards on the Internet, you have undoubtedly run across the following terms: cervical mucus (CM, for short), egg…

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Determining Your Fertility Window

Determining Your Fertility Window

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Inseminación Artificial por Donante

Aproximadamente uno de cada ocho parejas infértiles requieren el uso de esperma de donantes para lograr un embarazo. Inseminación por donante es un procedimiento simple que utiliza una jeringa para…

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Términos de la Infertilidad que Debes Saber

Términos de la Infertilidad que Debes Saber

Resultados adversos: un embarazo que no dé lugar a un nacimiento en vivo, incluyendo aborto involuntario, terminaciones inducida, y mortinatos. ART (tecnología de reproducción asistida): Cualquier procedimiento donde huevos son…

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Pregnancy Week 40

Pregnancy Week 40

Congratulations! You will probably be welcoming your baby this week. Here is a list of things to remember. Pregnancy Week 40 – What Changes are Occurring With Your Body? During…

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Pregnancy Week 39

Pregnancy Week 39: What Changes are Occurring With Your Body? For pregnancy week 39, you most likely have not experienced a lot of changes over the last week or two….

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Pregnancy Week 38

Pregnancy Week 38

You only have 2 weeks left in your pregnancy, so try to sit back and enjoy these last few days. Pregnancy Week 38: What Changes are Occurring With Your Body? You…

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Pregnancy Week 37

Pregnancy Week 37

You are now less than one month from delivering your baby! Keep reading for more information about your 37th week. Pregnancy Week 37: What changes are occurring with your body? If…

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Pregnancy Week 36

Pregnancy Week 36

You have reached 36 weeks and your baby could arrive at any time. We hope you enjoy these last several weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancy Week 36: What changes are occurring…

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Pregnancy Week 35

Pregnancy Week 35

You are almost there, as you are now 35 weeks pregnant! Here are several different things that you can anticipate during this time. Pregnancy Week 35: What changes are occurring with your…

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Pregnancy Week 34

Pregnancy Week 34

Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your new baby. Here are several things you can expect this week. Pregnancy Week 34: What changes are occurring with your body? The…

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Pregnancy Week 33

Pregnancy Week 33

Only 7 more weeks until your baby arrives. . Here is what you can expect this week. Pregnancy Week 33: What changes are occurring with your body? The top of your…

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Pregnancy Week 32

Pregnancy Week 32

These last several weeks can become tiresome, but remember that every week brings you one step closer to the arrival of your new addition. Pregnancy Week 32: What changes are occurring with…

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Pregnancy Week 31

Pregnancy Week 31

You are 31 weeks pregnant. The double digit weeks are gone and now you know it is coming. Here are several different things that you can anticipate during this time. Pregnancy…

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Pregnancy Week 30

Pregnancy Week 30

Only 10 more weeks until your baby arrives. Until then you can expect some of the following things to occur. Pregnancy Week 30: What changes are occurring with your body? You…

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Pregnancy Week 29

Pregnancy Week 29

The first two weeks of the third trimester are behind you. The next several weeks will hold different things, but in the mean time this is what you can expect. Pregnancy Week…

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Pregnancy Week 28

Pregnancy Week 28

Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your bundle of joy. Here are some things to think about this week. Pregnancy Week 28: What changes are occurring with your body?…

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Pregnancy Week 27

Pregnancy Week 27

Congratulations! You are now entering your third trimester. Here is what you might experience in the upcoming week. Pregnancy Week 27: What changes are occurring with your body? By this point…

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Pregnancy Week 26

Pregnancy Week 26

This is the last week of the second trimester. Time may seem to drag, but just remember that the completion of another week gets you one week closer to meeting your new…

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Pregnancy Week 25

Pregnancy Week 25

You are probably becoming very excited! The nursery is getting done, plans are moving along and you can tell it is all about the baby. Here is a list of…

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Pregnancy Week 24

Pregnancy Week 24

The development of your baby is happening rapidly now, and you will meet your baby in only 16 short weeks! Pregnancy Week 24: What changes are occurring with your body? You…

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Pregnancy Week 23

Pregnancy Week 23

Most people are beginning to notice your changing shape. Continue reading for additional information regarding the many things that are changing in both you and your baby. Pregnancy Week 23:…

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Pregnancy Week 22

Pregnancy Week 22

You are only weeks away from your third trimester. Here is a list of pointers for this part of your pregnancy. What changes are occurring with your body? You can now…

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Pregnancy Week 21

Pregnancy Week 21

Relax! This week will probably be one of the most enjoyable weeks of your pregnancy. Here is what you can expect during this week. Pregnancy Week 21a: What changes are occurring…

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Pregnancy Week 20

Pregnancy Week 20

You have made it half-way through your pregnancy! Keep reading for more about the twentieth week. Pregnancy Week 20: What changes are occurring with your body? The top of your uterus…

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Pregnancy Week 19

Pregnancy Week 19

Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your baby. Here is what you can expect this week. Pregnancy Week 19: What changes are occurring with your body? Round ligament pain is…

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Pregnancy Week 18

Pregnancy Week 18

You are almost to the half-way point! Here is what you can expect in the upcoming week. Pregnancy Week 18: What changes are occurring with your body? Your figure is continuing…

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Pregnancy Week 17

Pregnancy Week 17

Congratulations! You are one week closer to meeting your bundle of joy. Here is what you can expect this week. Pregnancy Week 17: What changes are occurring with your body? As…

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Pregnancy Week 16

Pregnancy Week 16

Only four weeks until the half-way mark! Here is a list of pointers to help you through this week. Pregnancy Week 16: What changes are occurring with your body? Your uterus…

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Pregnancy Week 15

Pregnancy Week 15

You are one week closer to meeting your bundle of joy! Read more about what you can expect this week. Pregnancy Week 15: What changes are occurring with your body? The…

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Pregnancy Week 14

Pregnancy Week 14

Congratulations! You have successfully completed the first week of your second trimester. Here is a list of pointers for this week. Pregnancy Week 14: What changes are occurring with your body?…

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Pregnancy Week 13

Pregnancy Week 13

Congratulations! You are almost at the beginning of your second trimester. Here is what you can expect in the upcoming week. Pregnancy Week 13: What changes are occurring with your body?…

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Pregnancy Week 12

Pregnancy Week 12

Relax! Most women will be experiencing a decrease in morning sickness this week. Here is what else you can expect. Pregnancy Week 12: What changes are occurring with your body? Your…

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Pregnancy Week 11

Pregnancy Week 11

You are one week closer to completing your first trimester! Here is a list of things to think about this week. Pregnancy Week 11: What changes are occurring with your body?…

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Pregnancy Week 10

Pregnancy Week 10

You are almost through your first trimester! Here is what you should expect this week. Pregnancy Week 10: What changes are occurring with your body? Your uterus has continued to…

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Pregnancy Week 9

Pregnancy Week 9

  Congratulations! You are one week closer to holding your bundle of joy. Here is a list of things to think about this week. Pregnancy Week 9: What changes are occurring…

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Pregnancy Week 8

Pregnancy Week 8

You have now completed almost two months! Here is what you can expect this week. If you have just found out that you are pregnant, you may want to read weeks…

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Pregnancy Week 7

Pregnancy Week 7

Congratulations! Weeks four through seven are when most women discover they are pregnant. This week-by-week newsletter will keep you informed about what to expect for you and your developing baby during your pregnancy….

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Pregnancy Week 6

Pregnancy Week 6

Congratulations! Weeks four through seven are when most women discover they are pregnant. This week-by-week newsletter will keep you informed about what to expect for you and your developing baby during your pregnancy….

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Pregnancy Week 5

Pregnancy Week 5

Congratulations! Weeks four through seven are when most women discover they are pregnant. This week-by-week newsletter will keep you informed about what to expect for you and your developing baby…

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Pregnancy Week 4

Pregnancy Week 4

Congratulations! Weeks four through seven are when most women discover they are pregnant. This week-by-week newsletter will keep you informed about what to expect for you and your developing baby during your pregnancy….

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Pregnancy Week 3

Pregnancy Week 3

Congratulations! The third week of pregnancy is usually when ovulation and implantation occur. Here’s what you should know about your body this week. Pregnancy Week 3: How is pregnancy calculated? There is…

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Pregnancy Week 1 & 2

Pregnancy Week 1 & 2

Congratulations! During these first two weeks, your body is preparing for possible conception. Pregnancy Week 1 & 2: How is pregnancy calculated? Calculating the day your baby begins to develop and…

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Fetal Development: First Trimester

Fetal Development: First Trimester

Week 1 & 2 – Gestational Age: Your menstrual period has just ended, and your body is getting ready for ovulation. For most women, ovulation takes place about 11 – 21 days…

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Keepsake Ultrasounds or Sonograms

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 these services might create…

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of…

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X-Rays During Pregnancy

X-Rays During Pregnancy

You may have heard that getting an x-ray during pregnancy can harm your baby. This can be true, but in some cases not getting an x-ray can harm you more than it…

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Pregnancy and Dental Work

Pregnancy and Dental Work

Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are not only safe, but are recommended. The rise in hormone levels…

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CAT Scans and Pregnancy

CAT Scans and Pregnancy

A CAT scan is a common name for the imaging procedure called a computed axial tomography scan. A CAT scan procedure uses a computer to combine several x-ray images to…

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Hair Treatment During Pregnancy

Hair Treatment During Pregnancy

Questions related to hair treatments during pregnancy are common. Most treatments involve chemicals and dyes which leave women wondering if they are safe. Different types of hair treatments include: Coloring-…

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Tattoos When Pregnant

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 you want everything to be…

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Piercing and Pregnancy

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 any piercing while pregnant you…

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Perfume and Pregnancy

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 YOU! Though it’s safe to…

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Paint and Pregnancy

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 challenging to predict because there…

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Pregnancy and Tanning

Pregnancy and Tanning

Pregnancy and tanning questions are sure to follow as the weather warms. As soon as summer is here, shorts, sundresses, and sleeveless tops make their grand entrance into the wardrobe,…

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Sex and Pregnancy

Sex and Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy and Roller Coasters

Pregnancy and Roller Coasters

For many people, the reason to go to an amusement park is to ride a roller coaster. Unfortunately, for women who are pregnant, this is an activity that is not…

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Pregnant in a Hot Tub

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 use caution when choosing a…

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Pregnancy and Travel

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. Pregnancy and Travel:…

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Pregnancy and Saunas

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 choosing a sauna…

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Recreation and Pregnancy

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 a part of your life,…

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Pregnancy and Amusement Parks

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, for women who…

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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. Garden insects, fleas, mosquitoes, ants…

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Cleaning and Pregnancy

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 unless you…

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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 a dermatologist in non-pregnant women…

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Pregnancy and Pica

Pregnancy and Pica

Pica is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. Most pregnancy and pica related cravings involve non-food substances such as dirt or chalk. The word pica…

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Mercury Levels in Sushi

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 bacteria and increased exposure…

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Mercury Levels in Fish

Mercury Levels in Fish

We know that fish can be very nutritious and are packed with great nutrients such as omega-3’s, the B vitamins and lean protein. But unfortunately, fish can also have some…

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Caffeine and Pregnancy

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 need to reduce your daily…

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Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition during pregnancy. One of these concerns is regarding artificial sweeteners and pregnancy. Should these sweeteners be used during pregnancy. Many…

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Mood Swings During Pregnancy

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 are common. You…

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Depression in Pregnancy

Depression in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times of a woman’s life, but for many women this is a time of confusion, fear, sadness, stress, and even depression….

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Massage and Pregnancy – Prenatal Massage

Massage and Pregnancy – Prenatal Massage

Therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to improve overall health, reduce stress, and relieve muscle tension. Massage and pregnancy has often received ambivalent responses from the health community regarding…

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Pregnancy and Physical Therapy

Physical therapy during pregnancy can prove to be useful for remedying common discomforts like back pain or for enhancing your body’s ability to have an easier and smoother pregnancy and…

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Chiropractor and Pregnancy

Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of…

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Exercise Warning Signs

Exercise Warning Signs

Exercise during pregnancy is considered a normal and healthy part of care. More than likely your health care provider will have you continue with routines you are involved with or…

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Exercise and Pregnancy

Exercise and Pregnancy

Before you begin exercising, remember that it is important to talk to your health care provider. If you are already exercising, you will probably be able to keep up with…

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Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines

Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines

If you have been following a regular exercise program prior to your pregnancy, you should be able to maintain that program to some degree throughout your pregnancy. Exercise does not…

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Effects of Exercise on Pregnancy

Effects of Exercise on Pregnancy

Effects of Exercise on Pregnancy: Positive Exercise during pregnancy helps to alleviate many of the common problems of pregnancy. It improves circulation (which helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg…

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Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

When you become pregnant your body undergoes a variety of changes. One of the first changes you may experience is in your vaginal discharge. It is important that you are…

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Prenatal Vitamin Limits

Prenatal Vitamin Limits

Vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and folic acid are vital for proper fetal growth, development, and healthy adult living. To help increase your chances of creating a healthy…

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Swelling During Pregnancy

Swelling During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body produces approximately 50% more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby. Swelling is a normal part of pregnancy that is caused…

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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 a healthy baby. Ideally,…

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Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

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 during pregnancy. There are a number…

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Skin Changes During Pregnancy

Now that you are pregnant, you may begin to see many changes to your skin. You may see changes such as a sudden new glow on your face or pinkish,…

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Pregnancy and Sciatic Nerve Pain

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, providing sensory and motor function to the lower extremities. This nerve provides sensation to the back of the thigh, lower…

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Herbs and Pregnancy

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 pregnant women as…

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Round Ligament Pain

Round Ligament Pain

Round ligament pain is most common during the second trimester. Women may have a sharp pain in their abdomen or hip area that is either on one side or both….

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Herbal Tea and Pregnancy

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 can often provide an…

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Migraines During Pregnancy

Migraines During Pregnancy

Migraine headaches are different from stress or tension headaches. Migraine headaches are a type of vascular headache that is a result from blood vessels dilating in the brain. Migraine headaches…

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Folic Acid

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 day. When should…

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Pregnancy and Leg Cramps

Pregnancy and Leg Cramps

It is not uncommon to experience leg cramps during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. According to Danforth’s Obstetrics and Gynecology, almost half of all pregnant women suffer from muscle…

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Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins consist of a variety of vitamins and minerals that help you baby get the nutrients that are essential for healthy development. During pregnancy, a woman’s daily intake requirements…

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Omega-3 Fish Oil and Pregnancy

Scientific research is constantly expanding our knowledge of nutritional needs in pregnancy. Among the most recent developments in this field, is the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in both the…

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Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids

Unfortunately, hemorrhoids during pregnancy are common. Hemorrhoids are varicose (swollen) veins of the rectum and are usually painful. They most often appear during the third trimester. What causes hemorrhoids during…

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Pregnancy and Heartburn

Heartburn is a common complaint during pregnancy. Although it has nothing to do with the heart, heartburn involves a burning sensation in the center of the chest. What causes heartburn…

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Food to Avoid During Pregnancy

Food to Avoid During Pregnancy

Eating well balanced meals is important at all times, but it is even more essential when you are pregnant. There are essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your developing baby needs. Most…

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Pregnancy and Headaches

Pregnancy and Headaches

Experiencing headaches during pregnancy is one of the most common discomforts and complaints. Headaches may occur at any time during your pregnancy, but they tend to be most common during the first and…

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Nutrients & Vitamins For Pregnancy

Nutrients & Vitamins For Pregnancy

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant women should have a diet that consists of a variety foods including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats. From…

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Approximately 90% of your hair is growing at any one time, while the other 10% enter a resting phase. Every two to three months the resting hair falls out and…

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Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnancy Weight Gain

In May 2009, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) made changes to the guidelines concerning pregnancy weight gain. The last recommendations had been released in 1990 and many things have changed…

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Eating for Two When Over/ or Under Weight

Eating for Two When Over/ or Under Weight

Weight gain during pregnancy helps your baby grow. Gaining weight at a steady rate within recommended boundaries can also lower your chances of having hemorrhoids, varicose veins, stretch marks, backache,…

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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 it may also be prevalent throughout your pregnancy. What causes dizziness…

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Pregnancy and Constipation

Constipation occurs when there is abdominal pain or discomfort, difficult and infrequent bowel movements, and the passage of hard stools. Unfortunately, constipation affects approximately half of all women at some…

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Breast Changes During Pregnancy

Breast Changes During Pregnancy

From the beginning of your pregnancy, there are breasts changes you should expect. These breast changes are normal because they are evolving and preparing for the arrival of your baby….

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Pregnancy and Eating Disorders

Pregnancy and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect approximately seven million American women each year and tend to peak during childbearing years. Pregnancy is a time when body image concerns are more prevalent, and for those who are…

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Pregnancy and Alcohol

Pregnancy and Alcohol

When you consume alcohol during pregnancy, so does your baby because alcohol passes freely through the placenta to your baby. If you choose to drink alcohol while you are pregnant,…

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Back Pain

Back pain or discomfort is common during pregnancy and should be expected to some degree by most women. Back pain may be experienced during any point of your pregnancy; however, it…

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Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great time for you to quit smoking. You will feel better and have more energy to go through your pregnancy. You will also reduce your risks of…

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Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy

Caffeine Intake During Pregnancy

Caffeine is one of the most loved stimulants in America! But now that you are pregnant, you may need to lighten up on the daily intake of your favorite drinks…

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Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

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 increase in the amount of…

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Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

Urinary Tract Infection During Pregnancy

A urinary tract infection (UTI), also called bladder infection, is a bacterial inflammation in the urinary tract. Pregnant women are at increased risk for UTI’s starting in week 6 through week 24….

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Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis

The solid wastes (feces) of cats may contain a parasite called toxoplasma gondii that can cause toxoplasmosis, a rare but serious blood infection. Toxoplasmosis can also be contracted by eating…

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Rh Factor

Rh Factor

Each person’s blood is one of four major types: A, B, AB, or O. Blood types are determined by the types of antigens on the blood cells. Antigens are proteins…

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Preeclampsia : Toxemia

Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs only during pregnancy. Diagnoses is made by the combination of high blood pressure and protein in the urine, occurring after week 20 of pregnancy….

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Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa is a condition where the placenta lies low in the uterus and partially or completely covers the cervix. The placenta may separate from the uterine wall as the…

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Placenta Accreta

The placenta normally attaches to the uterine wall, however there is a condition that occurs where the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus. This condition…

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Molar Pregnancy

Molar Pregnancy

A molar pregnancy is an abnormality of the placenta, caused by a problem when the egg and sperm join together at fertilization. Molar pregnancies are rare, occurring in 1 out…

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Miscarriage

Miscarriage

Miscarriage, is a term used fora pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation. The medical terms used to identify this potential complication or loss…

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Crowning

Crowning

During pushing and delivery, your baby’s head will begin to show through your vaginal opening with each contraction. When your baby’s head remains visible without slipping back in, it is known as…

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Listeria and Pregnancy

Listeria and Pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is important to be aware of what you put inside your body. You should be aware of what is good to eat and also what is not so good…

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Back Labor

Back Labor

Labor and giving birth are among the most physically demanding things that a woman will ever experience. Many woman try to prepare for the experience by working on their health, exercising and…

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Inducing Labor

Inducing Labor

Inducing labor is the artificial start of the birth process through medical interventions or other methods. Induction not done for medical reasons or as an emergency is considered elective. Induction…

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Effacement

Effacement

  The closer you get to the end of your pregnancy, the more you will hear about “being effaced,” “effacing,” or “effacement.” What is effacement? Effacement is the process by which…

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage II

Stages of Childbirth: Stage II

Experiencing the birth of your child is a special and unique experience.  No two deliveries are alike and there is no way to predict with total accuracy how your delivery…

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage III

Stages of Childbirth: Stage III

Experiencing the birth of your child is a special and unique experience.  No two deliveries are alike and there is no way to accurately predict how your delivery will go….

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage I

Stages of Childbirth: Stage I

Experiencing the birth of your child is a special and unique experience. No two deliveries are identical and there is no way to predict how your delivery is going to go. However,…

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Care for the Premature Baby

Care for the Premature Baby

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 often scared and nervous. Premature…

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance. Mild cases are treated with dietary changes, rest and antacids. More severe cases often require…

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HIV/AIDS During Pregnancy

HIV/AIDS During Pregnancy

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 6,000 to 7,000 of women…

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Premature Birth Complications

Premature Birth Complications

Babies born before the 37th week of gestation are considered premature.  Premature newborns are sometimes referred to as “preemies”.  Mothers who have their baby prematurely are often frightened and nervous. …

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HELLP Syndrome

HELLP Syndrome is a series of symptoms that make up a syndrome that can affect pregnant women. HELLP syndrome is thought to be a variant of preeclampsia, but it may…

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Group B Strep Infection: GBS

Group B Strep Infection: GBS

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum. This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum…

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Alternative Relaxation Techniques

As pregnancy progresses and labor seems to be around the corner, it is natural to experience a certain amount of fear and anxiety in anticipation of giving birth.  Labor is…

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Patterned Breathing During Labor

Patterned Breathing During Labor

Patterned breathing refers to the act of breathing at any number of possible rates and depths. Some women prefer breathing deeply, using their diaphragm to fill their abdomen with air….

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Gestational Diabetes

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 have a family…

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General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia

Being informed about general anesthesia will help prevent mothers from being caught by surprise in the unlikely event that it might be necessary. General anesthesia causes a total loss of…

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Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself in a place other than inside the uterus. Almost all ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube, and are thus…

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D&C Procedure After a Miscarriage

D&C Procedure After a Miscarriage

Unfortunately, miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Studies reveal that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end…

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that can be transmitted to a developing child before birth. CMV infection is usually harmless and rarely causes illness. For most healthy persons who acquire…

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Most Common Pregnancy Complications

Most Common Pregnancy Complications

There are several things that may cause a complication in your pregnancy. However, some are more common than others. Below is a list of the most common pregnancy complications: Ectopic Pregnancy:…

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Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Cholestasis of Pregnancy

  Some women experience a very severe itching in late pregnancy. The most common cause of this is cholestasis, a common liver disease that only happens in pregnancy. Cholestasis of pregnancy is…

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Chicken Pox and Pregnancy

When you become pregnant you want to do everything you can to stay healthy. Unfortunately, it is sometimes impossible to protect yourself from every illness out there. Chicken pox is…

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Cervical Cerclage

When a woman’s cervix is weak (sometimes called an incompetent cervix) she is more likely to have a baby born prematurely because the cervix shortens or opens too early. In…

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Blighted Ovum

Blighted Ovum

  What is a blighted ovum? A blighted ovum (also known as “anembryonic pregnancy”) happens when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo does not…

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Bleeding During Pregnancy

Bleeding During Pregnancy

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 second and third…

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Bed Rest

Bed Rest

Bed rest is a common practice during pregnancy to alleviate certain pregnancy complications. Some women know it is coming because of medical history, whereas others are surprised during a routine…

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Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy

Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy

Approximately 10% – 30% of pregnant women will experience Bacterial vaginosis (BV) during their pregnancy. Bacterial vaginosis is caused by an imbalance in the normal bacteria that exists in a…

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Quetiapine during Pregnancy

Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that most commonly develops between 20 to 29 years of age. It is more common with women, but can affect both genders. Since it…

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Montelukast during Pregnancy

Asthma is a challenging breathing condition experienced by many Americans. Unfortunately, it is usually a chronic condition that creates ongoing challenges and management questions for individuals experiencing this condition. Now…

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Spinal Block

Spinal Block

A spinal block is sometimes called a “spinal.” In this procedure, a narcotic or anesthetic such as fetanyl, bupivacaine or lidocaine is injected below the spinal column directly into the…

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Escitalopram during Pregnancy

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions experienced by individuals across the United States. Unfortunately, the onset of pregnancy can trigger depression. With depression being a leading…

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Pudendal Block

Pudendal Block

The pudendal block gets its name because a local anesthetic such as, lidocaine or chloroprocaine, is injected into the pudendal canal where the pudendal nerve is located. This allows quick…

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Duloxetine during Pregnancy

Pregnancy and the increase in hormones often trigger depression or worsen it for someone already experiencing it. It is the most frequently diagnosed mental condition resulting in the majority of…

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Atorvastatin During Pregnancy

High cholesterol is usually not a problem for women who are in their childbearing years. Concerns with high cholesterol usually come in later years; however it is possible that elevated…

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Aripiprazole during Pregnancy

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that most commonly arrives inside the 20s. The good news is there are medications that can help individuals experiencing this mental condition live a…

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Local Anesthesia

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is injected into a specific area to provide pain relief. Local anesthesia is given through various medications and dosages in the form of epidurals, pudendal blocks, and spinal…

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Epidural Anesthesia

Epidural Anesthesia

  Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. More women request an epidural by name than any other method of pain relief. More than 50% of women…

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Circumcision

Circumcision

When you learned that you were having a boy you probably started thinking about circumcision. The decision to have your son circumcised can be difficult and can involve a number…

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Signs of Labor

Signs of Labor

Probably every woman who shares her labor experience tells a different story. Your delivery will be just as unique. However, the following information will prepare you for when “Labor Day”…

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False Labor

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 think that they are experiencing…

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Mucus Plug: Bloody Show

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 allowing the baby to pass…

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Braxton Hicks Contractions

You might have heard this funny phrase before you were pregnant, but now you want to know what it means. The term originated in 1872 from an English doctor named…

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Premature Labor

Premature Labor

Pregnancy is normally a time of happiness and anticipation, but it can also be a time of uncertainty. Many women have concerns about what is happening with their baby and wonder “Is…

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Glucose Tolerance Test

Pregnant women can develop a condition known as Gestational Diabetes (diabetes brought on by pregnancy) that can cause risk to both mother and baby. A glucose tolerance test is a…

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Fetal Non-Stress Test (NST)

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 placed on the fetus during…

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Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) occurs when a baby’s head or body is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis. It is believed that true CPD is rare, but many cases…

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Episiotomy

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 episiotomy? An episiotomy may be…

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Biophysical Profile

Biophysical Profile

  The biophysical profile combines an ultrasound evaluation with a nonstress test (NST) and is intended to determine fetal health during the third trimester. This test is performed if there…

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Breech Births

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 to happen, the baby’s buttocks…

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Triple Screen Test

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: AFP, hCG, and Estriol….

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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 protein that is produced by…

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Amniocentesis

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 to choose amniocentesis to determine if…

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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 for specific chromosomal abnormalities, including Down…

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Chorionic Villus Sampling: CVS

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 health care provider if you or…

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Ultrasound: Sonogram

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 placenta. Although the terms ultrasound and…

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Urine Test: Urinalysis

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 pregnancy, this article is discussing…

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Blood Test

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, the following describes how blood…

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Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that affects approximately 3,000 pregnancies each year. Although the occurrences appear to be decreasing, Spina bifida occurs in approximately seven of out every…

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Down Syndrome: Trisomy 21

Down syndrome is the most common birth defect in the United States. It was first described in 1866 and is named after John Langdon Down, the doctor who first identified…

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Congenital Heart Defects

Heart defects are among the most common form of birth defects. More than 32,000 infants are born each year with some form of heart defect (1 out of every 125…

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Cleft lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft means ‘split’ or ‘separation’. During early pregnancy separate areas of the face develop individually and then join together. The lip usually closes by 5 to 6 weeks after conception,…

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of conditions that affect control of movement and posture. Because of damage to areas of the brain that control movement, an affected child cannot…

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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 can be even more challenging…

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Autism

Autism

Autism is a developmental disability that usually appears during the first three years of life. It is a neurological disorder that impacts the normal development of the brain in the…

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Trying to Avoid a Cesarean

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 the highest rate ever recorded…

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Tips For Preventing Birth Defects

Approximately 150,000 children are born every year in the United States affected by one or more birth defects. Although the cause of over 60% of birth defects are not known,…

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Risks of a Cesarean Procedure

Risks of a Cesarean Procedure

A cesarean birth occurs through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina. There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over the past…

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Cesarean Procedure

Cesarean Procedure

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 births over the past 30…

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VBAC: Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

VBAC: Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

If you have experienced a cesarean delivery, you are not alone. In November 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the national cesarean birth rate was the highest…

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Reasons For a Cesarean Birth

Reasons For a Cesarean Birth

A cesarean delivery is a birth through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina. There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over…

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Birth Center

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 are offering women the choice…

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Water Birth

Water Birth

Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to labor in the water and get out for delivery. Other women decide…

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Choosing a Family

Choosing a Family

No doubt you already have a mental picture of an ideal home and family for your child. The adoption process is designed to help make that picture a reality, by providing you…

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Choosing an Adoption Attorney

Choosing an Adoption Attorney

  The task of choosing an adoption agency or attorney involves a number of options and possibilities. The following suggestions are designed to help both birthmothers and adoptive parents in…

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Home Birth

Home Birth

For centuries giving birth at home was the norm. By the 1900′s increasing numbers of women started having their babies at hospitals. As our understanding of anatomy, modern medicine, the…

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Assisted Delivery

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 that the anesthesia is working,…

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Benefits of Adoptions

Benefits of Adoptions

  Adoption benefits everyone in the adoption triad. Many of the benefits are helpful to the birthmother and birthfather. Other benefits come to the child who is being placed for…

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Types of Parenting

Types of Parenting

  Many people believe that when there is an unplanned pregnancy, there are three options: abortion, adoption, and parenting. However, when it comes to parenting there are different types of…

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Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowels.  Kegel exercises also help strengthen vaginal muscles. What are the benefits of…

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Single Parenting

Single Parenting

  Parenthood together with a career or schooling is a great challenge. The following are ways that allow you as a single parent to take advantage of things within your reach in…

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Parenting Preparation Checklist

Parenting Preparation Checklist

First-time parents often struggle with the challenge of getting prepared for the task. Talking with other parents can help. They can recommend support services including child care, medical care, products to use,…

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Creating Your Birth Plan

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 thinking through the details of…

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Doing It Alone

Doing It Alone

  Being a single parent brings numerous questions and often lots of uncertainty.  Can you do it alone?  You can, but it will be a challenge.  Answering the question is…

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Possible Physical Side Affects

Possible Physical Side Affects

The physical side effects after an abortion will vary from woman to woman.  There are potential side effects and risks that you should be aware of.  It is important to…

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Abortion Emotional Side Effects

Abortion Emotional Side Effects

The emotional side effects of an abortion will vary from one woman to another. Some women report a sense of relief after having an abortion. The reasons for relief also…

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Surgical Abortion Procedures

Surgical Abortion Procedures

  The type of surgical abortion procedure used is based on the woman’s stage of pregnancy. Before seeking a surgical abortion procedure, you should obtain a sonogram to determine if…

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Labor & Birth Terms to Know

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 mostly of fetal urine and water,…

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Medical Abortion Procedures

Medical Abortion Procedures

  Medical abortion procedures are available for terminating a pregnancy during the early weeks of the first trimester. For women seeking a medical abortion procedure, a sonogram is recommended to determine if…

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Having a Doula: Is a Doula for Me?

Having a Doula: Is a Doula for Me?

The word doula is a Greek word meaning women’s servant.  Women have been serving other women in childbirth for many centuries and have proven that support from another woman has…

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Abortion Follow Up Care

Abortion Follow Up Care

  Most clinics will schedule a follow-up appointment with you or encourage you to see your primary doctor after your abortion. It is important to keep your follow-up appointment in order to…

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Abortion Laws by State

Abortion Laws by State

Abortion Laws by State State Parental Parental Restrictions on Counseling & State-Funded Notification Consent Late-term Abortions Mandatory Wait Abortions Alabama Operational Operational 24 hours Alaska Enjoined Counseling Only Operational Arizona…

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Cord Blood Banking

Cord Blood Banking

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth. It is blood that is usually discarded. Cord blood banking utilizes external facilities as a…

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Abortion Procedures

Abortion Procedures

The type of abortion procedure used in elective pregnancy termination is primarily determined by how far a woman is into pregnancy. During the first trimester, you will usually have the…

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Midwives

Midwives

The term midwife reflects a philosophy of care–one that is directed toward women and their individual reproductive needs. A midwife usually offers a variety of options and seeks to eliminate…

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Making a Decision

Making a Decision

  As you reflect upon the past, you will probably remember several important, pivotal events in your life. The events might have been the result of your own choices or, in some…

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My Three Pregnancy Choices

My Three Pregnancy Choices

  When a women discovers that she is pregnant, her life will never be the same again no matter what choice she makes about her pregnancy. It is wise to…

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Stillbirth: Surviving Emotionally

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. For many parents stillbirth is…

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Stillbirth: Trying to Understand

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 of gestation. Stillbirth occurs in…

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After a Miscarriage: Surviving Emotionally

After a Miscarriage: Surviving Emotionally

Now that you have experienced a pregnancy loss you are probably feeling more sadness then you ever thought possible. Having a miscarriage can be very difficult. The emotional impact can usually take…

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Weight Gain With Multiples

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 a million questions at this…

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Vanishing Twin Syndrome

Vanishing twin syndrome was first recognized in 1945. Vanishing twin syndrome is when one of a set of twin/multiple fetuses disappears in the uterus during pregnancy. This is the result…

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Signs & Symptoms of Multiples

Signs & Symptoms of Multiples

Many women suspect that they might be carrying more than one baby, but  how can you know for sure. The following indicators may point towards a multiples pregnancy. Ultrasound Confirmation…

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Prenatal Care in a Multiples Pregnancy

Prenatal Care in a Multiples Pregnancy

Women expecting multiples have many different and unique experiences than those women who are carrying a single pregnancy. Since multiples are at a greater risk of developing complications, your healthcare…

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How a multiples pregnancy occurs

How a multiples pregnancy occurs

The numbers of pregnancies that are multiples have increased over the last twenty years. This increase is primarily due to the fact that one third of women who are having…

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Complications in a Multiples Pregnancy

Complications in a Multiples Pregnancy

Of all multiples, twins normally face the fewest medical problems and complications. Each additional baby a woman carries at one time increases the possibility of developing complications.   What are…

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Kick Counts

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 feel movement. For first…

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First Fetal Movement : Quickening

First Fetal Movement : Quickening

Some moms can feel their babies move as early as 13-16 weeks from the start of their last period. These first fetal movements are called quickening and are often described as flutters. It…

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Fetal Development

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 from the first day of…

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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 the most experienced parents, bringing…

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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 enough money for household expenses…

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Importance of a Will

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

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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 attitude for some women. What…

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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 some income for the family,…

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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 the advantages and disadvantages of…

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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 a pediatrician during their second…

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Medical Terms to Know

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 water breaks, it is the…

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WIC

The Women, Infants and Children’s program, frequently referred to as WIC, is a supplemental food and nutrition program for pregnant women, new moms and children under the age of 5yrs…

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Maternity Leave

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 policies for fathers, which allow…

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Health Insurance for Pregnant Women

Health Insurance for Pregnant Women

Over 41 million Americans have no health insurance and many of those who are insured are underinsured. Consequently, there are approximately 13% of women who become pregnant each year who…

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Baby Blues

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 important not to ignore the…

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Umbilical Cord Care

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 half inch to an inch…

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Newborn Testing

Newborn Testing

Now that you have had your baby and the delivery was a success there is still one more thing to do before your baby heads home. Depending on what state…

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Newborn Jaundice

After the birth of a baby, it is common for care providers to watch a newborn closely. One of the things that your care provider will be monitoring is jaundice….

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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 a program similar to Medicaid…

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Colic

The term “colic” has been around for years, often used to describe any baby that cries for an extended period of time. Many parents wonder if their baby has colic…

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Breastfeeding and Jaundice

After the birth of a baby, it is common for care providers to watch a newborn closely. One of the things that your care provider will be monitoring is jaundice….

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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 and Women’s Health. Healthy Start…

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Your First Prenatal Visit

Your First Prenatal Visit

If you did not meet with your health care provider before your were pregnant, your first prenatal visit will generally be around 8 weeks after your LMP (last menstrual period)….

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Soothing your crying Baby

There is no sound like that of a crying infant. Something about it can often cause many moms to literally ache to fix whatever is wrong with their baby. Sometimes…

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Changing a Diaper

Changing a Diaper

Changing your baby’s diapers may seem like a frightening task, especially if you have never been around babies before. Don’t worry, it is not that hard and in a few…

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What’s in Breast Milk?

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 months.  It is optimal for…

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It’s all about the Latch

It’s all about the Latch

The most important part of successful breastfeeding is the latch. If your baby is not properly latched on to your breast, feedings could be painful.  There are specific techniques that…

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Breastfeeding vs Bottle feeding

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 the issues that need to…

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Breastfeeding: Overview

Breastfeeding: Overview

Breast milk is produced naturally by women and provides the basic nutrition for a baby during the first several months of life. Breast milk has three different and distinct stages:…

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PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

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 year. The current number of…

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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

Human Papillomavirus: HPV

HPV, the Genital Human Papillomavirus, is a viral infection that affects nearly 6,200,000 new individuals each year. There are over 100 different types of HPV including about 30 types that…

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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 series of diseases. HIV does…

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Choosing an Adoption Agency

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 the best fit for your…

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Adoption: Questions to Ask Yourself

Adoption: Questions to Ask Yourself

If you are struggling with the question of whether or not to place your child for adoption, you should ask yourself the following questions: Questions to Ask Yourself: Am I…

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Hepatitis C

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 are the symptoms of hepatitis…

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Hepatitis B

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 are the symptoms of hepatitis…

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Guidelines for Choosing a Family

Guidelines for Choosing a Family

You probably already have a mental picture of an ideal home and family for your child. The process of adoption creates an opportunity to make that picture a reality by…

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Gonorrhea

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? It is common for individuals…

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Genital Herpes

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 are currently infected with genital…

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Potential Risks for Non-Placement

Potential Risks for Non-Placement

  For a potential adoptive couple, it is natural to wonder if a birthmother will change her mind about putting her child up for adoption. Consequently, you and your spouse…

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Chlamydia

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 chlamydia. What are the symptoms…

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Yeast Infections

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, condition called a yeast infection….

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The Adoption Process

The Adoption Process

  Whether you have struggled with infertility, already have biological children and want to expand your family, or have the desire to make a difference in the life a child…

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Tipped Uterus: Tilted Uterus

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 or tilted uterus, in which…

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Adoption Home Study

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, family interactions, childhood and…

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Puberty

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 point that the body starts…

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Adoption Options

Adoption Options

    What are the adoption options?  You might be asking this question as potential adoptive parents or as a birthmother.  There are several different types of adoptions for you…

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Closed Adoption :  Disadvantages

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 information provided either to birth…

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Semi Open Adoption : Disadvantages

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 by a third party…

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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 and female hormones, but women…

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Open Adoption: Disadvantages

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 parties are shared. Interaction can…

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Benefits of Adoptions

Benefits of Adoptions

Adoption is intended to benefit everyone in the adoption triad. Many of the benefits are helpful to the birthmother and birthfather. Other benefits are directed at the child who is being…

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Pap Smear

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 develop into cancer. Pap smears…

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Closed Adoption Advantages

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 identifying information provided either to…

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Fibroid Tumors; Fibroid Uterus

Fibroid Tumors; Fibroid Uterus

Fibroid tumors are usually undetected non-cancerous masses that grow in the uterus. There are several types of fibroids found in the uterus, and it is common for women to have multiple fibroids…

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Semi-Open Adoption: Advantages

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 an adoption agency or adoption attorney….

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Endometriosis

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 uterus, but the lining that has…

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Cervical Cancer

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 (cancerous) cells spread. They travel…

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Bacterial Vaginosis

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? The symptom of bacterial vaginosis…

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Abnormal Pap Smear

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 diagnostic tests, but they are screening…

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Open Adoption Advantages

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 parties are shared. The interaction…

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Adoption Terms to Know

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: Adoption Decree:   A…

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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 are candidates to use donor…

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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 normally obtained from someone other…

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Male Fertility Testing

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 approximately one-third of all cases…

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Male Infertility

Male Infertility

Infertility affects approximately one out of every six couples. An infertility diagnosis is given to a couple who are unable to conceive over the course of one year. When the problem lies…

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Female Fertility Testing

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 infertility and a semen…

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Female Infertility

Infertility is a condition that affects approximately one out of every six couples. An infertility diagnosis is given to a couple that has been unsuccessful in efforts to conceive over the course…

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Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer: ZIFT

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 embryo is transferred into the fallopian…

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: PGD

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), also called Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT), is a procedure used prior to implantation to help identify genetic defects within embryos created through in vitro fertilization to prevent certain diseases…

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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 steps to ICSI which include…

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Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer: GIFT

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

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Intrauterine Insemination: IUI

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure that involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilization. This fertility treatment does not involve the manipulation of a woman’s eggs, and therefore is not…

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In Vitro Fertilization: IVF

In Vitro Fertilization: IVF

  In Vitro Fertilization is commonly referred to as IVF. IVF is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. When the IVF procedure 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. The objective of embryo transfer is…

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Treating Infertility with Herbal Medications

Treating Infertility with Herbal Medications

Chinese herbs have been used for approximately 2500 years to treat a wide array of health problems. Herbal medicines may enhance fertility by supporting the natural functions of the ovulation and fertility process….

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Infertility and Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body,…

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Infertility and Acupuncture

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 the exterior and interior…

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What is Infertility?

What is Infertility?

Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents the conception of children. It affects approximately 6.1 million individuals throughout the United States. The diagnosis of infertility is usually given to couples…

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Infertility Terms to Know

Infertility Terms to Know

Adverse outcome: A pregnancy that does not result in a live birth including miscarriage, induced terminations, and stillbirths. ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology): Any procedure where eggs are surgically removed from a woman’s ovaries…

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Infertility Medications

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 the body for treatment and to increase the probability…

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Fertility FAQ

Fertility 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 woman’s cycle. Counting from the…

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Ovulation Tests

Ovulation tests are used to determine your fertile days so that you can maximize your efforts in trying to conceive. Although more expensive, some women will use fertility monitors so they…

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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 almost the same accuracy as…

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Understanding Ovulation

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. Approximately every month an egg…

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Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors

Ovulation Kits & Fertility Monitors

Tracking ovulation through fertility awareness procedures is the best way to identify the appropriate time to get pregnant. However, ovulation kits and fertility monitors help further determine your expected ovulation by picking up the…

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Signs of Ovulation

Signs of Ovulation

The signs of ovulation vary from woman to woman. It is possible that some women will not even experience ovulation symptoms. The time of ovulation varies for every woman. Some…

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Taking a Pregnancy Test

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, you might check to see…

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Preconception Nutrition

Preconception Nutrition

Preconception Nutrition: Increasing Fertility More and more preconception nutrition research is showing that food and healthy nutrition are tied to fertility health. There are nutritional needs for both men and women. Additionally,…

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Genetic Counseling

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 a specially trained health…

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Trying to Conceive After Age 35

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 joys and riddled with new questions. Despite the challenges, many women in…

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Pre-Conception Health for Men

Pre-Conception Health for Men

As couples prepare for pregnancy, it is easy to focus only on the woman’s health. However, there are several habits men need to be forming during these critical months of preparation, too….

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Am I Pregnant: FAQs on Early Pregnancy

Am I Pregnant: FAQs on Early Pregnancy

There are many situations that lead women to ask the question “Am I pregnant.” The following questions are some of the most frequently asked questions that the APA receives regarding early pregnancy…

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Calculating Conception

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 almost never known, the…

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Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy, and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy. It can occur at anytime of the day, and for most…

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Pregnancy Discrimination

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 conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under…

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Turner Syndrome

Turner Syndrome

Turner syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when one of the two X chromosomes found in females is missing or incomplete. It is a chromosomal condition that only affects females. It…

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Financial Assistance for Adoption

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 agency and legal fees, and…

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Preconception Health for Women

Pregnancy should not be considered only a 9 month journey but as a yearlong journey. Knowing that the first few weeks of pregnancy are the most vital to the development of…

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Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth Education Classes

For most pregnant women, even if you already have a child, the labor and birth process can be both overwhelming and joyful. Many women and their partners choose to attend childbirth classes…

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