Nipple Pain Remedies

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

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Pregnancy Symptom Alternatives

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

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Introducing the Bottle

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

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Donor Milk

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

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Preparing to Breast Pump

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

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Nutrition and Breastfeeding

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

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

As you approach the end of your pregnancy, your body is preparing to breastfeed. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby.

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Pregnancy Pains

As your body changes, you may experience pain in your abdomen, legs, or back. Here is how to know if the pain is a cause for concern, or nothing to worry about.

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Probiotics During Pregnancy

Are probiotics safe during pregnancy? What are the benefits of using them while expecting and how do they work? Learn about using probiotics during pregnancy.

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Muscle Cramps During Pregnancy

Muscle cramps during pregnancy are common. Learn ways to treat your muscle cramps and how to reduce the likelihood of having one while you are expecting.

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Vitamin Overdose

Eating healthy meals and supplementing with vitamins is healthy. Did you know you can overdose with vitamins? Discover the symptoms and steps to take.

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Pregnancy Dreams

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

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Halloween and Pregnant

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

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Vomiting During Pregnancy

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

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Hives During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy After Vasectomy

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

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Laxatives During Pregnancy

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

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Dehydration During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy Emotions

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

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Sharp Pain During Pregnancy

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

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Lifting During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy Workout

Discover recommended exercises and pregnancy workouts to help you be healthy and have the best pregnancy experience possible.

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Wine During Pregnancy

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

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Adalimumab During Pregnancy

Talk with your doctor before starting or stopping use of adalimumab during pregnancy. Learn more about the potential side effects of adalimumab while pregnant.

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Albuterol During Pregnancy

Albuterol is a medication used to treat bronchospasms, but it can cause side effects. Talk with your doctor before you start or stop taking albuterol during pregnancy.

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Nosebleeds During Pregnancy

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

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Fetal Distress

The term fetal distress has historically been used to describe when the fetus does not receive adequate oxygen during pregnancy or labor. Learn more about fetal distress.

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Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal exercise is one of the best workouts while you are pregnant. Learn more about the benefits and recommendations related to prenatal yoga.

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Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Once your baby is birthed, the umbilical cord will no longer be necessary. Learn more about the function of the umbilical cord and when to cut it.

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Pregnancy Glow

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

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Pregnancy Line – Linea Nigra

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

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Epilepsy and Pregnancy

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

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Rapid Labor

Rapid labor is characterized by labor that can last as little as 3 hours and is typically less than 5 hours. Learn more about the signs and management of rapid labor.

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Umbilical Cord Prolapse

Umbilical cord prolapse occurs in about 1 in 10 deliveries, and is typically harmless. Learn about when compression may become serious for your baby.

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Fetal Arrhythmia

Fetal Arrhythmia is a common condition which refers to the abnormal heart rate of the baby. Learn the causes and concerns regarding fetal arrhythmia.

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Genital Warts During Pregnancy

Genital warts during pregnancy are not considered to pose a serious health risk to your baby. Learn about what you can do about genital warts during pregnancy.

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Nitrous Oxide During Labor

Several countries with high standards for health care use nitrous oxide to treat pain during labor. Learn more about the benefits and risks of using nitrous oxide during labor.

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Blood Clots During Pregnancy

Blood clots during pregnancy, which are serious, only affect 1 or 2 out of every 1000 pregnant women. Learn about the risk factors and what you can do to prevent them.

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Vaccination During Pregnancy

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

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Placenta Encapsulation

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

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Flu During Pregnancy

Getting the flu while pregnant can lead to pneumonia, so it is best to take some simple precautions to avoid it. Find out more about preventing and treating flu during pregnancy.

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Gonorrhea During Pregnancy

Gonorrhea is a highly contagious STD that can be cured with the right treatment. Learn about the symptoms of gonorrhea and ways to prevent it during pregnancy.

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Syphilis During Pregnancy

Syphilis during pregnancy is serious, but there are ways to reduce or avoid any problems for your growing baby. Learn about the symptoms and treatment for syphilis.

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Fifth Disease During Pregnancy

Fifth disease during pregnancy rarely leads to serious complications and is preventable. If you should contract it, learn ways to identify and treat this condition.

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Sinus Infection While Pregnant

Sinus infections are commonly treated with medications, but all are not safe to use during pregnancy. Learn about safe ways to treat sinusitis and when to call your doctor.

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Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

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

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Getting Sick While Pregnant

Most women are more susceptible to getting sick during pregnancy, due to a weakened immune system. Find out how to minimize this risk and when to call your doctor.

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Cough and Cold During Pregnancy

Changes in your immune system can lead to more coughs and colds during pregnancy. Learn about natural ways to prevent and treat illness, and when to call you doctor.

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Breastfeeding While Pregnant

If you are breastfeeding and pregnant at the same time, you may have many questions. Learn more about breastfeeding safety during pregnancy and potential challenges.

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Hip Pain During Pregnancy

Hip pain is a common occurrence while pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Learn about the causes of hip pain and ways to alleviate hip pain during pregnancy.

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Diabetes During Pregnancy

If you have diabetes during pregnancy, it can lead to serious complications for you and your baby. Learn about the risks and ways to better manage your diabetes while pregnant.

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Cramping During Pregnancy

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

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Nausea During Pregnancy

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

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Fatigue During Pregnancy

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

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Diarrhea During Pregnancy

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

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Hernia During Pregnancy

A hernia during pregnancy is not typically a cause for immediate concern, but there are times when you should see your doctor. Learn about ways to prevent and treat hernias.

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Uterus Size During Pregnancy

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

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TUMS During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnant

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

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Diet During Pregnancy

Questions about your diet during pregnancy? What should you eat in order to have the healthiest pregnancy possible? Learn about healthy eating.

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Exercise During Pregnancy

Should you exercise while you are pregnant? What are the benefits of exercise and are there any risks? What exercises should be avoided during pregnancy.

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Spotting During Pregnancy

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

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Nesting During Pregnancy

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

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Anemia During Pregnancy

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

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Gas During Pregnancy

Are you experiencing gas during your pregnancy and trying to figure out how to treat it? What causes gas while expecting and can you take steps to prevent it?

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Maternity Insurance

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

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Medication and Pregnancy

Many women have concerns about using medication during pregnancy. Here are some recommendations for women considering whether to use medications while pregnant.

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Deli Meats

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

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Kippered

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

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Withdrawal

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

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Vaginal Ring

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

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Spermicide

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

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Lunelle: Monthly Injection

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

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Lubrication

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

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Intrauterine Devices: IUD

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

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How Pregnancy Occurs

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

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Ethical Considerations

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

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Depo-Provera: Quarterly Injection

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

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Contraceptive Sponge

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

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Birth Control Pills

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

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Birth Control Patch

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

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Birth Control Failure

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

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Male Condom

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

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Female Condom

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

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Diaphragm

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

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Cervical Cap

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

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Abstinence

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

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Postpartum Massage

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

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids: FAQs

Are omega 3 fatty acids safe during pregnancy? What benefits do they have for mom and her baby? Learn what you need to know about omega 3 fatty acids.

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Preventing the Baby Blues

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

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Vitamin D and Pregnancy

Should you be taking Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy? Are there natural ways to get Vitamin D? What else do you need to know about the vitamin while expecting?

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OV-Watch Fertility Predictor

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

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Pregnancy Week 40

Congratulations on reaching the end of your pregnancy! You will probably meet your baby this week. Learn some helpful tips for when you are in labor.

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Pregnancy Week 39

At 39 weeks, you may not have noticed many changes over the past couple weeks. Your baby could arrive at any point, so make sure to rest and enjoy this time.

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Pregnancy Week 38

At 38 weeks, most of your baby’s organs are fully functional, and you could go into labor at any time. Try to rest, and enjoy these last few days before you meet your baby.

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Pregnancy Week 37

During your 37th week, your cervix will begin to dilate and efface. You may also pass your mucus plug. Take time to finish any preparations before your baby arrives.

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Pregnancy Week 36

At 36 weeks, you only have a month to go. You may experience an increase in Braxton Hicks contractions. This is a good time to go ahead and pack your bag for the hospital.

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Pregnancy Week 35

At 35 weeks, you may feel short of breath. You may also notice a change in your baby’s movements. Around this week, it is important to start tracking your baby’s kick counts.

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Pregnancy Week 34

By the 34th week, your baby’s lungs are well-developed. At this point, your doctor may recommend that you begin massaging your perineum to prevent an episiotomy.

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Pregnancy Week 33

Starting in the 33rd week, you may notice leaking amniotic fluid. You will also want to take preventative measures to reduce your chances of needing an episiotomy.

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Pregnancy Week 32

By your 32nd week, you will probably have prenatal appointments every two weeks. Look into making a decision on whether or not to keep your baby’s cord blood.

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Pregnancy Week 31

At 31 weeks, you may experience Braxton Hicks contractions and start leaking colostrum. This is a great time to decide whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed.

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Pregnancy Week 30

At 30 weeks, you may be feeling more tired, and your joints may feel looser. This is the time to think about your pain relief options for when you deliver.

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Pregnancy Week 29

At 29 weeks, it is important that you are getting adequate amounts of nutrients and rest. This is a great time to discuss you birth plan with your partner.

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Pregnancy Week 28

Around the 28th week, you will begin having more frequent prenatal appointments. This is also a great time to make plans for your trip to the hospital.

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Pregnancy Week 27

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

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Pregnancy Week 26

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

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Pregnancy Week 25

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

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Pregnancy Week 24

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

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Pregnancy Week 23

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

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Pregnancy Week 22

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

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Pregnancy Week 21

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

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Pregnancy Week 20

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

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Pregnancy Week 19

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

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Pregnancy Week 18

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

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Pregnancy Week 17

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

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Pregnancy Week 16

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

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Pregnancy Week 15

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

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Pregnancy Week 14

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

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Pregnancy Week 13

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

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Pregnancy Week 12

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

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Pregnancy Week 11

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

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Pregnancy Week 10

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

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Pregnancy Week 9

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

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Pregnancy Week 8

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

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Pregnancy Week 7

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

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Pregnancy Week 6

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

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Pregnancy Week 5

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

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Pregnancy Week 4

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

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Pregnancy Week 3

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

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Pregnancy Week 1 & 2

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

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X-Rays During Pregnancy

Are X-Rays safe to get during pregnancy? What are the risks or side effects? Are there different types of x-rays that are better while expecting?

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CAT Scans and Pregnancy

Are pregnant women allowed to get CAT Scans while expecting? Are they safe, what risks are associated with the test, are there any preventive steps to take?

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Hair Treatment During Pregnancy

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

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Tattoos When Pregnant

Thinking about getting a tattoo while you are expecting? Find out if tattoos are safe, what concerns and risks there are, and whether or not to get a tattoo during pregnancy.

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Piercing and Pregnancy

Thinking about getting a piercing during your pregnancy? If you are it may be beneficial for you to learn some safety tips and the possible health risks.

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Perfume and Pregnancy

Having a concern about the safety of wearing perfume while pregnant is common. Learn about some tips on preventing as many unnecessary symptoms from perfume.

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Paint and Pregnancy

Being around the wrong kind of paint can be bad for your pregnancy. Learn about the safe types of paint to be using or exposed to during your pregnancy.

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Pregnancy and Tanning

Wondering about the safety of tanning while pregnant? It may not be safe for you. Learn more about the safety of various types of tanning while pregnant.

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Sex During Pregnancy

Is sex during pregnancy safe? The good news, unless your doctor advises against it, sex and pregnancy are safe together. Learn more about sex during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy and Roller Coasters

Are you considering riding on a roller coaster while you are pregnant? Learn the risks and some safety recommendations of riding roller coaster during pregnancy.

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Pregnant in a Hot Tub

Are you wondering if jumping into a hot tub while pregnant is safe? Learn the common safety concerns and risks of using hot tubs during pregnancy.

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Pregnancy and Travel

Concerns about traveling during pregnancy is common. If you one of of those who have this concern, read this article to learn how to make the best our of your traveling.

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Pregnancy and Saunas

Many people who are pregnant have concerns on whether or not it is safe to use saunas during pregnancy. Learn more about the safety of using saunas during pregnancy.

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Recreation and Pregnancy

Even though one may be pregnant, they still may desire to play recreational sports such as skiing or weightlifting. Learn about the safety of various recreational sports.

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Pregnancy and Amusement Parks

Many people enjoy going to amusement parks and pregnant woman are no exception. Learn about the concerns associated by going to amusement parks while pregnant.

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Pesticides and Pregnancy

Concerns about pesticide usage during pregnancy is fairly common. Learn about the safety of various types of pesticides during your pregnancy.

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Cleaning and Pregnancy

Cleaning products are also an area of concern in regards to the safety of your pregnancy. Learn about the safety of using cleaning products during your pregnancy.

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Acne During Pregnancy

As with anything else during pregnancy, you always need to be cautious of what you ingest. Learn about the safety of taking acne medication while pregnant.

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Pregnancy and Pica

Pica is the well-known condition in which a pregnant mother starts having unusual cravings. Learn about the causes, common cravings and risks associated with Pica.

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Mercury Levels in Sushi

Many people love sushi and pregnant women are no exception. This article covers the mercury levels in sushi and which types are low and high in mercury.

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Mercury Levels in Fish

Many people enjoy eating fish and women who are pregnant are no exception. This article covers the mercury levels in various types of fish.

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Caffeine and Pregnancy

Many people enjoy coffee every single day. But for pregnant women it can be a concern. Learn about the effects of coffee during pregnancy.

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Mood Swings During Pregnancy

Having mood swings while you are pregnant is a common occurrence. Learn about the causes of these mood swings and how to treat them during pregnancy.

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Depression in Pregnancy

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

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Exercise Warning Signs

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

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Exercise and Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines

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

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Prenatal Vitamin Limits

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

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Swelling During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy Nutrition

Good nutrition is essential for the health and wellness of your baby. Learn about nutrition during pregnancy and how it invests in you and your baby.

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Herbs and Pregnancy

Some natural herbs may be beneficial during pregnancy; however, others are unsafe. Learn more about the safety ratings of common herbs.

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Round Ligament Pain

Round ligament pain is common for women who are pregnant. Learn about the causes and treatment of round ligament pain during pregnancy.

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Herbal Tea and Pregnancy

Tea drinkers might have questions about the safety of different teas during pregnancy. Learn more about herbal teas that may be safe during pregnancy.

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Migraines During Pregnancy

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

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Folic Acid

Folic acid is essential for the prevention of neural tube defects during pregnancy. Learn more about how to get adequate folic acid and the effects of a folic acid deficiency.

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Pregnancy and Leg Cramps

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

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Prenatal Vitamins

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

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Omega-3 Fish Oil and Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy and Hemorrhoids

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

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Pregnancy and Heartburn

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

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Some types of food and drink should be avoided during pregnancy, due to increased risk of harm to the baby. Here are some examples of what to stay away from.

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Pregnancy and Headaches

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

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Pregnancy and Hair Loss

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

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Pregnancy Weight Gain

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

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Pregnancy and Dizziness

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

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Pregnancy and Constipation

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

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Breast Changes During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy and Alcohol

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

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Back Pain During Pregnancy

As your uterus grows and stretches, you may experience an ache in your lower back. Here are some ways to treat the pain, as well as warning signs for serious problems.

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Smoking During Pregnancy

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

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Toxoplasmosis

Taxoplasmosis is a rare, but serious blood infection. Learn about the risks of taxoplasmosis during pregnancy and ways to prevent an infection.

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Rh Factor

If your blood is Rh-negative, then problems can arise during your pregnancy. Learn about the treatment to prevent complications, if you are Rh-negative and pregnant.

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Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia typically affects 5-8% of pregnancies. Learn about the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options should you develop high blood pressure while pregnant.

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Placenta Previa

Placenta previa affects about 1 in 200 pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Learn about the different types of placenta previa, symptoms and treatment.

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Placenta Accreta

Approximately 1 in 2,500 pregnancies experience placenta accreta. Learn about the causes, risks, and treatment for this condition.

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Molar Pregnancy

Molar pregnancies are rare, but can be emotionally devastating. Learn about the risks, symptoms, treatment and emotional support needed after this pregnancy loss.

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Miscarriage

Most miscarriages occur within the first 13 weeks. Learn about the types of miscarriage, signs, symptoms, treatment and support available, if you experience a pregnancy loss.

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Crowning

Crowning takes place when the baby’s head remains visible without slipping back in as you are pushing during birth. Learn more about crowning during birth.

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Listeria and Pregnancy

Listeria is a type of bacteria found in some contaminated foods and can cause problems for both you and your baby. Learn about the risks, treatment and ways to prevent this.

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Back Labor

Back labor refers to the pain and discomfort that laboring women experience in their lower back. Learn more about the causes and treatments for back labor.

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Inducing Labor

Labor may be induced if it is the safest option for you and your baby. There are a couple of ways to induce labor. Learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

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Effacement

Effacement occurs in order to help prepare your cervix for labor. Learn more about what the term effacement means and how it is measured.

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage II

The second stage of labor will include the delivery of your baby. Learn more about what to expect during this stage of labor and tips for making this stage easier.

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage I

The first stage of labor is the longest. There are many tips you can follow to make this stage easier. Learn more about what to expect during this phase.

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Care for the Premature Baby

Premature babies will need special care during the beginning of their life. The NICU helps to provide your baby with the medical treatments and care he/she needs.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a very severe type of morning sickness. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for this serious condition during pregnancy.

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HIV/ AIDS During Pregnancy

In most cases, HIV will not cross through the placenta from mother to baby. Learn about prenatal care and treatment available to protect your baby, if you have HIV.

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HELLP Syndrome

HELLP syndrome is considered a variant type of preeclampsia and affects less than 1% of all pregnancies. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment available.

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Group B Strep Infection: GBS

Group B Strep is a bacterial infection that can be found in the vagina and/or rectum of 25% of healthy women. Antibiotics can be used to prevent transmission of GBS to your baby.

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce adequate amounts of insulin during pregnancy. However, treatment options are available.

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General Anesthesia

Using General Anesthesia During Labor: Risks to Mother and Baby Being informed about general anesthesia will help prevent mothers from being caught by surprise in…

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Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself outside of the uterus. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for an ectopic pregnancy.

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Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Cholestasis is a liver disease that only occurs during pregnancy. The major symptom is a severe itching. Cholestasis occurs rarely, and resolves after delivery.

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Chicken Pox and Pregnancy

Chicken pox is a contagious viral infection that can be very serious. Learn more about ways to protect your baby if you contract chicken pox during pregnancy.

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Cervical Cerclage

Cervical cerclage is a procedure that may be necessary if a woman has a weak cervix. There are minimal risks and considerable benefits associated with this procedure.

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Blighted Ovum

A blighted ovum occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo does not develop. Learn more about the causes of a blighted ovum.

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Bleeding During Pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can occur for a number of reasons. It is important to determine whether it is benign, or indicative of a major medical issue.

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Bed Rest

Bed rest may be prescribed to increase the probability that you continue with a healthy pregnancy. Learn more about making your bed rest a positive experience.

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Quetiapine During Pregnancy

Quetiapine is a medication used to treat schizophrenia. Many women feel concerned regarding the safety of taking this medication during pregnancy.

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Montelukast During Pregnancy

Montelukast is a medication used to treat asthma. Discover information that can help you make an informed decision on whether to use montelukast during pregnancy.

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Spinal Block

Facts About the Spinal Block Procedure A spinal block is sometimes called a “spinal.” In this procedure, a narcotic or anesthetic such as fetanyl, bupivacaine…

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Escitalopram During Pregnancy

If you are struggling with depression during pregnancy, you may wonder if it is safe to take escitalopram. Talk with your doctor to determine the best treatment option.

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Pudendal Block

During the second stage of labor, a pudenal block may be given with a local anesthetic, in order to relieve the pain before delivery. Here is more information on what to expect.

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Duloxetine During Pregnancy

Duloxetine is used to treat anxiety and depression. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression during pregnancy, discuss treatment options with your doctor.

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Atorvastatin During Pregnancy

While atorvastatin, also known as Lipitor, is used to treat high cholesterol, it is not safe to use during pregnancy due to the possible negative effects on your baby.

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Local Anesthesia

Labor can be a painful experience. However, a number of local anesthetics are available to help provide pain relief. Read more about your options.

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Epidural Anesthesia

An epidural is the most popular form of anesthesia during labor. There are several benefits to an epidural, but also a number of potential risks.

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Circumcision

If you have a baby boy, you will need to make a decision about whether or not to circumcise. Here is information about the procedure and potential complications.

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Signs of Labor

When you enter the late phase of your pregnancy, you will begin looking for evidence that you are going into labor. Here are some signs to look for around week 38.

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False Labor

As you eagerly await the arrival of your newborn, you may begin to experience “false labor.” There are a number of ways you can differentiate between this and the real thing.

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Mucus Plug: Bloody Show

A sign of impending labor is loss of the mucus plug, or the “bloody show.” Although not always an indication that birth is imminent, it may be that your body is preparing for labor.

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Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions may begin occurring as early as the second trimester, and are often mistaken for early labor. Don’t be alarmed if you experience them.

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Premature Labor

Preterm labor refers to going into labor before the 37th week of pregnancy. There are steps you can take to decrease your risk of this occurring.

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Glucose Tolerance Test

Glucose tolerance tests are used to help identify gestational diabetes in pregnant women. Learn more about these tests and what to do if your results are abnormal.

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Fetal Non-Stress Test (NST)

A fetal non-stress test indicates if the blood flow and oxygen to the fetus is adequate enough for proper health. Learn more about these tests and what they can uncover.

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Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

When a baby is too large to fit through the pelvis during birth, this is known as cephalopelvic disproportion. Mothers who experience this will likely undergo C-section.

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Episiotomy

If the vaginal opening is not wide enough during labor, an episotomy may be necessary. This is a surgical incision used to enlarge the vaginal opening.

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Biophysical Profile

The biophysical profile test is performed if there is a question about fetal health and well being resulting from either an if the pregnancy is considered high risk.

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Breech Births

Breech birth happens when the baby is turned wrong in the womb, and the feet or buttocks emerge first. Typically, a C-section is suggested if this occurs.

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Triple Screen Test

The triple screen test is usually performed between the 15th to 20th week of pregnancy to measure high and low levels of AFP and abnormal levels of hCG and estriol.

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Quad Screen Test

Similar to a triple screen test, a quad screen test is performed during the 16th to 18th week of pregnancy to assess probabilities of potential genetic disorders.

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Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that assesses your baby for potential disorders or disabilities. It is usually prescribed following an abnormal triple test result.

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First Trimester Screen

The first trimester screen test is one of the newer non-invasive evaluation tests that help identify risk for specific chromosomal abnormalities.

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Ultrasound: Sonogram

An ultrasound captures an image of the baby and placenta using high frequency sounds waves while scanning a pregnant woman’s pelvic cavity and abdomen.

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Urine Test: Urinalysis

During routine prenatal care urine test to assess high levels of sugars, proteins, ketones and bacteria. Learn more about what these tests can uncover.

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Blood Test

During routine prenatal care, blood tests are used to assess blood type, Rh factor, as well as glucose, iron and hemoglobin levels. Learn more here.

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Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that occurs approximately 7 times in every 10,000 pregnancies. Here are common symptoms of spina bifida, as well as ways to lower the risk.

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Down Syndrome: Trisomy 21

Down Syndrome, the most common birth defect in the US, affects around 6,000 babies a year. Here are symptoms, risk factors, and screening information for the disorder.

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Congenital Heart Defects

The most common form of birth defects are congenital heart defects. This article describes the causes, symptoms, and treatments of congenital heart defects.

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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

The 4th most common birth defect is a cleft lip or palate. Caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, it can be addressed by surgery and orthodontic care.

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects cognitive and physical functioning, occurs in 2-3 births out of every 1,000. Here is more about signs, symptoms, and treatments.

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Cesarean Birth After Care

After a C-section, it is important to care for yourself well. Here are some ideas for how to heal, both emotionally and physically, from this major surgery.

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Autism

Autism is one of the most common birth disorders. It affects emotional and mental functioning. There are a number of resources that provide information for further research.

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Trying to Avoid a Cesarean

A Cesarean section is a major surgery, and some women prefer to avoid it if at all possible. Here are some tips on how to do so, as well as information about why it may be necessary.

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Risks of a Cesarean Procedure

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

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Cesarean 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…

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Reasons For a Cesarean Birth

A cesarean section is a surgical procedure in which a baby is delivered through the abdomen. There are numerous reasons why a doctor may recommend a cesarean.

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Birth Centers

If you are looking for a natural birthing option and have a low-risk pregnancy, you may want to consider giving birth in a birth center. Here is what you can expect at a birth center.

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Water Birth

Many women choose to have a water birth because it is more gentle on the baby and reduces stress for the mother. Find out more about the benefits and risks of water birth.

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Home Birth

More women are considering having a home birth. If you have a low-risk pregnancy, you may want to learn more to determine if having a home birth is right for you.

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Assisted Delivery

An assisted delivery may be necessary if a mom and baby need additional help towards the end of delivery. Forceps or a vacuum extractor are generally used in such cases.

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Benefits of Adoptions

What are the benefits of adoption. Discover the benefits for the birth mom, adoptive family and the baby. There are more benefits than you might think.

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Types of Parenting

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

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Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises help strengthen the vaginal muscles as well as the muscles that support the uterus. Practicing Kegels can help you have an easier birth.

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Single Parenting

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

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Parenting Preparation Checklist

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

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Creating Your Birth Plan

A birth plan can help clarify your desires for the birth of your baby and help you communicate clearly with everyone involved. Here are some tips for creating a birth plan.

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Doing It Alone

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

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Surgical Abortion Procedures

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

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Labor & Birth Terms to Know

It is important to be informed about common terms related to labor and birth. An understanding of these terms will help you be better prepared for delivery.

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Medical Abortion Procedures

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

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Having a Doula: Is a Doula for Me?

Doulas provide physical, emotional, and educational support thorughout labor. They use a variety of pain-relief techniques to help you have a positive birth experience.

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Abortion Follow Up Care

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

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Abortion Laws by State

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

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Cord Blood Banking

Cord blood banking is the storage of your baby’s cord blood, which can be used to treat various diseases. Learn about the value of storing or donating cord blood.

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Abortion Procedures

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

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Midwives

There are numerous benefits of having a midwife. You may want to consider having a midwife if you would like a lower cost and more natural birth experience.

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Making a Decision

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

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Stillbirth: Surviving Emotionally

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

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Stillbirth: Trying to Understand

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

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Weight Gain With Multiples

Gaining an adequate amount of weight is particularly important when you are carrying multiples. Find out how much weight you can expect to gain during your pregnancy.

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Vanishing Twin Syndrome

Vanishing twin syndrome is a type of pregnancy loss that occurs when a twin or multiple disappears during pregnancy. This can be detected through an ultrasound.

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Kick Counts

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

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Fetal Development

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

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Postpartum Doula

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

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Life Insurance

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

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Importance of a Will

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

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Lactation Consultants

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

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Home Business for Mom

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

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Child Life Insurance

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

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Choosing a Pediatrician

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

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Medical Terms to Know

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

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WIC

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

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Maternity Leave

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

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Baby Blues

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

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Umbilical Cord Care

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

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Newborn Testing

After your baby is born, your health care provider will perform newborn testing to detect various disorders and complications. Learn more about newborn testing.

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Newborn Jaundice

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

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Medicaid for Pregnant Women

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

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Colic

Colic: Facts, Causes and Treatment The term “colic” has been around for years, often used to describe any baby that cries for an extended period…

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Breastfeeding and Jaundice

Jaundice is more common in breastfed babies and tends to last a bit longer. Learn more about jaundice in breastfed infants and treatment options.

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Healthy Start

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

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Your First Prenatal Visit

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

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Changing a Diaper

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

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Choosing an Obstetrician

Tips on Choosing an Obstetrician An obstetrician, also commonly called an OB/GYN, usually offers a variety of women’s health services, such as annual Pap tests….

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What’s in Breast Milk?

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

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Breastfeeding Latch

A good latch is vital to successful breastfeeding. Learn more about techniques for proper positioning that can help ensure a good latch.

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Breastfeeding: Overview

Breastfeeding provides all the nutrition a baby needs during the first few months of life. Learn more about the three stages of breast milk.

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PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

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

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Paternity Testing

DNA testing to establish paternity can be done before or after your baby is born. If you have had multiple partners, it’s natural for you to want to know who the father is.

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Human Papillomavirus: HPV

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

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HIV/AIDS

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

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Choosing an Adoption Agency

Here are some tips to help you choose the best adoption agency. Adoption is not easy and having the best adoption agency help make it easier.

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Adoption: Questions to Ask Yourself

Find a list of questions that you should ask yourself when considering adoption. Questions about the baby, questions about parenting and questions about life help you evaluate adoption for your self.

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Hepatitis C

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

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Hepatitis B

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

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Gonorrhea

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

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Genital Herpes

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

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Potential Risks for Non-Placement

Birthmoms will sometimes change their minds when it comes to placing their baby for adoption. Take a look at common factors related to birthmoms who change from placing to parenting.

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Chlamydia

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

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Yeast Infections

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

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The Adoption Process

Learn more about the adoption process which makes it easier to navigate the journey of adoption. Learn about home studies, finalization and other key aspects of the adoption process.

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Tipped Uterus: Tilted Uterus

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

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Adoption Home Study

What is an adoption home study? What is included and what must parents expect when it comes to home visits, interviews and home study expectations.

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Puberty

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

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Adoption Options

What are the different types of adoptions? Learn about the differences between closed, semi-open and open adoptions and discover which option is best for you.

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Semi Open Adoption : Disadvantages

Semi-open adoptions have some disadvantages related to this option. Learn about disadvantages for choosing a semi-open adoption and help confirm which adoption option is best for you.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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

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Pap Smear

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

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Closed Adoption Advantages

Although closed adoptions has the most disadvantages, there are some advantages. Learn more about the benefits of choosing a closed adoption.

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Fibroid Tumors; Fibroid Uterus

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

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Endometriosis

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

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Cervical Cancer

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

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Bacterial Vaginosis

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

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Abnormal Pap Smear

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

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Open Adoption Advantages

Open adoption has the greatest number of advantages for all involved. Learn about the benefits of adoption for birthmother, baby and the adoptive family.

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Adoption Terms to Know

Read through this information to learn about the different terms and definitions of adoption. Knowing the terms makes it easier to have effective conversations about adoption.

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Donor Eggs

Donor eggs can come from family members, friends or random women through a service. Learn about whether using donor eggs is right for you.

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Donor Insemination

Donor insemination involves the semen from another family member, friend or sperm bank. Discover the donor insemination process, costs and factors that help you decide if it is right for you.

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Male Fertility Testing

Half of infertility is accounted for by men in some manner. Learn about male fertility testing, how it works, understanding the results and if it is right for you.

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Male Infertility

What is the cause of male infertility? Discover causes along with treatment and prevention recommendations for male infertility challenges.

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Female Fertility Testing

Female fertility testing can help avoid months of trying to conceive without success. Learn more about fertility testing for women and whether this is your next step.

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Female Infertility

How can you treat female infertility? What are the causes and ways to prevent female infertility? Find these answers and more in this article on fertility challenges for women.

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Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer: ZIFT

Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer is also called ZIFT. Learn about how this procedure might help resolve your infertility struggles. What are the risks and benefits of the procedure.

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Intrauterine Insemination: IUI

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) involves the placement of sperm inside the uterus to help make sure that it reaches the fallopian tubes. Learn how this procedure helps with infertility.

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In Vitro Fertilization: IVF

In Vitro Fertilizaton (IVF) is one of the most commonly used fertility procedures. Discover the costs, risks, process, and steps for treatment success to overcome your infertility.

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Embryo Transfer

Embryo transfer is part of the IVF procedure. Discover how embryo transfer works, the effectiveness and what to expect when trying to grow your family.

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Infertility and Chiropractic Care

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

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Infertility and Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used to treat infertility for several decades. Learn about how acupuncture works to enhance fertility and help you get pregnant naturally.

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What is Infertility?

What is infertility? How can you treat it? How prevalent is infertility in the United States? What kind of treatment options exit to help couple’s grow their family.

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Infertility Terms to Know

IVF, IUI, ICSI and many other terms related to infertility and the process of helping couple grow their families. Know the terms so you can know what to question and pursue.

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Infertility Medications

There are several different types of infertility medications. Learn about the various types, what they do, and how they might help you conceive.

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Fertilty & Infertilty FAQ

This article provides you with answers to a series of frequently asked questions about fertility and infertility. Discover the things you need to know and answers to your questions.

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Ovulation Tests

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

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Pregnancy Tests

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

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Understanding Ovulation

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

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Signs of Ovulation

What are the early signs of Ovulation? Discover the clues of the body that let you know when ovulation is occurring.

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Taking a Pregnancy Test

What do you need to know about taking a pregnancy test? How to understand the difference between various types of pregnancy tests.

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Preconception Nutrition

Learn about the nutrition that helps you have the healthiest pregnancy. Discover the nutrition that is best for both you and your baby.

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Genetic Counseling

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

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Trying to Conceive After Age 35

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

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Calculating Conception

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

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Morning Sickness

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

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Pregnancy Discrimination

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

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Turner Syndrome

When one X chromosome is missing or only partially present in females, Turner syndrome is the result. Here are common symptoms, as well as treatments for the disorder.

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Financial Assistance for Adoption

Adoption can be expensive. Learn about the options available to help with the adoption costs. Learn about tax credits and other benefits that make it easier to afford to adopt,

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Preconception Health for Women

Preconception health for women is essential for having the healthiest pregnancy possible. Preconception health is also tied to your best chances of conception.

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Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth education classes can help prepare you with coping skills for labor and delivery. Find out about the different types of childbirth education classes.

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