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 breast feeding and the benefits for your baby.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

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

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Pregnancy Pains

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

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Probiotics During Pregnancy

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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Lack of Energy During Pregnancy

Are you tired and experiencing a lack of energy during your pregnancy? What causes a lack of energy while expecting? What can you do to manage it better and get more energy?

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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 with vitamin overdose possibilities.

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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

What is the best 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

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

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Albuterol During Pregnancy

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

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Nosebleeds During Pregnancy

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

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Fetal Distress

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

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Prenatal Yoga

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

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

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Pregnancy Glow

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

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Pregnancy Line – Linea Nigra

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

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Epilepsy and Pregnancy

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

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Rapid Labor

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

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Umbilical Cord Prolapse

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

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Fetal Arrhythmia

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

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Genital Warts During Pregnancy

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

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Nitrous Oxide During Labor

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

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Blood Clots During Pregnancy

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

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Vaccination During Pregnancy

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

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Placenta Encapsulation

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

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Flu During Pregnancy

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

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Gonorrhea During Pregnancy

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

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Second Hand Smoke and Pregnancy

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

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Syphilis During Pregnancy

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

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Fifth Disease During Pregnancy

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

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Sinus Infection While Pregnant

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

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Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

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

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Cough and Cold During Pregnancy

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

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Breastfeeding While Pregnant

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

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Hip Pain During Pregnancy

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

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Diabetes During Pregnancy

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

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Cramping During Pregnancy

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

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Nausea During Pregnancy

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

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Fatigue During Pregnancy

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

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Diarrhea During Pregnancy

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

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Hernia During Pregnancy

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

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Uterus Size During Pregnancy

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

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TUMS During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnant

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

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Strep Throat During Pregnancy

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

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Diet During Pregnancy

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

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

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Deli Meats

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

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Kippered

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

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Withdrawal

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

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Vaginal Ring

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

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Spermicide

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

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Lunelle: Monthly Injection

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

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Lubrication

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

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Intrauterine Devices: IUD

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

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How Pregnancy Occurs

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

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Ethical Considerations

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

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Depo-Provera: Quarterly Injection

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

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Contraceptive Sponge

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

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Birth Control Pills

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

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Birth Control Patch

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

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Birth Control Failure

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

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Male Condom

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

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Female Condom

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

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Diaphragm

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

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Cervical Cap

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

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Abstinence

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

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Postpartum Massage

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

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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 threes.

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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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Diet Considerations While Breastfeeding

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

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OV-Watch Fertility Predictor

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

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Pregnancy Week 40

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

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Pregnancy Week 39

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

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Pregnancy Week 38

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

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Pregnancy Week 37

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

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Pregnancy Week 36

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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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Is it safe to use a chiropractor during pregnancy? What all can a chiropractor help with for expecting moms? Discover the benefits, risks and concerns about using chiropractors during pregnancy.

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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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Pregnancy and Dental Work

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

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CAT Scans and Pregnancy

Are 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 getting a tattoo while pregnant is a good or bad idea.

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Piercing and Pregnancy

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

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Perfume and Pregnancy

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

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Paint and Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy and Tanning

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

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Sex During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnant in a Hot Tub

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

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Pregnancy and Travel

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

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Pregnancy and Saunas

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

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Recreation and Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy and Amusement Parks

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

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Pesticides and Pregnancy

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

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Cleaning and Pregnancy

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

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Acne During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy and Pica

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

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Mercury Levels in Sushi

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

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Mercury Levels in Fish

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

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Caffeine and Pregnancy

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

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Mood Swings During Pregnancy

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

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Depression in Pregnancy

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

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Exercise Warning Signs

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

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Exercise and Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines

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

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Prenatal Vitamin Limits

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

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Swelling During Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy Nutrition

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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Sleeping Positions During Pregnancy

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

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

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Herbal Tea and Pregnancy

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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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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Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

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

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Toxoplasmosis

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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…

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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…

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Listeria and Pregnancy

Listeria: Risks, Treatment and Prevention During Pregnancy During pregnancy, it is important to be aware of what you put inside your body. You should be aware…

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Back Labor

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

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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…

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Effacement

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage I

Stages of Labor: Early Labor, Active Labor & Transition Stage Experiencing the birth of your child is a special and unique experience. No two deliveries are…

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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…

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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

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Premature Birth Complications

Risks of Complications for Premature Newborns Babies born before the 37th week of gestation are considered premature.  Premature newborns are sometimes referred to as “preemies”. …

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Group B Strep Infection: GBS

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Patterned Breathing During Labor: Techniques and Benefits Patterned breathing refers to the act of breathing at any number of possible rates and depths. Some women…

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Gestational Diabetes

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

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General Anesthesia

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

Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, Risks and Treatment An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself in a place other than inside the uterus. Almost…

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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…

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Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection: Symptoms, Effects & Treatment Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that can be transmitted to a developing child before birth. CMV infection is usually…

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Most Common Pregnancy Complications

What Are the 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…

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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….

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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….

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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…

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

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Bed Rest

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…

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Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy

Bacterial Vaginosis During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Approximately 10% – 30% of pregnant women will experience Bacterial vaginosis (BV) during their pregnancy. Bacterial vaginosis is…

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

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Atorvastatin During Pregnancy

Using Atorvastatin During Pregnancy: Side Effects and Risks High cholesterol is usually not a problem for women who are in their childbearing years. Concerns with high…

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Using Local Anesthesia During Labor Local anesthesia is injected into a specific area to provide pain relief. Local anesthesia is given through various medications and…

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Using Epidural Anesthesia During Labor: Benefits and Risks Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. More women request an epidural by name…

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Circumcision: Benefits, Procedures and Risks When you learned that you were having a boy you probably started thinking about circumcision. The decision to have your…

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

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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…

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Mucus Plug: Bloody Show

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

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Braxton Hicks Contractions: Causes and Treatment You might have heard this funny phrase before you were pregnant, but now you want to know what it…

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Premature Labor

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

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Glucose Tolerance Test

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)

Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD): Causes and Diagnosis Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) occurs when a baby’s head or body is too large to fit through the mother’s pelvis….

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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…

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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

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

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Triple Screen Test

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

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Down Syndrome: Trisomy 21

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

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Congenital Heart Defects

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

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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

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

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Cerebral Palsy

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

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Cesarean Birth After Care

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

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Autism

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

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Trying to Avoid a Cesarean

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

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Risks of a Cesarean Procedure

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

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Cesarean 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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Birth Center

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

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Water Birth

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

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Home Birth

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

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Assisted Delivery

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

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Benefits of Adoptions

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: Benefits and How to Do Them Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and…

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Single Parenting

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

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Parenting Preparation Checklist

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

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Creating Your Birth Plan

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

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Doing It Alone

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

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Surgical Abortion Procedures

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

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Labor & Birth Terms to Know

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

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Medical Abortion Procedures

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

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Abortion Follow Up Care

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

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Abortion Laws by State

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

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Cord Blood Banking

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

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Abortion Procedures

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

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Midwives

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

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Making a Decision

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

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Stillbirth: Surviving Emotionally

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

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Stillbirth: Trying to Understand

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

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Weight Gain With Multiples

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

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Vanishing Twin Syndrome

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

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Kick Counts

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

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Fetal Development

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

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Postpartum Doula

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

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Life Insurance

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

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Importance of a Will

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

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Lactation Consultants

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

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Home Business for Mom

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

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Child Life Insurance

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

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Choosing a Pediatrician

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

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Medical Terms to Know

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

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WIC

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

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Maternity Leave

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

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Baby Blues

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

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Umbilical Cord Care

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

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Newborn Testing

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

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Newborn Jaundice

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

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Medicaid for Pregnant Women

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

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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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Healthy Start

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

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Your First Prenatal Visit

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

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Changing a Diaper

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

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Choosing an Obstetrician

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What’s in Breast Milk?

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

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Breastfeeding Latch

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

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

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Financial Assistance for Adoption

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

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