Pregnancy

Hepatitis C Infections Double in Pregnant Women

Doctors have noticed an increase in Hepatitis-C infections in pregnant women, according to a study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In five years, from 2009-2014, the number of Hepatitis-C infections in pregnant women has almost doubled. Researchers say it’s...

If I live in the U.S. should I be concerned about Zika?

Although it’s not been featured recently in the news, Zika is still a concern for women in the U.S. and U.S. Territories. A recent report stated that 10% of women in the U.S. with Zika infections gave birth to a baby with virus-related birth defects. In the U.S., from...

How can your blood’s Rh factor affect your pregnancy?

While healthcare providers try to screen and treat as many women as they can, 5,000 babies develop Rh disease in the U.S. every year. What do you need to know? The majority of women are Rh (Rhesus) positive—85% of Caucasian women, 90% of African-American women, and...

Why you need protein during pregnancy

Protein diets seem to be all the craze these days: The Paleo Diet. Atkins. The Zone. Keto. Protein powder. Even if you’re not on a special diet, we as a nation are obsessed with protein (seen any burger commercials lately?). Still, vegetarians and pregnant women need...

Can I Continue Practicing Yoga During Pregnancy?

You love your asanas, but what can you safely do while you’re pregnant?  Yoga helps you relax and focuses your breath, which can help you healthily cope with the demands of pregnancy, labor, birth and motherhood. Continuing your yoga practice is definitely possible...

Infertility and Asthma

Women with asthma may have a lower pregnancy rate, and may take longer to get pregnant than those without the lung disease, suggests a new study. The researchers followed 245 women (96 with asthma) who were undergoing fertility treatment for unresolved fertility...

How Often Should I See My Doctor During Pregnancy?

You’re pregnant! Congratulations! You already know that you are going to visit your doctor with increasing regularity over the next several months. Early monitoring and on-going care during pregnancy is linked with more favorable birth outcomes. You’ll meet with your...

Healthy Food Shopping During Pregnancy

Think about the foods you have in your kitchen right now. Could you make a healthy meal with them? What about a whole day's worth of nutritious meals and snacks? When you’re eating for two, it can be even more challenging with so much conflicting information. Is meat...

Birth Spacing – A Key to Family Planning

Are you considering having another child? Your heart and mind might be ready for another little one, but is your body ready? Before you conceive again, get the facts about pregnancy spacing. Approximately 33% of American mothers have children spaced too close...

Staying Fit While Pregnant

Move baby, move. Contrary to some prevalent myths, pregnancy is the ideal time to start exercising. Whether or not you tend to count fridge-opening as bicep curls, experts agree that the real hazard is inactivity. Even for formerly sedentary women, walking is safe to...

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