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Smoking and pregnancy do not mix

Smoking and pregnancy don’t mix. Smoking while pregnant not only puts your own health at risk, but your unborn baby’s health as well. Cigarettes contain dangerous chemicals, includingnicotine, carbon monoxide, and tar. It has been proven that smoking significantly increases the risk of numerous pregnancy complications, some of which can …

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HELLP Syndrome in pregnant women

What Is HELLP Syndrome? HELLP syndrome is an extremely dangerous condition that can develop in pregnant women. It includes: hemolysis EL: elevated liver enzymes LP: a low platelet count Hemolysis refers to a breakdown of red blood cells. Specifically, red blood cells get broken down earlier than normal. Hemolysis can …

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fungal infection of the vulva and vagina

Vulvovaginal candidiasis (moniliasis) is a yeast or fungal infection of the vulva and vagina. The most common causative organism is Candida albicans. Two other pathogens sometimes involved in this infection are Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis. What Causes Candidiasis? Candidiasis occurs when the normal number of microorganisms that reside in …

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pregnant woman and her blood type

woman’s blood type and Rh factor can impact her pregnancy. That’s why every pregnant woman will have an Rh factor test. In some cases, the father of the baby will be tested too. Here’s what you need to know about blood types and Rh factor. The four major blood types …

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Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone HealthBoth pregnancy and breastfeeding cause changes in, and place extra demands on, women’s bodies. Some of these may affect their bones. The good news is that most women do not experience bone problems during pregnancy and breastfeeding. And if their bones are affected during these times, …

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Acupuncture and pregnancy

 Acupuncture and pregnancy Acupuncture that’s specific for depression may benefit some pregnant women with the mood disorder, suggests a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. In the 8-week study, depression-specific acupuncture—based on traditional Chinese medicine—outperformed traditional acupuncture and Swedish massage in reducing the severity of depression symptoms. The special …

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Pregnant women suffering from depression

Depression Poses Dilemma for Pregnant Women Pregnant women suffering from depression face a dilemma: take an antidepressant that might pose a risk to the fetus or battle through the depressive symptoms that could harm the baby in other ways? To help women in this predicament decide on a course of …

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Pregnancy and sleep

Lately, I hear myself echoing many of my female patients: Why am I so tired all the time? Recently, my husband took my 15-month-old son out of town for four days. I felt rested like I haven’t been in the past two years since I became pregnant. And I had …

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Breastfeeding and sleep

Breastfeeding and sleep Breastfeeding is a rest-defying activity on many levels. There are factors beyond just the night feedings to contend with. Although we have an image of the peacefully breastfeeding mother in a rocking chair, possibly relaxed by prolactin levels that rise during breastfeeding, reality can be very different. …

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smoking decreases fertility in men and women

If you’re looking to make a baby, you might want to put out your cigarette before getting down to business: There’s now more evidence linking smoking with decreased fertility in men and women — and their offspring. A new study shows smoking by women during early pregnancy reduces the number …

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