Tag Archives: Pregnancy

Smoking and pregnancy do not mix

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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 be fatal for the mother or baby. Getting Pregnant If …

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HELLP Syndrome in pregnant women

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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 lead to anemia, a condition in which your blood does …

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fungal infection of the vulva and vagina

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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 the vagina increases and causes symptoms. The most common factors …

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pregnant woman and her blood type

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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 are: A B AB O Which classification you are is …

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Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Bone Health

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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, the problem often is corrected easily. Nevertheless, taking care of …

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heart murmur (Causes and Risk Factors)

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Causes and Risk Factors Innocent heart murmurs can be caused by exercise, pregnancy, and fever. Aging and heart surgery can cause changes in the heart that may result in an innocent murmur. Other conditions that can cause innocent heart murmurs include anemia (low red blood cell count; lack of red blood cells to transport oxygen to other parts of the …

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Acupuncture and pregnancy

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 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 acupuncture’s response rate was also greater: 63% versus 44% for …

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Pregnant women suffering from depression

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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 action, experts from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the …

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Pregnancy and sleep

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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 the energy to do projects well into the evening. I …

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Breastfeeding and sleep

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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. The rest of the day you may have anxiety from …

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smoking decreases fertility in men and women

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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 of germ cells in the . Germ cells later develop …

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