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temp What Are the Differences Between In Vitro Vs. In Vivo?

    What Is In Vitro Vs. In Vivo Research?   When it comes to fertilization and conception, there are two terms that doctors commonly use: in vitro and in vivo. Each has a different meaning and implications for fertility. Understanding a couple’s options when …

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temp Cosmetics: What Hair Products Aren’t Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

  As you’ve probably noticed, many cosmetic products contain a number of chemicals with names that are hard to pronounce. Although the Food and Drug Administration allows these products on the market, some studies suggest that certain ingredients in skin and hair products might be …

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temp Pregnancy and Skincare: What’s Not Safe During Pregnancy

  Diet, medications, and cosmetics – there are more changes in pregnancy than just your growing belly. Because your baby doesn’t have the same protections that adults do, there are many products that could be potentially harmful to your baby if applied to your skin. …

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temp What Do Doctors Look for in an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound technology has meant expectant parents can get a small glimpse into their baby’s appearance before the big due date arrives. You may notice when your doctor is looking at the ultrasound that they’re doing so very intently. This is because doctors are visualizing an …

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temp Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Pain Relief Options During Labor

  Doctors and nurses often ask their patients to rate their pain on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being little pain and 10 being the worst pain ever – like labor pain. While this may not be reassuring to an expectant mom, …

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temp Pregnant Over 40: What Are the Health Risks?

Women live longer than men and the average lifespan of both sexes is increasing. That potentially means more time to raise a family. These days, it’s not unusual to see women in their 40s and even 50s carrying a baby. However, pregnancies that happen past …

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temp Work Safety While Pregnant: 3 Tips to Help You on the Job Site

Are you concerned that your job is putting your pregnancy at risk? Working may not be an option, especially if you’re the main income provider for your family. However, most women can safely continue to work while pregnant with a few precautions. Of course, there …

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temp Your Guide to Understanding The Most Common Prenatal Testing

At its most basic form, prenatal testing is any kind of test you get while you’re pregnant (thankfully, not the multiple choice kind). This could include ultrasounds, taking your blood pressure, or testing your urine. However, there are other prenatal testing types available throughout your …

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temp Four Facts That May Surprise You About Water Births

  While most women picture deliver a baby “on land” and in a hospital bed, another alternative has emerged: a water birth. A water birth involves giving birth or laboring through the first stage of labor (before your baby’s birth is imminent) while in a …

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temp Baby Groups: 5 of the Best Reasons to Join One

Whether it’s you’re first pregnancy or your third, it’s nice to have the support of people who are experienced. That where baby groups come in. Baby groups are meetings that mom and baby can attend and socialize with other moms who are going through or …

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temp What Parents Should Know About the NICU

  The neonatal intensive care uni,t or NICU, is a place where babies that need special medical attention. There are a number of reasons why a baby may need to stay in the NICU that range from being born very premature to experiencing an infection …

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temp 3 Types of Adopting Options: Which is Right for You?

  Are you considering adopting a baby and don’t know where to start? You might wonder what adopting options are available to you. While most adoptions occur due to infertility and inability to have a child naturally, some parents also choose to adopt to be …

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temp What Is the Most Sensitive Pregnancy Test?

  Becoming pregnant requires several steps. These includes fertilization by a sperm and traveling to the uterus to implant into the uterine wall. This causes the placenta that will ultimately nourish the baby throughout the pregnancy to grow. The cells in the placenta make and …

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temp C-Section Versus Natural Birth: The Differences

C-Section Versus Natural Birth: two possible ways exist to deliver your baby: Vaginally (also known as a “natural” birth) or via Cesarean or C-section. While both are safe ways to deliver your baby, it’s important to know what will happen with either approach when you …

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temp Pregnancy Rules: How They Changed in Recent Years

Once people discover you’re pregnant, they’ll surely try to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. However, some of that advice might be dated. Over the years, the “rules” of pregnancy have changed. Ultimately, you should follow the advice of your doctor since everyone’s …

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temp The Second Pregnancy is Harder: True or False?

  You might assume, as many people do, that the second pregnancy is easier than the first. After all, you’ve already conceived a child and brought a child into the world. So, you know the ropes and what to expect. The second time around should …

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temp Best Early Pregnancy Test on the Market Today

When you’re trying to get pregnant, each time your period is set to start, you likely get filled with a sense of anticipation. So it’s understandable that you’d like to find out as quickly as possible that you could be expecting a little one. At-home …

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temp Weight Training During Pregnancy

Weight training during pregnancy – you might wonder whether it’s safe and if doing so can make your pregnancy better. Fortunately, doctors now agree that it’s safe and beneficial to train with weights when you’re pregnant – with a few precautions. Benefits of Weight Training …

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temp Pregnancy Foods: Why You Crave Certain Foods When You’re Pregnant

Pregnancy Foods: Why You Crave Certain Foods When You’re Pregnant When you’re pregnant, you may crave foods that that you wouldn’t otherwise find appealing. In fact, about half of pregnant women experience a strong craving for certain pregnancy foods. Unfortunately, those cravings aren’t always for …

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temp What You Should Avoid When You’re Expecting

What You Should Avoid When You’re Expecting Pregnancy changes your lifestyle, at least temporarily, and for good reason! What you’re exposed to while you’re pregnant can impact the development of the tiny being growing inside you. Let’s look at some of the things you should …

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temp Fertilization Symptoms

Fertilization Symptoms   Pregnancy brings with it a whole host of symptoms that range from woman to woman. Some are very nauseous in the first trimester while others seemingly have few symptoms at all. This variation in symptoms can be true for early in pregnancy …

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temp What Are False Contractions?

  You’re waiting to feel those first contractions – a sign that you’re ready to deliver! Yet, before you have your first REAL contractions, you may have false contractions. These contractions are also called Braxton Hicks contractions to distinguish them from the real kind that …

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temp Pregnancy Calculation: When Can I Expect to Deliver?

When you’re pregnant, you have so many questions. One that likely pops into your brain early on are questions about your delivery date. When can you expect to give birth to the tiny being growing inside you? It’s so hard to wait!  While there’s no …

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temp What is Hypnobirthing and Is It Right for You?

  Giving birth is an experience most women want to take part in but without the pain and discomfort. Hypnobirthing is a natural approach to childbirth that uses mind power rather than an epidural to help you relax and feel less pain while giving birth. …

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temp What to Expect at the Hospital Before Birth

Welcoming a new baby into the world is exciting, but a little scary, especially the part about going to the hospital. Hospitals are a bit intimidating, even if you aren’t there because you’re sick. The good news is once you know what to expect at …

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temp What to Expect from Pregnancy, Week by Week

What to Expect from Pregnancy, Week by Week Every stage of pregnancy comes with its delights and challenges! While each woman will have a unique experience, it can help to know what you can roughly expect to change as you go through your journey.   …

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temp Signs of Contractions: How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Deliver?

Signs of Contractions: How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Deliver? Contractions – they’re uncomfortable, in fact, downright painful. On the other hand, if they are true contractions, they’re a sign that your baby is on the way – and that’s a good thing! …

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temp Sex During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Sex During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?   You may not feel ready to give up your sex life even if you’re pregnant. Yet, you worry about having sex during pregnancy. Could it harm the baby or increase your risk of complications? Lots of women have …

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temp Is a C-Section Recovery Longer Than from a Natural Birth?

        Is Recovery from a C-Section Longer Than Recovery from a Natural Birth? Did you know about 30% of babies enter the world via caesarian section? These days, you can even decide beforehand whether you’d like your baby to be born naturally, …

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temp How Does Age Affect Your Pregnancy

How Your Age Affects Your Pregnancy You may have noticed that more women are giving birth later in life. In fact, about one in five babies is born to a woman over the age of 35. Although being in your late 30s or 40s is …

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temp When to Tell Older Children about Pregnancy

When to Tell Older Children about Pregnancy It’s hard to keep a secret, especially when it’s a life-changing event like the upcoming birth of a new baby! If you have other children, especially older kids, you might wonder when the best time to make the …

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temp Best Positions to Sleep When You’re Pregnant

Best Positions to Sleep When You’re Pregnant Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, getting comfortable can be downright difficult! No wonder moms-to-be complain of sleep problems. Even early in pregnancy, you might find sleeping in certain positions, especially, on your stomach, …

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temp Yoga During Pregnancy

Yoga During Pregnancy Yoga has a long list of health benefits. Regularly engaging in yoga can positively impact your physical health by improving muscle strength, endurance, and balance. Plus, it has mental health benefits. Women (and men) who practice yoga find that it relaxes the …

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temp Quickening during Pregnancy: What Does It Mean and When Does It Happen?

Quickening during Pregnancy: What Does It Mean and When Does It Happen? Some of the symptoms of pregnancy are inconvenient and unpleasant, such as morning sickness and the need to urinate every five minutes! But there’s one pregnancy-related sign that most women eagerly anticipate – …

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temp Trying to Get Pregnant? 5 Possible Signs of Fertilization

Trying to Get Pregnant? 5 Possible Signs of Fertilization When you’re trying to get pregnant, you might wonder what you’ll feel and what kind of symptoms and signs take place when fertilization happens. Fertilization is when a sperm penetrates the egg and the fertilized egg …

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temp Losing Weight During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Losing Weight During Pregnancy: Is It Safe? You may have been trying to lose weight and then suddenly discover that you’re pregnant. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you might wonder whether it’s safe to continue losing weight while you’re pregnant. Plus, …

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temp Water Retention During Pregnancy: What Causes It and What Can You Do About It?

Water Retention During Pregnancy: What Causes It and What Can You Do About It? No doubt about it – your body changes when you’re pregnant. Under the direction of hormones, your body becomes an incubator for the tiny being growing inside you. It’s you who …

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temp 7 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy Contractions

7 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy Contractions Everyone has heard about contractions, and know they’re a necessary part of pushing a baby down the birth canal. However, it’s important to be aware that there are several different types of contractions, and to learn …

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temp Look Out for These 8 Early Signs of Conception

Look Out for These 8 Early Signs of Conception Every pregnancy is different, but there are certain common signs of conception that occur for the majority of women in the first few weeks. After an egg is fertilized, it takes around a further six days …

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temp Pregnancy Weight Gain: What to Expect Week by Week

Pregnancy Weight Gain: What to Expect Week by Week It’s common to be somewhat anxious about weight gain during pregnancy–where will  the extra weight be more noticeable, and how much will you gain? The amount of weight you should gain depends on how many babies …

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temp Pregnancy Cravings: Why You Have Them and How to Manage Them

Pregnancy Cravings: Why You Have Them and How to Manage Them Are you dreaming of popsicles, pickles, or other foods you might not normally obsess over? Pregnancy cravings are common. In fact, more than half of all women have them. Sometimes these cravings are for …

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temp Six Key Differences Between Braxton Hicks and Labor

  Six Key Differences Between Braxton Hicks and Labor After the midpoint of your pregnancy, you may become aware of muscular tightening in your womb. Your baby bump will feel hard to the touch during these moments, which last around 30 seconds. These are called …

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temp Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy: What’s Normal, and What’s Not

Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy: What’s Normal, and What’s Not It’s natural to be anxious about vaginal discharge during pregnancy, especially if this is your first child. It can be tough to figure out what’s perfectly normal, and what might be a sign that something is …

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temp 7 Subtle Symptoms in the First Week of Pregnancy

7 Subtle Symptoms in the First Week of Pregnancy It is unlikely for there to be any dramatic physical symptoms of pregnancy during the very first week. However, your body is already undergoing some significant changes during those first crucial seven days, and so it’s …

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temp Five Powerful Solutions to Backache During Pregnancy

Five Powerful Solutions to Backache During Pregnancy Backache can appear during early pregnancy, when a hormone called relaxin begins to loosen your ligaments. However, most women find that the pain reaches its most acute in the last few months before birth, when the weight of …

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temp 9 Causes of Abdominal Cramping During Pregnancy (And When to Worry)

9 Causes of Abdominal Cramping During Pregnancy (And When to Worry) There are many different causes of abdominal cramping during pregnancy, and the majority are benign in nature. However, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with some of the more serious causes as well, so you …

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temp ICSI: How Does It Differ from In-Vitro Fertilization?

ICSI: How Does It Differ from In-Vitro Fertilization?   One of the frustrating problem a couple experiences is the inability to conceive. Fortunately, science and technology make it possible for many couples to conceive and deliver a healthy baby even in situations where it once wasn’t …

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3 Benefits of Doing Kegels During and After Pregnancy

3 Benefits of Doing Kegels During and After Pregnancy   You might have heard the term “Kegels” and wondered what they are. Kegels are exercises that strengthen your pelvic muscles, the muscles that support your bladder, and uterus. These muscles also support the opening that …

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temp When to Stop Swaddling: What Parents Need to Know

When to Stop Swaddling: What Parents Need to Know   Are you a new parent? Congratulations? Chances are you have lots of questions too but that’s only natural. You want the very best for the new being you brought into the world. One question many …

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Running During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Exercise plays an essential role in your well being both before and after you become pregnant. When first given this life-altering news, many women will be tempted to stop (or not start) activity for fear of negatively impacting the fetus in its early development. During …

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