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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 5 Surprising Facts about Postpartum Depression You Need to Know

Giving birth to a new baby is usually a time of joy and celebration. Who hasn’t seen commercials of happy, smiling moms doting over a newborn baby? Yet, there’s a darker side of giving birth that you don’t hear as much about. Postpartum depression is …

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temp 4 Options for Quitting Smoking While Pregnant

You know that smoking isn’t healthy for you or your baby and now you’re committed to kicking the habit. What are your options? Must you quit cold turkey or are there safe quit smoking aids you can use to stop smoking? Quitting smoking while pregnant …

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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 Migraines During Pregnancy

Migraines During Pregnancy If you had migraine headaches before becoming pregnant, you might experience more of these sometimes disabling headaches during pregnancy.  On the other hand, you might experience fewer. The hormonal changes that go along with pregnancy can trigger more migraines or calm them, …

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temp IBS Symptoms During Pregnancy: What Can You Expect?

IBS Symptoms During Pregnancy: What Can You Expect? As if your body isn’t changing enough, some women have to deal with another problem during pregnancy – IBS symptoms. IBS, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, is characterized by bowels that are exquisitely sensitive. Although not …

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temp Pregnancy Hot Flashes

Pregnancy Hot Flashes You probably think hot flashes are the domain of women going through menopause – not ladies who are carrying a baby. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to experience pesky hot flashes during pregnancy. As many as a third of all women complain of …

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Prolapses Pregnancy changes your body in a number of ways. Of course, you already knew that, didn’t you? When you carry a baby, it places stress and pressure on the floor of your pelvis. In some cases, this can lead to a condition called prolapse. …

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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 Fainting During Pregnancy: When Should You Be Concerned?

Fainting During Pregnancy: When Should You Be Concerned? So many changes happen to your body when you’re pregnant. After all, you have a tiny being growing inside you and you’re providing it with the nourishment it needs to become a fully functioning human being. Supporting …

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temp Six Ways to Treat Round Ligament Pain

Six Ways to Treat Round Ligament Pain   Round ligament pain is a perfectly normal problem to encounter in the second trimester of pregnancy. However, it can significantly impact on quality of life. Here are the key facts you need to know about identifying round …

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temp Toddler Vomit – What’s Normal and What’s Not

Toddler Vomit – What’s Normal and What’s Not If you’re like most parents, when your toddler vomits, you want to know why. Was it something they ate or is something more serious going on? Relax. Chances are your child will vomit a few times before …

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temp Can You Still Have Your Period and Be Pregnant?

Can You Still Have Your Period and Be Pregnant?   Pregnancy brings about a multitude of changes to your body. One reason you take a pregnancy test in the first place is because you missed a period. Yet, sometimes women who are pregnant experience bleeding …

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temp Baby Fever: What Does It Mean When Your Baby Has a Temperature?

Baby Fever: What Does It Mean When Your Baby Has a Temperature?   If you’re like most moms, you worry about your baby, especially when they have a fever. As pediatricians will tell you, fevers are common in babies. Yet, it’s important to know when …

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temp Skin Rashes During Pregnancy: What Are the Most Common Causes?

Skin Rashes During Pregnancy: What Are the Most Common Causes?     Some women enjoy the way pregnancy makes them look. When pregnant, some women say their skin has a beautiful glow, thanks to all of the estrogen your body is producing. Unfortunately, some moms-to-be …

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Placenta Previa (Low-Lying Placenta)

What is placenta previa (low-lying placenta) Placenta, the flattish organ that develops during pregnancy to supply the baby with oxygen and nutrients as well as to get rid of the fetal wastes, is usually attached to the upper part of the uterine wall [1]. Sometimes, …

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Spotting and Bleeding during Pregnancy

Is it normal to bleed during pregnancy? Bleeding or spotting is quite common during pregnancy, occurring in 1 out of every 10 women during the first trimester [1]. In most cases, it results from the normal body changes taking place in pregnancy. It is important …

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Yeast Infection during Pregnancy

What is a yeast infection? Yeast infection, also referred to as vaginal candidiasis or vaginal thrush, is an irritating, fungal condition that occurs when the yeast in the intestinal tract and vagina starts multiplying too fast, disrupting the balance of microorganisms in the area [1]. …

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Pregnancy and Flu (Influenza)

What is the flu? Flu or influenza is a contagious viral infection caused by certain RNA viruses belonging to the Orthomyxoviridae family (influenzavirus A, B and C). Flu during pregnancy can be harmful for the fetus, especially in the later stages, unless treated properly [1]. …

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UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) during Pregnancy

What is a UTI? Urinary tract infection or UTI is a bacterial, non-contagious infection involving the urinary tract. Also referred to as bladder infection, it is quite common among pregnant women from early first trimester (4th week) through the second trimester (26th week) [1]. It …

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Low Blood Pressure during Pregnancy

It is quite common to while pregnant due to the numerous body changes occurring at this period. Most women begin to experience a drop in their BP early in the first trimester with the middle of the second trimester often marking the point when the …

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Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (Gestational Hypertension)

What is pregnancy induced hypertension? High BP in pregnancy is classified into three main categories – chronic high BP, pregnancy induced high BP and preeclampsia [1]. Development of high blood pressure in a woman after the 20th week of pregnancy (mid second or third trimesters) …

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Anemia During Pregnancy

Anemia is a condition characterized by reduced red blood cell (RBC) levels in blood [1]. The hemoglobin (a protein) in red blood cells are responsible for binding and carrying oxygen to various parts of the body; so, lack of RBC in the blood leads to …

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Gestational Diabetes

What is gestational diabetes? Gestational diabetes is diagnosed in a pregnant woman with no history of any kind of diabetes in her life. Like the general form, the gestational type is characterized by abnormally high blood glucose levels [1]. High glucose levels in the blood …

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Preeclampsia

What is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia (PE) is a serious condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine (proteinuria), developing anytime from the late second or third trimester [1] to shortly after delivery [2]. It is one of the most serious conditions associated with …

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High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

What is considered high blood pressure during pregnancy? In a healthy individual, the systolic blood pressure should ideally range below 120 mmHg while the diastolic blood pressure should be lower than 80 mmHg [1]. Ideally, the BP range should remain within these limits throughout the …

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Endometritis

What is Endometritis? Endometritis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the endometrium (inner uterine lining) [1]. In severe cases, it may also involve the myometrium (middle uterine lining) and parametrium (fibrous tissue adjacent to the uterus). Inflammations of the endometrium and myometrium are sometimes …

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Dehydration During Pregnancy

What is dehydration? Dehydration is an insufficient amount of water in the body. Either insufficient drinking or excessive water loss from the body can lead to dehydration.

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temp Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis Definition Chorioamnionitis, also referred to as amnionitis and intra-amniotic infection, is an infectious condition occurring during pregnancy, characterized by irritation and inflammation of the amnion and chorion (fetal membranes) as well as the amniotic fluid [1]. It is more common during the second and …

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temp Placental Abruption

Placental Abruption Definition Placental abruption, or abruptio placentae, is a pregnancy complication in which the placenta peels away from the lining of the uterus prior to delivery. [1] Its severity depends on whether the separation is partial or complete. The abruption hampers the oxygen and …

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temp Polyhydramnios

Polyhydramnios Definition Polyhydramnios is an abnormal condition occurring in pregnancy, characterized by excessive amniotic fluid build-up (the fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus) [1].  It is the opposite of oligohydramnios (extremely low amniotic fluid levels). Apart from protecting the baby from any external impact by …

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temp Oligohydramnios

Oligohydramnios Definition Oligohydramnios is an abnormal condition occurring during pregnancy resulting from lack of amniotic fluid (fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus) [1]. This fluid plays a vital role in proper fetal development while its deficiency can lead to oligohydramnios sequence or Potter sequence …

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HELLP Syndrome

What is HELLP Syndrome? HELLP syndrome is a life threatening variant of preeclampsia, characterized by a group of serious symptoms and complications that generally occur late in pregnancy or after delivery. Dr. Louis Weinstein named the condition using the initials of its main features [1], …

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