Miscarriage: Causes and Symptoms

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Miscarriage is a term that is used to describe a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first twenty weeks of gestation.  It is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Sadly, miscarriage is a reality for many women.  Studies show that anywhere from 10% … Read More

Pre-Conceptual Genetic Testing

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The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has recently recommended that all couples of reproductive age who are attempting to conceive be offered pre-conceptual genetic testing.  The purpose of this testing is to identify those couples who are carriers of a variety of conditions that could affect their children. Carriers of genetic diseases do not … Read More

The Role of Fathers in Caring for Newborns

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Happy Father’s Day!  Today is a great day to recognize the tremendous role that fathers play in the lives of their children.  Our fathers shape us in thousands of different ways everyday and have a large affect on who we become as adults.  In fact, research has shown that children who live without their biological … Read More

Reducing Your Baby’s Risk For SIDS

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SIDS stands for “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome“: a term that strikes fear in the hearts of new parents everywhere.  SIDS is not an illness or a disease.  Instead, it is a diagnoses that is given when a child under one years old dies and an exact cause cannot be found.  Approximately 2,300 infants in the … Read More

STDs in the United States

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Despite major efforts at raising awareness and education, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a problem in the United States.  The most common types of STDs in the United States include the following: •  Chlamydia – Chlamydia is an STD caused by a bacterium and is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted infection in the United … Read More

Pregnancy and Your Dental Health

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We all know how important it is to be healthy before you become pregnant.  Being in optimal health before you become pregnant increases your chance of having a healthy pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby to term.  This may include getting to a healthy weight (losing weight if you are overweight or gaining weight if … Read More

Increasing Your Chances for A Healthy Pregnancy

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If you are thinking of starting a family, there are many things you can do to prepare for this joyous and exciting time in your life.  You may have already started by getting your finances in order, planning for career changes, moving to a bigger home, etc.  How about your physical condition?  Is your body … Read More

Study Finds That Many Babies Are Fed Solid Foods Too Soon

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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that many mothers are feeding their babies solid foods before the age of six months.  Many child nutritionists and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that parents should wait until their babies are at least six months old before offering them solid foods.  For the first six … Read More

Breastfeeding in the United States

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According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breastfeeding in the United States is on the rise.  In fact, their breastfeeding report card shows that rates of initiation of breastfeeding rose from 74.6% in 2008 to 76.9% in 2009 births.  The rates of breastfeeding at six months also increased from 44.3% in 2008 … Read More

Ten Foods To Eat During Pregnancy

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If you are newly pregnant, you may be wondering what you should eat during pregnancy to make sure that your baby receives all the vitamins and nutrients he/or she needs in order to develop.  While that is a question that can be best answered by your OB/GYN or healthcare provider, there are ten foods that … Read More