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

Women and Thyroid Problems

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Your thyroid is a small gland that is shaped like a butterfly and is located in your neck, right below your voice box.  It is responsible for regulating your body’s natural metabolic process.  Many women experience thyroid problems including overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). In fact, a woman faces as high as a … 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

The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, it is vitally important that you eat a healthy diet that is rich in the vitamins, mineral and important nutrients that you and your baby will need during this very exciting time.  Getting an adequate amount of folic acid is especially important before and during pregnancy … 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

Exercise and Pregnancy

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According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), you can take part in thirty minutes or more of moderate exercise everyday while pregnant, as long as you do not have a medical condition or complication that rules out exercise or requires you to limit your activity level.  Your OBGYN physician or midwife will … Read More

Three Natural Ways to Boost Fertility

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If you are like many women who have decided that they are ready to start a family, you want to be pregnant and you want to be pregnant now.  Unfortunately, mother nature does not always cooperate with our plans.  While it is not possible to dictate when exactly you will become pregnant, there are three … Read More

Healthy Weight Gain for A Health Pregnancy

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If you are newly pregnant, you may be wondering how much weight you need to gain during your pregnancy to support the growth and development of your baby.  Although it is necessary to eat extra calories when you are pregnant to account for your growing baby, it is not necessary to “eat for two.”  For … Read More

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

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An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg attaches (implants) some place other than the uterus.  In many cases of ectopic pregnancy, the egg will implant inside one of the fallopian tubes.  This dangerous condition is often caused by damaged to the fallopian tubes.  The following factors will increase your risk for an ectopic pregnancy: … Read More

What is a Doula?

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You may or may not have heard the term “doula” associated with childbirth and the care of a newborn child.  Or, you may have heard the term but not known what it means.  The word doula comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.”  Today, this term is used to refer to … Read More