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

Screening Tests During Pregnancy

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There are a variety of prenatal screening tests that are available for women who are pregnant.  The number, types and frequency of testing are determined on a cases by case basis, taking into consideration risk factors, maternal age, medical history, etc.  The first trimester prenatal screening tests involve a combination of a fetal ultrasound and … Read More

Placenta Donation and The Medical Uses For The Placenta

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If you are pregnant, you may or may not have considered the option of donating your placenta after the birth of your child.  The placenta is a temporary organ that joins the mother and fetus during pregnancy.  It is responsible for transferring oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the fetus and also facilitates the … Read More