Increasing Your Chances for A Healthy Pregnancy

 

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 …

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Study Reveals Women’s Misperceptions About IUDs

 

An IUD (intrauterine device) is a plastic or copper-and-plastic device that is inserted in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. An IUD is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and can remain in the uterus as birth control for up to five or ten years depending on the brand. Paragard® and Mirena® are two of the most …

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Women and Thyroid Problems

 

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 one in …

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Study Finds That Many Babies Are Fed Solid Foods Too Soon

 

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 months of …

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Uterine Fibroids: Causes and Treatments

 

A uterine fibroid is a muscular tumor that grows in the wall of the uterus (womb). This type of tumor is almost always benign. The medical term for a fibroid tumor is a “leiomyoma” or “myoma.” A woman may have a single fibroid or multiple fibroids at an given time and they can widely range in size …

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Breastfeeding in the United States

 

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 …

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The Importance of Prenatal Vitamins During Pregnancy

 

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 …

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The Importance of Laparoscopy in Gynecologic Care

 

A Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive gynecologic procedure that allows your doctor to look directly at your your female reproductive organs. It can be used to diagnose problems that may not be detected during a physical examination or on X-rays or other tests. In some cases, Laparoscopy can even be used to treat gynecologic problems. Since …

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Ten Foods To Eat During Pregnancy

 

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 …

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