Archive for Pregnancy



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Why Maternity Support Hose May Be A Good Idea?

For reasons of comfort, support as well as to address certain health risks, many women find that a maternity support hose, specially constructed pantyhose is a good investment.This is a variation of the idea of compression stockings which are used for similar reasons.There are several reasons why women choose to buy and use maternity support […]

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Are You More At Risk Of A Breech Birth? Find Out

Whereas the normal position for birth of a baby is head first, it can happen in a significant proportion of cases that the baby is in breech position at the time of birth; i.e. buttocks or feet first.The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have laid down a number of factors that may impact the […]

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First Pregnancy Symptoms – The Delightful And Not-So-Delightful

A woman who is looking forward to getting pregnant is keenly on the lookout for her first pregnancy symptoms.Particularly the woman who is trying to get pregnant for the first time feels perhaps a mixture of anticipation and trepidation, excitement and apprehension, not knowing exactly what to expect but keenly expectant none the less.The Prima […]

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Chiropractic Treatment During Pregnancy

Though many believe that Chiropractic treatment to be at odds with the principles of science, more and more people turn to it in a bid to explore non mainstream treatment options. This is also the case for pregnant women who may be looking to explore alternative therapies that are non pharmaceutical in nature so as […]

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Obesity in Pregnancy Ups Risk of Heart Defect in Baby

Obese pregnant women are at increased risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect, a new study finds.On average, obesity is associated with a 15 percent increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect. But the risk rises with the level of obesity. Compared to normal-weight women, the risk is 11 […]

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Feds Reveal Birth Defects Caused by Company in California Town

Citizens of Kettleman City have long suspected that the largest waste treatment plant west of the Mississippi that shares their zipcode is the cause of the surge of birth defects and infant deaths in their town. Finally, the truth has been revealed:A federal investigation has found that a hazardous waste facility at the center of […]

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Tips for a Smooth Birth

Keep up your strengthStaying active could give you an advantage when it comes time to deliver, says Amy Downey, RN, a labor and delivery nurse. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), regular exercise during pregnancy can improve your ability to cope with the pain of labor, as well as speed your […]

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Poll Found 600,000 Fathers Staying Home to Raise Their Kids

A recent poll discovered that the number of dads who quit work to look after their kids has risen 10 times in the last 10 years. About 600,000 fathers stay back at home according to the poll, compared to 60,000 just 10 years ago.A lot of stay-at-home fathers were quizzed about their reason for this. […]

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Baby-Name Regret

It's part of the fun of a pregnancy, tossing around all those possibilities, literally giving a name to what is still a hope and an abstraction.For some it's a process that continues after the baby is born when the name chosen in utero just doesn't seem to fit. (That happens to writers, too. Margaret Mitchell's […]

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Vitamins don’t prevent preeclampsia in pregnant women

A government-sponsored study of more than 10,000 women failed to find that large doses of vitamins C and E cut the risk of complications from pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, scientists report today.Preeclampsia, a condition characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, occurs in up to 8% of pregnancies, says Catherine Spong, a […]

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Free Webinar on Cesarean Recovery

Isa Herrera is leading an upcoming webinar on Cesarean Recovery and Scar Care in the Postpartum Period. This webinar is geared toward new moms and healthcare professionals who are looking to learn techniques to get relief from scar pain and restore the abdominal muscles after a cesarean.Being hosted by ICAN - The International Cesarean Awareness […]

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Parents ‘spend more’ quality time with children

Working parents perpetually agonize that they don't see enough of their children. But a surprising new study finds that mothers and fathers alike are doing a better job than they think, spending far more time with their families than did parents of earlier generations.The study, by two economists at the University of California, San Diego, […]

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Birth Rates Rise Among Women Over 40

While birth rates in 2008 dropped among women in their teens, twenties, and thirties, the 40-to-44 age bracket saw a 4 percent increase in birth rate, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Birth rates increased for mothers over 45 as well, with the number of births among these […]

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Exercise Away The Baby Blues

If you are scared of the baby blues or are actually feeling blue now that the little one has arrived on the scene, prepare to get up and active! For research is now showing that one of the best ways to battle the baby blues or post natal depression is exercise.It was found that physiotherapist […]

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Brett Favre Becomes a Grandfather!

If Brett Favre returns for a 20th NFL season, you can call him "Grandpa" and not be making fun of his age.Favre's 21-year-old daughter Brittany gave birth to a son Tuesday, according to multiple media reports, making the 40-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback a grandfather.Favre was 19 when he and girlfriend Deanna had Brittany in 1989. […]

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Drinking during pregnancy ‘could increase epilepsy risk’

Women who drink during pregnancy could be increasing the risk of their child developing epilepsy, a study has indicated.The research found that children who suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) - a condition caused by maternal drinking during pregnancy - were six times more likely to suffer from epilepsy as they grew older.They were […]

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Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath is Going to be a Dad

Big congratulations to Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, who has announced that not only is he engaged to his longtime love Carin Kingsland, but they're expecting twins!The expectant father gushes that he's "so excited" for the birth of the babies - one girl and one boy - who were conceived via in vitro fertilization. He […]

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The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas Welcomes a Son

The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas and wife, former manager Juliet have reportedly become first time parents. The couple, who have been married since 2005 welcomed a son named Cal in early March, and the new dad said of the addition to the family, "I don't know if it's totally sunk in yet. It's been wonderful. […]

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Unusual Aches And Pains You Could Expect During Pregnancy

There are certain aches and pains that are commonly experienced during pregnancy; some that are almost expected by expectant mothers; but there are several others that could be unusual.Though some pregnancy aches and pains are less common than others, they may not be cause for alarm and it pays to be aware and informed about […]

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Victoria Beckham Eating For A Fourth Pregnancy

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is now famous for being the wife of British soccer star David Beckham and for having three beautiful sons together. The rail thin singer and model though is now reportedly putting on some weight in order to get pregnant for a fourth child; a girl this time around, the couple […]

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Better Birth Weight for Babies of Exercisers

Regular exercise during pregnancy doesn't change a mother's body weight but does lead to a small reduction in the baby's weight, a new study shows.The findings are important because larger birth size is associated with higher risk for childhood obesity.In a randomized trial of 84 first-time mothers, participants were assigned to either an exercise or […]

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Incontinence during pregnancy ups risk of it later

A new study confirms that women who have incontinence during pregnancy are more likely than other women to have the problem after giving birth as well. The good news, researchers say, is that there are ways for women to reduce their risk.In a study of more than 1,100 first-time mothers, Spanish researchers found that 39 […]

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Study: Breastfeeding would save lives, money

The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breastfed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.Those startling results, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are only an estimate. But several experts who reviewed the […]

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