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CDC Study Links Flu Vaccine with an Increased Miscarriage Risk of Up to 7.7 Percent

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu shot before or at the start of the season to reduce the risk of complications for both mother and baby. Said to reduce the risk of contracting the flu by as much as 60 percent, the vaccine is touted as the “best protection against the flu.” But it appears that the CDC may have made a grave mistake.

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Lack of Information on Consuming Alcohol During Pregnancy Alarms Study Researchers

Pregnancy and alcohol have a difficult history. Doctors used to recommend it because it allegedly offered benefits to both mother and baby. However, over time, we have come to understand that alcohol during pregnancy can have some serious implications, such as heart defects and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. So why, then, do we not have more information on the subject?

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment

Statistics indicate that some 70 to 80 percent of expectant mothers experience some form of morning sickness, but for at least 60,000 women each year (most likely more), the sickness is severe. These soon-to-be moms suffer from a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. It typically involves extreme nausea and vomiting, and it can place the mother at risk for dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and even death. Learn more about this serious but often treatable condition, including its causes, symptoms, and possible treatments.

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10 Tips to Help You Kick Morning Sickness to the Curb

Morning sickness (which isn’t confined to just mornings) is an extremely common pregnancy condition, but it certainly doesn’t feel normal. It seems that anything and everything – or even nothing at all – sets it off. You’re searching for the restroom, the second you enter a place you’ve never been. And it strikes, without warning, at some of the most inconvenient times. Thankfully, there are some things that expectant moms can do to kick morning sickness to the curb.

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What is Placental Abruption?

The placenta is an essential structure for fetal growth and development. When it separates from the uterine wall – a condition known as placental abruption – the health of both mom and baby may be placed at risk. Learn more about this condition, including its signs, symptoms, and treatment, with help from the following information.

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Increasing Your Vitamin D Intake May Decrease the Risk of Premature Birth

Each day, there are more than 1,000 babies born prematurely in North America. While some of those babies grow up to be wonderfully healthy – so healthy, in fact, that you’d never know they were a preemie – others may struggle for the rest of their lives. As such, the goal is prevention. How, exactly, do you prevent a premature birth?

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What is Gestational Diabetes?

Like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. The result is too much glucose in the blood, which can negatively affect both mother and baby. However, unlike other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes only occurs during pregnancy. Learn more about this condition, including its symptoms, risks, and treatment, with help from the following information.

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Study: Vitamin B3 Supplements Can Prevent Miscarriages

In a landmark new study, Australian researchers learned that many miscarriages and some birth defects are caused by lack of the molecule NAD, but simply taking vitamin B3 supplements can significantly reduce these instances. Women are advised to take these supplements beginning prior to becoming pregnant.

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Mom-to-be Refused Brain Tumor Clinical Trial to Save Her Baby – Both Are Now Struggling to Survive

Over the years we’ve shared a many stories about moms who refused cancer treatment to save their babies – but we’ve never shared one quite like that of Carrie Deklyen.

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What is Placenta Previa?

The placenta is a crucial structure during pregnancy. It provides baby with nutrients, oxygen, and it removes waste. Unfortunately, some mothers have a placenta that rests partially or completely over their cervix. This condition, known as placenta previa, can be dangerous if not monitored and correctly treated. Learn more with help from the following information.

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What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia, a condition that is characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy, affects approximately 5 to 8 percent of all expectant mothers. If left untreated, it can cause numerous complications for both mother and baby, including seizures or fatality. Learn more about this dangerous pregnancy-related condition, including its causes, symptoms, treatment, and risks, with help from the following information on preeclampsia during pregnancy.