Tag: "Pregnancy Health"

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Pregnancy Health – Can I Drink Kombucha While Pregnant?

If you love kombucha and have recently discovered you’re pregnant, you may be wondering if you can still enjoy your “mushroom tea,” or if you’ll have to give it up. A brief internet search fails to provide a clear answer on the safety of kombucha, especially during pregnancy. Even the experts are conflicted. Some say […]

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Study Suggests Multivitamins During Pregnancy Could Reduce the Risk of Autism

Women are typically encouraged to take a multivitamin during pregnancy to help reduce their risk of nutritional deficiencies. Now there may be another reason – and it could be related to autism.

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Myth or Fact:  8 Things Moms Should Avoid While Pregnant

A healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy is important for your baby’s development. Mostly, that means consuming a variety of lean proteins (beans, lentils, chicken, fish, etc.), dairy (or a dairy alternative that contains vitamin D), whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. But what about foods that you shouldn’t eat? Are all the “forbidden” items dangerous, or can you consume some of them in moderation? Where’s the line between truth and exaggeration. We’re going to separate myth from fact to help ensure that you have the best chance at a happy, healthy pregnancy.

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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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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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New Pre-eclampsia Test Determines Which Moms-to-be Are At Risk

Preeclampsia is pregnancy condition where women experience high blood pressure, sometimes with fluid retention and excess protein in your urine (proteinuria). It usually starts after 20 weeks and can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for both a mom and their baby.

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Does Baby Gender Affect Pregnancy Health?

People have been trying to predict baby genders for centuries. A new study published online in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity says that women who are carrying a female child may actually experience heightened inflammation which could make them feel worse during their pregnancy.

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World Health Organization Doubles Doctor Visit Recommendations For Moms-To-Be

Last year, an estimated 303,000 women died from pregnancy-related causes, 2.7 million babies died during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies were stillborn. Access to quality healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth may prevent many of these deaths. It is estimated only 64% of women receive antenatal (prenatal) care four or more times throughout their pregnancy.

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Are You Getting Enough Calcium During Your Pregnancy?

Did you know that approximately 68% of women are calcium deficient? Meeting the recommended 1000 mg of daily calcium needed during your pregnancy is even more important because baby’s bones, teeth, heart, nerves, and muscles depend on calcium for growth.