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Your Unborn Baby's Nutritional Needs

Excerpted from Program Your Baby's Health: The Pregnancy Diet for Your Child's Lifelong Well-Being By Dr. Barbara Luke Prenatal nutrition is at the heart of metabolic programming. So keep in mind this one simple goal: You want to create an optimal nutritional environment for your unborn baby so that he or she can grow and develop in the very best ways possible. This is achieved by eating the right kinds of foods, in the right amounts, at the right time of day, throughou

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Your First Trimester - Parenting Guide

Excerpted from Parenting Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth By Paula Spencer, Parenting Magazine Editors When I'm reading up on a life-changing event-especially one, like pregnancy, that will change my body, my mind, my relationship, and nearly every other aspect of my life-I like to hear the unvarnished truth about it from an insider, from someone who's been there. Well, in the case of this book, I haven't just "been there," I was in the middle of being there as I wrote

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Women More Than Men Reject Babies With Birth Defects

By Margarita Nahapetyan Psychiatrists at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have found that women have a harder time than men looking at babies with facial birth defects and are more likely than men to reject unattractive-looking babies. Researchers, who were studying perceptions of beauty, said that they had expected quite a different reaction. McLean psychiatrist Dr. Igor Elman and postdoctoral student Rinah Yamamoto set to explore

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Why a Cesarean?

Excerpted from The Essential C-Section Guide: Pain Control, Healing at Home, Getting Your Body Back, and Everything Else You Need to Know About a Cesarean Birth By Maureen Connolly, Dana Sullivan The use of fetal heart-rate monitoring as the determining factor in performing a c-section is very controversial and the decision is still subjective. One monitoring option, called a fetal oximetry sensor, involves placing a sensor on the baby's cheek while he's in the birth ca

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Where Pregnancy Begins - Body, Soul, and Baby

Excerpted from Body, Soul, and Baby: A Doctor's Guide to the Complete Pregnancy Experience, From Preconception to Postpartum By Tracey W. Gaudet, M.D., Paula Spencer The starting place for a healthy pregnancy isn't a date, it's a mind-set. A conscious pregnancy doesn't begin with your first trimester, last menstrual period, first prenatal exam, or a positive home pregnancy test. I believe that for a truly healthy, happy pregnancy, a different st

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When You Want to Ask for a C-Section

Excerpted from What If I Have a C-Section? By Rita Rubin If you can choose to get breast implants or a tummy tuck, you should be able to opt for a C-section over a vaginal delivery, right? That's the argument put forth by a small but growing number of women-reportedly including celebrities Claudia Schiffer, Elizabeth Hurley, and Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham-who know from the outset, sometimes even before they conceive, that they want a cesarean. British headline writer

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What Is Infertility?

Excerpted from Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar's Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping With Infertility By Alice D. Domar, Ph.D. The official definition of infertility is failing to produce a pregnancy that results in a live birth after one year of unprotected regular intercourse if you're under age thirty-five, and after six months if you're over thirty-five. Infertility is a major health problem in the United States, as these numbers show: &#

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What Are the 'Normal' Chances of Getting Pregnant?

Excerpted from Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book : America's Leading Infertility Expert Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant By Richard Marrs, M.D. To begin with, it might be of some comfort for you to realize that reproduction in even the most fertile human is inefficient compared with other animal species. If you really want to get pregnant, in your next life come back as a mouse, a cat, or even a fish. Lower species have all the luck. As a rul

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Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement

Excerpted from Bump It Up; Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement By Amy Tara Koch It's no secret that pregnancy doth not bring out one's inner glamour girl. Hormones flow, stomachs protrude, and once-clear complexions zigzag with "nonspecific dermatitis." Workouts are traded in for TiVo. A nondescript sack filled with Cheetos replaces the once-chic hobo. And fashion obsessions are usurped by fantasies of tucking into a vat of buttery mac and cheese.

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Too Much Of Vitamin E Dangerous During Pregnancy

By Margarita Nahapetyan High levels of vitamin E at an early stage of pregnancy pose greater risk for developing heart defect in infants, according to Dutch scientists. In a new study, the researchers from Rotterdam examined 600 mothers - 276 women whose babies were born with heart defects, and 324 mothers of healthy children. When the babies became 16 months old, all the women were asked to fill in food frequency questionnaires. The

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The Lamaze Method

Excerpted from Preparation for Birth: The Complete Guide to the Lamaze Method By Beverly Savage, Diana Simkin One of the most profound changes that has taken place in the twentieth century concerns the manner in which women give birth. Today women are knowledgeable about the processes and procedures of childbirth. They prepare themselves mentally and physically ahead of time, and they expect to exercise a certain amount of control. Women once accepted all kinds of medic

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The Complete Guide to Fitness for Mothers

Excerpted from Buff Moms: The Complete Guide to Fitness for All Mothers By Sue Fleming You may be asking yourself, "Does the Buff Moms workout guide really work?" Yes, it does, and I have a couple of success stories of its exercises and those from Buff Moms-to-Be to prove it. Sure, at times these women found it hard to get motivated and find the lime to lit exercise in. but once they got going, they felt better and started to see the results of their hard work I his is

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Teen Pregnancies And Birth On A Rise

By Margarita Nahapetyan The number of teenage girls in the United States who are having babies, has reached a record level in 2007, a government statistics show, and C-section delivery rates continue to hit new highs. The statistics are based on a review of nearly 99 per cent of birth certificates reported by 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S territories, by the National Center for Health Statistics, which is a part of the

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Some Cosmetics During Pregnancy Put Boys To Infertility Risk

By Margarita Nahapetyan Some food, cosmetic and cleaning products used by pregnant women expose unborn baby boys at greater risk of developing birth defects as well as testicular cancer and infertility later in life, claims a new study by Professor Richard Sharpe, one of the Britain's leading reproductive biologists. Professor Sharpe said that chemical cocktails that are present in many products block the male sex hormone testosterone

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So, You Want to Have a Baby

Excerpted from Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception By Amy Ogle, Lisa Mazzullo, M.D. For many couples, conceiving a child is one of the high points in their romantic lives. To be sure, creating another human being represents the acme of a loving, committed relationship. Nevertheless, there are some decidedly unromantic, practical, even mundane issues you ought to address well before you light the scented candles.&#

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Pregnant Women With Migraines Are At Risk Of Heart Problems

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women who experience migraines while being pregnant are at greater risk to suffer a stroke and other vascular disorders such as blood pressure and blot clots, claims a study by scientists at three of North Carolina's academic hospitals. Although strokes during a pregnancy occur very rarely, women with migraine headaches face a 30-fold increase in the risk for the most common kind of stroke, researchers reported

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Pregnancy Protects Women Against Multiple Sclerosis

By Margarita Nahapetyan Pregnancy may decrease a woman's risk of developing the debilitating illness multiple sclerosis, Australian researchers have found. It has already been known that pregnancy can cause a remission in symptoms of this autoimmune disease, but the new findings suggest that having more children may prevent multiple sclerosis from ever developing. To come up with this conclusion, researchers reviewed information of ne

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Pregnancy Do's and Don'ts

Excerpted from Pregnancy Do's and Don'ts: The Smart Woman's A-Z Pocket Companion for a Safe and Sound Pregnancy By Elisabeth Aron, M.D. Amniocentesis During an amniocentesis, a procedure that is usually performed by an OB/GYN, a needle is placed through the mother's abdomen and uterus into the amniotic fluid cavity to withdraw a small amount of amniotic fluid for analysis. Several things can be determined from the amniotic fluid including signs

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Pregnancy and Diet

By Margarita Nahapetyan There is a huge number of children in the United States that recently have been classified as obese and diagnosed with obesity-related diseases, such as type -2 diabetes, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), and the weight of an obese child's mother during pregnancy. One of the new studies has found that the diet of a pregnant woman has direct affect on the fetal health. Scientists at Oregon Health and Sc

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Pregnancy - Feeling, Seeing, Tasting & Smelling In the Womb

Excerpted from Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Through Meditation, Ayurveda, and Yoga Techniques By Deepak Chopra, M.D., David Simon, M.D., Vicki Abrams Feeling in the Womb We feel our way in this world through two different interrelated systems. We have a somesthetic system that conveys information about touch, pressure, temperature, and pain, and we have a vestibular system that informs us how we are po

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Pregnancy - Backache

Excerpted from Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Beauty, Health, and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be By Colette Bouchez Just as the nausea of your first trimester winds down, you may find it is replaced with another pregnancy problem: backaches. Affecting some 50 percent of all pregnant women, symptoms often begin around the sixth month and, for some, can continue up to six months after giving birth. If you suffered with back problems prior to getting preg

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Omega-3 Oils Can Protect Women From Infertility

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women who consume a diet rich in essential Omega-3 oils are at a less risk of being infertile, whereas those ladies whose diets are loaded with trans fats may be more likely to develop endometriosis, the debilitating condition that causes infertility, U.S. researchers reported earlier this week. In endometriosis, pieces of the womb lining, called endometrium, are located outside of the womb. The tissue grows du

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Obese Pregnancy Linked To Birth Defects

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women who are obese while being pregnant have significantly greater risk of delivering babies with certain birth defects, than women with normal weight, according to a new report. Obese women are almost twice as likely to have a baby with neural tube defects, which are caused by the incomplete development of the brain or spinal cord, according to the study. For one such defect, spina bifida, a failure of the sp

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Multivitamins During Pregnancy Help Avoid Underweight Babies

By Margarita Nahapetyan Future moms-to-be who take multivitamins during pregnancy, significantly lower the risk of delivering an underweight baby, researchers from Canada have reported this week. One of the biggest risks to newborn babies is to be born too early and with too little weight. And, unfortunately, doctors do not know yet why some babies are being born pre-term. These babies are at much greater risk of mortality and later d

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MTFC Program Reduces Teen Pregnancy Rates

By Margarita Nahapetyan The Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) program that is aimed to reduce juvenile criminal behavior in America's youth, has yielded a surprising positive side effect. According to a new evidence, the program also reduces pregnancy rates in teenage girls. In a new study, which was carried out by the experts at the Oregon State University (OSU) and the Eugene-based Oregon Social Learning Center, research

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