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Morning Sickness In Pregnancy Linked To Smarter Babies

By Margarita Nahapetyan Moms-to-be who suffer from morning sickness throughout pregnancy might give birth to smarter and brighter baby, suggests new Canadian research. Scientists at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children's Motherisk Program discovered that morning sickness appears to be associated with enhanced neurodevelopment of the fetus and that babies whose mothers suffered from nausea and vomiting, later tested a few IQ points hig

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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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Everything You Need to Know to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy

Excerpted from Everything You Need to Know to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy By Gila Leiter, Rachel Kranz When I found myself pregnant with what I thought would be my second child, I was a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist at a busy private practice in New York City with a growing number of multiple births under our care. I've always enjoyed caring for pregnancies and deliveries of multiples, with their higher rate of prenatal problems and potentially difficult delive

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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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Dangers of Smoking During Pregnancy

By Margarita Nahapetyan Australia's New South Wales Cancer Institute in its study has come to the conclusion that pregnant women who smoke greatly increase the risk their child will develop a life-threatening cancer, such as leukemia (cancer of the blood or bone marrow). Although smoking during pregnancy has long been known to be dangerous for babies causing birth complications, scientists have never before directly linked it with cancer. Babies born to smoki

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Conception - The Fertile Friend

Excerpted from The Conception Chronicles : The Uncensored Truth About Sex, Love & Marriage When You're Trying to Get Pregnant By Patty Doyle Debano, Courtney Edgerton Menzel, Shelly Dicken Sutphen Just when you've convinced yourself getting pregnant is more a marathon than a sprint, the fertile friend appears. Every woman having trouble getting pregnant has a fertile friend. You know . . . the woman whose pregnancy is a "surprise." After spending so much time with y

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Getting Pregnant

Excerpted from The Whole Pregnancy Handbook By Joel M. Evans, M.D. What you need to do to become pregnant is fairly straightforward, but it doesn't always happen right away. You may get pregnant within the first couple of months of trying, or it may take longer, but the odds are extremely good that you'll conceive within six to eight months or a year. The Menstrual Cycle: The Mind and Body Dance The menstrual cycle is th

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Motherhood - Misconceptions

Excerpted from Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood By Naomi Wolf Experts Faced with something new and unclear, I turned to the experts: I went to the bookstore and began to read. Like pregnant women all over the country, and millions of women worldwide, I reached for What to Expect When You're Expecting. I quickly developed a love-hate relationship with that book; I found it ofte

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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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Abortion Finds Less Support In Americans

By Margarita Nahapetyan The most recent national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that the number of Americans, and most of them men, who support legalized abortion, has dropped by 8 per cent since last August. According to the report, currently, 43 per cent of American male population say that abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while 46 per cent think that abortion should be illegal i

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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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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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Is It Possible Yo Prevent Postpartum Depression?

By Margarita Nahapetyan The latest research suggests that there could be a way to predict which pregnant moms-to-be are at risk for later postpartum depression. The research shows that women with an increased levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH), which is produced by the placenta midway through pregnancy, are more likely to suffer with the condition. CRH is normally produced in tiny amounts by the hypothalamus near the bra

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Household Chemicals Can Affect Fertility in Women

By Margarita Nahapetyan Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, say that flame-retardant chemicals that are present in many household consumer products like computers, fabrics, carpet padding, and plastics reduce a woman's chances of becoming pregnant. According to the new findings, the chemicals called PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) leech out through dust on surfaces after what they can be inhaled and then stor

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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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Fertility Treatments Could Be Causing Birth Defects In Babies

By Margarita Nahapetyan Babies who are conceived with the help of some methods of fertility treatment are at more risk of birth defects than babies who are born to parents with no history of infertility, a large new research by Australian scientists has found. Nearly 4 million babies are born every year with the aid of fertility treatments. But scientists say that it is not quite clear whether it is these treatments or some sort of un

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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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More Unmarried Women Are Having Babies

By Margarita Nahapetyan The number of women in their 20s and 30s, who give birth to babies without being married, has sharply increased in the United States, according to the latest report from the U.S. officials. In America, 40 per cent of births are now to women out of wedlock, and the majority of these are to women in their 20s, not teenagers, says a report, titled Changing Patterns of Non-marital Childbearing in the United States,

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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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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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Botox Is Not Recommended During Pregnancy

By Margarita Nahapetyan Medical professionals in Australia are giving pregnant women their warning to avoid Botox injections and other wrinkle treatments made with botulinum toxin. The warning came after the report by the Sydney Morning Herald about a case in which a child born deaf and blind was linked to the mother's use of Dysport, an anti-wrinkle treatment similar to Botox, during her pregnancy. Several botulinum toxin treatments

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Correcting the 'Conception Misconceptions' of Western Medicine

Excerpted from The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies By Randine Lewis, Ph.D. Let's take a look at a typical course of Western medical treatments for a woman with fertility problems. Joanne was an attractive, slender woman of thirty-seven. Two years ago she married Bill, an oil executive. After trying for a year, they were still unable to conceive, so her gynecologist referred her to a reproductive endoc

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IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and GIFT (Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer)

Excerpted from How to Get Pregnant with the New Technology By Sherman J. Silber, M.D., F.A.C.S. On a Tuesday evening, July 25, 1978, at 11:47 P.M., the world's first human test-tube baby was born. Louise Brown was a beautiful, normal, five-pound, twelve-ounce girl with blond hair and blue eyes. Dr. Robert Edwards and Dr. Patrick Steptoe, in a little clinic near Manchester, England, were responsible for this giant step forward into the "brave new world." Dr. Edwards's fi

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Early Newborn Screening Saves Their Lives

By Margarita Nahapetyan A March of Dimes report released on February 18, 2009 says that from now on all the 50 states and The District of Columbia will require hospitals to screen newborns for a range of life-threatening diseases and medical conditions. These metabolic disorders, more than two dozen in all, are causing disability, mental retardation or even fatal outcomes if not addressed shortly after the baby is born. But if early detected and treated promp

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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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