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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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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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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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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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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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Fertility Drugs Don't Cause Ovarian Cancer

By Margarita Nahapetyan Fertility drug use does not increase women's risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a large new study by Danish scientists. The results of the research should reassure women who have been treated for infertility, but who still have concerns about the safety of the drugs for their future health. Very often, the reason for a woman's infertility is caused by her ovaries not being able to release eggs regu

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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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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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Abortion Pill With Antibiotics Cut The Risk Of Infections

By Margarita Nahapetyan Researchers at Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, have found that taking the abortion pill orally instead of vaginally and in combination with antibiotics, reduces the number of serious infections and death associated with the drug by 93 per cent. However, it is not clear yet whether the new findings are going to make any change in medical practice. The reaction to the study results was di

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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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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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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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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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Miscarriage Can Jeopardize Marriage

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new study, married couples face risk of divorce after going through a miscarriage or stillbirth, and unmarried partners are even at much higher risk of going their separate ways after pregnancy loss. The study, investigating the relationship between marriage, childbirth, miscarriage and divorce, involved more than 3,700 married or cohabitating couples in the United States, who had at least one pr

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Becoming a Later-in-Life Mommy

Excerpted from But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy! : The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40 By Doreen Nagle Your parents long ago gave up hinting that they want to become grandparents; ditto friends who insist "for your own good" that if you are going to have another child, you better "do it now." The alarm on your biological clock is about to explode and, considering the date on your birth certificate, even you can'

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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 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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Drug Metoclopramide Safe For Morning Sickness

By Margarita Nahapetyan An anti-nausea drug metoclopramide, that has been widely used by pregnant women who suffer morning sickness, but little tested for safety, was found to pose no significant risks for both the fetus and the mother, claims a large cohort study by Israeli scientists. The study, titled "The Safety of Metoclopramide Use in the First Trimester of Pregnancy," found that the drug which was approved in the United States

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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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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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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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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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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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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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