Pregnancy Tips From Women’s HealthFirst

New Study Finds C-Section Delivery Not Always Best For Small Babies

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February 13, 2012

Contrary to coventional wisdom, Cesarean sections are no safer than vaginal delivery for infants who are born early or who are small for their age, according to a new study by the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In fact, C-sections might actually lead to a greater risk of respiratory problems and other complications in these infants, ... read more

Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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January 20, 2012

Carrying a child to term is a wonderful experience, but it can also be a nerve-wracking one. How do you know whether that sudden ache is normal or something that warrants a late night call to your Women's HealthFirst doctor? While some symptoms may be more or less urgent depending on how far along you ... read more

Seeing Double: CDC Report Says Older Mothers, Fertility Treatments Causing Surge In Twins

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January 12, 2012

If it seems as though there are more and more twins being born, it's not because you're seeing double, it's because there are. The number of twins born in the U.S. has skyrocketed over the last three decades, a result of test-tube babies and women waiting to have children until their 30s when the chances ... read more

Fitness For Two: Best Exercises During Pregnancy

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January 4, 2012

Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you need to forfeit your active lifestyle. In fact, regular, moderate physical activity during pregnancy can increase energy, stamina, and help prepare your body for labor. Research shows that healthy women who exercise during pregnancy have less risk of preterm delivery, are less likely to need pain relief, and ... read more

11 'Super' Foods For New, Breastfeeding Moms

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December 27, 2011

For new mothers, the decision to breastfeed is a very personal matter but it's also one of the most important. Many in the medical community, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), strongly recommend breastfeeding since it reduces your baby's risk of developing asthma or allergies, ... read more

Simple Steps For Sleeping Well During Pregnancy

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December 8, 2011

Getting a good night's sleep is always an important component of a healthy lifestyle, but an adequate amount of rest becomes even more critical during pregnancy. Pregnancy often brings on all sorts of sleep disturbances including nausea, heartburn, frequent urination, leg cramps, and snoring, plus bad sleeping habits from before you were pregnant can make ... read more

Reading The Signs: Early Symptoms Of Pregnancy

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October 5, 2011

Every woman's body is different, so it's no surprise that every woman's body responds to being pregnant in it's own unique way. The early symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women seem to know from the start that they are pregnant, while others have no idea ... read more

Eating For Two: Foods To Avoid During Pregnancy

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September 8, 2011

When you're pregnant, what you eat and drink significantly impacts the health of your child, now and possibly forever. From your first prenatal visit with your obstetrician, you'll hear all about what you should be eating and drinking during pregnancy. But when it comes to what about foods to avoid, conventional wisdom flip-flops from year ... read more

Stillbirths: Declining, But No Less Devastating

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August 28, 2011

For most women, the pain and discomfort of childbirth is overshadowed by the joy of finally getting to hold their precious, blanket-swaddled newborn in their arms for the first time. But not every woman is so lucky. Despite the technological advancements now available to monitor fetal development and well-being, the New York Times reports that ... read more

To Know Or Not To Know? New Blood Test Can Tell Fetus’s Sex At Just 7 Weeks

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August 17, 2011

Newly expectant parents can now start picking out colors for the new baby room earlier than previously thought possible, thanks to a new, surprisingly accurate blood test that can determine the sex of a fetus only seven weeks into pregnancy. According to the August 10th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a ... read more