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What You Need To Know About Period Symptoms

Women experience a monthly bleeding cycle in which the lining of the uterus is shed and released through the vagina. This is referred to as menstruation or a period. Most often, the first menstrual period is experienced by young girls … Continue reading

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New Research Shows Antipsychotic Use Does Not Increase Risk Of Birth Defects

New research from Brigham Women’s Hospital – in Boston, MA – of 1.3 million women suggests that antipsychotic medication use during pregnancy does not significantly increase the risk of birth defects overall, or cardiac malformations in particular. The average number … Continue reading

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New Research Shows Link Between Vitamin D And Birth Control

Researchers have found that women who are taking estrogen-based birth control pills have higher quantities of circulating vitamin D; similarly, women who stop taking these contraceptives face a significant drop in vitamin D levels. Vitamin D’s primary role is to maintain the … Continue reading

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Study Shows Smart Phone Fertility Apps Unlikely To Help Plan Or Prevent Pregnancy

We are increasingly relying on smartphone apps to help keep track of our health; a recent survey found that more than half of smartphone users in the United States have downloaded such a tool. But according to a new study, … Continue reading

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The Stages of Labor

  You may think that knowing when you are in labor is obvious, but for many women, it may not be so simple. At times, women may experience symptoms of false labor, including Braxton Hicks contractions (also known as practice contractions) which, although … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding May Lower A Mothers’ Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

  While breastfeeding is known to greatly benefit infants’ health, a new study adds to the growing list of health benefits it yields for mothers; researchers found women with gestational diabetes may halve their risk of developing type 2 diabetes … Continue reading

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What To Expect In Your 12th Week Of Pregnancy

During week 12 of your pregnancy, your baby’s organ systems have practically all formed and will continue to grow and start functioning as your pregnancy goes on. As with other earlier weeks, week 12 is no exception when it comes … Continue reading

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Tips On Breastfeeding Your Baby

  Breastfeeding is beneficial to both a mother and her infant. However, for first time and even seasoned breastfeeders, it can come with its ups and downs. While breastfeeding is a natural body function, it takes practice and patience and can … Continue reading

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You Can Boost Your Fertility These 10 Ways

Trying to conceive can be an exciting yet stressful time in both a man and a woman’s life. Some are able to get pregnant immediately and for some it takes what seems like forever. Whether you are trying to conceive … Continue reading

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Study Shows Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Could Detect Maternal Cancer

A new study has revealed that genetic testing designed to detect chromosomal abnormalities in fetuses could also detect underlying conditions such as cancer in pregnant women. The study, published in JAMA, analyzed the cases of eight women who received noninvasive prenatal … Continue reading

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