Breastfeeding For Beginners: Essential Tips For Getting Started

Babies are born with all the instincts they need to breastfeed. A healthy newborn is usually capable of breastfeeding without any specific help within the first hour of birth. Those who do so may have an easier time breastfeeding than babies who are not breastfed immediately after birth. To help give you a good start, […]

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Avoiding Sickness While Traveling Outside The United States

If you are planning a trip out of the country, your health care provider can help you decide if travel outside the United States is safe for you and advise you about what steps to take before your trip. The CDC is also a good resource for travel alerts, safety tips and up-to-date vaccination facts […]

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Travel During Pregnancy: Your Safety and Comfort

Traveling safely during pregnancy depends on whether you have any problems that need special care, how far along you are in your pregnancy, and your comfort. For most women, traveling is safe during pregnancy. The Best Time to Travel The best time to travel is probably the middle of your pregnancy – between weeks 14 […]

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Essential Vitamins and Minerals to Include During Pregnancy

Vitamins and minerals play important roles in all of your body functions. During pregnancy, you need more folic acid and iron than a woman who is not pregnant. Taking a prenatal vitamin supplement can ensure that you are getting these extra amounts. A well-rounded diet should supply all of the other vitamins and minerals you […]

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Nutrition During Pregnancy: The 5 Food Groups

While you are pregnant, the food you eat gives you the nutrients you need to fuel your body’s activities and help your baby grow. Eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to give you and your growing baby the nutrition you both need. You also can get nutrients from pills containing vitamins […]

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Mirena IUD: More Than Just a Contraceptive

Do heavy periods affect your life? If you answered yes, Mirena might be a good fit for you! In 2009, the FDA announced its approval for Mirena to be used as a non-surgical treatment option to help treat and manage heavy menstrual bleeding. Heavy periods take a physical, social and emotional toll as well. Studies show heavy […]

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Key Benefits of Exercise During Your Pregnancy

Exercise is a key part of staying healthy. Everyone needs daily physical activity – including pregnant women. Getting regular exercise during pregnancy benefits both you and your growing baby and has few risks. If your pregnancy is healthy, you can do most types of exercise, but you may ned to make a few changes. Benefits […]

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Making a Decision: Is Saving Cord Blood Worth It?

The decision about whether to store cord blood needs to be made several weeks before delivery. Whether to donate cord blood to a public or private bank is up to you. You also can decide not to donate or store cord blood at all. Think about the following points when making your choice: Donating cord […]

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Using Stem Cells to Treat Disease

Cord blood is the blood from the baby that is left in the umbilical cord and placenta after birth. It contains special cells called hematopoietic stem cells that can be used to treat some types of diseases. Cord blood can be donated to a public bank for use by anyone who needs it stored in […]

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Sleep and Pregnancy: Tips for Sleeping Success

When you are pregnant, you may find yourself struggling to get adequate sleep and rest as your bump continues to grow. The following are a few helpful tips to help get you the well-deserved rest you need. Pro Tips It’s important to remember that over-the-counter sleep aids, including herbal remedies, are not recommended for pregnant women. Instead, […]

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