What’s preeclampsia? And can I get it?

Preeclampsia is a condition that can occur during pregnancy. It is characterized by high blood pressure and increased levels of protein in the urine. In rare/severe cases, preeclampsia can lead to other problems such as seizures, growth problems in babies, kidney/liver dysfunction, or bleeding. …

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Is a vegan diet safe during pregnancy?

Yes.It is always important to maintain a healthy diet, but it is especially important during your pregnancy. What you choose to eat while expecting may influence both you and your  baby’s current and future health. That being said, as long as you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with …

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What is the Zika virus? Can I get it?

The Zika virus is carried and spread by Aedes mosquitoes. The most common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. As many as 4 out of 5 people who contract Zika have no symptoms at all. The cause for concern is that the Zika …

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There are risks to Amniocentesis. Do I really need one?

Most women will have normal, healthy children and will not require invasive prenatal tests. However, all women have a 3 percent chance that their child will have a birth defect; this is the risk that any woman faces with a pregnancy, regardless of age.Amniocentesis is a procedure to remove a …

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What is Chorionic villus sampling? And what can I expect?

A: Most women will have normal, healthy babies and will not require Chronic Villus Sampling (CVS) or other invasive prenatal tests.  However, all couples have a 3 percent chance of having a child with a birth defect and a physician may recommend CVS, a procedure to obtain a small amount of …

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How long is a typical labor?

While we wish there was one answer for all, every woman’s labor and delivery experiences is different. That said, if labor is not induced, most women will deliver their baby within 10 hours after being admitted into the hospital.Labor is a series of continuous, progressive contractions of the …

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Relationship between preeclampsia and developmental delay?

A: Some studies indicate a link to autism as well as low birth weight and premature birth.Most women and men have a limited understanding of preeclampsia and its danger to both mother and baby. Preeclampsia is one form of a high blood pressure disorder of pregnancy that typically manifests …

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Extra oxygen mask on airplane for my baby?

Q: I've seen the video of what to do if the plane depressurizes and I need to pull the oxygen mask down. They also say to make sure you put on your won mask before helping your baby or someone around you. I have to fly with my baby on my lap. In case of depressurization, will there be a mask for …

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Truth or Myth: Are there women who can’t breastfeed at all?

A. The percentage of women who physically cannot make enough milk is very low.Not being able to breastfeed is a common reason some women give for not breastfeeding.  We cause interruptions in breastmilk production when we start intervening with breastfeeding, often because of lifestyle …

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What’s the shortest amount of time to breastfeed and still be worthwhile?

A:  Any amount of breastfeeding is better than none, so even if a mom only nurses for a short time, it is still beneficial to her and her baby. The recommendations are for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and breastfeeding with complementary foods up to 12 months, because research …

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