How can I make sure my doctor supports natural birth?

How can I ask my doctor whether he'll support my decision for a natural birth?  I am not sure how far my doctor's support goes.  I am 24 weeks pregnant.  Each time I have asked him it he seems to beat around the bush and say things like ‘Well, we’ll see how it goes.’  My intuition tells …

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Is gestational diabetes my fault?

Q: Why do some women get gestational diabetes and others don't? Is it something I did?A: Gestational diabetes is a condition that can happen to women who have never had diabetes before. It shows up sometime around the 24th week of pregnancy or during the third trimester and affects about 18% of …

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Husband not interested in pregnancy?

A: My husband doesn’t seem to be very interested in my pregnancy, he doesn’t read the magazines or books that I ask him to, he’s reluctant to go to a childbirth class and I am worried that he might not bond with our baby. What should I do?First, you are not alone. Many expectant mothers …

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Way to make diabetes injections easier?

A: Are there any techniques or technologies I can use to make injecting easier in the third trimester?If you already have diabetes or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes (the kind that occurs only during pregnancy) your doctor may have recommended you take insulin injections. It will …

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Ultrasound shows baby kidney abnormality?

"I just had an ultrasound and found out that my baby has a kidney abnormality. What does that mean? What are my next steps?"Kidney abnormalities are found relatively often on ultrasound during pregnancy.  The good news is that most of the time your baby will not have a life or …

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Sunscreen a no-no for babies?

Why is it recommended for parents NOT to use sunscreen on babies under the age of 6 months old? What are the alternative forms of sun protection for kids?Doctors generally recommend against using sunscreen on babies under 6 months old because they have extremely sensitive skin and because most …

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Test for STDs when pregnant?

Q: "Should I be screened for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)when I'm pregnant?"A: Absolutely. Getting tested for STDs is an important part of prenatal care. Many women with STDs do not have symptoms or don’t recognize they are infected, and laboratory testing is the only way to detect …

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Q: How to have milk supply start and stay strong

Q: What can I do to help my milk supply start strong and stay that way? I am about to have my second baby and I want to exclusively breastfeed this time around. With my first, I never felt like I had enough milk and supplemented with formula from the beginning. A: First of all-congratulations on …

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I’m pregnant and I’ve heard you can have a dangerous thyroid condition and not even know it. What should I know?

Gestational hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid during pregnancy, is a serious issue. Research suggests that an underactive thyroid during pregnancy can cause a range of medical complications for women and their babies. For mothers, these include miscarriage and diabetes in pregnancy. For …

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Best Start to breastfeeding?

Q: What can I do to help my milk supply start strong and stay that way?  I am about to have my second baby and I want to exclusively breastfeed this time around.  With my first, I never felt like I had enough milk and supplemented with formula from the beginning.  A: First of …

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