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  • How Dangerous is Having a Cat During Pregnancy?

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    Having a cat during pregnancy is only dangerous if you contract toxoplasmosis, a common infection found in birds, animals, and people. For most people, the disease is not a serious health problem, but for a pregnant woman's growing baby, the disease can cause brain damage and vision loss. In the United States, less than 1 percent of pregnancies are complicated by a maternal toxoplasmosis infection.  Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite. You can get the infection by digging or gardening in …
  • What’s preeclampsia? And can I get it?

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    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.Preeclampsia affects around 5-8 percent of all pregnancies and occurs more often in first time mothers, older women, and women with other risk factors (e.g. twin pregnancies or women with underlying …
  • Is a vegan diet safe during pregnancy?

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    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 plenty of protein, a vegan diet is a safe choice.What is a vegan diet?A vegan diet is defined as not consuming any animal products which includes red and white meats, chicken, fish, cheese, …
  • What is the Zika virus? Can I get it?

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    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 infection in pregnant women has been linked to a increased rates of microcephaly, a condition in which a baby is born with a smaller than normal head. While it is not proven that Zika has caused this …
  • There are risks to Amniocentesis. Do I really need one?

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    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 small amount of fluid from the amniotic sac that surrounds the fetus. This fluid is then used for testing. A doctor may offer an amnio for consideration in any of these situations:A woman has a …
  • What is Chorionic villus sampling? And what can I expect?

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    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 tissue (chorionic villi) from the developing placenta of the fetus for the purpose of  genetic testing in order to learn more about the babies’ risk for a birth defect.A CVS is performed under …
  • How long is a typical labor?

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    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 uterus which help the cervix open (dilate) and to thin (efface). This lets the fetus move through the birth canal. Labor usually starts 2 weeks before or after the estimated date of delivery.A …
  • Relationship between preeclampsia and developmental delay?

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    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 in the third trimester. High blood pressure disorders are among the most common medical disorders of pregnancy, occurring in up to 12-22% of pregnant women. Preeclampsia is one of the leading …
  • Extra oxygen mask on airplane for my baby?

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    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 him, or do I share mine?A: Great question!  Every section in the plane as one extra mask just for this case (or if one is inoperable). That's why you never see two lap babies in one section, …
  • Truth or Myth: Are there women who can't breastfeed at all?

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    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 decisions. For example, a well-meaning relative may urge a breastfeeding mom to sleep through the night so they can help feed the baby. To a sleep deprived mom, it sounds too good to pass up (and trust me I …
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