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Health, Lifestyle, and Fertility — in Men

by Jane Wangersky May 26th, 2014| Pregnancy
When a couple is trying to conceive and can’t, it may seem intuitive to look at the woman’s health and lifestyle. After all, it’s her body that has to produce the baby. We almost feel as if the man’s contribution is so small that we can overlook the effects

Whooping Cough and Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky May 12th, 2014| Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant and no one has brought up the subject of getting vaccinated for pertussis -- commonly called whooping cough -- to you, it may be time to bring it up yourself. This disease can be extremely harmful to your baby, and, according to the Center for Disease

Are You In Line for Twins?

by Jane Wangersky April 28th, 2014| Pregnancy
What are the chances you’ll give birth to twins? Small, but not so small as they would’ve been a few decades ago. The twin birth rate in the U.S. has gone up since 1980, according to a recent study that says “In 2009, 1 in every 30
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3 Reasons for Pregnant Women to Go to the Dentist

by Jane Wangersky April 14th, 2014| Pregnancy
Health care appointments are a part of life during pregnancy, and they need to include dental appointments. Dental care in pregnancy can be important not only for your baby’s healthy development, but for your own comfort. Here’s why:

  • Dental treatments, including X-rays and even local anesthesia, are safe for pregnant

Sit Back and Buckle Up

by Jane Wangersky March 31st, 2014| Pregnancy
It can be difficult to get into a car, let alone drive one, while you’re pregnant. But cars and driving are such a fact of life for most adults that you’ll probably want to continue driving as long as you can -- and (unless you’re planning a home birth)

3 “Healthy” Foods Pregnant Women Should Avoid

by Jane Wangersky March 17th, 2014| Pregnancy
Although the recent case of a pregnant woman who unknowingly ate meat tainted with LSD made headlines, we can be sure most of the time that the food we buy is safe. However, pregnant women have to be especially careful. During pregnancy the immune system weakens a little to
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3 Things to Know About Childbirth

by Jane Wangersky March 3rd, 2014| Pregnancy
When I read first-time moms’ stories of their labors and deliveries, the words “nobody ever told me” or “something they never tell you” often jump out at me. Though it’s hard to believe today’s mothers-to-be could be uninformed on anything to do with pregnancy, still I know what they
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What Your Hair Does While You’re Pregnant

by Jane Wangersky February 17th, 2014| Pregnancy
While you’re pregnant, you’re likely to notice some changes in your hair. These are normal, caused by the hormonal changes you’re going through.

On the positive side,  your hair may seem thicker. That’s because you’re losing less of it. It’s usually normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day,
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Planning to Go Back to Work

by Jane Wangersky February 3rd, 2014| Pregnancy
No matter how long you get to stay home with your child, going back to work is going to be an adjustment for both of you. It may be the last thing on your mind when you still have labor and delivery to deal with, but pregnancy is the

Group B Strep in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky January 13th, 2014| Pregnancy
During your pregnancy, you’ll likely be tested for Group B Strep (GBS). If it’s found, you and your doctor will need to take steps to prevent you from passing it on to your baby during delivery. Though GBS is both rare and treatable -- only about 1,200 babies in
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Goal-Oriented Prenatal Care

by Jane Wangersky December 30th, 2013| Pregnancy
How often are you seeing your doctor during your pregnancy? The  answer may not be the same for you as for other expectant mothers, depending on whether you're on a program of goal-oriented prenatal care. Goal-oriented prenatal care has been adopted by the U.S. Defense Department, so if you're

Light Therapy for Depression in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky December 16th, 2013| Pregnancy
Winter, for many, brings more vulnerability not only to colds and flu, but to depression. Pregnant women, with their hormonal changes, are especially prone to it. Though last winter I questioned the wisdom of a study that said anti-depressants during pregnancy didn’t “result in better outcomes” than