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Quitting Smoking While You’re Pregnant

by Jane Wangersky December 2nd, 2013| Pregnancy
If you’re pregnant and a smoker, you know that may be harmful for your baby -- but you may think it would be too tough to quit right now. Quitting’s always tough, of course, and with the other stresses of pregnancy it may just seem like too much. But
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Cold Treatments for Pregnant Women

by Jane Wangersky November 20th, 2013| Pregnancy
Although being pregnant can actually improve your health in some ways, it won't keep you from getting a cold this winter. The good news is that the cold won't affect your baby. Unfortunately, the medicines you're used to taking for cold symptoms might.

Pregnant women are warned again
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Emergency Planning for Pregnant Women

by Jane Wangersky November 5th, 2013| Pregnancy
You may have had an emergency plan for a long time already -- depending on where you live and how cautious you are -- or you may only have started to think about such things since you've been pregnant. Either way, a pregnant woman needs a specialized plan in
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Pregnancy Can Make You Feel Better

by Jane Wangersky October 22nd, 2013| Pregnancy
Since so much of the health news for pregnant women consists of warnings, I like to spread the good news when I hear reliable information that something or other may not be so bad for them after all. Something else that doesn't get enough publicity is that some aches
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Halloween Costumes for Moms-to-Be: Cute or Creepy

by Jane Wangersky October 8th, 2013| Pregnancy
Pregnant women need to plan for a lot of serious things, but everyone needs a break once in awhile. So this week, let's look at how a mom-to-be can plan for something fun: Halloween. Not the future ones when the baby is old enough to go trick-or-treating, but your
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Asthma in Pregnancy

by Jane Wangersky September 24th, 2013| Pregnancy
Asthma during pregnancy is in the news, with a new study confirming what doctors have said all along:Though no asthma medication is completely safe for pregnant women and their babies, it's best for asthmatic women to keep taking their meds. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to hypertension and
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Expecting A Baby — But When? Your Due Date

by Jane Wangersky September 10th, 2013| Pregnancy
"When are you due?" While a pregnant woman usually has an official due date to answer this question, the reality is that, with all our progress in understanding pregnancy, no one really knows when the baby is coming until it already is.

There are exceptions, like elective C-sections and induced
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Pregnancy Health in the News

by Jane Wangersky August 30th, 2013| Pregnancy
The things "everyone knows" about pregnancy health are constantly changing, or it least that's what it looks like if you keep up with the news. This week has been busy that way.

Say what you like about Emily Oster, the economist who crunched the numbers and decided it
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Six Ways to Make Ultrasounds Less Uncomfortable

by Jane Wangersky August 13th, 2013| Pregnancy
You'll probably undergo at least two ultrasounds during your pregnancy, once between 10 and 13 weeks, then later between 18 and 22 weeks. If you're carrying multiples or have a history of problems, there'll be more. Though ultrasound is safe and not painful, it's not exactly comfortable either. You'll
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The Post-Baby Bump

by Jane Wangersky July 30th, 2013| Pregnancy
Now that the Duchess of Cambridge has publicly demonstrated that a woman doesn't immediately lose all the weight after the baby is born, let's hope no one else experiences what I did when I was in the hospital for my first childbirth: A dad from our prenatal class, running
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Last-Minute Birth Prep

by Jane Wangersky July 16th, 2013| Pregnancy
You've got your hospital bag packed for the birth of your baby -- now what else do you need to do? There are some things you may not have thought of that should be taken care of, and now's the time, when your nesting instinct is pushing you to
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Gestational Diabetes: What It Is and Isn’t

by Jane Wangersky July 2nd, 2013| Pregnancy
"Diabetes" can be a scary word, and the thought of coping with it and pregnancy can seem overwhelming. However, gestational diabetes is less intimidating than it sounds -- and it can be managed.

Two to 10% of pregnancies are affected by gestational diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control.
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