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What is Group B Strep?

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GBS During Pregnancy – What You Need to Know Newborns are much more vulnerable than healthy adults to infections, which is why you might be hearing of concerns related to Group B Streptococcus (also known as Group B strep, baby strep, and GBS). This common bacterium is often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract of adults, and usually does not cause any symptoms. However, if you are pregnant there are things you need to know before labor and delivery that will help keep your newborn baby safe. How Does Group B Strep Affect Infants? It is estimated that 25% of pregnant mothers carry Group B strep during labor and delivery. Of these 25%, 1 in 200 untreated mothers will give birth to babies who are affected by Group B strep complications. However, when mothers are treated during labor with appropriate antibiotics, those rates of complications drop to just…

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I Heart Ginger.

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12 weeks along and I still feel like I could throw up at any second. While I have to admit, I don’t really care for the taste of ginger (I’d prefer it more if it tasted like cherry. Or chocolate. Or maybe both…on top of ice cream. I digress), I do appreciate how much better it makes me feel. Lately, I’ve been eating anything that has real ginger in it. Ginger chews, ginger hard candies, natural ginger ale, and ginger tea are staples in my daily diet. I keep it in my purse, in my car, in my bedside table, everywhere. While ginger has been proven to help aide morning sickness and nausea in general, it also has many other health benefits including: preventing cancer, boosting your immune system, and acting as an anti-inflammatory. Ginger is a natural remedy for morning sickness and completely safe to consume during pregnancy. What’s…

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Can My Fetus Feel?

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Consider yourself a human rocking chair during pregnancy as your baby is lulled to sleep by your walking, or perhaps roused from sleep by your jostling exercise. Your growing baby experiences many of the same things you do – the foods you eat, the emotions you feel, and the things you hear – just in slightly different ways. Your baby can also feel certain things from outside your abdomen, but rest assured that your general everyday movements do not cause pain and discomfort to your baby as he is safely enclosed in the amniotic fluid. My Baby’s Senses You might ask, “So what can my fetus feel?” By the time your developing baby is 20 weeks of gestational age, many of his senses are developed to a point where he will react to stimuli. His hearing is strong enough to recognize and react to your voice and other auditory stimulation….

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Don’t Blink

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This past week my family took a vacation and it just so happened to be Charlotte’s first birthday.  My baby is 1! Whoa.  Her first year of life went by waaaaay faster than I remember Jack’s going.  I try to look back to when I first brought her home from the hospital, and it all seems to be a blur.  I still look at her and think she’s as little as when she was born.  For some reason when Jack turned 1, I thought he was 5.  He seems so much older and I just want Charlie to stay my baby forever.   I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with strangers that involve how fast their kids grew up and to just enjoy the moment.  When you bring home a new baby, it’s so easy to wish for restful nights, more independence, and “the next stage.”  The truth…

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It Takes a Village

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It’s funny to see how peoples’ roles change when kids come into the picture.  While my husband’s worries and priorities changed, his day-to-day life didn’t change that much.  He still worked the same hours, everyday.  He’s an amazing husband and father.  He changes diapers, he does nighttime bottles, and when my kids were newborns, he fed the first bottle in the morning before he went to work…which was heaven.  The difference of getting up at 5am and 7am is literally night and day.  Anyways, it’s been a blessing living in the same town as both my parents and my husband’s family. I always tell my mom how grateful I am for her company and help.  She remembers how exhausting this phase of life is and wished her mom didn’t live across the country when she had four kids in four years, and a husband who didn’t do any of the…

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What are the best options for post-partum birth control?

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You’ve just welcomed your new baby and you’re already anticipating all of those memories you’re going to make as a family. Somewhere between deciding on stroller options and pediatricians, you also have another choice to make – post-partum birth control. Most new parents aren’t quite ready to jump into another pregnancy just weeks or months after giving birth, so choosing a birth control method after baby arrives is an important decision for new parents. Factors for Choosing a Post-Partum Birth Control There are many factors that will influence the type of birth control that you decide to use post-partum. The amount of time you plan to wait before having another child Whether or not you plan to breastfeed your newborn Convenience Cost Side effects Any reactions to previous birth control methods Health concerns or pre-existing conditions Birth Control Choices for New Mothers Intrauterine Devices (IUD) The IUD is a preferred…

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Why am I being screened for gestational diabetes?

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Pregnancy can take its toll on your body, and your health care provider may offer you many tests and screenings during the three trimesters of pregnancy. One of the most commonly used tests is the screening for gestational diabetes, which measures how your cells are using sugar supplies. Gestational diabetes that is left undiagnosed or untreated can be medically devastating on both you and your baby. Even if you have no prior history of diabetes, or even any signs or symptoms, your body might be reacting differently because of all of the changes and demands that pregnancy puts on it. A healthy pregnancy relies on the placenta to supply increased levels of certain hormones to help you and your developing baby. However, these hormones don’t always allow your body’s natural insulin levels to work, blocking them from doing their job (regulating your blood sugar). When the blood sugar levels are…

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What are Probiotics and Are They Safe during Pregnancy?

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Pregnancy is a time when moms-to-be are full of questions about how to make the safest and best choices for their growing babies. One of the nutritional topics that can be confusing for pregnant moms is regarding probiotics and their role in a healthy diet. If you are pregnant, you should know that probiotics are generally healthy and safe “good” bacteria that offer many benefits. What are Probiotics? Probiotics are actually live bacteria and yeasts that aid in the digestive system. They are considered “good” microorganisms because they exist naturally in many foods and help to reduce the number of “bad” bacteria in your digestive system. It is important to have an appropriate balance of the bacteria within your body in order to avoid and treat conditions including: Diarrhea – especially after treatment with antibiotics which can destroy the “good” bacteria in your digestive system because it doesn’t differentiate between…

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How Can A Pregnant Mother Deal For Heartburn?

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Despite its name, heartburn is not related to your heart. Heartburn is a form of indigestion caused by acid regurgitation into the esophagus. Approximately 20% of Americans suffer from a weekly occurrence of uncomfortable heartburn and it’s common among pregnant women. While occasional heartburn isn’t dangerous, chronic heartburn could lead to other issues. It’s important for a pregnant woman to know and understand heartburn. Is It Important To Treat Heartburn In Pregnancy? This is a more complicated question than it may appear.  People can and do live with heartburn so why not just put up with it until the pregnancy is over.  In pregnancy, heartburn is frequently associated with nausea and vomiting and the combination can have a serious impact on the pregnant mother’s quality of life.  Frequently by reducing heartburn, the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is lessened as well.  This is beneficial for both mother and baby, so treating heartburn is…

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Why Can’t I Clean the Litter Box When Pregnant?

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Caring for a pet is a common occurrence in the lives of many women. The same is true for women who are also pregnant. Unfortunately, among the list of precautions for pregnant moms is a warning to take special care when handling pets, specifically cats. Cat feces poses a threat to both pregnant women and their unborn children. The feces may contain parasites that cause Toxoplasmosis, an infection characterized by flu-like symptoms and is also associated with miscarriages in women and congenital defects and damage to the eyes and brain in babies. Alarmingly, symptoms such as sore throat, tiredness, fever and sore muscles may not be correlated with cat litter exposure or such symptoms may not occur in women; however the effects of Toxoplasmosis in babies are often more dramatic and more common. When caring for a cat, pregnant women should avoid changing the litter box, if possible. If a…

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What Exercises Are Safe During Pregnancy?

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Expecting mothers can typically stay healthy by following a nutritious diet, accompanied by safe exercise during pregnancy. A woman’s body experiences many changes during these nine months and while exercise is a valuable part of staying healthy, there are some precautions to take and restrictions to make during this time. The questions many expectant mothers have during this time include: Is exercise safe during pregnancy? What type of exercise is best during pregnancy? What types of exercise should I avoid during pregnancy? Safe Exercise During Pregnancy Because every woman’s body is different, especially during pregnancy, it is important that the first step you take is to consult with your healthcare provider about the safety of exercising during your pregnancy. Some women with certain health issues, medical histories, and complications during this time might be advised against aspects of physical activity. If you were already a jogger, a swimmer, or an…

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What to Avoid During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant you are probably thinking about the various dos and don’ts when it comes to eating, drinking, medications, and anything else that might affect your growing baby. Alcohol is definitely something that should be avoided during pregnancy as no level of alcohol has been shown to be safe for your baby’s development. Smoking cigarettes and exposure to secondhand smoke also pose dangers to your and your baby’s health, so take steps to quit if you do smoke and try to stay away from others who do. These aren’t the only health risks you have to worry about, though, and some of the following dangers might surprise you. What Else Besides Alcohol and Cigarettes? Heat – Whether it is from the hot tub at the gym or a sauna on vacation, excessive heat should be avoided during pregnancy. In fact, spending as little as…

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Where Can I Find Comfortable Shoes for My Swollen Feet?

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Your abdomen isn’t the only part of your body that will change and expand during your pregnancy. One of the most common complaints of pregnant women is swollen feet. If your feet feel like they have turned into balloons by lunchtime, it’s time to find some comfortable shoes to wear during pregnancy that support your swollen feet. Shopping for Shoes during Pregnancy One of the challenges that pregnant women face when finding comfortable shoes during pregnancy is that their feet can change sizes between the time you put them on in the morning and the time you come home for dinner. Look for shoes that have laces or straps that you can adjust throughout the day. Avoid heels whenever possible. Standing and walking in heels puts added stress on your feet, strain on your ankles, and increases the risks of falls that can be dangerous to you and your baby….

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Can I Still Be a Vegetarian During Pregnancy?

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Dietary concerns are a natural part of pregnancy. It’s not uncommon for women to have specific dietary preferences before pregnancy and have them interrupted by the pregnancy. But it’s not impossible to maintain a diet, close to your pre-pregnancy diet. Specifically, many women ask, “Can I still be a vegetarian during pregnancy?” The short answer is yes, but an expecting mother must pay attention to specific nutrients that may be lacking in her diet due to be a vegetarian. Can a Pregnant Woman Deliver a Healthy Baby If She Is a Vegetarian? There are many good reasons to be a vegetarian.  Vegetarians have lower levels of the bad cholesterol linked to heart disease and tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI). Therefore they less likely to be overweight and develop diabetes.  Vegetarians also have a lower incidence of cancer and their dietary habits result in less pollution and…

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What are the Benefits and Challenges of Home Birth?

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Why Do Women Choose to Have Home Births? Home births offer healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies the chance to deliver their babies in a peaceful, familiar setting. You are attended by a midwife or a doctor, but you are free to move around, to have control over who is present, and to enjoy the comfort of your own home. You and your newborn will also be free of the risks inherent in a hospital setting, such as infectious organisms and treatment errors. For these reasons, the percentage of women who choose home births is rising rapidly. Are Home Births Safe? The statistics say that home births are safe for women who are carefully screened. A 2013 British Medical Journal study of over 146,000 low-risk births found that women who had their babies at home suffered fewer complications than low-risk women who gave birth in hospitals. One important aspect of this research to…

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