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What to know about high blood pressure during pregnancy

What to know about high blood pressure during pregnancy

A woman can develop high blood pressure, or hypertension, at any point during pregnancy. High blood pressure is affecting more and more pregnant women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of pregnant women who developed high blood pressure in the United States almost doubled between 1993 and 2014. High […]

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Second trimester pains: What to expect

Second trimester pains: What to expect

Although all pregnancies are different, certain symptoms tend to occur in each trimester. For some women, the second trimester means the end of morning sickness and fatigue, but it also means the onset of specific types of pain. Pregnancy consists of three trimesters. The second trimester lasts from weeks 13 to 28. In this article, […]

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What causes itchy nipples while breastfeeding?

Itchy nipples are a common complaint, especially in the initial weeks of breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the causes of itchy nipples and breasts while breastfeeding, including thrush, a bad latch, contact dermatitis, and the let-down reflex. We also cover how to get relief at home and when to see a doctor.

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Are Epsom salt baths safe during pregnancy?

Are Epsom salt baths safe during pregnancy?

Taking an Epsom salt bath may be an effective and safe way for pregnant people to ease aches and pains. Epsom salt is a crystallized form of magnesium sulfate. People who use Epsom salt as a home remedy believe that their body absorbs some of these minerals. In this article, learn about the benefits of […]

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Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children’s pesticide-related autism risk. In the study, children whose mothers took 800 or more micrograms of folic acid (the amount in most prenatal vitamins) had a significantly lower risk of developing autism […]

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Advances in fetal medicine outstrip abortion law reform, Australia

Advances in fetal medicine outstrip abortion law reform, Australia

Developments in the detection of fetal abnormalities have outstripped Australia’s patchworked abortion laws, creating barriers to access for women, according to the authors of an editorial published online by the Medical Journal of Australia. “Medicare-funded diagnosis of fetal abnormality is now routinely offered to all pregnant Australian women – with the implication that a woman […]