Browsing Category : Pregnancy

Zika: What We Know


What We Know Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sexwithout a condom with someone infected by Zika, even if that person does not show symptoms of Zika. There…

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Staying Healthy on a Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy


Why Choose a Vegetarian Diet? You may choose a vegetarian diet for many reasons. You may not want to harm animals. You may have political reasons for not eating meat. You may feel that not eating meat is healthier. Or you may avoid meat for religious reasons. Is It Possible to Stay Healthy Without Eating Meat? The American Dietetic Association…

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Marijuana, Pregnancy & Breastmilk: Getting Closer to Answers


By Sonia Alvarado, MotherToBaby California Teratogen Information Specialist Spanish Version I wrote a blog about marijuana and pregnancy three years ago and it’s become the most visited blog on the MotherToBaby website. No surprise, considering that marijuana is an even hotter topic today than it was previously! Three years ago, two states had laws allowing recreational use. Now, 29 states allow medicinal…

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Whooping Cough Making a Comeback — Vaccination is Key


Another fitful night. A mom is awake, listening to her baby cough and trying to comfort him. She will be too worried to sleep tonight. For the past four days, her baby has had trouble eating, drinking, and sleeping because of this awful cough. Tomorrow, she will miss another day of work to care for him. She wonders wearily when…

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Help Protect Babies from Whooping Cough


Whooping cough is a serious disease that can cause babies to stop breathing. You can help protect babies from whooping cough by getting your vaccine and making sure your baby gets vaccinated. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a very contagious disease that is most serious for babies. People with whooping cough usually spread the disease by coughing or sneezing while…

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Making Sense of Preeclampsia Tests


Preeclampsia, in all of its forms, can mean a lot of testing, both during and after pregnancy. Have you ever wondered why your healthcare provider is running so many tests? Or what those tests mean? This guide explains what tests may be done during and after pregnancy, when, and why. DURING PREGNANCY Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can…

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Preconception And Pregnancy: Special Issues


Most women have a very good chance of experiencing a healthy journey through conception and pregnancy. But sometimes, special issues arise that call for extra care and informed decisions. Don’t be afraid to discuss these issues with your health care provider. Your midwife can be an invaluable source of information and support as you work through your unique challenges. Infertility…

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Preparing for Birth and Motherhood


It’s never too early to start preparing for birth and motherhood. Learning as much as you can now will help you feel more confident in making decisions like selecting a health care provider, choosing where to give birth, and finding a childbirth education class. Caring for Yourself Pregnancy is an excellent time to prioritize taking care of yourself. It is…

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Pregnancy 101


For the majority of women, pregnancy is a normal, healthy, low-risk life event. Midwives view pregnancy and birth as normal life events during which you need special attention, support, guidance, and care to prevent problems. For most women pregnancy is a time of wellness. It is a time of change when you and your baby should be supported so you…

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