Browsing Category : Pregnancy

Alcohol and Pregnancy: Tips on Why and How to Stop Drinking Alcohol


Drinking alcohol during pregnancy: what are the risks to the baby? A mother’s drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and a range of physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities for the baby that can last a lifetime. These disabilities are known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Some of the behavioral and intellectual disabilities of people with FASDs include:…

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Smoking & Women’s Health: Learn the Facts


Tobacco smoking, in particular, cigarette smoking, remains the leading preventable cause of death among American women and poses one of the most significant threats to public health. 11 Harmful Effects of Smoking on Women’s Health Smoking also causes the following health problems for women who smoke: Decreased bone density Women who have gone through menopause and who smoke have lower…

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Morning Sickness and Nausea During Pregnancy


Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (also known as morning sickness) is a common condition of early pregnancy.1 The symptoms are usually more common in the morning, but may occur at any time during the day (hence the name ‘morning sickness’).1 It is estimated that up to 80% of women experience nausea or vomiting during pregnancy, with symptoms usually starting at…

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What is Folic Acid and Why do You Need It?


January 3-9 is Folic Acid Awareness Week, but folic acid should be part of a healthy lifestyle every day. You can start the New Year off right by taking a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of the B-vitamin, folic acid, every day. Your body uses folic acid every day to stay healthy. Think you are getting all of the vitamins…

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