Taking Care of Your Health


In all the bustle of taking care of everything—and everybody else, women sometimes forget to take care of themselves. This handout lists the schedule for recommended health checks, tests, and vaccinations for women who are at average risk for most diseases. These charts are guidelines only. Your health care provider may suggest more frequent testing if you have a family…

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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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Thinking of quitting smoking? Want some help? Join Others July 10 on Facebook!


Join 30 Smokefree Days, a 30-day quit smoking event on Facebook providing a built-in community of people like you who want a healthier life! From July 10 to August 9, you’ll get free access to mobile quit apps, tips, “quitspiration” posts, and video streams from experts to help you overcome challenges and meet your goal of becoming smokefree. RSVP at…

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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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Preventing Osteoporosis


What is osteoporosis? When the bones in your body lose calcium, they become thin and may break more easily. This is called osteoporosis. When osteoporosis is severe, bones may become so weak that they break during everyday activities such as bending over or walking. Bones are hard. How can they become weak? Calcium is stored in your bones. Your body…

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What Is Hepatitis?


Hepatitis is the term for several diseases that cause the liver to be inflamed (swollen). The most common types of hepatitis are A, B, and C. These types of hepatitis are caused by 3 different viruses. Hepatitis A is called “infectious hepatitis.” You can get it by eating food that has not been washed or handled properly or by drinking…

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Planning Your Family: Developing a Reproductive Life Plan


What is a reproductive life plan? A reproductive life plan is a guide for you to follow as you look ahead and plan your family. It is a set of goals you set for yourself about whether or not to have children, when you want to have children, and under what conditions you would like to have children. The plan…

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Why Does Having a Healthy Mouth Matter?


Keeping your mouth clean and healthy is an important part of having a healthy body. Over time, your teeth build up plaque and bacteria that cause irritation to the gums. These plaques can cause infection in your gums and the bones that support your teeth. This is called periodontal disease. Having periodontal disease can cause other problems in your body.…

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