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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Getting and Staying Active


Why should I exercise? Exercise—being physically active—is very important for all women. Being active can help you: Lose or maintain weight Have more energy Sleep better Enjoy sex more Relieve stress and think better Lower the chance you will have heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes Strengthen your bones and muscles Have fewer hot flashes if you are older  …

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What is a Urinary Tract Infection?


Spanish Version What is a urinary tract infection? A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in one of the parts of your body where urine is made, stored, or passed out of your body. UTIs are very common in women. About 1 in 2 women will have a UTI in their life. Where can a UTI occur? The urinary…

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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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March for Moms: Five Questions for Dr. Neel Shah


There are a lot of marches these days…do we really need a march for moms? The past few months have brought the world a lot of shocking news. One positive consequence of these are uncertain times is that it has stoked a fire of activism in the United States in a way that we have not been seen in decades.…

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