Archive for the ‘Women’s Health’ Category

Folic Acid Fortification Reduces Birth Defects

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Fortifying the U.S. food supply with the B vitamin folic acid has helped to decrease the number of birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs) since it became mandatory to do so, new research suggests. According to a study appearing in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, there has been a 19 percent decrease in NTDs since mandatory fortification began.

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Nutrition and Pregnancy

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Being a clinical dietitian and currently seven months pregnant, nutrition during pregnancy is very important to me. Nutrition is the one big way we can help determine pregnancy outcome (that along with proper weight gain). After suffering the loss of my first at 16 weeks and now wanting to do everything possible to prevent this from happening again, I have been studying pre-natal nutrition. Here are the basics and the most important things to consider:

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Ovary Grafts Onto Forearms Produce Eggs

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Some women wear their heart on their sleeve. And others may keep something a little more exotic there.

New York scientists say they’ve enabled two infertile women to produce eggs by grafting their ovary tissue under the skin of their forearms. Radiation for cervical cancer had made one woman, aged 35, sterile, and surgery for benign ovarian cysts resulted in sterility for the second woman, 37.

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Study Faults Too-Early Home Pregnancy Tests

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Finds One Chance in 10 of False Negative

A negative result on a home pregnancy test can be misleading if it’s done very early, a government study finds.

In a study of 221 women, 10 percent of the negative readings of tests on the first day of a missed period turned out to be wrong, says a report in the Oct. 10 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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How Long Should I wait to Exercise Postpartum?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Q: After my baby is born, how long should I wait to start exercising? Also, I plan to breast-feed; will this make a difference? I’ve heard that breast milk tastes bitter to the baby after the mother works out. (more…)

Pre-labor or the Slow-start Labor

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Some labors seem to take forever to get started! Contractions may come and go for many hours or even days before the cervix begins to open. This type of labor is oftentimes more discouraging and tiring than it is painful. Before a cervix can dilate, it must move forward, soften and thin. This most often takes place in the weeks prior to labor, but sometimes it happens only when the contractions are felt, causing the mother to consider herself to be in labor a little longer. (more…)

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Getting Started

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Perhaps you have consciously planned your lovemaking for months in the hopes of getting pregnant but to no avail. You or your spouse have subsequently been diagnosed with infertility and you are contemplating seeking the help of a fertility specialist. Or, perhaps you and your spouse are considering having a fertility work-up or are wondering what might be in store for you if you elect to pursue fertility treatment. Whatever your exact set of circumstances, if you are here, you want information on choosing a fertility specialist, you want to better understand the process of fertility treatment, and you want to be better prepared to manage your treatment options.
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STD Related Infertility

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ah… Venus, the Goddess of Love. The name speaks of love, and the origin for the dreaded words “venereal disease.” Two words no sane human wants to hear.

The name speaks of love, and the origin for the dreaded words “venereal disease.” Two words no sane human wants to hear.

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Exercising During Pregnancy

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Pregnancy is an exciting time, and many women wonder: is it okay to keep up my exercise routine? This article discusses the role of exercise and some safety precautions during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, a lot of changes occur in your body. If you are used to exercising you may wonder if it’s okay to continue, or you may have been thinking about starting to exercise to better prepare yourself for labor.
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Planning For a Natural Childbirth

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

There are things an expectant mother can to to help prepare herself for natural childbirth. Learn how journaling, self-hypnosis, perineal massage, and other techniques can help.

“I am in awe of anyone who gives birth without drugs. I don’t know how you do it!” – Kim Cohen, a new mother who received an epidural during labor

A woman’s uterus is beautifully equipped to push a baby out without chemical assistance. Yet 75-90% of American women today receive painkillers during childbirth. Many hospitals even consider epidurals routine in the practice of labor and delivery. (more…)