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You can drink until the line on the pregnancy test is pink, your girlfriends say. Sounds catchy and you like not putting your life on hold until the magic moment of conception occurs. But you wonder: Are there reasons not to drink alcohol while you’re trying, and hoping, to become pregnant? As with all health decisions, consider the evidence so you can make an informed choice that you can live with later. Here’s what you should know: Does drinking affect my fe

You may think vaccines are just for babies and children but vaccines are an important strategy for staying healthy your whole life. Vaccines stimulate our immune systems to create antibodies against diseases that can cause serious illness, especially at certain times of our lives—like pregnancy and as we age.As adults, we need vaccines, especially if we didn’t get all of them as children. We may need to repeat some vaccines because immunity can fade over time. And, we may get u

How To Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome Holding an inconsolable baby is stressful, and it’s during these times you may be tempted to move from rocking and cradling to shaking when baby doesn’t respond to your efforts to soothe her.Shaken Baby Syndrome happens when a baby’s head is shocked from being shaken so violently that baby can die or be permanently disabled. This can happen in as little as 5 seconds of shaking. Caring for an Incons

Is Alcohol In Pregnancy Safe? When it comes to drinking in pregnancy, you may be hearing mixed messages. You may have heard that there’s no safe time during pregnancy to drink, and no safe amount or type of alcohol. But still you wonder, how could a glass of wine every so often really be harmful?As with all decisions in pregnancy, you should understand the facts behind the advice. Several national studies have shown that the women who are most likely to drink alcohol dur

Are you considering scheduling your baby’s birth? You have friends who have asked for inductions to help with busy family schedules, but you’ve also heard that they can lead to increased complications and even cesarean birth.Fact is, when all is going well, waiting for labor to start by itself has definite advantages for you and your baby.Babies develop on their own timetables, learning to roll over, stand, walk and talk when they’re ready. Similarly, your baby has

STREP (GBS)? GBS is a common bacteria. In healthy people it generally doesn’t cause symptoms or illness. About 1 in 5 pregnant women have GBS in their intestine, rectum or vagina near the time of birth.SO WHAT’S THE RISK OF GBS IN PREGNANCY? The main risk is that if you have GBS you could pass it to your baby during birth. Newborns can’t fight infections like adults. GBS can cause pneumonia or infections in the blood. About 1 in 6 babies who get a GBS infection will hav

Are you considering induction? Inducing labor is common—but experts agree that unless it’s for a medical reason, induction is risky and best avoided.In recent years there has been a movement to wait to induce labor without medical reasons until at least the 39th week—which is 1 week before your due date. But most women won’t go into labor on their own until their due date or a week or so after, and there are many advantages for both women and babies of waiting until

Are you considering scheduling your baby’s birth? You have friends who have asked for inductions to help with busy family schedules, but you’ve also heard that they can lead to increased complications and even cesarean birth.Fact is, when all is going well, waiting for labor to start by itself has definite advantages for you and your baby. Babies develop on their own timetables, learning to roll over, stand, walk and talk when they’re ready. Similarly, your baby has h

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