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What are the Benefits and Challenges of Home Birth?

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Why Do Women Choose to Have Home Births? Home births offer healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies the chance to deliver their babies in a peaceful, familiar setting. You are attended by a midwife or a doctor, but you are free to move around, to have control over who is present, and to enjoy the comfort of your own home. You and your newborn will also be free of the risks inherent in a hospital setting, such as infectious organisms and treatment errors. For these reasons, the percentage of women who choose home births is rising rapidly. Are Home Births Safe? The statistics say that home births are safe for women who are carefully screened. A 2013 British Medical Journal study of over 146,000 low-risk births found that women who had their babies at home suffered fewer complications than low-risk women who gave birth in hospitals. One important aspect of this research to…

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Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast Infections- Why Are They So Common During Pregnancy?

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A woman’s body goes through tremendous changes during pregnancy, including the increased susceptibility to infections and heightened symptoms of other conditions. As many as 30% of women suffer from bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy, and even more from yeast infections. These two similar conditions should not be left undiagnosed or untreated. What is Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)? Bacterial vaginosis is caused when the normal balance of bacteria in a woman’s vagina is disrupted and too much of certain bacterium grows. During pregnancy there is a dramatic shift in hormones and pH levels, which is why pregnant women can be so susceptible to this condition. There is no one certain point of origin or cause as to why some women suffer from BV, but two of the most common underlying circumstances that could contribute are 1) having multiple sex partners, and 2) douching. Signs and Symptoms of BV Increases in the amount of…

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Should I Avoid Over the Counter Medicines Now That I’m Pregnant?

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Pregnancy is a time of many changes for your body, and one of those is what you can put into your body. Medications taken during pregnancy can sometimes result in birth defects, complications for the mother, low birth weight for the baby, and other significant health issues for both mother and child. Your healthcare provider should discuss with you any prescription medication needs and decisions during pregnancy, but don’t forget to talk with him or her about any use over the counter medications (OTC) for pregnant women that should be avoided. What is an over the counter medication? Over the counter medications, also known as OTCs, include more than the obvious headache and cold medicines. They include such things as: Pain relievers Allergy medications Dietary pills and supplements (even those shakes) Some teas Herbal medications Topical ointments – they are absorbed through the skin and circulate through the bloodstream Vitamins…

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How Do I Tell My Child We’re Having Another Baby?

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A new baby on the way is often a time of great joy and anticipation. For older siblings, however, it can be a time of jealousy, resentment, and even fear. If your only child is about to be joined by a new baby brother or sister and you are worried about how to share the news, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make the announcement as joyful as possible. There are also many ways you can help your child feel important, valued, and excited about the adventure of being an older sibling. Tell Your Child He Is Going to Be a Big Brother or She a Big Sister Unless you are 100% certain, without a doubt confident, that your older child is more excited to bring home another baby than you are, don’t begin by asking your child what he or she thinks about the…

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Keeping CRP levels low

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Recently, some well-designed studies have pointed out a link between increased maternal inflammation and a negative impact on infant brain development during pregnancy.  We can track inflammation with a blood test called CRP and in Finland a very large study indicated that high CRP blood levels during pregnancy could impair emotional development later in childhood.  How do mothers keep CRP levels low?  The answer is straight forward: Don’t smoke Keep your teeth in good shape, floss and brush regularly Eat lots of fruits and veggies Exercise 40 minutes 5 days a week Avoid deep fried foods These simple good habits will give your child a “head” start.

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5 Books Expectant Mothers Should Read

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Even though nothing can prepare you like experience, sometimes books are the best back-up teachers you can have. During your pregnancy you are likely to have questions, concerns, and just wonder if you’re the only woman who has experienced such symptoms. There are some amazing books that are there to reassure you, show you the humor in it all, teach you about your pregnancy, and prepare you for beyond the birth. If you’re pregnant there are 5 books (at least!) that you should find the time to read. While What to Expect When Your Expecting is a comprehensive guide on many moms’ shelves, there are a few other options worth noting. Comprehensive Books to Read about Pregnancy and Birth The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, by experts from the Mayo Clinic This is a comprehensive, medically sound and respected guide to pregnancy. Some of the highlights are week-by-week…

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Can I Have Sex During Pregnancy?

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Intercourse is most likely the activity that led to your pregnancy, but some couples wonder if that is one of the last times they will experience intimacy for a long time. For healthy couples experiencing healthy pregnancies, sex during pregnancy is not a risky behavior. In fact, many couples experience a new level of intimacy and several benefits of sex during pregnancy. Sex During the First Trimester of Pregnancy Even though your outside appearance is probably the same, your newly pregnant body is undergoing several changes that might affect your sex drive. The rush of hormones, the increase in fatigue, and the possible morning sickness might just be enough to cause you to want to say No more than Yes. There might also be new emotions and stresses for you and your partner as you both adjust to the new roles you are embarking upon as parents. Some worry about…

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How Much Does a Baby Cost?

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How Does the Cost for Hospital Delivery Compare with Delivery at a Birth Center? The US government organization, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Utilization Project offers the following hospital cost statistics: Vaginal birth no complications – $9,617 to $10,657 Vaginal birth with complications – $12,532 to $13,749 C-section no complication – $15,799 to $17,859 C-section with complications – $21,495 – $23,923 The American Association of Birth Centers claims that the cost for a vaginal delivery at a birth center is $2,777. How much will it cost to raise my child? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2012 Expenditures on Children by Families reports that parents with an annual household income between $59,410 and $102,870 can expect to spend $295,560 per child born in 2011 until the age of 17; while parents with an annual household income of less than $59,410 can expect to spend $169,080 per…

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How does stress affect my baby?

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How does stress affect my baby? Not all stress is created equal. Some stress is psychological and other stress is physical. Stress is a continuum as it can vary from everyday occurrences to life-threatening events. Many expectant mothers “stress out” about preparing for their new baby. Although, it is annoying, this stress is generally harmless.  Most physical stress, such as the enlarged abdomen of a pregnant woman is quite common and also generally harmless.  Still yet, if pain, depression or trouble sleeping accompanies stress, it should be monitored and reported to a doctor. Extreme stress is harmful as it can lead to high blood pressure and damage to major organs. Stress can be measured by elevations in the stress hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine. As well, stress typically leads to increased cortisol production.  Prolonged exposure to these stress hormones affect the nervous system and immune system and have been implicated in…

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What are the best options for post-partum birth control?

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You’ve just welcomed your new baby and you’re already anticipating all of those memories you’re going to make as a family. Somewhere between deciding on stroller options and pediatricians, you also have another choice to make – post-partum birth control. Most new parents aren’t quite ready to jump into another pregnancy just weeks or months after giving birth, so choosing a birth control method after baby arrives is an important decision for new parents. Factors for Choosing a Post-Partum Birth Control There are many factors that will influence the type of birth control that you decide to use post-partum. The amount of time you plan to wait before having another child Whether or not you plan to breastfeed your newborn Convenience Cost Side effects Any reactions to previous birth control methods Health concerns or pre-existing conditions Birth Control Choices for New Mothers Intrauterine Devices (IUD) The IUD is a preferred…

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