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Baby Growth Spurts

Parents know when something is “off” with their child. Baby suddenly gets extra fussy, or seems to be hungry all the time, or isn’t sleeping like he or she used to. Maybe it’s a combination of these factors. Either way, things are not quite right with your baby. Before you panic and call the pediatrician, […]

High Chair Hygiene

Meal times are a time of learning and exploration for babies and toddlers. Not only are they exposed to a variety of new textures, but to tastes and smells as well. While your baby is still eating purees from the spoon, fewer messes are to be expected; once he or she graduates to finger or […]

My Baby Has Hiccups!

Hiccups can be a big worry for many pregnant women and new moms. Why does their baby have them? Is their baby in pain from them? What can they do about them? Rest assured, most of the time the baby is not in pain, and the mother is more bothered by the fact that the […]

The Purpose of Amniotic Fluid and Amniotic Sac

What is amniotic fluid and what is it’s purpose? Also referred to as the “bag of waters”, the most pregnant women generally know about it is that about the time labor begins their amniotic sac will break, or be broken by their midwife or doctor, causing the start of the delivery process. They don’t however […]

Preeclampsia

A woman’s prenatal appointments generally start off all the same. Your carer will weigh you, ask you for a urine sample and take your blood pressure. For most women these things are routine and the results of them are never discussed. However occasionally they can forewarn your doctor or midwife that there might be a […]

Loose Stools

What is the opposite of constipation? Loose stools are little talked about, but quite common part of pregnancy. Pregnant women everywhere will complain about how constipated they are, but they rarely mention when they are having loose stools, either out of relief, or embarrassment. Why do some women have loose stools? In most pregnancies, women […]

What is the Linea Negra?

Also known as the linea nigra, the linea negra is a dark line that forms down the middle of some women’s bellies as their pregnancy progresses. The line is normally about a centimeter in width, and can run from the pubic bone to the bottom of the rib cage in some women. Linea negra is […]

Itching During Pregnancy

Pregnancy itching can range from a slight to severe, can be caused by many different things, and can affect many different areas on a woman’s body. Itching during pregnancy is quite normal. The most common cause is dry skin, also known as xerosis, which can be caused by not staying well hydrated. Xerosis can be […]

Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe?

Pregnancy can be a scary thing, especially when it is the first pregnancy for a woman and her partner. One of the most frequently asked questions is whether the parents having sex during pregnancy is safe for the growing baby. In most cases, the answer is yes. Your baby is growing in your uterus, which […]

Increases and Decreases in Your Appetite

During pregnancy it is likely for your appetite to wax and wane. You may find yourself overeating, or under eating on any given day. While this can be the “norm” during pregnancy, it isn’t necessarily good for you or your baby. During the first trimester, especially if you are dealing with morning sickness, you might […]

How Folate Can Help Prevent Birth Defects

This article originally appeared in the July 1996 FDA Consumer and contains revisions made in February 1999. The article is no longer being updated. For the most recent information on this topic, go to the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s “Information for Women Who Are Pregnant” Web page.  by Paula Kurtzweil If you […]

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn can pop its ugly head up at anytime during pregnancy. It is more common later in pregnancy, but many women feel it in the first trimester as well. What causes it? What can be done to help relieve it?. When a woman gets pregnant, her placenta starts producing more of the hormone progesterone than […]

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