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Archive for July 2018

Miscarriage

About 10-20% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage spontaneously, that is, without a known cause.  It is a recurring medical concern for some women that many providers don’t address, and both men and women are often left wondering if they did something wrong and blame themselves for it occurring. Many people do not know how…

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Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Eating well-balanced meals is important at all times, but it is especially essential when you are pregnant. There are crucial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your developing baby needs. Most foods are safe, however, there are some foods that you should avoid during pregnancy. Raw Meat, Deli Meat, Fish with mercury (shark, swordfish, king mackerel,…

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Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants anywhere outside of the inner lining of the uterus. While the fallopian tubes are the most common location for an ectopic pregnancy, it can also implant in the abdominal cavity or cervix. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), ectopic pregnancies occur in about 1…

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Prenatal Vitamins

Prenatal vitamins include of a variety of vitamins and minerals that help your baby get the nutrients that are essential for healthy development. During pregnancy, a woman’s daily intake requirements for certain nutrients, such as folic acid (folate), calcium, and iron will increase. Vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and folic acid are vital…

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Rh Incompatibility

Rh incompatibility can occur when a mother’s Rh factor is negative and her fetus’s Rh factor is positive. Rh factor is a protein on red blood cells and is indicated after a person’s blood type as being either positive or negative. For example, if a woman’s blood type is AB- then she has a negative…

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Caloric Intake During Pregnancy

Recent studies are showing that only 1/3 of women are gaining the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, with 21% gaining too little, and 48% gaining too much. It is generally recommended that, in the first trimester, no additional calories are required per day, during the second trimester 340 additional calories are recommended per day,…

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