If you are a woman with low vitamin D levels, taking a supplement may increase your ability to get pregnant. But recent research suggests that too much vitamin D actually may be harmful. Find out what you need to know about finding the right dose of vitamin D to aid fertility.
While it might be fun to compare your changing body with other expecting mothers, it’s important to know that what you look like on the outside cannot determinethe state of the growing fetus on the inside.
Researchers were recently surprised to discover that melanoma (a serious form of skin cancer) is even more of a threat if you are pregnant or recently had a baby.
The term “high-risk pregnancy” sounds frightening. But the good news is that healthy behaviors and early testing can help you stay out in front of problems with your pregnancy. You actually have a chance to reduce some of those “high risks.” A high-risk pregnancy usually has at least one out of these issues: A disease the mother already … Read More
It’s flu season — time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. “Getting vaccinated against influenza every year is a proactive way for an individual to maintain their own health and the health of their family. Influenza vaccine is safe and the best way to prevent the flu,” says infectious disease physician Thomas … Read More
U.S. women are waiting longer to have their first child, a new study says. But while first-time older mothers face increased health risks, they can improve their outlook by adopting healthy habits. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a study recently that showed the first birth rate for women in their late 30s and older has been … Read More
One of the newest advances in fertility treatment — retrieving and freezing eggs — can give a woman better odds for starting a family later in life. That’s because life doesn’t always cooperate with a woman’s plans for motherhood. Fertility begins to decline early 30s and drops rapidly in the late 30s and 40s. The … Read More
There’s no use crying over spilled milk. But, with the proper planning, you can prevent wasting any breast milk you’ve pumped to nourish your little one. How long is it good? What containers should I store it in? What’s the best way to thaw it? We’ve got all of your questions covered.
Two new studies may make you more cautious about using medication to ease those pregnancy aches and pain. Researchers have found developmental problems in some children whose mothers were heavy users of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) during their pregnancies. It’s important to note that numerous studies have consistently shown acetaminophen to be safe to use during … Read More
My patients and other pregnant women with yeast infections have been wary of taking the anti-fungal medicine fluconazole (brand name Diflucan®). The concern stems from a 2011 FDA report that it may cause birth defects in high doses if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, if you’re pregnant or a new mom, and … Read More