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Preconception Health and Why It Matters

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The stage before a woman becomes pregnant is known as preconception, and if she is hoping to become pregnant, then staying healthy is very important during this stage. Preconception health includes understanding risk factors that could affect you and your baby if you become pregnant. It also includes learning how certain health conditions you may have can affect pregnancy and …

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Gestational Diabetes: Diagnosis & Treatment

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What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes, or diabetes during pregnancy, affects between and 2 and 10 percent of pregnancies in the United States. Insulin is a hormone that enables sugar in the bloodstream to enter the cells of the body, where it is used as a source of energy. During pregnancy, the placenta releases a hormone that makes a mother …

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Smoking and Its Dangerous Effects on Pregnancy

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It’s well known now that smoking is unhealthy for anyone and everyone, but the magnitude to which it affects a mother and child before and during pregnancy is more severe than many realize. Babies born to mothers who smoke can be born prematurely, have birth defects, and even die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Furthermore, smoking isn’t the end …