How Serious is a Bladder Infection During Pregnancy, and How Did I Get It?

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Bladder infections, during pregnancy can have serious consequences. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a urinary tract infection, UTI, see your caregiver.

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy: Alcohol, Opiates and Meth–Will My Drug Addiction Hurt My Baby?

Get the help you need now, and your baby will thank you later. Image by Decoded Pregnancy, all rights reserved.

Expectant mothers who suffer from drug and/or alcohol dependency can seek treatment for their addiction, benefiting both mother and unborn child.

Preemies Benefit From Probiotics: Prevent Necrotising Enterocolitis

Researchers have investigated the benefits of lactobacillus and other probiotics for preemies.  Image by Bob Blaylock

The digestive tracts of preemies, or premature infants, aren’t mature, and they can develop NEC as a result. Research has found that probiotics can help.

Will You Reduce Your Baby’s Risk of Autism By Getting a Flu Shot During Pregnancy?

Can the flu shot prevent autism? According to the Mayo Clinic it can. Image by the CDC.

The Mayo Clinic says the use of the flu shot, a Class C drug, in pregnancy will reduce your baby’s risk of developing autism; the research cited may not support this conclusion.

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Eat Healthy: Your High Cholesterol Could Pass To Your Baby

Mom's high cholesterol levels could mean baby will have high cholesterol as an adult, new study finds. Image by Karen Lefebvre

Women who had high cholesterol before pregnancy are more likely to have children who grow up to have unhealthy cholesterol levels as adults.

Prenatal Corticosteriods to Delay Labor: Safe For Babies?

Premature babies are often faced with short and/or long term health problems. Image by ceejayoz

Doctors may prescribe prenatal corticosteroids to delay preterm labor; new research shows that multiple doses don’t pose additional harm to the baby.

Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy: Don’t Touch That Litter Box!

One way to prevent getting this parasite is by washing your hands with soap and water. Image by Maria Francia & Boris Striepen, University of Georgia.

When you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to do is go near a litter box. Not just because of the smell: Toxoplasmosis is a danger to you and your baby.

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How to De-Stress During Pregnancy: Relaxed Mom, Calm Baby

Calm Mom, Calm Baby.  Image by Cristina Fox

Studies have shown that the Mom’s moods affect her developing fetus; both benefit from regular relaxation practice to reduce stress during pregnancy.

What Does The Umbilical Cord Connect To? All About the BellyButton

A baby's umbilical cord is more complex than you'd think! Image by Gray's Anatomy.

Ever wanted to know what your bellybutton is for? What happens in the umbilical cord before and after the baby is born? It’s all connected to the placenta.

Pregnant and Depressed or Anxious: To Medicate or Not to Medicate?

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Therapy, hypnosis, family counseling and medication: When you’re pregnant and depressed or anxious, what is the best option for you and your baby?