How Serious is Postpartum Depression and Psychosis?

Some people have questioned the validity of medical diagnoses of postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis. These mental health conditions arise in some women after they deliver a child. Actress Brooke Shields, convicted murderer Andrea Yates, and now suicide victim Cynthia Wachenheim have made international news due to their apparent postpartum struggles. Wachenheim killed herself earlier […]
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Facts About Smoking and Fertility

Smoking and fertility just don’t go together. This scientific fact applies to both men and women. Smoking cigarettes or marijuana dramatically reduces a couple’s chance of conceiving a healthy baby. A University of Buffalo study shows that male smokers have a 75 percent less chance of having the healthy sperm count needed for conception than […]
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Facts About Premature Babies

One of an expectant mother’s worst nightmares is probably delivering her baby too early. In previous generations, delivering a baby even weeks early equaled a very dismal outlook for the child even if he survived. Modern medical wisdom still hopes that each expectant mother will carry her baby for about 9 months before delivery, but […]
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What Remedies Will Help Pregnancy Morning Sickness?

“Morning sickness” is nausea and vomiting as a result of hormonal changes during a woman’s pregnancy. However, this type of illness does not just happen in the morning hours. An expectant mother may feel nauseous or vomit any time of the day or night. Too much vomiting during pregnancy can put both mother and child […]
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What Are Some Early Symptoms of Pregnancy?

In the United States alone, about 6 million women each year become pregnant and nearly two-thirds of those pregnancies result in live births. Some women do not realize they are pregnant and delay or even neglect getting prenatal care. Many birth defects and pregnancy-related illnesses can be prevented with early detection of pregnancy along with […]
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