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  • Pregnancy: Hemorrhoids and Constipation

  • Sex During Pregnancy

    If your pregnancy is progressing without problems, it's okay to have vaginal intercourse. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns or questions. Sex during the first trimester will not cause problems. Having sex won't harm your developing baby (fetus). The fetus floats in amniotic fluid that acts as a...

  • Travel During Pregnancy

    Travel during pregnancy generally is safe if you're healthy and not at risk for problems. The safest time to travel is between 14 and 28 weeks, when your risks for miscarriage and early labor are lowest. Check with your doctor before you travel. Ask your doctor which vaccines you may...

  • Exercise During Pregnancy

    Exercise is good for healthy pregnant women who are receiving prenatal care. Try to do at least 2½ hours a week of moderate exercise. One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. It's fine to be active in blocks...

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    What is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)? Sometimes a baby who seems healthy dies during sleep. If this happens to a healthy baby younger than 1 year old, it's called sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. In most cases, a parent or caregiver places the baby down to sleep and...

  • Labor Induction and Augmentation

    If you pass your due date and your labor does not start on its own, your doctor may want to try to start (induce) labor. Your doctor may suggest doing this for other reasons. It may be a good idea to induce labor if you have another problem. For example,...

  • Pregnancy: Nosebleeds and Bleeding Gums

    Some women get nosebleeds when they are pregnant. That's because there is more blood flow to the tissue inside the nose (mucous membranes) when you are pregnant. There are things you can do to help prevent nosebleeds, such as using a humidifier. You also have more blood flow to the...

  • Nutrition During Pregnancy

    Your nutrition needs increase during pregnancy. Your body needs protein, carbohydrate, and fats for energy. Good sources of these nutrients include: Lean protein. Examples include fish that are low in mercury, poultry without skin, low-fat milk products, and beans and peas (legumes). Fish that are low in mercury include...

  • Paget's Disease of Bone

    What is Paget's disease of bone? Paget's disease is a problem of abnormal bone growth. It may affect just one bone, but it usually affects more than one. In normal bone, the bone tissue is constantly being broken down, absorbed into the body, and then rebuilt with new cells. In...

  • Hidden Gluten

    Gluten is a protein found in some grains, notably wheat, barley, and rye. Some foods and food products may contain gluten even when it is not specifically listed as an ingredient. The following foods and food products may have hidden gluten: Milk products Ice cream and other frozen dairy products...


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