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Vaginal checks during labor, used to determine cervical dilation and the progression of labor, is one of the most dreaded and uncomfortable procedures for a laboring woman.  Vaginal exams can also increase the risk of infection as bacteria is forced toward the cervix, especially after the membranes have ruptured.  For low risk labors, vaginal exams [...]

6 Date Fruit Per Day…

November 20th, 2012

If you are in your last few weeks of pregnancy, I have some news for you!
Did you know that eating 6 date fruit per day for the last 4 weeks of pregnancy could have an impact on your labor?  A 2008 study at Jordan University of Science and Technology indicates that women who consume dates [...]

When a woman becomes pregnant and the embryo implants into the lining of the uterus, the trophoblast cells give off a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG).  In standard pregnancy tests, hCG is detected and causes a reaction, resulting in a positive or negative result.
The same trophoblast cells also exist in malignant cancer (specifically [...]

Postpartum Breast Cancer

October 15th, 2012

A breast cancer diagnosis is rare if you are a woman 45 years of age or under.  However, of the 25,000 cases of breast cancer in women in this age bracket, one-third of them are postpartum mothers.  For unknown reasons, the risk of breast cancer goes up in the first five years postpartum.
“It’s likely that [...]

The placenta, the organ responsible for for nourishing your baby and regulating maternal-fetal interactions, may be a contributing factor in a child’s autism diagnosis.
“There is increasing evidence implicating the placenta in autism risk. For example, abnormal inclusions of trophoblasts, the cells that comprise the placenta, are found more frequently in placentas from [...]

In a report published this week, a child born to a mother with a thin placenta has twice the risk of sudden cardiac death later in life.  The study looked at birth records from Finland from the years 1934-1944.
“The researchers looked at cases of sudden cardiac death that occurred outside hospitals. They found that [...]

A newly published study concludes that some familial breast cancers are caused from maternal diet during pregnancy and affects the health of daughters, granddaughters and even great-granddaughters.  When an expecting mothers has a diet of excess fats and estrogen, it changes the DNA methylation patterns in the fetus’ breast tissue and fetal germ cells, making [...]

The following is a guest post from, a site committed to helping consumers stay informed about prescription drugs and medical devices that could negatively impact your health.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is diagnosed in 50 percent of women during their lifetime. It is usually diagnosed during menopause, when decreasing estrogen levels cause tissues to [...]

What’s A Few Weeks?

July 17th, 2012

Many pregnant women, antsy due to the aches and discomforts of late pregnancy, wish they would just go into labor when they hit the 37-week mark. Chances are, they aren’t sleeping well, they are going to the bathroom every time they sneeze, and they may have the discomforts of sciatic or back pain.  It’s understandable; [...]

When we discuss postpartum depression or hear about it in the media, it is always in reference to a mother’s mood disorder.  Because of this, when fathers have a hard time dealing with the challenges of becoming a father and become depressed, it is often undiagnosed and left untreated.  All too often, new dads feel [...]

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