Pregnancy

2:45pm

Wed October 2, 2013
The Salt

Fish Guidelines For Pregnant Women May Be Too Strict, Study Suggests

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:22 pm

In a study of 4,000 pregnant women, fish accounted for only 7 percent of blood mercury levels.
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The health benefits of eating fish are pretty well-known. A lean source of protein, fish can be a rich source of healthful omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to benefit heart, eye and brain health.

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9:34am

Mon September 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

To Succeed At Breast-Feeding, Most New Moms Could Use Help

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 6:58 am

That's how it's supposed to work. But for most new moms, breast-feeding doesn't come easily, a study finds.
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The majority of new mothers try to breast-feed. But it's not easy.

Only 13 percent manage to breast-feed exclusively for the six months that are recommended for a baby's health. And, as you might expect, the moms who have trouble with breast-feeding in the first week with a new baby are the ones most likely to give up, a study finds.

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10:10am

Thu July 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Midwives Have Become Critical In War Zones

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 5:24 pm

A midwife holds a newborn at Rabia Balkhi Women's Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Jonathan Saruk International Medical Corps

In a conflict zone, getting the basics — food, water, shelter — is a constant challenge. And it likely involves being on the move.

Now imagine pregnancy. There might not be a functioning medical facility for miles. And the environment makes the woman and her baby more susceptible to complications.

Aid groups are increasingly relying on conflict midwives to help women in these situations. In dangerous and unstable regions, midwives' jobs are more than delivering babies: They often have to help women who have experienced sexual violence and have reproductive health issues.

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7:17am

Tue June 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Morning-After Pill Won't Stop All Unintended Pregnancies

Almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended.
Rudyanto Wijaya iStockphoto.com

Women of all ages will soon be able to buy emergency contraceptives over the counter without a prescription, now that the Obama administration has decided to stop fighting a judge's order to make the drugs more easily available.

But better access to emergency contraception doesn't necessarily reduce rates of unintended pregnancy, research has found. Why that's so remains unclear, although researchers have some ideas.

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4:33pm

Sat June 22, 2013
Health

Ohio Family-Planning Services At Mercy Of Budget Bill

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 4:53 pm

Family-planning clinics would be pushed down the list of health services receiving funding from the state if a budget bill moving through the Ohio Legislature is signed into law.
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Working its way through the Ohio Legislature is a state budget bill that has major implications for the way family-planning services are provided. The Ohio budget contains language that puts family-planning clinics at the bottom of the list to receive funding.

Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio operates several independent family-planning clinics. They do not provide abortions and have no affiliation with Planned Parenthood, but the clinics are still at the end of the line under a new tiered system because they give referrals.

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