The Risks of Recreational Pools

A popular way to beat summer’s heat is a refreshing swim. But according to new research from the University of Illinois you may want to think twice about that pool trip. Some chemicals used to clean recreational pools can combine with other elements in the environment to cause health problems, problems that can be more serious for you as you plan to conceive and during early pregnancy.

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How Cranberry Juice Really Treats a UTI

Urinary tract infections are a medical problem that affects many women, and rates of UTIs increase during pregnancy. While treatment with antibiotics is sometimes necessary, you should learn about one frequently suggested home remedy- cranberry juice. And while it has been understood that cranberry juice can help treat urinary tract infections, the way this works hasn’t been fully understood. New research explains how cranberry juice works on the infectious cells and offers a chance that future treatments for urinary tract infections may be based upon this newly understood information. This research will also show you why cranberry juice should be the first thing you reach for when you feel a urinary tract infection coming on.

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When Do More IVF Patients Get Pregnant?

It has long been noted by doctors and scientists in the field of reproductive health that there are variations in the number of babies born in different seasons. While there are a variety of theories as to why this is, including length of daylight hours and temperature, there has never been a solid explanation. Now new research shows that patients undergoing in-vitro fertilization have higher success rates depending on the seasons.

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Is Waiting After Miscarriage Necessary?

When a woman has a miscarriage she is sometimes encouraged to take a period of months to both mourn her loss and perhaps allow her body to recover. Even current World Health Organization guidelines recommend a six month waiting period before trying again. However, a new study published in the British Medical Journal seems to contradict that idea. Instead it offers new insight into how a woman can best increase her chances for a successful pregnancy after a miscarriage.

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Drug Dangers in Preconception & Pregnancy

More and more Americans are regularly taking prescription drugs. And while women are commonly asked about the medications they take in their prenatal appointments research shows that a surprising number of women are taking medications that could harm their babies. In addition, women who find out that they are taking these prescription drugs have higher rates of terminating their pregnancies. That is why reviewing all medication use, even those that seem so minor they are often over looked, is a critical part of preparing for pregnancy.

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Dishware Dangers to Avoid Before Conception

Strolling the dish aisle of any home store you will see many bright cheerful dishes made of the material melamine. It is a popular choice for plates because they are billed as being shatter resistant, heat resistant, and dishwasher safe. Dishes made of melamine are affordable and are often more attractive than plastic dishes. Some people choose them as in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic in their life. However, melamine poses risks to your health that can make it a dangerous choice. During preconception and early pregnancy it is important to reduce your exposures to chemicals that could harm your baby.

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Preconception Planning For a Vegan Pregnancy

All women planning to conceive need to review their diets to make sure that their nutritional needs are being met for preconception as well as pregnancy. Vegan women, who do not eat any animal products or by-products, need to pay special attention to ensure that they meet all the nutritional requirements for a healthy pregnancy. There are some foods that should be added to your diet to make sure you are meeting all your nutritional needs during preconception, and will continue to meet them throughout your pregnancy

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