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Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: How Much Folic Acid is Enough?

Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: How Much Folic Acid is Enough?

Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: How Much Folic Acid is Enough?
By Patricia Olney, MS, CGC
“I think I’ll go out to the garage and work on the car for a while.” This was Daniel’s reaction after the birth of his second child with spina bifida. His wife, Rebecca, cried uncontrollably…
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Top Tips For A Holly Jolly Pregnancy This Season

Top Tips For A Holly Jolly Pregnancy This Season
By Julia Robertson, Utah Department of Health, MotherToBaby Utah (formerly Pregnancy Risk Line)
I can’t begin to describe how organized I was during the holiday season when I was pregnant with my first child. Since I was pretty far along (5 months), I wanted to make sure each gift was chosen way ahead of time, I knew how long it would take me to get the food trimmings just right and whether I should emphasize red or green in my decorating scheme. All of this had to be done before that “pregnancy brain” I had heard so much about set-in. Little did I know, the most important items on my holiday to-do list weren’t sitting on store shelves or mixed in with the tinsel and mistletoe.

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CrossFit, Weight Lifting & Other Extreme Exercise In Pregnancy

Weighing The Pros & Cons: CrossFit, Weight Lifting & Other Extreme Exercise In Pregnancy
By Lauren Bartell Weiss, Ph.D.
Tis’ the season for overindulging in all things food and, during pregnancy, this might be even more tempting as you grow a human being. However, before you think about adding on a dumbbell to counteract the extra trimmings you might have taken in, you might want to consider the research associated with weightlifting during pregnancy. For expert information on exercise during pregnancy, call MotherToBaby CA toll-FREE at 866-626-6847.

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Whooping Cough And Influenza: Is It Safe To Vaccinate During Pregnancy?

MotherToBaby Blog: Whooping cough and Influenza- Is It Safe To Vaccinate During Pregnancy?
By Lori Wolfe, MS, MotherToBaby North TX Genetic Counselor
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Reassuring Findings for Mothers Who Have Influenza Vaccine While Pregnant

UC San Diego, Boston University And AAAAI Collaborate To Examine More Than 5000 Cases Researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and Boston University, in collaboration with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), have found evidence of the H1N1 influenza vaccine’s safety during pregnancy. The national study, which was launched […]

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