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Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates… So Why Stop Living During Pregnancy?

By Sonia Alvarado, CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line Counselor Famous cartoonist Charles M. Schultz once wrote “all you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” But before you channel your inner Lucy and dismiss the notion of indulgence during pregnancy with a disappointing exclamation of  “oh, Chuck!” read on…. In […]

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Positive Pot Test: Coming Clean On The Dirty Headlines About Baby Soap

Positive Pot Test: Coming Clean On The Dirty Headlines About Baby Soap

By Sonia Alvarado, OTIS Teratogen Information Specialist The headlines were scary and highly alarming: “Baby Soap Linked To Newborns’ Positive Pot Test,” warned one headline on MSNBC. Another, rather cynically, misinformed “Newborns Testing Positive For Marijuana Thanks To Baby Soap.” These headlines are designed to sell stories and they were highly effective at promoting the […]

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Unique Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Clinic Opens To The Public

On June 20, 2012, UC San Diego School of Medicine in collaboration with Rady Children’s Hospital will launch the first clinic in Southern California that provides a one-stop multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosing and caring for children with prenatal alcohol exposure-related developmental problems. The new Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) clinic, located on the campus […]

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Breakouts and Babies: How Acne Medications Can Affect Pregnancy

Breakouts and Babies: How Acne Medications Can Affect Pregnancy

By Chris Colón, MS, OTIS Education Committee Member As many women can tell you, pregnancy brings a lot of changes: not only in your life, but in your body. Women can experience morning sickness, swelling in the hands and feet, and (of course) weight gain. Because of the changes in hormones, women can also notice […]

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To Tan Or Not To Tan, That Is The Pregnancy Question Of The Month!

To Tan Or Not To Tan, That Is The Pregnancy Question Of The Month!

By Lori J. Wolfe, MS. CGC, OTIS President Recently while having lunch at my favorite restaurant, I overheard a conversation at the table behind me. A very pregnant lady was discussing with her friend how she was going to get tan. “Now that it is the month of May, I want to get a head […]

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