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Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Medical news of recent weeks has focused on the Zika virus, a disease spread by mosquitoes. The disease started in Africa and has since spread to South America where scientists and medical professionals believe there may be a strong link between the virus and a significant rise in birth defects.  Although little concern had been given … Continued

Use of Prescription Pain Killers May Increase Risk for Birth Defects

If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant and are taking pain killers, talk with your doctor. A recent report issued by the Center for Disease Control states that use of opioid medications such as such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine may increase the risk of birth defects. Experts estimate about half … Continued

Understanding Your Monthly Cycle

There are many phrases and words used to describe that “time of month” that we women have to deal with during our reproductive years: Are you on your period or on the rag?  Did your monthly friend arrive?  When was your last menstrual period or LMP?   Or Maybe Aunt Flow came to visit. What a Pain! The … Continued

Alcohol and Pregnancy Don’t Mix

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) affect nearly 40,000 babies every year, according to experts. Today (Sept. 9) is FASD Awareness Day, and September is FASD Awareness Month, a time to educate and encourage pregnant women to not drink alcohol during pregnancy. What is FASD? This term refers to the range of effects that can occur in a … Continued

Teen Pregnancy Rate Falling, STDs Still a Problem

It’s back to school time and students will be actively engaged in sports, drama, debate, and various additional events. Football galas, proms, and other dances are a big part of being in junior high and high school, and dating seems to take place for many at a very young age. Dating without supervision can lead … Continued

Five Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness

The vast majority of pregnant women experience morning sickness. This most often occurs from the sixth or seventh week through the twelfth to fourteenth week, according to experts. The nausea and oftentimes vomiting that occurs during this time can impact a woman’s ability to work and socialize, and even to function in general depending upon … Continued

Preventing Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy Prevention As we near the end of May we think of summer vacation, graduations, award ceremonies, and moving on to new adventures. Teen pregnancy isn’t usually at the top of our list of things to ponder, and yet May is actually National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. Most people can agree that teen pregnancy, … Continued

Unplanned Pregnancy

Crisis Pregnancy… This can’t be happening! This is a nightmare! What will he say?  What will my parents say…they will be so disappointed. Everyone will call me names. How will I finish school or keep my job? I wish this could all just go away and be undone! Unplanned Pregnancy For some people a pregnancy … Continued

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