Breast Feeding Basics. Part 2

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Inverted nipples do not prevent women from breast feeding. Many women with inverted nipples feed well. Special preparation may be needed, such as the Hoffman Technique and using a breast shield.

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Folate Fortification Not Without Controversy

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Folic acid, a B vitamin, is known to be protective against certain birth defects — neural tube defects (NTDs) — that develop early in pregnancy. A new study published in the August 1999 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms that folic acid fortification significantly raises the folate levels of women and suggests that only an extra 100 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid a day could benefit women in their childbearing years. (more…)

Ambivalence is Normal

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How you feel about yourself, your baby, and your pregnancy most likely will change from time to time during the nine months of gestation.

If the pregnancy was a surprise, finding out you are pregnant may be more of an emotional shock than if the pregnancy was planned. (more…)

How It’s Done

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CVS may be performed using a transcervical or transabdominal method, depending on which is safer for your pregnancy. The more common transabdominal method is similar to amniocentesis. You lie on the examining table and the doctor uses ultrasound to find a good spot to insert the needle. The site is swabbed with antiseptic and numbed with an injection of anesthetic. A guide needle is inserted through the abdominal wall into the uterus, then a smaller needle is threaded through the guide needle and some chorionic villi tissue is removed. Ultrasound is used throughout the procedure. Click here or on the picture above to see an illustration.

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