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Having a Baby?Relax ….
: “Through labor, I felt no pain at all,” says Amy Moore of Riverside, describing the delivery of her second child nine months ago. “And I didn’t always practice my visualization.” Regardless, Moore’s participation in a self-hypnosis birthing program called HypnoBirthing seemed to help anyway. (read the story...)

Fatigue, mood swings, dry skin, weight gain:Annoyed with your Thyroid?
During my pregnancy, a routine blood test revealed that my cholesterol was above normal. A year after the birth of my daughter, I felt tired, my skin was dry and I couldn't lose the remaining five pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight. I attributed this to being in my mid-30s and recently having a baby. When my HMO plan changed, I had to find a new doctor. (read the story...)

THE TWO BIOLOGICAL CLOCKSDoes time run out at 40 … or can you keep on trying?
When Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s book, Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, was published last year, it caused a furor. (read the story...)

Feeling Scattered:The Mother Muddle
Many mothers attest to never feeling quite as ‘together’ as in their pre-baby days. But those who seem to barely miss a beat amidst the whirlwind of activity say it all boils down to flexibility, planning, and support — and a lot of smoke and mirrors. (read the story...)

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Are Boys Born Later Than Girls?
A new report suggests that male babies are more likely to be born from a prolonged pregnancy than females. Based on the most recent data, a pregnancy is deemed prolonged if it lasts 41 weeks or longer. (read the story...)

Miscarriages Linked to Low Folic Acid Levels
Many women know that taking folic acid, or folate, before and during early pregnancy can help protect their unborn babies from neural tube defects. Now a study shows that folic acid also helps to prevent early miscarriages. (read the story...)

New Thoughts on Morning Sickness
For nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy, first try changing your diet, says Jennifer Niebyl, M.D., University of Iowa professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology, in a report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (read the story...)

Depo-Provera and Bone Density
`` Researchers at the University of Washington examined 182 women aged 18 to 39 between 1994 and 1999 who were receiving Depo-Provera injections. (read the story...)

Banking on the Future — with CORD BLOOD BANKS
If you're pregnant or have had a child in the past few years, you've probably heard about cord blood banking, which allows umbilical stem cells to be stored cryogenically, under liquid nitrogen. (read the story...)

When a Mammogram is Inconclusive:New Miraluma Test offers a closer look
When it comes to her health and well-being, Alsuna Roland, a 49-year-old Staten Island-based nutritionist, doesn’t like to take chances. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she gladly sings the praises of a new, non-painful and highly accurate breast imaging technique called Miraluma. (read the story...)

Ooh, aah … Ommmmmmm!The yoga craze moves into motherhood
A couple of months ago, I had heard two fabulous but scary words: “You’re pregnant!” Fearing the weight issue, my doctor had handed me a brochure on prenatal yoga that brought a lot of questions to my mind: How would yoga help me stay fit? (read the story...)

Breastfeeding and the Workplace: NY Laws Rounding the Curve
Four years ago, Laurie Fett, a vice president at the midtown Manhattan office of the cable network, Showtime, was in Ray Gutierrez’s office when the telephone rang. His executive assistant, Elaine Reda, took the call. It was from an employee who had recently returned to work after giving birth, and she wanted permission from Gutierrez, executive vice president of human resources, to use the handicapped bathroom so she could express milk. “Elaine and I said we couldn’t have her pumping on the toilet bowl. The boss said, ‘What do you need?’ Within days we had a room,” says Fett. (read the story...)

Landmark Survey Finds Childbirth Interventions Vexing: First national survey of its kind shows mothers hi-tech, but happy
"She huffed, and she puffed, and she huffed, and she puffed, and finally, out came a perfect little boy . . . " Have you ever wondered if other women's experiences during childbirth and the postpartum period were similar to yours? Most likely you have, because the majority of women are fascinated by birth stories, including our own. (read the story...)

Hormoans and Groans … Naturally!
These are confusing times for women in their years preceding or at menopause, whose total population is currently estimated at 54 million. Last year, studies indicate, they spent $2.75 billion on hormone replacement therapy drugs (HRT); for reference, that's comparable to peak Prozac sales. (read the story...)

New Contraceptive With Less Side Effects
A new oral contraceptive, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and available by prescription, can actually improve moderate acne and help maintain clearer skin. The ORTHO TRI-CYLCLEN LO tablets are an important new birth control option because they offer a dose of hormones that contain smaller amounts of estrogen; and a progestin derivative, called norgestimate, which has been associated with low rates of such side effects as weight gain, acne and facial hair growth. (read the story...)

Update: 9/11 Pregnancy Study On Track
Using Ground Zero and its surrounding areas as their Petrie dish, a team of Columbia University researchers have been working around the clock to determine precisely how the attack on the World Trade Center affected pregnant moms and their newborns. And so far, so good, researchers report of their progress. (read the story...)

Permanent Birth Control: New methods on the way
Women in 2002 have a growing number of contraceptive options to choose from — old standards like the birth control pill or the diaphragm, and newer methods such as injectable hormone shots or the recently-approved birth control patch. (read the story...)

Temper Tantrums — Mine
I never thought I had a temper. I never even really ever got angry. I didn’t have these explosive emotions at all until I had kids. For the most part, I was an even tempered, low stress, laid-back kind of person. Right out of college, I even remember trying to fake anger in the classroom full of 8th graders to get their attention and regain control. (read the story...)

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