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Aug 19th, 2014

Pregnant women should get the flu shot, regardless of how far along they are in their pregnancies, according to updated guidelines released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The new guidelines by ACOG also state that vaccination is important for women who are trying to become pregnant. Preventing the flu is an essential element of care during preconception, as well as during pregnancy and after delivery, according to a statement from ACOG. “The flu virus is highly infectious and can be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as it can cause pneumonia, premature labor and other complications,” said Dr. Laura Riley, chair of ACOG’s Immunization Expert Work Group, which developed the new guidelines.

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Aug 15th, 2014

"Painless childbirth" is a misnomer. I’ve never had a client claim that birth with an epidural was painless. Anesthetized childbirth might be a better expression. But for many women the pain relief offered by an epidural is most welcome. I’m certainly glad we’re past the days of chloroform.

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Jul 2nd, 2014

(Everybody check the tags if you feel yourself getting offended.)

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Jun 30th, 2014

I began to look more into whooping cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers an abundance of facts: the disease is on the rise in the United States, and in 2012 reached its highest level in more than 50 years (48,277 including 18 deaths). Particularly worrisome to me as an anxious new parent is that the highly contagious respiratory disease can be serious and even fatal for newborns who are vulnerable until they themselves receive the vaccine at 2 months old. About half of all infants under a year old who get pertussis are hospitalized, and one or two out of 100 will die.

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Jun 26th, 2014

A silver lining for some older moms: women who are able to naturally have children later in life tend to live longer.

A study published Wednesday found that women who are able to have children after age 33–without using fertility drugs–have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before 30.

The results of the Boston University School of Medicine study are consistent with other findings on the relationship between maternal age at birth of last child and what researchers consider exceptional longevity–generally living until 95 or older.

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