How will your sex life change during pregnancy and postpartum?
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(Erin F. Fitzpatrick, Samantha Jane Dawson/ The Conversation) — Welcoming a new baby is often a joyous experience for couples. While many couples take time to prepare for the arrival of their bundle of joy, fewer take time to prepare for challenges that can emerge in their sexual and romantic relationships during this period.  …

Women with poor mental health ‘have 50% higher risk of preterm birth’
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(Medical Express) — New work led by researchers at the University of Exeter, King’s College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Liverpool has found that women who had at least one contact with mental health services in the seven years prior to their pregnancy were at increased  …

Husband speaks out about postpartum depression after wife dies by suicide
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(Katie Kindelan/ Good Morning America) — Ariana Sutton was a dance instructor and mom of three whom friends describe as “warm” and “upbeat,” and who loved being a mom, according to her husband Tyler Sutton.

On May 22, Ariana Sutton, 36, gave birth to newborn twins Everly Irene and Rowan Stephen,

Eclampsia: what is it about pregnancy that makes high blood pressure so dangerous?
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(Sandee LaMotte/CNN News) — American track and field champion Tori Bowie, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2016 Olympic Games, died of pregnancy complications that may have included eclampsia, according to an autopsy report. Bowie was found dead in her bed May 2 while approximately eight months pregnant.  …

UTIs during pregnancy: should I be concerned?
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(Danielle Rush/ Health News) — Pregnant people have a higher risk for many common health ailments due to physical body changes during pregnancy. Urinary tract infections (UTI) and the development into a more serious infection of the kidney, called pyelonephritis, is the most common medical condition seen in pregnant  …

Exposure to PFAS, or ‘forever chemicals,’ can reduce women’s fertility by 40%
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(Meghan Holohan/ Today) — Many couples with infertility wonder why they struggle to become pregnant. A new study reveals one possible cause after it found that women with PFAS — also called “forever chemicals” — in their blood might experience difficulty becoming pregnant.

“What our data showed is that those who might   …

7 things to know before your first appointment with a fertility doctor
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(Robin Elise Weiss/ Very Well Family) — You’ve been trying to have a baby for some time with no success. Should you see a fertility doctor? If you’re under 35 and have been actively trying to conceive for 12 months or more without success, make an appointment with a fertility doctor, or reproductive endocrinologist  …

What is postpartum psychosis, a serious mental illness impacting new mothers
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(Nathalie Slivinski/ Web MD) — It’s not uncommon for women to get the “baby blues” after giving birth. You might feel down, sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed. Half or more of new mothers might go through it.

But in very rare cases, changes surrounding giving birth can bring on a very serious mental disorder called postpartum  …

Mediterranean diet during pregnancy may lower risk of preeclampsia
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(Jessica Norris/ Medical News Today) — A new study suggests adhering to a Mediterranean diet during early pregnancy may lower the risk of adverse outcomes, especially for people over 35.

Dietary recommendations during pregnancy continue to evolve as researchers gain new insights into the best nutrition for a pregnant  …

What to say when someone has a miscarriage
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(Alex Hazlett/ Parents) — Nearly one in five women will experience a miscarriage in their lifetimes, making the issue relatively widespread. It’s “one of the most common forms of trauma that many women go through, but it’s often unrecognized and unreported,” says Cecille Maria Ahrens, a therapist  …

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