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  …

Breast Cancer: Researchers say it’s OK to pause long-term treatment for pregnancy
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(Eileen Bailey/ Healthline) — Women in their childbearing years diagnosed with breast cancer typically take long-term medications that can prevent or delay getting pregnant.

Now, new research shows they might be able to pause their treatment for up to two years to get pregnant, have the baby, and breastfeed without  …

How to talk about miscarriage
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(Chantelle Pattemore/ Shondaland) — An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Earlier this year, mine became one of them. From the moment I knew what was happening, everything felt overwhelming. I retreated to the sofa for 48 hours to rest my body and numb my thoughts with Netflix while my husband   …

Canada significantly undercounts maternal deaths, and doctors are concerned
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(Chelsea Gomez, Tara Carmen/ CBC News) — At five months pregnant, Claudia Wong knew it was normal to be uncomfortable some of the time. But she couldn’t shake the feeling something was wrong.

The Pickering, Ont., woman had already gained about 14 pounds, significant on her small frame. She’d become so swollen  …

Cramping during pregnancy: normal or something more?
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(Coleen De Bellefonds/ What To Expect) — Pregnancy gets you accustomed to a small amount of discomfort all over, from tender breasts to an achy back. But if you experience abdominal cramps and pain at any point when you’re expecting, you might be a bit concerned.

Some abdominal discomfort during pregnancy is normal, but   …

Women choosing to have kids later in life stigmatized by medical guidelines
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(The Canadian Press/ CTV News) — As more and more Canadian women choose to have children later in life, a recent study suggests that pregnant women aged 35 and older tend to be stigmatized by medical guidelines and public policies.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on biomedical risks,” said research co-author  …

Supply shortage for epidurals causing concern across Canada
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(Sean Leathong, Alexandra Mae Jones, CTV News) — Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences that human beings can go through, and more than half of these labours involve one specific intervention for pain: an injection called an epidural.

But according to Health Canada, epidural catheters are on their list of medical  …

Understanding the risks of stroke during pregnancy
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(Health Matters) — With pregnancy being a time of so much change, health is often top of mind for moms-to-be. While many pregnant patients are aware of the risk of developing conditions such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, there’s one more health risk that should be on their radars: stroke during pregnancy,  …

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