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Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

Category: Pregnancy Care

Are Pregnant Women at Greater Risk for Developing COVID-19?

Are Pregnant Women at Greater Risk for Developing COVID-19-GarofaloThe COVID-19 pandemic is having an impact on all of our lives. If you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, it’s especially important to know the facts about how COVID-19 can affect you during pregnancy. 

The good news is that there is no current evidence that pregnant women are at a higher risk of severe illness than the general population. However, there are some extra precautions to take if you are pregnant to be sure you and your baby stay as healthy as possible during this time. The current health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are constantly being adjusted as scientists learn more about this virus, so it’s important to make sure you have up-to-date information.

This article will provide the latest information on what we know regarding the risks for pregnant women developing COVID-19.

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COVID-19 and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 and PregnancyThe current global outbreak of COVID-19, commonly called coronavirus, is an issue of great concern for the general population, especially those who are pregnant, elderly or those who have serious chronic medical conditions.

After the 2015 outbreak of the Zika virus, which can be transmissible from mother to fetus and cause microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, it is reasonable to wonder what additional risks coronavirus may pose to pregnant women. Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 coronavirus and pregnancy. 

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Is it Morning Sickness or Something More? What You Need to Know About Hyperemesis Gravidarum During Pregnancy

Feeling nauseous and even throwing up are common symptoms during pregnancy. In fact, The American Pregnancy Association states that more than 50% of women experience nausea during pregnancy. However, there are several differences between normal, expected morning sickness and a much more serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Here is an in-depth examination of the signs and symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy and what you should do if you suspect you’re suffering from this condition.

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How to Sleep When Pregnant: An Update

How to sleep when pregnant - Norwalk, CTExpectant mothers have been advised for years that sleeping on the left side of their body during pregnancy is best for the baby. Sleeping on the back, called the supine position, was particularly discouraged. Failure to follow this recommendation came with warnings of increased risk of stillbirth, underweight newborns, and gestational hypertension in the mother.

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Getting Pregnant with PCOS

Getting Pregnant with PCOSFacts about polycystic syndrome and how it can affect pregnancy

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder, with 10% of women experiencing PCOS in their childbearing years according to the Office on Women’s Health. The syndrome causes several symptoms, which range from annoying to health-threatening. PCOS is also associated with trouble becoming pregnant as well as complications during pregnancy.

Below, you’ll find information about PCOS symptoms, causes, and working with your OB-GYN to reduce health effects and increase your chances of conception.

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How to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women with Aspirin

How to Prevent Preeclampsia in Pregnant Women with AspirinHypertension, or high blood pressure, can be a health risk for anyone. However, this condition is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children. There is an even greater danger if gestational hypertension becomes a condition called preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is defined as maternal high blood pressure during pregnancy accompanied by signs of organ damage. Not only is preeclampsia a chief cause of preterm births, but this problem can eventually progress to eclampsia, which often results in seizures, coma, and even death.

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5 Foods and Drinks to Avoid While Breastfeeding

Foods and Drinks to Avoid While BreastfeedingOnce you have given birth, your baby’s body is not as intricately linked to yours as it was during the nine months of your pregnancy, although if you choose to breastfeed, you continue to nurture that physical bond between you and your child.  Just like when you were pregnant, with this bond comes the understanding that what you put into your body finds its way to your baby through your breast milk.

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How to Reduce and Prevent Hypertension During Pregnancy

How to Reduce and Prevent Hypertension During PregnancyHypertension, or high blood pressure, during pregnancy is not an uncommon issue. Between 5.8 and 8.3% of women age 20 to 44 experience hypertension while pregnant, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this percentage is growing, mostly due to the continued obesity epidemic in the United States.

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Cervical Cancer and Pregnancy: Can you become pregnant after being diagnosed?

Cervical Cancer and PregnancyOver 11,000 American women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. The average age at diagnosis is in the early forties, so a significant portion of cervical cancer patients is still in their child-bearing years. Additionally, since many women are now waiting well into their thirties before becoming pregnant, fertility preservation has become a major concern for many who are facing cervical cancer.

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Ectopic Pregnancy Causes & How to Help Prevent It

Ectopic Pregnancy Causes An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy where the fertilized egg attaches and begins to grow outside of the uterus or womb. In a normal pregnancy, a fertilized egg develops into a fetus in the lining of the uterus. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants elsewhere within the female reproductive system. Over 95% of the time, an ectopic pregnancy implants in the fallopian tubes, the tubes that run from the ovaries to the uterus. However, in rare cases, an ectopic pregnancy may occur in the cervix, intra-abdominal area, or another location.

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