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How can I be pregnant if I was using birth control?

It’s often assumed that birth control is always effective, and that as long as you are responsible you won’t get pregnant. This is not true. The only way to guarantee that you won’t get pregnant is to not have sex.   First, it’s important to remember that there is a difference between “birth control” and […]

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How can I control my morning sickness?

If you feel sick first thing in the morning during early pregnancy, it usually means that your blood sugar is too low, since you just went the whole night without eating anything.   Stabilizing the food sources for your body is critical. Some foods will make your blood sugar swing wildly up and down, which […]

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How much water do I need to drink this summer to keep my baby and me healthy?

The average person needs to drink nearly a gallon of liquid to stay hydrated when it’s over 95 degrees outside and the heat is dry like it is here in Southern California. Pregnant and breastfeeding women need even more than that! I know that sounds like a lot, but remember that a lot of foods […]

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How soon can I tell if I’m pregnant?

While many pregnancy test companies advertise that their tests work before you miss your period, that is not true for every woman.   Pregnancy tests work by measuring the amount of a hormone in your body called hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. This is produced by the baby shortly after conception, in a collection of […]

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I got pregnant by accident and now my boyfriend wants me to have an abortion. Since he’s the father, can he force me?

No! No one can force you to do anything against your will!   Before any medical procedure is done on you, by law you are required to give consent. If you do not consent to the procedure, it is illegal for it to be done on you. You always have the right to say no. […]

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I have an STD. Will that affect my pregnancy and birth?

It depends on the STI (sexually transmitted infection). Some can be very dangerous during pregnancy and/or birth and others not as much.The good news is that once you know you have a sexually transmitted infection, most are very treatable. The key is early testing and early treatment. So don’t panic – just get tested.   […]

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I was pregnant but I had a miscarriage. How can I keep it from happening again?

There are so many different causes of miscarriages. Fortunately, the most common causes are ones that don’t tend to be passed on, so having just one miscarriage doesn’t necessarily increase your risk of having another one.

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I’m in my first trimester of pregnancy. Why do I feel sick all the time?

During the first few months of pregnancy, it’s very common for women to feel sick. This is called “morning sickness” but in reality can happen any time during the day or night! It’s caused by all the hormonal changes going on in your body as your baby establishes itself. Usually your morning sickness will get […]

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I’m scared of having a baby. Is there any way to make it hurt less?

There are a lot of ways that you can make childbirth a better experience for you! Here are some ideas that have been clinically proven to make labor less painful:   Epidural. An epidural eliminates pain from the lower half of your body during labor. While it has risks, it is a very common option […]

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If I’m planning to get an epidural, do I really need to prepare for childbirth?

Epidurals work by numbing the nerves in the lower half of the body. This doesn’t just take away pain. It also takes away your ability to move, and means that your nerves aren’t functioning at their best efficiency. Movement is a key part of labor, and women who move around more during labor tend to progress faster than women who don’t.

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