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Pregnancy can bring challenges like weight gain, stretch marks, varicose veins, heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, problems sleeping, and wondering if it is safe to have sex while pregnant. Learn how to manage and move through these challenges during pregnancy.


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    • Breastfeeding (and Formula Feeding) It's important to know whether you will breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby prior to delivery, as the breasts' ability to produce...learn more »
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      Breastfeeding (and Formula Feeding) Article
      • Breastfeeding facts
      • When should we decide about breastfeeding?
      • Why is the choice so important?
      • What are the advantages and disadvantages of breastfeeding?
      • What are the advantages and disadvantages of formula feeding?
      • Can we use both forms of feedings for our baby?
      • Is there any special preparation required for breastfeeding?
      • When can breastfeeding begin?
      • What is the proper technique for breastfeeding?
      • When should breast pumps be used?
      • Should certain foods be avoided while breastfeeding?
      • Clogged milk ducts
      • Sore nipples
      • When should one seek medical care for problems with breastfeeding?
      • Can supplements or medications increase a low milk supply?
      • Is it possible to breastfeed while pregnant?
      • Is smoking harmful when breastfeeding?
      • Do breast implants, surgeries, or reductions affect breastfeeding?
      • How should one wean a baby from breastfeeding?
    • Constipation Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week....learn more »
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      Constipation Article
      • Constipation facts
      • What is constipation?
      • What causes constipation?
      • Medications that cause constipation
      • Other causes of constipation
      • What are constipation symptoms?
      • How is constipation diagnosed (evaluated)?
      • Exams and tests
      • Imaging studies and other tests
      • What treatments are available for constipation?
      • Dietary fiber and bulk-forming laxatives to treat constipation
      • Other laxatives to treat constipation
      • Other laxatives and OTC products to treat constipation
      • Prescription drugs to treat constipation
      • Other treatments for constipation
      • What is the approach to the evaluation and treatment of constipation?
      • When should I seek medical care for chronic constipation?
      • What is new in the treatment of constipation?
    • Ectopic Pregnancy An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy located outside the inner lining of the uterus. The majority of ectopic pregnancies occur in...learn more »
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      Ectopic Pregnancy Article
      • Ectopic pregnancy facts
      • What is the definition of an ectopic pregnancy?
      • What is an ectopic pregnancy?
      • Three classic signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy
      • What are other signs and symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy?
      • What are the risk factors for ectopic pregnancy?
      • How is ectopic pregnancy diagnosed?
      • What is the health risk of an ectopic pregnancy?
      • What treatment options are available for ectopic pregnancy?
    • GERD (Acid Reflux, Heartburn) GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition in which the acidified liquid contents of the stomach backs up into the...learn more »
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      GERD (Acid Reflux, Heartburn) Article
      • GERD (acid reflux) facts
      • What is GERD or acid reflux?
      • What causes GERD (acid reflux)?
      • What are the symptoms of uncomplicated GERD?
      • What are the complications of GERD?
      • How is GERD or acid reflux diagnosed and evaluated?
      • Symptoms and procedures to diagnose GERD
      • GERD (acid reflux) tests
      • How is GERD (acid reflux) treated?
      • Lifestyle changes and GERD (acid reflux) diet
      • GERD (acid reflux) medications
      • GERD surgery
      • What is a reasonable approach to the management of GERD (acid reflux)?
      • What are the unresolved issues in GERD (acid reflux)?
    • Gum Disease Gum disease is caused by plaque and may result in tooth loss without proper treatment. Symptoms and signs of gum disease...learn more »
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      Gum Disease Article
      • What is gum disease (gingivitis)?
      • What is the difference between gingivitis and periodontal disease?
      • What causes gum disease?
      • Does gum disease cause bad breath?
      • What are other gum disease symptoms and signs?
      • How is gum disease diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for gum disease?
      • Are home remedies or natural treatments effective for gum disease?
      • Can gum disease be reversed?
      • Is gum disease associated with other health problems?
      • How is gum disease managed in children?
      • How is gum disease managed in pregnancy?
      • Can gum disease be prevented?
      • Is gum disease contagious?
    • Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids (piles) are swollen veins in the rectum and anus. Causes include pregnancy, obesity, diarrhea, low-fiber diet, and...learn more »
      In This Article
      Hemorrhoids Article
      • Definition of hemorrhoid
      • What causes hemorrhoids?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a hemorrhoid?
      • What does a hemorrhoid look like?
      • How is the diagnosis of hemorrhoids made?
      • How are hemorrhoids treated?
      • OTC medications and home remedies for hemorrhoids
      • Non-surgical approaches
      • Hemorrhoid surgery
      • What is the prognosis for hemorrhoids?

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