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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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    • Pain Relief Options for Childbirth Women experience and tolerate pain differently. For some pregnant women, focused breathing is all they need to get through labor...learn more »
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      Pain Relief Options for Childbirth Article
      • Labor and Delivery: Pain control options introduction
      • Regional anesthesia: spinal and epidural blocks
      • Local anesthesia
      • Pudendal block
      • Narcotics
      • Nitrous oxide
    • Breastfeeding: Common Breastfeeding Challenges Breastfeeding an infant can cause common challenges both for the mother an infant. Some challenges include sore nipples, low milk...learn more »
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      Breastfeeding: Common Breastfeeding Challenges Article
      • Common breastfeeding challenge facts*
      • Common breastfeeding challenges overview
      • Sore nipples
      • Low milk supply
      • Oversupply of milk
      • Engorgement
      • Plugged ducts
      • Breast infection (mastitis)
      • Fungal infections
      • Nursing strike
      • Inverted, flat, or very large nipples
      • Breastfeeding a baby with health problems
      • Breastfeeding and special situations
    • Reproductive Health Reproductive health encompasses the beginning of menstruation for women, choosing the right birth control method for you and your...learn more »
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      Reproductive Health Article
      • Menstruation and menopause
      • Pregnancy and preconception care
      • Fertility/Infertility
      • Contraception
      • Sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS/HIV
    • Smoking During Pregnancy Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, low birth weight or premature birth, and more....learn more »
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      Smoking During Pregnancy Article
      • Smoking during pregnancy facts
      • How does smoking affect a pregnant woman and her baby?
      • Is any amount of smoking safe in pregnancy?
      • What are the risks of secondhand smoke in pregnancy?
      • Can nicotine replacement products be used during pregnancy to quit smoking?
    • Treating the Flu in People with Health Risks Certain portions of the population are at an increased risk of suffering serious complications from the flu. Some of these...learn more »
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      Treating the Flu in People with Health Risks Article
      • Treating the flu in people with health risks facts*
      • Do you have Asthma, Diabetes or Chronic Heart Disease?
      • Why am I at greater risk of serious flu complications?
      • Can the flu be treated?
      • What should I do if I think I have the flu?
      • Should I still get a flu vaccine?
      • What are the benefits of antiviral drugs?
      • What are the possible side effects of antiviral drugs?
      • When should antiviral drugs be taken for treatment?
      • What antiviral drugs are recommended?
      • How long should antiviral drugs be taken?
      • Can children and pregnant women take antiviral drugs?
      • Who should take antiviral drugs?
      • What are the health and age factors that are known to increase a person's risk of getting serious complications from the flu?
    • Pregnancy: Swine Flu and the H1N1 Vaccine Pregnant and women who are breastfeeding are encouraged to receive the seasonal flu shot as well as the 2009 H1N1 influenza...learn more »
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      Pregnancy: Swine Flu and the H1N1 Vaccine Article
      • Pregnancy and H1N1 influenza (swine flu) introduction
      • What if I am pregnant and I get 2009 H1N1?
      • What can I do to protect myself, my baby and my family?
      • Is it safe for pregnant women to get a flu shot?
      • What are the symptoms of seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu?
      • What should I do if I get sick?
      • How is 2009 H1N1 flu treated?
      • When should I get emergency medical care?
      • Why does CDC advise pregnant women to receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza (flu) vaccine (shot)?
      • Will the seasonal flu shot also protect against the 2009 H1N1 flu?
      • Are there flu vaccines that pregnant women should not get?
      • Can the seasonal flu shot and the 2009 H1N1 flu shot be given at the same time?
      • Is the 2009 H1N1 flu shot safe for pregnant women?
      • What are the possible side effects of the 2009 H1N1 flu shots?
      • What about the H1N1 nasal spray vaccine?
      • What about breastfeeding and the H1N1 influenza and vaccinations?

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