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Circumcision: Benefits Far Outweigh Risks

The decision to circumcise your infant boy is one that you and your partner should take very seriously.  Those of the Jewish and Muslim faiths view circumcision as a mandatory procedure governed by deep religious beliefs, others choose to circumcise their infant sons for hygiene purposes, reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and many […]

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Does Obesity Increase the Risk of Birth Defects?

  Most OB/GYN specialists classify pregnancies in women over 35 or those in women with diabetes as high risk.  But an increasing number of medical professionals consider pregnancies in obese women as high risk; women with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more are considered obese.  Research suggests that maternal obesity may contribute to […]

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Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

  The parasitic organism, Toxoplasma gondii, causes an infection called toxoplasmosis (toxo).  Researchers estimate that over 60 million Americans are carriers of the parasite.  Most people do not experience symptoms, but a few have flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and fever.  People with healthy immune systems, exposed to the parasite, usually […]

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High Blood Pressure – High Risk Pregnancy

High blood pressure can complicate pregnancy. If left untreated, high blood pressure, or hypertension, may adversely affect the baby as well as the mother. When not managed properly, high blood pressure can damage blood vessels and the organs supplied by them. Measuring Blood Pressure Two numbers, such as 140/90 represent a person’s blood pressure. The […]

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Cesarean Section on Demand? Go Vaginal!

Cesarean section involves delivering a baby through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus instead of through the vagina. The rate of babies delivered by cesarean section (C-section) in the U.S. reached 30 percent in 2007, an increase of over 50 percent since the 1990s. Is this increase medically warranted or are mothers demanding […]

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