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THE BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING

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Is breast best? Many new moms and moms-to-be ask this question when trying to decide whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed their babies. The choice is a very personal one. If you are leaning toward breastfeeding your baby, the following information from recognized authorities on women’s health may provide insight on the benefits of breastfeeding.

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ARE VISION CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY NORMAL?

Dr. Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Many pregnant women that I see in my practice ask about subtle changes they notice in their vision, and ask whether they should visit their eye care providers about updating their prescriptions. For the vast majority of my patients, the answer is “no”. As women retain more fluid during pregnancy, subtle changes in eye shape may occur. Consequently, changes in vision may temporarily occur, which generally resolves after delivery.

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SPINA BIFIDA AND FOLIC ACID

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that spina bifida, a neural tube defect (NTD), is one of the most common, permanently disabling birth defects in the United States, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year. 1 NTDs occur when the neural tube, which develops into the brain and spinal cord, does not form correctly.

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FINGERNAIL HEALTH — WHAT DO YOUR FINGERNAILS SAY ABOUT YOUR HEALTH?

Dr. Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Fingernails (those wonderful modified hair cells at the tips of our fingers) are great for scratching itches, scraping things, and adorning with polishes, acrylics, or decals. You may not know this, but fingernails often provide major clues to an individual’s health. Several nail changes to look out for include:

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POST PREGNANCY WEIGHT LOSS — A HEALTHY APPROACH

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If you have maintained a healthy weight during pregnancy, getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight, or achieving a weight that is optimal for you post-pregnancy, may be easier than you think. It may just come down to time and patience – along with a sensible diet and exercise plan that you have discussed with your healthcare provider. In the meantime, following is some general information from leading women’s health authorities intended to inspire you as you begin your journey.

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PREGNANCY AND SEATBELTS
with airbags, how important are seatbelts?

Dr. Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Now that I am pregnant, it is getting more and more difficult to slide into a car, let alone wear seatbelts. With airbags, how important are seatbelts, really?

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WEIGHT GAIN DURING PREGNANCY — MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT

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You know the old saying that when you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two? Not so fast – that almost gives you license to eat whatever you want, whenever you want – especially when cravings start to kick in! The truth is, maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy is vital for both you and your baby.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF IODINE IN PREGNANCY — BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER

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Iodine is a key nutrient the body needs to make thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential to every cell in your body and support the healthy development and function of your brain, heart, bones, muscles, metabolism, and immunity. How much iodine do you and your baby need?

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IS FREQUENT URINATION DURING PREGNANCY NORMAL?

Dr. Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Practically every pregnant woman experiences an increase in how often she urinates while pregnant. The bladder is a complex muscle that, in women, is attached to the lower part of the uterus. When the bladder senses fullness, the brain is signaled to give a woman the urge to urinate.

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STAYING FIT DURING PREGNANCY

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Staying fit is just as important during pregnancy as it is before pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercising during pregnancy may provide the following benefits: Learn More