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Finding the Perfect Pediatrician

You want everything to be perfect for when your newborn arrives, including the pediatrician. Here’s how to find the best doc for your baby. Wondering when and how to find the perfect doctor for your baby? Below is some expect advice from parenting expert Tanya Remer Altmann. Altmann is an MD, a Fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, and a mom of three.

Can Asthma Affect Your Fertility?

Researchers in Denmark have found that women with asthma seem to experience delays in getting pregnant. Find out why this may occur. If you've got asthma and you're planning a family some time in the future, you may want to move up your timeline a bit: A recent twin study conducted in Denmark revealed that women with asthma, whether treated or not, may not get pregnant as easily as women without the condition.

The Link Between Folic Acid and Autism

If you're considering having a baby, you'll want to ask your doctor about folic acid and its potential role in preventing autism. If you are a woman of child-bearing age, be sure to ask your doctor about taking folic acid supplements. A new study reported on shows that women who take the supplements before conceiving, as well as early in pregnancy, may reduce their risk of having a child with autism.

Home Birth: Is It Right for You?

Considering giving birth to your baby at home? Here's what you need to know. It's not for everyone. But for an expectant mom who wants to give birth in familiar surroundings, have more control over various aspects of the birthing process, and avoid medical interventions such as drugs, home birth may be a viable option. And it's an option more pregnant women are choosing.

Everything You Need to Know About Midwives

Considering consulting a midwife? Learn more about these birthing and maternal care specialists. Pregnant women and their families often turn to midwives for more personal care than they can normally expect to receive from a clinic or hospital. But if you're not familiar with midwifery practices, you may be unfamiliar with what a midwife actually does and how qualified she is to do it.

IUI or IVF: Which Should You Try?

If you're having difficulty conceiving naturally, two common procedures can increase your chances. See which one is better for you. If you are having trouble conceiving a child, you may consider getting some advice and assistance from experts about alternative ways to become pregnant. Two common procedures used in infertility are Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In-vitro Fertilization (IVF).

Could Motherhood Cause OCD?

Find out why new moms are at increased risk and how to get help. Most first-time moms experience some jitters about holding and caring for their newborn soon after giving birth. And for newbies, the idea of giving the baby a bath for the first time can be downright anxiety-provoking. But some new mothers actually have vivid, disabling fears that they are going to harm their baby to the point where they may start completely avoiding the baby.

Roadblock to Pregnancy: PCOS and Diabetes

If you've got diabetes, you may also have a condition that's keeping you from getting pregnant. Here's what you need to know. Many women with diabetes also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common cause of female infertility affecting an estimated 5 to 10 percent of women in the United States. Although the cause of PCOS is unclear, researchers are trying to determine if there is a link between PCOS and a woman's ability to produce insulin.

Pre-eclampsia and Diabetes: Know the Risks

This serious medical condition not only jeopardizes the health of a pregnant mom and her unborn baby; it can increase the mother s risk of another condition later in life. Pre-eclampsia is not uncommon during pregnancy, and it's a condition that can land you in the hospital for the duration. Unfortunately, for some women, pre-eclampsia is a prelude to more health problems later on, a new study has found. What Is Pre-Eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is related to hypertension (high blood pressure); up to about a quarter of women with gestational (pregnancy-related) hypertension develop the condition.

Preeclampsia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Here's what you need to know about this pregnancy complication. It's uncommon that a pregnancy complication gets as much attention as preeclampsia has lately, but thanks to Downton Abbey and Lady Sybil, it's getting the attention it deserves. Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder that only occurs during pregnancy and up to six weeks after delivery.