Q&A: Coronavirus and pregnancy

We still don't know a lot about the effect of the coronavirus—or the disease it causes, COVID-19—on pregnant women and their babies. But here's some information based on what health experts and recent studies can tell us. Q. Do pregnant women have an increased risk for getting the coronavirus? A. It doesn't appear that pregnancy and childbirth increase the risk for infection with the virus. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , pregnant women...

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2/24/2021 5:07:00 PM Comments(0)

Breastfeeding: Good for Baby and for You

When it comes to feeding your baby, Mother Nature knows best. Breast milk has just what a baby needs to grow and thrive. Plus, breastfeeding is good for you too. Here are some of the benefits you'll both enjoy. Breast milk has the right mix of protein, fat, sugar and water. It's also easy for a baby to digest. Breast milk helps protect your baby from illness, such as an ear infection. It lowers the risk of SIDS sudden infant death syndrome , and breastfed babies have a lower risk for problems li...

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8/11/2020 4:45:00 PM Comments(0)

Endometriosis: 5 things to know now

Doctors don't yet know exactly what causes endometriosis, a health problem that by some estimates affects more than 6.5 million U.S. women. It happens when the endometrium—tissue that normally lines the womb—grows where it doesn't belong. Here are five key facts to understand about this noncancerous condition: 1. Most often, the displaced tissue affects pelvic organs. These include the ovaries, fallopian tubes and other surfaces of the womb. But endometrial tissue can also spread far...

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4/25/2019 1:41:00 PM Comments(0)

Zika and Pregnancy: What you should know

Zika is a virus that is spread to people mostly through the bite of an infected mosquito. An infected person also can pass the virus to someone during sex, but the most alarming aspect of Zika is that an infected pregnant woman can pass the virus to her unborn child with potentially tragic results. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects. These include a brain deformity called microcephaly, vision and hearing problems, and stunted growth. There is no vaccine to prevent ...

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12/20/2016 12:48:00 PM Comments(0)

Breastfeeding and Work

World Breastfeeding Week WBW , taking place August 1-7, 2015, is a week-long observance that promotes the advantages of breastfeeding and its important health benefits for mother and baby. The Florida Department of Health in Polk County DOH-Polk and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children WIC support WBW by encouraging mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life. This year’s theme, Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s M...

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7/22/2015 2:23:00 PM Comments(0)