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Are postpartum home (not chlorinated) baths more harmful or hurtful to vaginal childbirth recovery?

For this specific question, I am ONLY referring to baths taken either in a facility or home that are for hygiene purposes ONLY: For this question, please disregard information regarding chlorinated/...
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Correlation between pre-pregnancy training level of abdominal muscles and the risk of getting diastasis recti

Is there any evidence that (very) strong or (very) weak abdominal muscles before becoming pregnant increases or decreases the risk of developing diastasis recti during pregnancy? If so, what are the ...
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Using corticosteroids during pregnancy

I recently learned that steroids are sometimes given to mothers in preterm labor. For example: If a baby is at risk of being born too early, giving the mother steroids before the birth can help ...
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Are there any herbal medicines that have been established to actually speed up or ease labor?

Now that I'm 37 weeks pregnant, I seem to have a large number of acquaintances suggesting herbal medicines to me the speed up labor or thin the cervix. The two most common have been raspberry leaf tea ...
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Is it normal to have high cholesterol after pregnancy?

Does breastfeeding moms tend to have higher cholesterol levels after pregnancy?
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Studies on long-term health impacts of IUDs on children conceived after IUD removal

Have any studies been done on the health outcomes of children conceived after removal of their mothers' IUDs vs. children whose mothers never had IUDs? This study is close to what I'm looking for: ...
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Are there risks to long term use of IUSs?

The IUS is similar to the intrauterine device (IUD), but instead of releasing copper like the IUD, it releases the hormone progestogen into the womb (NHS 2018). It thickens the cervical mucus, which ...
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Benefits of low hemoglobin in high altitude populations

Tibetans living at high altitudes have red blood cell levels and hemoglobin levels similar to those of lowlanders at sea level — and as a consequence of the low oxygen levels at those altitudes, ...
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Sperm donation - where should I donate?

I recently discover sperm banks pay for sperm donation all over the world. I'm an Italian citizen. Which are the best countries in Europe to donate semen? In terms of: Guarantees I won't have to ...
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Epidural and cholinesterase deficiency

I have pseudocholinesterase deficiency (BCHE gene), but my wife does not. My wife may need/strongly desire an epidural for our next child. Is this safe for a fetus which may possibly have the same ...
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What happens when a Rh+ mother pregnant with Rh- baby?

I know that when a Rh- mother pregnant with Rh+ baby there might be a complication during the pregnancy, if the mother is sensitized to Rh+. However, I have not found out any resource that states what ...
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Effects of anti-Rh(D) antibodies on the fetus

Rh disease is caused by the irruption in the fetal circulation of anti-Rh(D) antibodies. This only happens when there has been a prior exposure of the mother to Rh+ RBC. To prevent Rh sensitization ...
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Research on reasons how vasectomy fails

Commonly referred number is that in 1:1000 cases of vasectomy pregnancy can still happen (with same partner). How many such cases have been really studied so far where a pregnancy took place after ...
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Ethics and concerns about feeding human placenta to humans?

Background: Placenta is served out of a typical kitchen, i.e. it is chopped up and used in a variety of dishes. The kitchen after the event is never cleaned to any degree that say a surgical room ...
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Does the likelihood of spontaneous labour increase with every membrane sweep?

Two or three membrane sweeps are offered to overdue mothers in weeks 40 and 41 to start labour. Is it advisable to skip the first membrane sweep at week 40 and simply wait for a week, or does this ...
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Is Pregnancy without Weight Gain or Distended Belly a Health Risk?

There's an old show called "I didn't know I was pregnant" where girls sometimes gain little to no weight and don't look pregnant, then suddenly give birth. Is this unhealthy or dangerous for them or ...
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Can the morning after pill affect your body temperature?

It's not something I can find much information about online... but is it possible that the MAP could send your hormones out of whack and result in feeling really warm at times?
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How to decide on travel to possible Zika zone while pregnant

Anyone with first hand knowledge about traveling to Argentina while 4 months pregnant? The CDC states that Argentina is a Level 2 Alert country (Practice Enhanced Precautions) and pregnant women ...
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NIPT test results given results of combined test (in pregnancy screenings)

The NIPT test gives a probability of a baby having Down syndrome. Supposedly, this test is more accurate than the combined test. However, I haven't seen any statistics regarding the accuracy of the ...
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Occurrence rate of positional TEV vs clubfoot

I have not seen any data on this, perhaps because there is no reliable way to diagnose TEV as positional. However, is there anything that demonstrates how many congenital TEV/Clubfoot cases are ...
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How many days we should wait to go to doctor after pregnancy confirmation

If a female 35 years old confirms pregnancy herself with urine test at home using the pregnancy test card on her 36th day of cycle. She can view two clear pink lines in that card. she confirmed it ...
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Has anyone tried to do "telepresence" prenatal surgery yet?

I am wondering if anyone is exploring doing prenatal/fetal surgery using micro-robotic devices controlled "by wire", a sort of local-remote surgery? There are a number of medical conditions that are ...
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Do parasitic infections increase pregnancy rates?

A new study suggests that certain intestinal worms increase the number of babies born to women which is mentioned here and here. Are parasitic worm infections associated with a statistically ...
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Is the ultimate cause of failure to conceive generally early miscarriage?

Mechanical issues aside, the process of human reproduction involves a very large number of sperm meeting an egg. It would seem then that given conception can either fail before, during, or after the ...
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Lab test for Pregnancy, Not Clearly listed?

Can anyone list the Laboratory Test that are prescribed in the picture?(It's for a pregnancy in week 28+1).
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How human placental lactogen (hPL) is associated with insulin resistance in pregnancy?

I am unable to understand the molecular mechanism of hPL induced insulin resistance. Sharing of relevant article/text would be of immense help.
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Termination of possible early pregnancy

I had unprotected sex with my wife about 3 weeks back. She missed her periods yesterday. In addition to this, she has been feeling weak, her appetite changed drastically, she is usually an insomniac ...
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