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Pregnancy is seen as a mom thing. Few women believe that Dad really gets it. And the fact is, men mostly don't. They can show interest and empathize and some read about it—but let's face it, a father's experience of having a baby is fairly removed until they're face to face with sleep deprivation. No dad can fully relate to the minute-by-minute, close-to-the-heart, kick-in-the-gut reality of carrying a baby to term.
Although pregnancy is often portrayed as a time of great joy, that's not the reality for all women. At least one in ten pregnant women suffers from bouts of depression. Hormonal changes can also make you feel more anxious than usual. Anxiety is another condition that can and should be treated during pregnancy.
There's general agreement that pregnant women and those trying to conceive should avoid consuming large quantities of caffeine. But after decades of controversy and conflicting evidence, there's still no real consensus on how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy.
What were the most popular baby names of 2008? We analyzed all of the information provided by our readers and found out that among Latinos, Sofia and Santiago take the top prize, which means things haven't changed much since last year! As a matter of fact, many of the names that have been in the top 10 the last few years remain extremely popular.
If you're one of the many Latinas who lack medical insurance, you may wonder how you can obtain adequate prenatal care during your pregnancy. Whether you're thinking of getting pregnant, are now pregnant, or already have a baby, there are ways of finding the help you need.
Now that you're pregnant, you've probably heard lots of advice about things you should and shouldn't be doing. A lot of times in Latino culture, these beliefs are based on traditional superstitions. Abuelita
may take them quite seriously, and these old beliefs are a part of our cultural heritage—but, they can also give us a good laugh!
What is gestational hypertension?
If you develop high blood pressure after 20 weeks of pregnancy but don't have protein in your urine, you'll be diagnosed with gestational hypertension, sometimes called pregnancy-induced hypertension. High blood pressure is generally defined as a reading of 140/90 or higher, even if only one of the numbers is elevated. It doesn't usually cause any noticeable symptoms unless it's really high.
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