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The Truth About Drugs and Supplements While Breastfeeding

Two years ago, a researcher who specializes in the safety of breast milk was in the midst of breastfeeding her own child when she experienced a serious bout of postpartum depression. She had a televisit with her doctor, who refused to write her a prescription for antidepressant medications as long…

Newer Birth Control Pills Raise the Risk of Blood Clots

A University of Nottingham study found that using newer contraceptives was linked to anywhere from a two- to more than four-fold increased risk of developing clots compared to women who didn’t take oral contraceptives. Via Time. Posted May 26, 2015.

Elisabeth Bing, ‘She did it!’

I called Elisabeth without an introduction to tell her that I was starting a magazine called Childbirth Instructor. Another magazine for childbirth educators had closed a few months earlier, and I was re-creating it. There was a little problem, as I explained to Elisabeth: I’d never given birth and I…

Drugs in Pregnancy: Part 1 — Painkillers

Between 2009 and 2011, more than 14% of pregnant women took prescribed narcotic painkillers, also known as opioids, for pain at some point during their pregnancy, according to a recent study by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Doctors prescribed opioids for back pain, abdominal pain, migraine, joint pain, and…

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