Contraceptive Choices for the Postpartum Year (A Printable Handout)

Contraceptive Choices for the Postpartum Year Women can become pregnant again almost immediately after childbirth. Ovulation may resume in as soon as one or two months. This may be longer for women who are breastfeeding. After delivery, a six-week abstinence period is generally recommended, but some couples may not observe that precaution. Thus, it is … Continue reading Contraceptive Choices for the Postpartum Year (A Printable Handout)

What’s a Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy expose their fetuses to a known “teratogen.” A teratogen is something that causes birth defects. It has been well-recognized since at least 1973, if not since biblical times, that babies can be born with serious problems if their mothers drank. What is less clear is whether alcohol in small … Continue reading What’s a Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy?

Morning Sickness: What You Need to Know and Tips for Home Treatment

Anti-nausea medications used during pregnancy in the past have led to serious consequences, but more strict drug regulations have led to the development of safe medications. Understanding the history of these medications will help you make informed decisions when managing nausea during pregnancy. Beginning in 1957, Thalidomide was given to pregnant women for treatment of … Continue reading Morning Sickness: What You Need to Know and Tips for Home Treatment