Pregnancy in the News: Trending This Week

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With close to 4 million births in the United States alone each year, it's no surprise that pregnancy-related stories seem to find their way into the news quite frequently. Just so you're all caught up on the goings on with pregnancy, I've put together a rundown including the most recent health news concerning pregnancy.

Preeclampsia: The Second-Most Common Cause of Death among Pregnant Women

This past week, SFGate ran a story about preeclampsia and how it “causes an estimated 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths worldwide each year.” Although preeclampsia isn't very common, only happening in about 5–8% of all pregnancies, it probably wouldn't hurt to know a little more about what it is and how it can be treated. Treatment is essential, since preeclampsia can also lead to other issues, including strokes

Here at EverydayFamily, we've actually got a pretty extensive bank of information when it comes to preeclampsia, from how it can affect the baby to stories of successful treatments.  

{ MORE: Understanding Preeclampsia }

Burn Calories Just from Breastfeeding Your Baby!

Joy Kosak, a self-proclaimed breastfeeding and pumping advocate at the Huffington Post, gives some tips on how to lose weight after you've given birth and are ready to get back to that pre-pregnancy weight. This article is actually pretty interesting! According to the article, you could burn up to 600 extra calories a day, just from breastfeeding your baby! Very cool. Breastfeeding your baby also releases a hormone called oxytocin, which is not only responsible for lowering your risk of postpartum depression, but will also help your uterus shrink back down to size, slimming down that waistline at the same time.

{ MORE: Do You Want to Lose Baby Weight? }

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Healthy Teeth and Gums During Pregnancy

According to this article, 40% of pregnant women deal with some sort of dental problem at some point during their pregnancy. Some are expected (bleeding gums, anyone?) but any issue is worth discussing with your dentist. Not only is there a chance of further issues with your dental health if you don't get those issues taken care of, but your baby could be affected as well — dental issues can even contribute to preterm birth or low birth weights. This article provides great reminders to help you take care of your teeth and gums, giving you a nice, pretty grin, and it will also help keep your baby healthy. 

{ MORE: Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy }

Have you seen any other pregnancy stories in the news that were interesting? Tell me about them in the comments!

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Pregnancy in the News: Trending This Week

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Glad to have these resources!

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