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  1. Get a Head Start on a Healthy Pregnancy

    For women who want to rid their bodies and homes of toxins before pregnancy, there’s no shortage of dos and don’ts floating around. In fact, the list can seem overwhelming. So what are the best things you can do to stay healthy and make sure your children will be protected from environmental toxins

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  2. Twins in Demand Through IVF?

    Forget "Octo Mom." The hot debate among in vitro fertilization (IVF) patients and their doctors isn't about having lots of babies at once. It's about trying for twins. Patients who want twins point to the high costs of IVF, their ticking biological clocks, and their frustration and exhaustion from l

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  3. Life With Twins: Spring Kapchinski's Story

    Spring Kapchinski, 32,  is pregnant with twins that she and her husband, Max, conceived through IVF. During the procedure, they had three embryos transferred. At first, their doctor only saw twins, and then the Katy, Texas, couple got a surprise -- there was a triplet. But a few days later, one of t

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  4. Life With Twins: Amanda Gifford's Story

    Amanda Gifford and her husband, Kenneth, are the parents of 9-month-old twins Ethan and Abigail, who were conceived the second time the couple tried IVF and were born eight weeks premature. Their first IVF attempt led to a pregnancy that miscarried. They live in Delta, Colo.  Amanda spoke to WebMD a

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  5. Life With Twins: Maureen Downey's Story

    Maureen Downey and her husband, Bo Emerson, conceived twins Rebecca and Joey with help from IVF 10 years ago. The couple, of Decatur, Ga., had two children conceived without assisted reproductive technology, but when the couple tried for a third child, Downey went through several miscarriages, so th

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  6. A Healthy Beginning for Pregnancy

    It's been your dream, giving birth to a healthy, happy baby. Pregnancy is as natural as the birds and bees, but in today's world it takes planning to make sure things go well. If you've been taking your health for granted -- getting by on little sleep, hitting the martini bars, forgetting dental exa

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  7. Getting Pregnant After Birth Control

    Women tend to spend half their lives trying NOT to get pregnant and then when they decide they are ready, they find out it's not always that easy to conceive. In efforts to prevent pregnancy, women today use oral contraceptives, hormonal patches, condoms, and numerous other birth control methods. Wh

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  8. Sex During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

    Sex during pregnancy is the absolute last thing on some women’s minds, especially when they are dealing with nausea, vomiting, and overwhelming fatigue. Other women, however, may crave sex in pregnancy. And men, too, are split into different camps regarding sex during pregnancy. Some men may find no

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  9. Pregnancy Symptoms: What They Never Told You

    In the movies, the first clue a woman is pregnant is when she darts out of bed, clutches her stomach and runs for the bathroom. But there are many lesser known pregnancy symptoms that rival morning sickness - which, by the way, doesn't only strike in the morning. "I've been thinking about what I've

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  10. Pregnancy Skin Care: Get That Glow!

    It isn't just an old wives' tale -- it's really true. A woman can look most ravishing during pregnancy. Well ... make that some women. Indeed, while pregnancy can leave some lucky ladies looking luscious, for others, all that extra hormonal activity can have the opposite effect, causing a variety of

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