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Pregnant or Thinking About It? 10 Prenatal Tips

by Megan Johnson,  U.S. News & World Report,  Nov 20, 2008
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Pregnant or Thinking About It? 10 Prenatal Tips

From conception to delivery, a fetus is at the mercy of its environment. A mother-to-be has more control over her internal chemistry than she might think, and her odds of having a healthy baby will be much improved if she follows these 10 tips.

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Secondhand Smoke Causes Fertility Problems

WASHINGTON (Reuters),  Dec 4, 2008
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Secondhand Smoke and Fertility

Women who breathed in secondhand smoke as children or young adults were later more likely to have trouble getting pregnant and suffer more miscarriages than women not exposed to smoke, U.S. researchers reported Thursday.

They said toxins in the smoke could have permanently damaged the women's bodies, causing the later problems, and said their finding support restrictions on smoking.

Luke Peppone at the University of Rochester in New York, Dr. Kenneth Piazza of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, and colleagues studied 4,800 women treated at Roswell Park.

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Alternative Treatments

Alternative treatments such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy, and Ayurveda, are clustered by various names such as integrative, holistic, or complementary medicine, but the main thread that connects them is their focus on the mind, body, and the spirit. They work patiently to heal the root cause of a medical disorder, not just the symptoms.

Holistic Practices

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbs have been documented in the treatment of infertility and miscarriage since 200 A.D., and numerous Chinese studies have highlighted the benefits: both men and women increased their likelihood of pregnancy by 70 percent following treatment with Chinese herbs. While few U.S. studies have documented the benefits of herbs, scientists at Berkeley Center for Reproductive Wellness in New York find that Chinese herbs’ positive results increase with the combined use of acupuncture and traditional medicines.

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