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    Navigating pregnancy with a disability

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    If you have a disability and want to have a baby, you‘re not alone. Between 10% to 12% of women of childbearing age have a disability, and people with disabilities are just as likely to want a pregnancy as their peers without disabilities. The Americans with…
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    Preserving fertility after a cancer diagnosis

    Jennie M. Goble, P.A.-C., M.S.,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 70,000 women of reproductive age are diagnosed with cancer each year. This can be an overwhelming time, and many people feel fear and anxiety. Yet cancer treatments have improved drastically in the last decade. The five-year overall survival for all cancers combined is…
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    Pregnancy: Keeping your heart health a priority helps your baby’s health, as well

    Kalia Doner,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Yes, you can have a pregnancy-related heart attack. Monitoring your blood pressure is a key heart-health factor with pregnancy. You may be eating for two, but you also need to be eating for heart health. With all the appropriate focus on the health of your baby while you’re pregnant, it…
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    What it’s like to go through IVF for infertility: Navigating emotions, cost, hope and hormones

    Katelyn Ferral
    There is a well-intentioned, though often unhelpful, refrain of advice offered to those unable to get pregnant: “Just relax.” “Don’t worry.” “Once you stop thinking about it, it will happen.” The reality of infertility and its treatments, however, is much more complex — physically, emotionally and psychologically. “We don’t give…
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    What you need to know about pregnancy after age 40

    The number of women having babies later in life has dramatically increased in recent years. About 9% of first births in the United States are now to women over age 35, which is a 23% increase from 20 years ago. More than 100,000 U.S. women a year give birth over…
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    Direct-to-consumer fertility tests: Warnings and pitfalls

    Fertility potential reflects a woman’s likelihood of becoming pregnant. This is important to consider when you’re trying to become pregnant or thinking about procedures like egg freezing — but it’s a potentially confusing topic for many women. While your OB-GYN and primary care physician can walk you through prenatal care…
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    What can we do to address maternal mortality?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    Maternal mortality seems like something that only happens in history books or in developing countries far from the U.S. In reality, over 60,000 women in the U.S. experience life-threatening pregnancy and post-partum complications each year — including over 1,200 deaths in 2021. And the problem is…
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    Keeping yourself and your baby healthy early in pregnancy

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    Pregnancy: It’s the most excited you’ll ever be. And it’s the most scared you’ve ever been. Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic obstetrician, gynecologist and medical geneticist, joins co-hosts Angela Mattke, M.D., and Nipunie Rajapakse M.D., to discuss the often-conflicted feelings of expectant parents. Questions tackled include: *          What…
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    Preparing for Delivery: Having a plan, but keeping it flexible

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    Your trip to the hospital, like a trip to go camping, will benefit from advanced planning. Myra J. Wick, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic obstetrician, gynecologist and medical geneticist, joins Co-hosts Angela Mattke, M.D., and Nipunie Rajapakse M.D. to help you think of everything you’ll need, before you need it, including:…
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    Congratulations, you’re pregnant! But now what?

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    Co-host Nipunie Rajapakse M.D. talks through the “biggest adventure of my life” — she’s pregnant!  She’s joined by co-host Angela Mattke, M.D. — and special guest Jay Homme, M.D., pediatrician at Mayo Clinic and father of six children. Tune in for a wide-ranging discussion of pregnancy in an age of…
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    Why do miscarriages happen?

    Kate White, M.D., OB-GYN,
    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    For many people, the sudden end of a pregnancy gives rise to a thousand thoughts and feelings. Suddenly, you’re not sure what this means about your body or your ability to have a healthy pregnancy, and you certainly aren’t sure what might happen next. Of the questions that patients ask…
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    Why are Black maternal mortality rates so high?

    Mayo Clinic Press Editors
    There’s a maternal mortality crisis in the U.S. Each year, tens of thousands of American women experience life-threatening pregnancy and postpartum complications. Between 2000 and 2020, the rate of U.S. maternal deaths skyrocketed by 78%. While there are differences in the official definitions of terms like…

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