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Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Resources

MORNING SICKNESS

Morning Sickness
Though usually limited to the first 7 to 12 weeks of pregnancy, approximately 20% of women experience NVP for a longer period of time. Some women may suffer from NVP until the end of the pregnancy.
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BREASTFEEDING & DRUGS

Breastfeeding and Drugs
Though many drugs are quite safe for a mother to take while nursing her child there are several agents for which safety during breast-feeding is not well-defined and may be a risk to the infant.
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DRUGS IN PREGNANCY

Drugs in Pregnancy
Pregnancy, whether planned or a pleasant surprise, brings with it important concerns about prescription and over the counter drugs.
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FOLIC ACID

Folic Acid
Research shows that women who take vitamins that contain folic acid may lower the risk that their baby will be born with a birth defect called a neural tube defect. Between 2 and 4 babies of every 1000 babies born in Canada have neural tube defects.
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CANCER IN PREGNANCY

Cancer in Pregnancy
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in women during the reproductive years. Yet, since the inception of the Motherisk Program in 1985, Motherisk researchers and clinicians have been painfully aware of the lack of data about the management of cancer in pregnancy.
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CONDITIONS IN PREGNANCY

Conditions in Pregnancy
Exposure to certain infectious diseases during pregnancy may pose a risk to the unborn baby. Certain chronic conditions and their treatment may also increase reproductive risks.
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