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Pregnant and Considering Getting the Flu Vaccine? Why It’s More Important Than Ever during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Beth Conover, APRN, CGC MotherToBaby Nebraska, UNMC “I just found out I am pregnant.  I’ve heard that it is really important to get the flu shot this fall, but is it still OK now that I am pregnant?”  The woman on the other end of the phone line sounded cautious and concerned.  I told […]

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Intense Exercise during Pregnancy: Too Much of a Good Thing or Not?

By Réka Müller, MSPH, CGC, MotherToBaby Florida If you are an athlete and/or have a physically active lifestyle, you may have wondered: ‘Should my exercise routine change during pregnancy and breastfeeding?’ As a former division 1 athlete and now teratogen information specialist, I sure have. You may have seen news reports about professional athletes who […]

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Screening Your Sunscreen during Pregnancy

By Beth Conover, APRN, CGC MotherToBaby Nebraska, UNMC As the famous song croons, “Summertime and the living is easy….” Summer is finally here! COVID-19 has interfered with outdoor gatherings, but people are starting to venture out…with good social distancing, of course! Outdoor activities mean more sun exposure, and healthcare providers recommend protecting your skin from […]

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Pregnancy and Protests: Tear Gas, Pepper Spray & Other Worries

By Chris Stallman, Certified Genetic Counselor, MotherToBaby Arizona As a teratogen information specialist, I provide the most up-to-date information about exposures during pregnancy, breastfeeding, before pregnancy or in cases of adoption. Over the years, I have been asked questions about hair dye, heroin, and lots of things in between. I never thought I would be […]

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Planning a Healthy Pregnancy

By Beth Kiernan, MPH Tanya called in on a Monday morning. “I’m getting married in a few months and we want to start trying to get pregnant right away. What should I be doing now to have the best chance of a healthy baby?” Preconception health and pregnancy planning present a terrific opportunity to assess […]

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