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ADD/ADHD: Focusing on What’s Best for Mom and Baby during Pregnancy

By Beth Kiernan, MPH, Interviewer & Teratogen Information Specialist, MotherToBaby Kristin called MotherToBaby one afternoon saying, “I just took a home pregnancy test and it’s positive.” Kristin sounded beyond worried. “I’ve been taking a medication for ADHD since I was eight years old, and when I searched the internet it said it was harmful and […]

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Natural Remedies, Fertility and Lead: An All Too Common Mix

By Kurt Martinuzzi, MD, Asst. Professor in the Dept of Ob/Gyn at Emory University and Claire D. Coles, PhD, MotherToBaby Georgia Director Aryan* and Shanaya had been married for two years and very much wanted to start a family. When they were not successful at getting pregnant, they were tested for fertility (all tests came […]

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Marijuana, Pregnancy & Breastmilk: Getting Closer to Answers

By Sonia Alvarado, MotherToBaby California Teratogen Information Specialist I wrote a blog about marijuana and pregnancy three years ago and it’s become the most visited blog on the MotherToBaby website. No surprise, considering that marijuana is an even hotter topic today than it was previously! Three years ago, two states had laws allowing recreational use. […]

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Guest Blog: CMV. The Most Common Viral Infection Affecting Newborns That You’ve Never Heard About

By Kristen Hutchinson Spytek, National CMV Foundation President C-M-V. Three letters that keep me up at night and shake me to the core. Three letters that have managed to routinely shatter my expectations, body slam my optimism, expose my vulnerability, alter my perspective and even now, force me to recalibrate daily. My daughter, Evelyn Grace, […]

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Breathing for Two: Managing Your Asthma during Pregnancy

By Jennifer Namazy, MD, Allergist & Immunologist, MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies Asthma Study Consultant My first patient of the day was an urgent visit for a woman with shortness of breath. Her name was Heather and she had found out she was pregnant about two months ago. She was thrilled since she had been trying to […]

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