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How Doctors Date Pregnancies, Explained

Health-care providers define the stage or length of pregnancy differently than many people might think.

A health-care provider explains the three methods of pregnancy dating—last menstrual period, ultrasound, and a physical exam—and how medical professionals use them.

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Sushi and Wine for Mothers-to-Be? New Book Suggests Pregnancy Rules Are Arbitrary

A new book questions the list of rules—from skipping the bar to skipping the sushi bar—that most women are given during their first prenatal visit.

A new book questions the list of rules—from skipping the bar to avoiding deli meat—that most pregnant people are given during their first prenatal visit. Emily Oster, an economist, looks at the research and suggests many rules are based on caution rather than data. But many experts question her credentials.

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No More Needles in the Stomach: New, Non-Invasive Prenatal Test Is Introduced

The test requires a simple blood draw from the pregnant person.

The new cfDNA test can detect 98 percent of Down syndrome cases and has a 0.5 percent chance of false positives, but the medical community is still approaching it with caution.

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CMV: The Little-Known Virus That May Endanger Your Pregnancy

Micrograph of cytomegalovirus (CMV) placentitis.

Although most of the general public, as well as some in the medical profession, are unaware of the dangers of a CMV infection to the fetus of a pregnant woman, CMV causes more birth defects and congenital disabilities in children than all other well-known diseases.

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Birthrates Stabilize Overall, but Teen Births Reach Yet Another Record Low

Physicians in California believe that they have cleared HIV from a 9-month-old born with the virus.

Good news from the preliminary birthrate data for 2012: Teen births are down to yet another historic low, births to women in their early 20s also fell to an all-time low, the rate of cesarean sections is stabilizing after years of increasing, and fewer babies were born preterm or at low birth weight.

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In South Sudan, Too Many Young Women Dying in Childbirth

Aerial of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, with river Nile on the right.

Women will continue to die far too young in South Sudan if public health strategies fail to reach youth before they become sexually active, and policies fail to address the family planning needs of communities.

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Reproductive Choice Is About More Than Getting ‘Fat’—It’s About Bodily and Economic Autonomy

Money spent on clothes can't be spent on food, transportation, or medical bills.

Exactly the sort of person who would say “Just have the baby” read my essay about the end of my pregnancy and my son’s first month of life, and her interpretation of my point was “pregnancy makes you fat.”

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Why on Earth Do U.S. Families Pay More for Maternity Care Than Anywhere Else?

Welfare reform family caps punish the poor for having children. Repealing such laws sometimes creates common ground for pro-choice and "pro-life" groups.

Maternity care in the United States is far more expensive than anywhere else in the developed world, and it’s not because we’re getting more services than women elsewhere.

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Just Have the Baby? A New Mom Reveals Why There Is No ‘Just,’ and Not Necessarily Any Justice Either

Linus Chart

Just have the baby? Only if you want to. Because no one else can take on any of the pain or risk, and it’s rare that you’ll be helped significantly with the costs—something I think anyone capable of becoming pregnant understands all too well and that forced pregnancy activists work very hard not to acknowledge.

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Why a 20-Week Abortion Ban Is Unthinkable: One Woman’s Near-Death Experience

A federal judge has declared part of Texas' abortion law to be unconstitutional, blocking a provision that requires abortion providers to secure admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where they perform abortion procedures.

Childbearing is inherently dangerous, and it is time that the risks of pregnancy became a part of our national conversation about contraception and abortion.

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