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5 Things to Know About Pregnancy Past Age 35

Are you wondering if you’re too old to have a baby? More women are waiting to start a family, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The median age of mothers giving birth in the U.S. now is 30. The number of women ages 35 to 39 giving birth increased by 67 percent from 1990 to…

Health, Pregnancy and Maternal Health, Women's Health

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How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Mental Health

Most of us have heard of the “baby blues,” but did you know that many moms-to-be face mental health challenges that start while they’re expecting? Anxiety and depression are the two most common psychological disorders that arise during pregnancy, says UNC Health psychiatrist Mary Kimmel, MD. She shares how pregnant women can be vigilant about prioritizing…

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How to Exercise Safely During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body is working overtime to sustain you and your growing baby. Even a simple task like going to the grocery store can feel like an Olympic sport. With your body going through so many changes and tiring more easily, is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? Absolutely, says Mary Hale, a certified…

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How to Eat Right Before, During and After Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it’s easy to adopt the mindset that you’re eating for two and can indulge in any food, any time you want. But experts say that approach may not be the best for you or your baby. UNC Health registered dietitian Natalie Newell shares how to eat healthy before, during and after pregnancy.…

Nutrition, Pregnancy and Maternal Health

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COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy: Helpful for Mom and Baby

Not long ago, pregnant women deciding whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine had to weigh their concerns about the coronavirus against the unknowns of new vaccines that hadn’t been tested in pregnancy. Now, with all American adults eligible for a vaccine, evidence that pregnant women can and should get a COVID-19 shot is mounting. One,…

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Pandemic Pregnancy: 6 Tips for Managing Stress

Being pregnant is never easy, and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic brings new challenges to pregnant mothers, who are considered to be a high-risk group. This means that if infected, pregnant women are more likely to be hospitalized and require ventilation, and their risk of preterm birth increases. Besides health concerns for mothers and…

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Pregnancy Timeline: Here’s What to Do and When

You’re pregnant! Congrats! You might be feeling excitement, anxiety, joy, trepidation or all of the above. That’s normal. Not only are you on the verge of a new chapter in life—especially if this baby will be your first—but it also seems there is so much to keep track of in those approximately 40 weeks of…

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Marijuana or CBD During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Though not everyone talks about it openly, marijuana and related products like CBD (cannabidiol, one of the active ingredients in marijuana) are a big topic in the world of motherhood. While there is limited research available on what effect marijuana has on a baby in utero, researchers and physicians warn against its use by moms-to-be.…

Babies, Breastfeeding, Pregnancy and Maternal Health

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What Moms-to-Be Need to Know About Pregnancy Blood Tests

Today, obstetricians have many tools at their disposal to learn important information about the health of a baby. Most people are familiar with ultrasounds, in which a technician runs a wand over the belly to pick up high-frequency sound waves and make an image of the developing baby. But moms-to-be might be surprised that much…

Maternal Health, OB-GYN, Pregnancy and Maternal Health

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Correcting Spina Bifida with Surgery During Pregnancy

When Nicole Starling was 18 weeks pregnant, she found out she was having a girl. And she learned that her baby girl had myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida, a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. “At first, we were super excited to hear we were…

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Navigating Pregnancy with a Mental Illness

Pregnancy can be a very exciting and rewarding time in a woman’s life, but for the 1 in 5 women who experience a mental illness—including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions—it might also bring new challenges. We talked to Mary Kimmel, MD, medical director of UNC’s Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit about pregnancy,…

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Innovative Procedures Allow Bell’s Palsy Patient to Smile Again

You hardly think about how wonderful it is to smile—until you can’t. That’s the devastating realization Gabrielle Biskaduros had when she suddenly couldn’t move the right side of her face. “I noticed during my haircut that my smile looked off and felt a little numb, and the next day I lost all facial movement on…

Patient Stories, Plastic Surgery

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