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Different baby positions during pregnancy: What to know
During pregnancy, the fetus changes position often, but some positions are safer than others just before childbirth. In this article, learn about baby positions in the womb, including anterior, posterior, transverse lie, and three types of breech position. (Medical News Today)

Safest condoms and methods of use
Most condom brands are safe, but people should still check the labels to make sure they are effective against pregnancy and STIs. Novelty and natural condoms may not be as safe as others. Male and female condoms have slightly different safety levels. In this article, we look at the safest condoms and how to use them. (Medical News Today)

What to know about rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy
Many women with rheumatoid arthritis experience a reduction in symptoms during pregnancy. However, this is not always the case, and some women may experience a flare shortly after childbirth. In this article, learn how rheumatoid arthritis affects pregnancy, including the possible risks and impact on symptoms. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to use Pepto-Bismol while breastfeeding?
Although researchers are still unsure whether Pepto-Bismol passes into a woman's breast milk, most health authorities recommend avoiding it while breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the safety and risks of taking Pepto-Bismol while breastfeeding. Also, find out about safe alternatives. (Medical News Today)

Can you get pregnant after tubal ligation?
Tubal ligation, or getting your tubes tied, is considered a permanent method of birth control. However, it is possible to become pregnant after undergoing the procedure. Here, learn how a woman can get pregnant following tubal ligation surgery, what the risks are, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can you take NyQuil while breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding women may worry about the effects that taking NyQuil to relieve cold and flu symptoms might have on the baby. Some products are safe to use but others may require caution depending on their ingredients, such as those containing alcohol. Learn more about the impact of using NyQuil while breastfeeding. (Medical News Today)

What to know about transvaginal ultrasounds
A transvaginal ultrasound is an imaging scan that doctors use to examine the inside of a person’s pelvic region. By inserting a scope into the vaginal canal, the doctor can identify certain health issues. Here, we look at the uses of transvaginal ultrasounds, how to prepare for this procedure, and what to expect. (Medical News Today)

Psoriasis and breastfeeding: What to know
Some women find that pregnancy and breastfeeding reduce their psoriasis symptoms, while others experience worse or more frequent flare-ups. Here, learn to treat psoriasis while breastfeeding, without risking the baby's health. Also, discover why breastfeeding may trigger flare-ups, and get some tips for managing them. (Medical News Today)

Can you eat sushi while breastfeeding?
While many women know that they should avoid sushi during pregnancy, they may wonder whether or not sushi is safe to eat while breastfeeding. There is no reason to avoid eating sushi from a reputable source while breastfeeding. Some types of fish may have health benefits for the woman and baby. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the best positions for breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time for both a woman and baby to learn. The best breastfeeding positions may change over time as the woman gains confidence and the baby grows. Learn about the best breastfeeding positions for comfort, a good latch, and reduced risk of muscle strains and nipple injuries. (Medical News Today)

HPV and breastfeeding: What to know
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a widespread sexually transmitted infection. It does not usually cause severe symptoms, but some strains can increase the risk of certain cancers. Can you breastfeed if you have HPV? In this article, we look at the safety and risks to help breastfeeding women make an informed decision. (Medical News Today)

What to do about clogged milk ducts
Clogged milk ducts can occur during breastfeeding if the baby does not fully drain the breasts. Clogged ducts can cause intense pain, swelling, and itching. In this article, learn more about the causes and symptoms of clogged milk ducts and how to treat them at home. We also cover prevention and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What causes an absence of menstruation?
An absence of menstruation, also called amenorrhea, means either that a person has not started having periods by the age of 16 or that someone who has started menstruating has missed three periods in a row. In this article, learn about 13 causes of amenorrhea, possible additional symptoms, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to take Pepto-Bismol during pregnancy?
Stomach upset, diarrhea, and heartburn are common during pregnancy. But which medications are safe to take? There is little research to suggest that the drug Pepto-Bismol is good or bad during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Here, we look at the evidence and suggest other drug groups that people may want to try. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Foley bulb induction
A Foley bulb induction is when a doctor inserts a small balloon into the cervix to help it dilate faster. Foley bulb induction is one of many ways to induce labor. There are few side effects and the procedure is safe for most women. Learn more about the procedure, benefits, and risks. (Medical News Today)

What causes itchy nipples while breastfeeding?
Itchy nipples are a common complaint, especially in the initial weeks of breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the causes of itchy nipples and breasts while breastfeeding, including thrush, a bad latch, contact dermatitis, and the let-down reflex. We also cover how to get relief at home and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What days can you get pregnant?
Females are most fertile within a day or two of ovulation, which is known as the fertile window. Being able to calculate when the fertile window will occur may be helpful for couples trying to conceive, and for those who want to avoid pregnancy by using fertility awareness contraception. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What does the LH surge mean for pregnancy?
The levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) rise just before ovulation, and the increase triggers the release of an egg from an ovary. Just after this LH surge, the most fertile period of the menstrual cycle occurs. Tracking LH levels can help to time intercourse and increase the chances of becoming pregnant. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to take ibuprofen while breastfeeding?
Many doctors recommend that women avoid taking ibuprofen when they are pregnant, so people may wonder if this drug is safe to take while breastfeeding. In this article, learn about the safety, risks, and considerations of taking ibuprofen while breastfeeding. We also discuss other pain relievers and natural treatments. (Medical News Today)

Why is my period so light?
A light period is when someone has less menstrual blood or a shorter period than usual. Many factors can affect the flow of periods, including diet, exercise, and health conditions. Pregnancy can cause spotting, which people may mistake for a light period. Learn about the causes and symptoms of light periods here. (Medical News Today)

Does a faint positive line mean you are pregnant?
Home pregnancy tests can sometimes produce a faint positive result. This result often means that pregnancy has occurred, although other factors can also influence the test. Learn more about what a faint positive result means and what to do when one appears. This article also looks at when someone should see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can a baby's heartbeat predict their sex?
Some people believe that the heartbeat of a fetus can indicate its sex, but no scientific evidence supports this theory. An ultrasound scan can give a good idea of the fetus' sex, but the only way to be sure is to wait until birth. We look at the science behind predicting the sex of a baby. (Medical News Today)

What causes lactation when not pregnant or breastfeeding?
Women usually begin lactating after giving birth or sometimes during pregnancy. However, some women and men may produce a milky discharge from the nipples without being pregnant or breastfeeding. Doctors call this condition galactorrhea. In this article, learn about the possible causes of lactating when not pregnant. (Medical News Today)

Is it possible to get pregnant while on birth control?
Although some forms of birth control are nearly 100 percent effective, they can fail sometimes. In this article, we explain why different types of birth control fail and discuss the percentage of women who get pregnant while using birth control. We also cover the early symptoms of pregnancy and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Can you miss a period and not be pregnant?
A missed period is often one of the first signs of pregnancy, but there are a variety of other reasons why a person might not menstruate. Learn which lifestyle factors and medical conditions can be responsible for a person’s missed period when a pregnancy test is negative. We also cover false negative test results. (Medical News Today)

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