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Cervical effacement and how to measure it
Cervical effacement occurs as the cervix prepares for vaginal delivery by thinning and shortening. Learn more about cervical effacement here. (Medical News Today)

How to eat 1,200 calories a day
People can eat 1,200 calories a day to lose weight safely by adding more filling foods, such as protein rich foods, to their diet. Learn more about how to eat 1,200 calories a day and stay healthy here. (Medical News Today)

What are the best prenatal vitamins to take?
Prenatal vitamins are important for the health of pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as developing fetuses. Here, learn which prenatal vitamins to take and their benefits. (Medical News Today)

Can fingering lead to pregnancy?
Fingering is very unlikely to bring sperm into contact with the vagina. However, it can occur in some instances, which might lead to pregnancy. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about group B strep
Group B strep is a type of bacteria that occurs naturally in some adults and can pass from pregnant women to babies. It often produces no symptoms, but it can be life threatening in babies. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Do plant based diets deprive the brain of an essential nutrient?
Choline is an essential nutrient that our bodies must get from food or supplements. A new article suggests meat free diets may create a choline deficiency. (Medical News Today)

What is an MTHFR mutation?
An MTHFR mutation is the mutation of a gene that regulates the production of a specific enzyme. This type of mutation can potentially lead to a number of health conditions. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Causes and home remedies for dark lips
Lip color varies from person to person. The lips can become darker for various reasons, and people can use home remedies to care for their lips. Learn about causes and treatments for dark lips here. (Medical News Today)

Causes and treatments for a period that won't stop
Although having a long period occasionally is not often a cause for concern, having them frequently or feeling that a period won't stop may indicate an underlying issue. Learn about the causes and what to do here. (Medical News Today)

What to do about swollen gums
Swollen gums can occur due to gingivitis, pregnancy, and infection. Treatment typically depends on the cause, and good oral hygiene can prevent them. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to use Vaseline as a sexual lubricant?
Although Vaseline has a soft, smooth texture, it is not advisable to use it as a sexual lubricant. Many alternatives are available. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about a loose vagina
The elasticity of the vagina may change because of childbirth or aging. These changes are common and do not pose a risk to health. Here, learn about vaginal looseness, exercises, and more. (Medical News Today)

Is it possible to get pregnant from anal sex?
It is very rare to get pregnant from anal sex, but there is a small chance. We explore anal sex and pregnancy and bust some myths about preventing pregnancy. (Medical News Today)

What to expect when losing your mucus plug
The mucus plug is a collection of cervical mucus that helps block the cervix during pregnancy. Learn about what it means to lose the mucus plug here. (Medical News Today)

Ovulation bleeding: What to know
Ovulation bleeding is light bleeding or spotting that occurs around the time a person ovulates. Ovulation usually takes place in the middle of the menstrual cycle. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

When does ovulation restart after a miscarriage?
After a miscarriage, a women’s menstrual cycle will restart. The first day of bleeding will be day 1 of the new cycle. For people with regular cycles, ovulation typically occurs around day 14. However, it may take several months for a woman’s cycle to return to usual after pregnancy loss. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is the average baby weight by month?
In this article, learn about average baby weight by month. Male babies tend to be slightly heavier than female babies, and growth usually slows down after about 6 months. (Medical News Today)

How do breasts change during and after pregnancy?
Changes in the breasts are a regular occurrence during and after pregnancy. Breast changes vary from person to person and can occur whether a woman breastfeeds or not. Learn more about the types of changes and when they may signal an underlying condition. (Medical News Today)

Are abortions painful?
Abortions are generally very safe but may cause some pain, cramping, or other side effects. Every woman’s experience is different and the level of pain depends on the type of abortion. Here, we discuss whether abortions hurt and how to manage any discomfort. (Medical News Today)

Is ADHD genetic? Everything you need to know
In this article, learn about the latest research on genetics and ADHD, which includes studies looking at whether the children of parents with ADHD are more likely to develop the same condition. (Medical News Today)

What are the different types of abortion?
There are several types of abortion, including medical abortion, vacuum aspiration, dilation and evacuation, and induced labor. The type that a doctor recommends will depend on the duration of the pregnancy. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about congestion in babies
Congestion is common in babies, often affecting the nose or chest. It is usually harmless but can be uncomfortable. In this article, we look at the causes of and treatments for baby congestion. (Medical News Today)

How does methotrexate affect pregnancy?
It is not safe to take methotrexate during pregnancy. The drug affects folic acid levels in the body and can lead to birth abnormalities. In this article, we look at the effects of taking methotrexate during conception or pregnancy, how to stay safe, and alternative medications. (Medical News Today)

When do periods start again after an abortion?
Women often experience bleeding right after having an abortion, which may last for 1–2 weeks. However, their first period will usually occur several weeks later and may be lighter or heavier than usual, depending on the type of abortion. Most women's periods return to normal after two to three cycles. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How does the cervix change in early pregnancy?
The cervix has a different position and texture in early pregnancy. Cervical discharge also changes. In this article, we look at changes to the cervix during early pregnancy. (Medical News Today)

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