By Terri Rocker
Available over-the-counter at drugstores, home pregnancy tests are cheap, easy, quick tests that tell you whether or not you are pregnant by detecting the presence of the pregnancy hormone, hCG, in your urine. You should always check with your doctor if you get a positive result on a home pregnancy test. Your doctor can confirm whether or not you are pregnant with a blood test and/or a pelvic exam, and start you on a course of prenatal care to assure a healthy pregnancy. Even a negative result on a home pregnancy test is a heads-up to call your doctor to look for possible medical reasons for your missed period(s).
How Home Pregnancy Tests Work
Most home pregnancy tests call for a testing stick or powder to be dampened with urine. Within a couple of minutes, the stick or powder will change appearance, indicating either a positive (pregnant) result or negative (not pregnant) result.
Accuracy and Use
The National Women's Health and Information Center notes that home
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By Annie Mueller
Teen dads are often overlooked in the big picture of teen pregnancy. We often focus on the mom and baby, who need support and help, but we neglect to think about the impact of fatherhood on a teenage boy. Teen fathers are affected by parenthood, too; they need help, advice, encouragement to take responsibility both for the babies they have fathered and for their own education and future.
Teen fathers are less likely to earn a high school diploma, according to the New Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition. Both teen mothers and fathers are much less likely to graduate high school than their non-parent counterparts. The failure to graduate can be due to financial pressure resulting from having a baby to take care of; teen fathers and mothers may drop out of high school to get a job in order to earn money and take care of their child. They may also be unable to find adequate support and help with caring for the baby during school hours and feel there is no otherRead More »from Teen Dad Pregnancy Facts
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Many women carry extra fat in their stomachs. The clothes that you wear can help you look smaller in your midsection. By paying special attention to the clothing that you choose, it's possible to get the illusion of a flatter stomach without actually losing any weight.
Wear control-top pantyhose or a smooth body shaper under your clothes to flatten your stomach. In addition to smoothing out lumps and bumps, the sensation of these fabrics will help you remember to keep your stomach pulled in and to maintain good posture.
Camouflage a large stomach with color. Pale or bright tops can draw the eye to your stomach. Stick with dark colors and small prints to make your stomach look flatter.
Choose looser tops over more fitted tops. Body-skimming tops will cling to a flabby stomach area, while shirts and blouses that are slightly roomier will give the illusion that your stomach is flatter than it really is. Don't choose tops that are too bulky,
By Kimberly Rockefeller
It's been two weeks and I am still brooding over the last massage I received. It was awful and it was all my fault! I want to help you avoid this disappointing and potentially painful experience. I have been a Massage Therapist for over seven years and have been privileged to work with some of the best in the business. I have received massages that have sent me around the moon, to another world and back. I have had excruciatingly deep sports massage that while at the time, uncomfortable, afforded me tall posture, nimble muscles and a clear head in the end. I know massage. And I know better than to walk into a place I have never been and let my new therapist take the reins.
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By Rachel L.
Most women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Over-the-counter and prescription treatments can be expensive and contain harsh ingredients. There are many safe and effective home remedies available to treat mild and occasional yeast infections.
Probiotics encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the body. Many yogurts contain probiotics. Read the label to be sure that they contain live active cultures. Eating yogurt will encourage the growth of good bacteria in the body, which will overwhelm the bad bacteria. Many women have had success by applying plain yogurt (sugar will encourage the growth of bad bacteria) topically until a yeast infection is cured. Because this is messy, it be more comfortable to wear a pad after applying the yogurt.Probiotics--Supplements
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By Nina Makofsky
For some families, celebrating with the in-laws is a blessing and a curse because children enjoy visiting with their grandparents, and large family gatherings have a festive feeling. For other people, though, holidays with the in-laws feel like very little blessing and all curse, whether they shower you with criticism or just have their own ways of doing things that conflict with your style. Use some simple relaxation and communication techniques to survive holidays with the in-laws.
Set some time limits for the visit. Rather than spend two whole weeks of cherished vacation time with the in-laws, limit the visit to five days, or less if you see each other frequently during the year. If you must stay with the in-laws for a longer stretch of time, schedule some day trips or mini-vacations that get you out of the house and away from the triggers that add stress to the season. Step 2
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By Amber Keefer
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that teenage girls experience more medical complications during pregnancy than adult women. Because a teen's body is still developing, a number of physical problems can arise. Teens also face more personal, economic and social problems related to pregnancy. While data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that more teens may be delaying sex, research suggests that a teenager's environment often influences the decision to become sexually active at a young age.
Young women who become pregnant during their teenage years have an increased risk for complications, with the death rate from pregnancy complications much higher among teenage girls. Pregnant teens under the age of 15 are at a particularly high risk. Data compiled by the CDC show that complications are often due to poor nutrition, a lack of exercise or the failure to receive proper prenatal care. According to the MarchRead More »from Teen Pregnancy Health Risks