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Miscarriage can trigger PTSD just like surviving a terrorist attack or domestic violence

A new study showed that 29% of women who've experienced early pregnancy loss have PTSD symptoms a month later. Some have anxiety and depression too.
American women are having fewer children than ever before.

The US fertility rate has hit an all-time low, and delayed childbirth is only partially to blame

US women aren't having enough kids to replace the current generation. Some blame women for waiting, others say this country fails to support mothers.
Blake Lively attends the "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" premiere on May 2, 2019.

19 of the best maternity outfits celebrities have worn

Stars like Anne Hathaway, Cardi B, Blake Lively, and Jada Pinkett Smith have all worn stunning maternity looks over the years.
Chloë Sevigny is pregnant at 45.

21 celebrities who became mothers after 40

Cameron Diaz and Chloe Sevigny are just two of the most recent celebrities to become moms after 40.
The itching may come on gradually, so make sure to mention itchy hands and feet to your OB-GYN.

Cholestasis of pregnancy is a rare liver condition that affects 1% of pregnancies in the US

Cholestasis of pregnancy is a serious condition and in a small number of cases can lead to stillbirth.
In 2019, thousands of women protested against state decisions revoking their reproductive rights.

Almost no women regret having abortions 5 years later, according to a landmark study

The primary emotion 95% of these 667 women felt was relief. The study is the first of its kind to follow women for years, not months or weeks.
Seeking comfort in food after experiencing trauma is incredibly common.

I gained weight from comfort food after my miscarriage. How can I get back to feeling like myself again?

Seeking comfort in food is incredibly common and recovering from trauma takes time. When you're ready, it's entirely possible to feel like yourself again.
Some doctors estimate that fewer than 15% of women will experience their water breaking before labor starts.

Go to the hospital for labor when contractions are less than 5 minutes apart consistently for at least an hour

Your water might not break before it's time for you to go to the hospital. Track your contractions to know when it's time to leave.
The hormones in birth control pills affect everyone differently, so speak with your doctor about what dose to start.

How to choose the right birth control pill for you and when to start taking it to prevent pregnancy

If you're taking a combination pill of progestin and estrogen, you'll be protected from getting pregnant in seven days after starting the pill.
Waiting to give birth again for more than 5 years can also come with pregnancy complications.

How soon after giving birth you can get pregnant again

The ideal spacing between pregnancies is the sweet spot between 18 months and 5 years for the best chances of a healthy complication-free pregnancy.