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Baby on Board Boost Your Chances for a Healthy Pregnancy
When a baby’s on the way, moms-to-be are often overwhelmed by advice and warnings from family, friends and even strangers. But perhaps the most important advice is to stay as healthy as possible before and during your pregnancy.
Deep Vein Trouble Recognize and Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis Most people have heard of “economy-class syndrome.” People who sit through long airplane flights without moving around can develop blood clots in veins deep within their lower leg or thigh. The condition is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and it’s not just airplane flights that can raise your risk. Anyone sitting in a car, at a desk or elsewhere for long periods of time without moving is at higher risk. And other factors you might not expect, like pregnancy, can also increase your risk for DVT.