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Reproductive services under Obamacare: 5 things you should know

Posted by Lara Salahi October 30, 2013 07:46 AM

President Obama is scheduled to visit Boston Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and use Massachusetts’ experience – which passed its health reform law in 2006 -- as encouragement for Americans to sign up for health care. Given the fact that, the website Americans will need to sign up for health care has been a navigation nightmare for many, he may need the positive energy the Bay State has built up from the anticipated Red Sox win tonight to get a few good cheers.

The slow start and partisan bickering about the health care law that shut down the government seems to have only added more confusion about the health care law. If you’re a woman who is pregnant or planning to become pregnant or in need of reproductive health services such as fertility procedures, what the ACA offers – and doesn’t – should matter to you.

Here are 5 important aspects of the Affordable Care Act women need to know when it comes to their reproductive health:


Gestational Diabetes and Bearing Bigger Babies

Posted by Lara Salahi August 20, 2013 01:06 PM

Around week 24 of pregnancy, your doctor will likely ask you to drink a highly sweetened Tang-like beverage. Some forms of the drink are fruity flavored, but I remember still needing to hold my nose and swallow. 

After an hour, a blood sample is taken from your arm and tested for your sugar level.  

That drink actually contains 50 grams of sugar, and your doctor is testing how well your body has processed the sugar within that amount of time. It’s called an oral glucose tolerance test and the results can determine whether you have gestational diabetes mellitus, or GDM.


Thinking About Baby #2? Not Before You Read This

Posted by Lara Salahi July 1, 2013 01:10 PM

Confession: Even sounding out the words “baby” and “number” and “two” in one breath right now scares me a little. No. A lot.

But a recent study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that as many as one-third of babies that follow are conceived within 18 months of a previous birth. The chances are higher if a woman is between the ages of 15 to 19 or older than 30, or if she was married when the previous child was conceived. And in many cases, the subsequent pregnancy is intended.

From a health perspective, a pregnancy interval of 18 months or less is considered short, and in some cases, can be risky. Short intervals between pregnancies increase the chances of preeclampsia, premature births, and a lower birth weight for the baby.


Why I Agree With the Kardashians (For Once)

Posted by Lara Salahi March 26, 2013 02:38 PM

Many years ago I made peace with the fact that, besides also being Armenian, I’ll probably never be able to keep up with the Kardashians.

No one paid me to get married. I did not pull my own baby out of my nether lands (thank goodness for nurses). And I actually enjoy sleeping in the same bed as my male partner for life (scary thought, Kourtney. I know.)

But this morning while watching Kimye talk pregnancy on “Good Morning America,” I couldn't help but nod at the television screen.


About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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