Health Tip: Thyroid Problems May Affect Pregnancy
The thyroid, a small gland at the base of the neck, helps regulate your body's metabolism, including how fast your heart beats.
An overactive (hyperthyroid) or underactive (hypothyroid) gland can lead to a host of health problems, particularly during pregnancy.
The National Women's Health Information Center lists these possible complications of an untreated thyroid problem during pregnancy:
Health Tip: Toxoplasmosis is Dangerous During Pregnancy
Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic infection that can cause serious problems during pregnancy. Cats can carry the infection, and transmit it in their feces.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions to reduce pregnant women's risk of contracting toxoplasmosis: