Q: I’m pregnant and worried about getting stretch marks! Is there anything I can do to prevent them for these 10 lunar months? Laura G. Portland, Oregon A: Stretch marks, also known as striae, appear as raised, red lines on the skin. These striae are caused by the loss of elasticity in the dermis (collagen and elastin), the underlying skin layer. These non-forgiving marks will start as red, raised marks, yet eventually will fade to a white or silver. They usually occur on your buttocks, thighs,...
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    Photo by Mai Le. Got a question for us? Drop your tricky, random, wacky or plain confusing health question into the Suggest-O-Matic, leave a comment, or tag your tweet questions with #wellwire and our team of experts...
    by at May 3rd, 2010 at 10:05 am
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    Avoiding Pregnancy Pitfalls
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    by at April 19th, 2010 at 08:04 am
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    by at March 24th, 2010 at 08:03 am
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    by at March 15th, 2010 at 08:03 am
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    by at March 5th, 2010 at 09:03 am
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    Acupuncture for Each Trimester
    Traditional Chinese Medicine is a wonderful tool during pregnancy: drug-free and relaxing for baby and mother. I get this question a lot, acupuncture can be used safely and effectively throughout the entire pregnancy, even...
    by at February 18th, 2010 at 01:02 pm
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    by at January 5th, 2010 at 05:01 am
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    I remember my first experience with acupuncture. I was living in South Korea, where the pollution was so bad you could see and taste it. I was taking extra medication to try and control my allergy symptoms. Just as I was...
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