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26 Sep I am now in my 4th month of pregnancy. My friends advise me to take a lot of fish so that my child can have a better I.Q. I do not like to eat fish. Besides, I am afraid that fish may contain toxic substances, like mercury, which are toxic for my baby. Can I take other types of food? Should I take supplements?

I presume you are referring to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. They belong to a class of fatty acids called essential fatty acids which the body cannot produce and must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids are the "good" fat that come in...

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20 Sep I am trying to conceive for about 6 months I have been taking soya bean milk every morning and bean curd and tofu frequently, thinking that soy products are good for health. Recently, friends have been advising me to avoid soy products. How does soy affect fertility?

Soy contains plant-derived female hormones called isoflavones. They have a very weak effect on human body and have been used in relieving  people with menopausal symptoms. Experimental animal studies have suggested that eating large amounts of soy might reduce fertility. But these results may not be...

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14 Sep I am married for 2 years, trying actively to conceive for the past 6 months without success. I went for a check-up recently and was told that I had uterine polyps. What are they and what are the causes? Must I have them removed?

Uterine polyps also known as endometrial polyps are overgrowth of the cells in the inner lining of the womb (endometrium). They are attached to the wall of the womb by a stalk, the base of which can be thin or broad. They can be single...

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