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Welcome back to Checking In! This season, we're tackling reader questions about everything from vaccines to dating advice, and gratitude to pregnancy. Join SELF executive editor, Zahra Barnes, as she speaks with doctors, medical pros, thought leaders, and more special guests, including actorRead more

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