Pregnancy

Sleep During Pregnancy

Sleep During Pregnancy

In pregnancy, there is a decrease in the amount of restful sleep, deep sleep and dream sleep, and an increase daytime sleepiness and fatigue. The decrease in dream sleep, in particular, is thought to be related to pregnancy hormones like progesterone.

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The 5 Cs of Coping with Bed Rest

The 5 Cs of Coping with Bed Rest

Every year, more than 1 million pregnant women in the United States are placed on bed rest or some type of restricted activity, but no one EVER expects it to happen to them. The moment your doctor places you on bed rest is a shock.

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5 Ways To Create A Sanctuary For Healing From Perinatal Loss

5 Ways To Create A Sanctuary For Healing From Perinatal Loss

To love is to grieve. When a baby dies, all hope is lost...it feels unnatural to outlive your baby. You may experience excruciating pain, anger, guilt, and depression, but we must remember to move through those feelings.

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What To Expect (With Your Hair) When You're Expecting

What To Expect (With Your Hair) When You're Expecting

Whether you consider yourself to be a low or high maintenance type of girl, we all have some type of cosmetic routine that we follow. Pregnancy brings its own set of beauty challenges, so maintaining that routine can become quite a task.

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When Skies Are Gray: My Struggle With Antenatal Depression

When Skies Are Gray: My Struggle With Antenatal Depression

I learned of the term “antenatal depression” from Google, which revealed it affects one in eight pregnant women. It is a form of clinical depression, and it can be a precursor to postpartum depression if untreated.

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Pelvic Floor Health and Wellness!

Pelvic Floor Health and Wellness!

When the pelvic floor is not in proper function, it can disrupt a number of otherwise normal bodily functions such as urinating and pooping. In addition, if these muscles and ligaments are too tight, too loose, or tweaked wrong, they can cause tremendous pain and discomfort.

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Dental Health in Pregnancy!

Dental Health in Pregnancy!

Physiologic changes to teeth and gums are quite common during pregnancy. These changes can include pregnancy gingivitis, benign oral gingival lesions, tooth mobility, tooth erosion, dental caries, and periodontitis. 

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Pregnancy Pain Pot Pourri!

Pregnancy Pain Pot Pourri!

As pregnancy progresses, the weight on the ligaments in the pelvic floor can become inflamed causing pelvic pain, bowel or bladder symptoms, or even painful intercourse! These symptoms can continue throughout and after pregnancy.

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Healing from Infertility, Pregnancy and Birth Trauma

Healing from Infertility, Pregnancy and Birth Trauma

As Parijat Deshpande, a leading mind-body health specialist, says, “Trauma is not about WHAT happened, but HOW your body experienced it. Trauma is when too much happened too soon and too fast. Trauma does not heal with time.”

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What Every Woman Should Know About Pregnancy After Age 35

What Every Woman Should Know About Pregnancy After Age 35

It’s official. Women have babies after age 35 and MORE women are having babies after age 35 now than ever before. The “advanced maternal age” woman is more becoming a typical patient rather than the unicorn that she once was.

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This New Mom Did An Amazing Photo Shoot With Her Egg Donor

This New Mom Did An Amazing Photo Shoot With Her Egg Donor

I knew that trying to become a first-time mom at 40 would be tough. My fears were realized when my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Although that loss was devastating, I had no idea just how much more disappointment I was about to experience.

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What I wish I’d Known Before My Personal Experience With Stillbirth...

What I wish I’d Known Before My Personal Experience With Stillbirth...

People don’t understand that when your baby dies, they don’t just disappear. You still have to deliver them, and in most cases, a vaginal delivery is recommended. Although you will likely be in shock, I want you to remember that you have some time.

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Let’s Talk About the “M” Word…Miscarriage

Let’s Talk About the “M” Word…Miscarriage

You’ve read all the articles about preparing for conception, pregnancy and childbirth. You’ve researched all the best baby products and bought those cute little milestone photo props. The last think you want to think about is the potential of miscarriage.

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Don’t Let AMA Define Your Pregnancy

Don’t Let AMA Define Your Pregnancy

So it seems to me that the “AMA” letters that were stitched in to all my maternity shirts are simply just a cautionary red flag for what may happen. It does not negate the fear factor one may feel while at the same time doctors are saying not to stress and to relax.

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The Top 5 Thoughts of Women Pregnant After Age 35

The Top 5 Thoughts of Women Pregnant After Age 35

The age at which women have their first child continues to increase. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the first birth rate for women aged 40-44 has doubled since 1990 and the rate for women age 35-39 has increased six-fold since the 1970s!

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Quick Facts About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Quick Facts About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Most new parents are prone to experiencing some anxiety in the postpartum period. It might include worries about whether the baby will be safe, is eating or sleeping enough and if you are doing a good enough job as a parent. Learn more about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

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Cord Blood Registry!!

Cord Blood Registry!!

Today, I am going to dive deeper into whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood. In this interview with genetic counselor, Michelle McDougal, we discuss what cord blood banking is and why it might be the right decision for you.

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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Part 2: What’s the 411?

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Part 2: What’s the 411?

NIPT uses a blood sample taken from mom, so there is no risk to the pregnancy itself. It is available any time after the 10th week of pregnancy, unlike the first trimester screen or the quad screen, which have limited times during pregnancy when they can be performed.

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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Part 1: What’s the 411?

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) Part 1: What’s the 411?

There is an increased chance with each passing year that our eggs will make an error with separation of the chromosomes (the packets of material that contain our genes) during fertilization. If this occurs, a baby could end up with an extra or missing copy of a gene or chromosome.

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What to Expect (With Your Skin) When You’re Expecting

What to Expect (With Your Skin) When You’re Expecting

Pregnancy brings its own set of beauty challenges, so maintaining that routine can become quite a task. Along with an influx of pregnancy hormones, your body is changing rapidly and everything seems to affect your appearance.

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The Latest on COVID-19 and Pregnancy!

The Latest on COVID-19 and Pregnancy!

This has been an unconventional summer, to say the least, and it has been an unconventional time as a physician! That’s why, even though I’m on vacation, I want to share this important update regarding COVID-19 pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.

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Everything You Want to Know About Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery and Postpartum, But Are Afraid to Ask!

Everything You Want to Know About Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery and Postpartum, But Are Afraid to Ask!

If you or someone you know is preparing for labor and delivery, this information is a must-read! There are several things to be aware of during labor and delivery, with additional considerations to keep in mind if you are is 35 or over at the time of delivery.

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How to Build Your Bed Rest Support Squad

How to Build Your Bed Rest Support Squad

No matter what the circumstances, no woman is prepared to be placed on bed rest and taken away from all the roles and responsibilities that define her. Suddenly you’re no longer a coworker or a mom, a wife or partner, a daughter, sister or friend.

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Gift Ideas for New Moms and Babies!

Gift Ideas for New Moms and Babies!

Although COVID-19 is still here, life is still open with many important events likely happening in your life… events that require gifts or even pick-me-ups! Summer is also here so you might have a friend or loved one who is about to have a baby, or YOU may be expecting!

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How to Pick Your Obstetrician and Questions to Ask!

How to Pick Your Obstetrician and Questions to Ask!

Are you newly pregnant and looking for an ObGyn? Are you overwhelmed with the different options in providers and hospitals to from? Listen to my discussion on how to pick your ObGyn and questions to ask to help guide you!

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Wait a Minute…I Don’t Have to Push on My Back??

Wait a Minute…I Don’t Have to Push on My Back??

Many parents arrive to the delivery room with the expectation that their baby will be born via the traditional lithotomy position (back-lying, legs up in stirrups). However, this is not the only birthing position, nor is it necessarily the best one for every woman.

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: How Much and Which Fish Are Safe to Eat in pregnancy?

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: How Much and Which Fish Are Safe to Eat in pregnancy?

You may have heard that some fish and shellfish contain too much metal called methylmercury and can be harmful in pregnancy. However, it is also important to have enough fish in your diet to provide healthy omega-3 fatty acids to optimize our baby’s brain development.

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What You Should Know About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)!

What You Should Know About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)!

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD), can have effects on mom before, during, and after pregnancy, with symptoms further magnifying after delivery because of the new-mom stressors like lack of sleep, hormonal shifts, and psychosocial status.

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What You Should Know About Having a High-Risk Pregnancy

What You Should Know About Having a High-Risk Pregnancy

Some women lament over the fact that they have been told they are high-risk, some women simply accept it and react appropriately, and some shout it from the mountain tops sharing every detail of what complications they are having with anyone who will listen.

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Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy: Let’s Talk About It!

Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy: Let’s Talk About It!

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is a very common medical condition in pregnancy. The severity can range from a mild to moderate course that resolves with conservative treatment or the addition of a medication, to a severe, prolonged course.

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