Pregnancy

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 a woman 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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Pregnancy Past 40 on Al Jazeera “The Stream”

Pregnancy Past 40 on Al Jazeera “The Stream”

Deciding if, and when, to have a child is a very personal decision. Now, thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, that decision doesn’t always have to be restricted to the “ideal” child bearing years – either by parameters set up by science, or society.

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These Are the Pregnancy Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore

These Are the Pregnancy Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore

Pregnancy does crazy things to your body. That’s not really surprising since you’re growing an entirely new person in a relatively tiny space. Plus, with the sudden influx of new and intense hormones, pregnancy can be extremely uncomfortable in a wide variety of ways.

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4 Tips For Coping After a Traumatic Pregnancy or Birth Experience

4 Tips For Coping After a Traumatic Pregnancy or Birth Experience

For most women, pregnancy is a blissful time. Many women enjoy their growing belly and bask in the glow of a new life they are creating while they plan for a birth experience that feels empowering and in-line with their values and wishes.

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Complimentary and Alternative Treatment Options for Mood Symptoms in Pregnancy

Complimentary and Alternative Treatment Options for Mood Symptoms in Pregnancy

It is much more common for women to develop feelings of anxiety and low or irritable mood during pregnancy than one might expect. The good news is that treatment options are plentiful to help manage these symptoms and allow a woman to have a positive and enjoyable pregnancy

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3 Tips to Financially Prepare You For the Arrival of Your New Baby

3 Tips to Financially Prepare You For the Arrival of Your New Baby

Bringing a child into this world will be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. In the months leading up to the birth of your new baby, you are sure to be busy setting up the nursery, putting in the car seat, and baby-proofing your home.

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Preparing For Pregnancy: How To Get Yourself Physically And Mentally Ready

Preparing For Pregnancy: How To Get Yourself Physically And Mentally Ready

Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but for most women, there are highs and lows. While finding out that you are expecting can be incredibly exciting, it’s natural to feel apprehensive and overwhelmed too.

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Sad During Pregnancy? It’s More Common Than You May Think

Sad During Pregnancy? It’s More Common Than You May Think

Dr. Navya Mysore, a primary care physician at One Medical in New York City, pointed out that these feelings can be especially difficult for women during their first trimester, when they may not have even told family, friends and co-workers that they’re pregnant.

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How Accurate is Your Baby’s Due Date? What to Know About When You’ll Go Into Labor

How Accurate is Your Baby’s Due Date? What to Know About When You’ll Go Into Labor

Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve received two different due dates — one came from my very first ultrasound, when my baby was barely the size of a blueberry, the date that was then subsequently stamped on my record as “the” due date.

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15 Things Ob/Gyns Want Pregnant Women to Know

15 Things Ob/Gyns Want Pregnant Women to Know

Things always seem to be changing, and there are many misconceptions out there—about prenatal testing, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. Knowing what to listen to and what to ignore can be tricky. The best route is to consult with your doctor.

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I’ll Never Be the Same: One Woman’s Story of Pregnancy Loss

I’ll Never Be the Same: One Woman’s Story of Pregnancy Loss

I chose to be brave and share my story today. Writing everything down during this time has been comforting for me. I hope it brings comfort to others, lets them know they’re not alone, and opens the door for other women looking for support.

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Fertility and Pregnancy After Age 35 :: Fact or Fiction?

Fertility and Pregnancy After Age 35 :: Fact or Fiction?

A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have in her lifetime :: FACTA female is born with 1-2 million eggs. At puberty she has 300,000-500,000,at age 37 she has 25,000, and age 51 she has 1,000 eggs left.

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Why Do Baby Bumps Look So Different On Different Women?

Why Do Baby Bumps Look So Different On Different Women?

Spurred by the revelation that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child, the Cut did some research into the science behind baby bumps. Specifically: Why do baby bumps look so different on different women?

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I am an OB/GYN :: This is What EVERY Woman Should Know About Pregnancy and Delivery

I am an OB/GYN :: This is What EVERY Woman Should Know About Pregnancy and Delivery

As an OB/GYN and high-risk pregnancy specialist, I get called, texted and emailed nearly daily by friends, friends of friends, coworkers and family members with questions about various issues surrounding pregnancy and delivery.

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Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Shannon M. Clark

Conversations with the Inspiring Dr. Shannon M. Clark

I took a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. I was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by my own personal experience of trying to start a family after the age of 40.

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What You Should Know About Antenatal Screening, Part 3

What You Should Know About Antenatal Screening, Part 3

An ultrasound is an excellent tool for evaluating fetal defects, conditions or syndromes. When considering Down syndrome, there is a 50% detection rate for this condition when using an ultrasound as a screening tool.

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What You Should Know About Antenatal Screening: Part 2

What You Should Know About Antenatal Screening: Part 2

Nuchal Translucency Screening and Combined First and Second Trimester Screening antenatal screening. The ability to detect Down syndrome through antenatal screening has increased with the addition of first trimester screening, or screening at less than 14 weeks of pregnancy.

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What You Should Know About Antenatal Screening: Part 1

What You Should Know About Antenatal Screening: Part 1

As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, a large part of my day is spent performing ultrasounds to detect fetal birth defects, screening for genetic conditions or predispositions through maternal blood testing and family history, and counseling patients on the findings of each.

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My First Lesson as an Expectant Mother Made Me a Better Physician

My First Lesson as an Expectant Mother Made Me a Better Physician

As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, I care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Many times, they have pre-existing medical conditions that make them high-risk; other times they develop a complication during pregnancy that warrants the care of a high-risk obstetrician, like myself.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Treating a UTI While Pregnant

Here’s What You Need to Know About Treating a UTI While Pregnant

With all of the warnings and precautions it can feel like you need to avoid all medication during pregnancy, but that’s not always possible—especially if you wind up with something like a urinary tract infection (UTI).

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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. More women are now having babies after age 35 than ever before. The “advanced maternal age” woman is becoming more and more the typical patient rather than the unicorn she once was.

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Checklist: What to Bring When Traveling While Pregnant

Checklist: What to Bring When Traveling While Pregnant

Whoever said it’s about the journey and not the destination has never flown economy while pregnant. The usual indignities only get worse when you’re expecting—crowded seats feel super-cramped, and recirculating air does extra damage on pregnancy-sensitive skin.

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