Knowing when pregnancy symptoms are harmless or need medical attention can improve the health of you and your baby. Pregnancy is often a joyous time filled with hope and expectation. The desire to bring a healthy baby into the world can often create questions and anxiety about differentiating between normal pregnancy symptoms and pregnancy complications. […]
When you are worried about infertility, it is easy to feel powerless. But with these steps, you can take charge and be proactive about your reproductive health. There are many reasons why women worry about their fertility, but one thing is sure; when it comes to reproductive health, you want to feel informed and empowered. […]
Be aware of both the subtle and dramatic changes that take place as your body prepares for the birth of your child. After months of repeated visits to the physician’s office, reading book after book on pregnancy, and preparing every square inch of your home for your new arrival, it may feel like your baby […]
Research in the obstetrics field can put certain pregnancy myths to rest once and for all. Something about being pregnant seems to draw unsolicited advice and stories. Friends, family, and even total strangers stop to congratulate you and give you their advice on how to best navigate this life-changing event.
Weight gain, along with the natural stretch of your baby growing, can cause tears in your skin called stretch marks. 90% of women get stretch marks after their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses, your belly expands, stretching the skin taught, which can lead to stretch marks in areas like your […]
Gestational diabetes can occur in women with no previous medical history of diabetes, and often disappears after you give birth. You can take precautions to help avoid developing gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects as many as 9.2% of all pregnant women. While gestational diabetes poses a risk to mother and child, it is not as threatening […]
When it comes to traveling while pregnant, consulting your obstetrician and planning ahead are the best ways to ensure that you and your baby will have a safe and healthy trip. If you are planning to take a trip while you are pregnant, timing is everything. It is considered safe to travel throughout most of […]
Prenatal vitamins fill nutritional gaps and support your diet to help ensure that both you and your baby remain healthy. You should start taking prenatal vitamins before pregnancy, if possible, to maximize their effectiveness. Healthy development begins with conception. So if you are actively trying to become pregnant, visit your obstetrician or gynecologist for their […]
First trimester testing provides early-stage information about the health of your pregnancy by combining comprehensive ultrasound and blood testing. First trimester screening ultrasounds are performed between the 11th and 13th week of pregnancy depending on the size of your baby. Blood testing can be done during either your first ultrasound visit or two weeks prior.