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A: Don’t you just hate it when your OB gives you just enough information to make you worried, but not enough to reassure you? This is one area, where we as health care providers need lots of improvement.
I love doing ultrasounds. It’s a great way to evaluate the baby’s growth and it’s an opportunity for parents to get a peak at their baby and continue their bonding process. It only takes an extra few seconds to reassure parents and provide the information that will help them sleep better at night. (more…)
I care for a lot of women who are trying to become pregnant and who are corssing their fingers, pacing in the bathroom and hoping that they’ll see a plus sign on the drugstore urine pregnancy test. They pee’d on the stick and now every second seems like hours as the test develops.
At first, they can’t believe it, so they reach into the box and grab another test. Is it real? Is this really happening, they wonder. I’ve had patients take 15 tests because they just couldn’t believe their eyes. They needed lots of confirmation.
Waiting, praying, bargaining and hoping to be pregnant. It’s a rite of passage for many women. The same process happens in reverse for women who aren’t ready to be pregnant. It’s an emotional and hormonal roller coaster to be sure. (more…)
I’m about 16 weeks pregnant and I just starting seeing some spotting. I don’t feel any cramping or pain, but I’m wondering what could cause this and what I should do?
It’s so scary to see any blood when you’re pregnant.
Here’s what I advised her:
The best thing to do whenever you see any spotting or bleeding is to be in touch with your health care provider. Often they will want to see you and check the baby. They’ll usually order an ultrasound, do some lab tests, and may recommend bedrest, no exercise and/or no sex. (more…)
2. Start taking a prenatal vitamin – There’s lots of evidence that taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid in it 1-3 months before conception decreases the risk of neural tube defects in babies, and now recent evidence indicates that prenatal vitamins also reduce the likelihood of delivering prematurely.
We know that postpartum depression is a serious concern. Identification and prevention is key to helping moms avoid feeling more than just baby blues so that they can care for themselves and their babies.
A recent study on a small group of pregnant women found that those who took DHA, Omega-3 supplements during their pregnancy had a decreased risk of postpartum depression. According to the lead author, Dr. Michelle Price Judge, it’s thought that as pregnancy progresses into the 3rd trimester, more of the mother’s stores of DHA are transferred to the baby, which causes a depletion in the mother.
Question: I just found out I am pregnant and I am already 9 weeks along. Before I knew I was pregnant, I was jumping up and down inside one of those big bouncy houses for kids (for about 5 minutes). I didn’t feel any pain, didn’t have any bleeding, but my mother in law told me I could have hurt the baby. I’m scared. Is jumping bad for the baby?
Answer from Nurse Barb: You sound like you’re going to be a fun mom! Rest assured that the jumping you did shouldn’t have any effect on your baby. Jumping in those air jumpers provided your legs and ankles lots of cushioning. As long as you didn’t have any spotting or bleeding after the jumping, you and the baby should be just fine. (more…)
The reasoning was that these are anti-oxidative vitamins and might be beneficial for pregnant women.
A recent study and ones in the past actually found no difference in the pregnancy outcomes for pre-eclampsia and toxemia. (more…)
I’m reading The Female Brain by Dr. Louann Brizendine. It’s brilliant! Each page is a revelation and explains the neuro-chemical and hormonal influences on our behavior. She manages to take very dry science and bring it to life. This book is a must read for women and the men who love us.
The book covers women of all ages. I read a few pages before speaking to a group of parents last week about teens and sex. It helps to have the biologic explanation for what seems to be erratic and provocative behaviors. (more…)
If you practice long enough, one thing I’ve learned is that the pendulum eventually swings back and finds the center. In terms of women preparing to give birth if they had previously had a C-Section, the thinking has swung from one recommendation to the polar opposite.
For years, we encouraged women who had a Cesarean Section to attempt a vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. I remember countless conversations with women discussing the options, and providing reassurances.