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Recently, I ran into one of my son’s teachers, who we’ll call Lora, at the vegetable market. She’s 24 weeks pregnant and thrilled but after hearing her story of the drama of receiving very scary genetic screening test results, I suggested we go grab a cup of tea.
She needed to talk. Everything in her life changed abruptly when she got a phone message on a Friday afternoon (which is even worse!) that there might be a problem and she’d need more testing. What she ultimately found out was that all of the terror and uncertainty that took weeks to resolve could have been avoided. (We’ll get to that in a minute). (more…)
New technology in genetic testing mean that pregnant mothers can have a simple blood test as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy to obtain highly accurate information about the possibility of their pregnancy being affected by the most common genetic conditions.
I just heard about this innovative and brilliant Clean Birth Kit in a Purse that has helped moms around the world deliver their babies much more safely by helping to reduce serious infections. Everything is included to help provide a safer more hygienic birth in conditions that are challenging to say the least.
For every Pregnancy or Breastfeeding Guide that you download from my website, I’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to the Small Purse Big Change. There’s no limit to what we can all do together.
This video explains the project that’s already helping thousands of moms.
The Clean Birth Kit comes in a small easy to care purse and provides everything that’s recommended by the World Health Organization for safer births while using environmentally friendly and culturally appealing materials. These kits also provide livelihood support for impoverished women who assemble them.
So please donate, share this with friends and if you download a Pregnancy or Breastfeeding Guide from this site, I’ll donate 50% of the proceeds to help more moms around the world have healthier, cleaner births.
First of all, you’re not alone. If you need to know when exactly you got pregnant, you probably have a lot of good reasons to try to figure this out. Many women need to know this information right away.
So, even if the circumstances surrounding this conception may not have been ideal, it’s important to first take a few slow deep breaths so that you can think clearly. Then, make sure that you’re actually pregnant by doing a urine pregnancy test, if you haven’t already. Don’t panic, unless this is a real issue, not just something that you’re worried could be happening.
If you have had a positive pregnancy test and you’re worried about exactly when you conceived, you’ll want to discuss this with your health care provider. In order to for you to get the information you need from them, there’s a few things you need to write down and bring with you to your appointment.
Kim Kardashian plans to eat her placenta after giving birth. Can it be true that she is really planning on eating her placenta? Have you heard everything now? What crazy things are being cooked up by those crazy, love ’em or hate ’em Kardashians? Apparently she not only wants to try it for supposed health benefits, but is offering it up to the family to enjoy. In a promo I saw, there’s a hint that there may be an after-birth surprise on the menu in an upcoming episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Why would Kim want to eat her placenta?
You may be wondering why on earth Kim Kardashian would want to save and eat her baby’s placenta after giving birth. (more…)
I’m proud of Kate
What I told that reporter and anyone else who will listen, is that I’m proud of her. Yes, I’m proud that she was real and that she didn’t squeeze herself into Spanx or some tight shapewear to try to hide her tummy. (more…)
Amnio & CVS are 2 tests that are available, however, our recommendations for who needs these are changing based on new genetic tests that are available. These tests are considered diagnostic, with high levels of accuracy in assessing pregnancies with serious genetic conditions. Until recently, any woman over 35, most of whom were 99% likely not to have an affected pregnancy were offered these potentially risky, invasive tests. (more…)
Genetic testing in pregnancy with Amnio and CVS carries risk of miscarriage, but what about the non-invasive tests that most women have that lead to the recommendation to have an Amnio or CVS?
Right now, genetic testing in pregnancy is undergoing a seismic shift. There are many different tests that are offered to pregnant moms to screen for genetic conditions.
These combined and integrated screens rely upon a combination of ultrasound plus a series of blood tests for pregnancy hormones and proteins.
While these tests are much better than just estimating risk and recommending amnio and CVS just based upon a mom’s age, they aren’t perfect.
What is involved with Amnio and CVS?
Many couples ask me what is involved with amniocentesis and CVS. These 2 tests are considered diagnostic to detect serious genetic conditions in a pregnancy. Many couples wrestle with whether they should have these tests, even if they wouldn’t consider any option but continuing the pregnancy.
My position is that this is a highly personal choice. There’s no 1 right way or wrong way that is right for every situation. My goal is to provide information so that you can make a more informed choice.
If you’re wondering what it could mean if you see Red discharge at 8 weeks to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
In my practice, I care for many women who experience red discharge early in the first 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Seeing blood when you wipe or on your underwear is very scary. This often occurs in healthy pregnancies and may not mean that miscarriage is going to occur.
Before you panic, let me just say that up to 10 to 15% of normal pregnancies will have some bleeding or brown discharge in the first few weeks. If you do have any bleeding or brown discharge, it’s important that you call your health care provider right away. It’s also important to call immediately if you have any severe pelvic pain with or without bleeding. (more…)