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Kate Middleton was no birthzilla with a birth plan guaranteed to lead to disappointment and frustration. No doubt she and the palace had a birth plan, and you can learn a lot about how yours can be more like Duchess Kate’s, so that you to can Keep Calm and Carry on.
If you’re wondering about how she envisioned her birth with help of the Royal palace, the heir to the throne of England and dozens of trusted advisors, I can guess that she was more Zen-like and calm than the dreaded hormonally driven Birthzilla.
No doubt, Kate kept calm and carried on. You can too as long as you avoid 3 of the most common pitfalls when creating your very own royal birth plan.
When women find out they’re pregnant it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the volume of information available and number of decisions that you’re being asked to make about everything from testing options to whether you’re going to use a doula.
Having 1 or more ultrasounds during pregnancy is a way for moms and families to feel more reassured about the health of their baby, and now there are more options to screen for possible genetic conditions.
One of the first questions many pregnant moms have is what kinds of tests are available and what should they have for possible genetic conditions in their pregnancy. (more…)
During pregnancy, there’s so many changes in your body, that it can be difficult to figure out if what you’re feeling is normal. You may have heard about “practice” or Braxton Hicks contractions, but how do you know what is real labor and what is just your body practicing for the big day?
We don’t want babies to be born too early. They need to develop and grow in their mom’s tummies. Unfortunately, 1 in 8 babies are born too early. Though 50% of moms who deliver prematurely have no known risk factors, there are some things we’ve identified that put women at slightly increased risk. (more…)
? 5 Quick Tips You Need to Know Now
Moms who are carrying twins have twice the concerns and many wonder how their pregnancy will be different from a mom who’s carrying one. Your pregnancy will be similar to that of someone carrying a single baby in some ways and different in others. Here are a few quick tips to remember:
We haven’t heard a lot lately about food borne illness, but the fact is, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from contaminated food each year. Most cases aren’t reported, as the person recovers on their own without treatment, but about 130,000 are hospitalized each year, with 3,000 deaths.
Pregnant women and children under the age of 5 are most susceptible. I’ve cared for many pregnant women who thought that soft cheese was safe and developed listeriosis.
This is part 2 of my post on Gestational Diabetes
In part 1, you’ll find a review of what Gestational Diabetes is, who is at higher risk and how we test for it.
In this part, I’ll continue discussing what happens when the first screening tests come back elevated.
If the HgB A1, Fasting glucose and/or 1 hour tests are elevated, then many providers will ask the pregnant mom to have a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. (more…)
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.