Alcohol and Pregnancy Do Not Go Together

According to the Center for Disease Control, the U.S. Surgeon General, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, “There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time during pregnancy to drink and no safe kind of alcohol.” For those who enjoy consuming an alcoholic beverage on occasion … Read More

Swelling During Pregnancy

So many changes occur in women’s bodies throughout their entire pregnancies. With the growth of a baby (or babies!), women’s bodies grow and change almost on a daily basis. While women are expecting their abdomens to bulge out in their second and third trimester, they are often surprised by the amount of swelling that occurs … Read More

Trying to Get Pregnant in 2016


Many couples like to begin a new year thinking of all the possibilities that a new year can bring. One of the biggest possibilities is deciding that it is time to expand your family. The most popular month to deliver a baby is September, leading many to believe that the New Year is a popular … Read More

A Birth Plan is Great, but You Must Remain Flexible

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Women have nine months to prepare for the birth of their baby (or babies). During these nine months, many women take birthing classes, read books, and receive countless pieces of advice regarding giving birth. For some women, they greatly look forward to giving birth while many others fear labor because of the unknown. Seasoned mothers … Read More

Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum depression affects 1 in 8 women during the first months following childbirth. This condition is brought on by different factors, and not all women feel, act, or are affected the same. Postpartum depression is the temporary depression in women that is directly related to recently giving birth. It comes in two forms: early onset … Read More

Episiotomy – Don’t Stress, Get the Facts


While most women are ecstatic to learn that they are pregnant and are looking forward to enjoying a full-term, healthy pregnancy, most women are also very concerned with the act of giving birth. One of the major causes for this anxiety can be wrapped up in one word – Episiotomy. Without the facts behind this … Read More

VBAC – What You Need to Know


A VBAC is a desire for many pregnant women. Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is an option for many women who are pregnant. Because a vaginal birth is considered to be the most “ideal” and most “natural” form of birth, pregnant women most often seek a vaginal delivery. However, sometimes things do not work out … Read More

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

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Pregnancy brings about so many memories of joy for expectant parents – learning that you are expecting, hearing the heartbeat via Doppler, seeing your sweet baby via ultrasound and possibly learning the gender, movement and kicks, and then the long awaited arrival. There are so many wonderful moments of pregnancy, but there are times these … Read More

Miscarriage Treatment and Hope

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Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss under 20 weeks. The reasons for miscarriage are varied, and most often are not identified. This time of loss can be especially difficult for mothers and fathers of the unborn baby as pregnancy is usually a very joyful time of expectancy. It is estimated that anywhere … Read More

Delivery Options

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There are more delivery options available for women than ever before here in the United States. While some may seem desirable, the physicians at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. believe that a hospital delivery is the safest place for delivery. There is a lot that can happen during labor and delivery, and being in a hospital … Read More