Weight Gain and Pregnancy: What is Normal?

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If you in the beginning stages of pregnancy, you are about to embark upon an exciting and wonderful journey. Having a child will change your life in ways that you never imagined. Being pregnant will also change your body in ways that you never thought were possible! You may be wondering how much weight you … Read More

Lactation Mastitis: Causes and Symptoms

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Lactation Mastitis is a fairly common condition that may be caused by a blocked milk duct or by bacteria entering the breast during breast feeding.  For this reason, it affects lactating women. Lactation Mastitis results in breast pain as well as redness and swelling in the breast. It can also cause fever and chills. This … Read More

Breech Birth: What is it?

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Breech births occur in approximately 1 out of 25 full-term births.  If you are pregnant, you may have heard of a breech birth but do not fully understand its meaning and/or implications.  In most cases, a baby will move into delivery position a few weeks before delivery with his or her head moving closer to … Read More

What is the Family and Medical Leave Act?

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If you are pregnant and are trying to figure out how you will care for your newborn and continue your employment, you may want to familiarize yourself with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The FMLA is a piece of legislation that entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid leave for specified … Read More

Stages of Pregnancy

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A normal pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks and is divided into three trimesters.  In the first trimester of your pregnancy (weeks 1-12), hormonal changes affect almost every organ system in your body.  You can expect to experience all or some of the following symptoms in your first trimester: 1.  tender, swollen breasts 2.  upset … Read More

Different Types of High Risk Pregnancies

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If you are pregnant and have been termed “high risk”, your OBGYN may recommend extra and earlier screening tests.  Depending on the type of risk, you may also be asked to modify your diet and/or activity level.  In some cases of high risk pregnancy, total bed rest is recommended.  There are a variety of different … Read More

Preparing Your Body For Pregnancy

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Is starting a family one of your New Year’s resolutions?  If so, there are a few things you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy and increase your chances of having a healthy, more comfortable pregnancy. First and foremost, if you smoke, you should quit before you become pregnant.  There are a variety of … Read More

Common Causes of Male Infertility

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If you have been trying to achieve pregnancy without success, you are not alone.  Everyday, couples just like you struggle with infertility.  There are a myriad of factors that could be contributing to the problem, and diagnosing infertility can be a complicated process.  In most cases, we look to the woman first when it comes … Read More

What Do My Pregnancy Cravings Mean?

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Most of us have heard stories about pregnant women craving strange combinations of foods like pickles and ice cream, however, most of us chalk these cravings up to an old wive’s tale.  However, if you have ever been pregnant, you may have experienced some type of craving yourself.  The reality is that approximately 1/2 of … Read More

Episiotomy: What Is It?

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If you are expecting a child, you may getting curious and even a little bit nervous about the delivery process. There is no need to be nervous!  Your Obstetrician and/or Midwife will be there with you every step of the way.  However, being informed about the different child-birth scenarios, including an Episiotomy, can be helpful … Read More