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

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

Miscarriage: Causes and Symptoms

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Miscarriage is a term that is used to describe a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first twenty weeks of gestation.  It is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Sadly, miscarriage is a reality for many women.  Studies show that anywhere from 10% … Read More

Pre-Conceptual Genetic Testing

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The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has recently recommended that all couples of reproductive age who are attempting to conceive be offered pre-conceptual genetic testing.  The purpose of this testing is to identify those couples who are carriers of a variety of conditions that could affect their children. Carriers of genetic diseases do not … Read More

What is Toxemia?

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Toxemia is a dangerous condition that can occur with pregnant women.  The condition is characterized by a sudden elevation in blood pressure that causes the arteries to constrict and limits blood flow to the placenta of the unborn child.  If not identified early and treated appropriately, Toxemia can cause death for a mother and a … Read More

Reducing Your Baby’s Risk For SIDS

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SIDS stands for “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome“: a term that strikes fear in the hearts of new parents everywhere.  SIDS is not an illness or a disease.  Instead, it is a diagnoses that is given when a child under one years old dies and an exact cause cannot be found.  Approximately 2,300 infants in the … Read More