Tag: Pregnancy

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When is a man too old to have a kid?  Risks of “Advanced Paternal Age”

Women have made so many gains in the 20th and 21st centuries including social, political, economic, and reproductive rights.   Each generation enjoys more benefits than the one before.   Though there is still so much work to be done, one area that has little likelihood of changing is the reproductive window afforded to women. Getting pregnant, […]

Drinking in and around Pregnancy

Drinking in and around Pregnancy   While drinking in large amounts is dangerous for all women (and men for that matter), drinking any amount is dangerous for pregnant women, or women who are planning pregnancy. There is no safe amount of alcohol for pregnant women, or women planning pregnancy. Now, does this mean the three […]

Long Commutes can Impact your Pregnancy

With the crazy housing market in the Bay Area, we see patients every day who have longer and longer commutes to work. Unfortunately, this may not be the best news for our pregnant working moms. A new study from Leigh University in Pennsylvania studied birth records in New Jersey from 2014 and 2015 and information […]

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How can I have a girl? Or maybe, how can I have a boy?

A few years ago, I wrote this blog post on determining gender of a pregnancy.   I wrote it after having been asked the same question 10 times in the same week, and of course, repeating the same answer.   The same question comes up often.   Very often.  It’s a very human desire, to prefer one […]

Dental Care in Pregnancy

Taking care of our teeth is always important.  It’s best to see a dentist at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings.  For women planning pregnancy, it’s important to be up to date on dental care.  There’s a clear association between periodontal disease and an increased risk of preterm birth.  Having clean, healthy […]

The Publicness of Pregnancy

We’ve all learned by adulthood not to ask a woman if she’s pregnant.  If you’re wrong…. you’re in trouble. However, the reality is, pregnancy is a very public experience.   Some of this is wonderful, in the third trimester, feeling tired, people open doors for you, carry things for you, make space for you, let you […]

Baby born from uterus transplanted from a deceased donor

  In December 2018, doctors from Brazil reported the first time a baby was born from a uterus that was transplanted from a deceased donor. While uterus donations are not uncommon, most have been from donors who are living, such as a family member. However, the patient successfully conceived after completing IVF 7 months after […]

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Massage in Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great time to indulge in the benefits of massage.  In experienced hands, massage is not just a luxury but helps your body comfortably adjust to all the changes that result from pregnancy. Benefits of prenatal massage include: Relieving lower back pain Relieving the strain on your shoulders, abdomen, hips and lower back […]

Do I really need a birth plan?

This question comes up a lot.   We’ve written about it before.  But it still comes frequently. You finally get to the third trimester, you realize that this baby is coming, and labor and delivery are going to be very real experiences for you.   As you start preparing for this, you read about having a birth […]