Tag: Pregnancy

What Happened to the Zika Virus? It’s still around and just as dangerous…

What Happened to the Zika Virus?   It’s still around and just as dangerous…   The Zika virus epidemic peaked in 2016, fortunately there are less cases each year since.  However, it’s still around and it’s dangerous consequences in pregnancy: miscarriage, microcephaly, and still birth, are still very real.  Unfortunately, over 80% of Zika virus infection […]

Where are the Babies?

The modern vision of working motherhood is not working out for a lot of women.   In a big way.  The number of babies being born in the US is dropping, to the lowest levels in 30 years!   In 2017, 3.8 million babies were born.  That’s a huge number, unless you consider that it’s a 2% […]

Perinatal Depression

  Though the Postpartum Blues and Postpartum Depression are commonly known mental health issues associated with pregnancy, much less is discussed about depression IN pregnancy.  Depression among pregnant women, called Perinatal Depression, affects over 15% of women. Depression, the most common mood disorder in the general population, is approximately twice as common in women as […]

Pregnancy planning in the 30s

  There’s a lot of anxiety around the age of 35.  It’s the line that’s been drawn between “normal” pregnant women and those of “advanced” maternal age.   Though the changes a woman goes through are gradual and ever changing, the age of 35 is the best age to place this line for a lot of […]

Group B Strep in Pregnancy

  Every pregnant woman is evaluated for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy.  By 36 weeks, if she hasn’t yet had GBS, a swab is done of the vagina and anus in the office to specifically rule it out.  What’s it all about? GBS is a type of bacteria that is commonly found on humans.  […]

Pregnancy and Air Travel

Pregnancy and Air Travel. Feb 2018   Travel plans coming up?  Trying to figure out what’s safe and what’s not while pregnant?  Here are some basic guidelines for safe travels: Airplane travel doesn’t make labor more likely, but no one wants to have a baby on a plane! Airlines do not follow a standard set […]

Induction of Labor at 39 weeks Reduces Risk of Cesarean!

Our philosophy has always been safety of mom and baby first, centering a woman’s own choices around her labor experience next and avoiding intervention when possible.   Our group prides ourselves on our patience as physicians allowing us to focus on education, giving women the tools to make the most informed decisions possible and giving them […]

Zika is Still an Issue

    It’s winter and the thought of mosquitos may be far from your mind, but there are two hemispheres to the Earth, which means in many countries it’s the middle of the summer.   Where there are mosquitos, the question of the Zika virus is real.   If you’re planning on becoming pregnant in the next […]

What’s the fertility diet?

  In the fall of last year, a publication from the large Nurses’ Health Study, identified lifestyle and dietary issues clearly associated with reproductive health. With access to over 25,000 pregnancies, the Nurses’ Health Study allows the prospective monitoring of women’s health and lifestyle choices. Some take home lessons: A Normal BMI: 20-25, is associated […]

Fish in Pregnancy

  There’s a general consensus that fish is a healthy source of lean protein.   Pregnancy is a time when lean protein is an important part of a healthy diet for both mom and the developing fetus. So, what about eating fish in pregnancy? Benefits of fish: Omega 3 Fatty Acids Protein Vitamin D Iron Concerns […]