Tag: Pregnancy

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 […]

Marijuana use in Pregnancy

  Marijuana is gaining legal status in many states.  With it’s increasing accessibility, 1 out of every 25 women in the US report marijuana use in pregnancy. This is not without risk.  Though a natural product, it’s effect on pregnancy has not been fully study.   There is definitely data that it can cause smaller than […]

The Impacts of the Zika Virus

  As summer comes to an end, the threat of the Zika virus will leave the news cycle for a few months.   But the effects of the virus are quite real and ongoing.  The CDC recently put out a study on the outcomes of pregnancies exposed to the Zika virus in Puerto Rico and the […]

My Challenges with Breastfeeding

by Amy Teng, DO     As an obstetrician I counsel patients daily regarding the challenges of pregnancy, labor, and breastfeeding.  As most mothers will acknowledge, the expectations and goals that are set for this time in a woman’s life can be numerous, complicated, and sometimes difficult to achieve.  My goal is to make sure […]

Delayed Cord Clamping

Improved Health Outcomes and a Lower Risk of Anemia for Your Baby: New Timing Guidelines for Umbilical Cord Clamping   Hey ladies,   The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is now recommending that we wait at least 30-60 seconds before clamping the umbilical cord after delivery. This decision is based on recent research […]

Zika Threat Isn’t Over

As people plan for winter getaways to warmer climates, the CDC is continuing to emphasize that pregnancy women should not travel to Zika-endemic countries.  In the US, as the mosquito risk has dramatically dropped for the winter, that is not the case in the Southern Hemisphere. Until a Zika virus vaccine is developed and commercially […]

July 2016: Updates on the Zika Virus Epidemic

July 27, 2016 Kristina Dragovic, MD   The Zika virus has been a hot topic in the world of Obstetrics. Within the past year there has been a significant increase in birth defects in areas where the mosquitoes that carry and transmit the virus live- starting mainly in Brazil. In addition to causing flu like […]

How can I ensure I get pregnant with a girl (or boy)?

by Sarah Azad, MD A common question in all OB/GYN offices, I decided to finally write something down.  The internet it so full of misinformation about this topic, I hope this adds a drop of truth to what’s out there. The short answer:  Hope and prayer (free) or IVF with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) (not […]