Once you have given birth, your baby’s body is not as intricately linked to yours as it was during the nine months of your pregnancy, although if you choose to breastfeed, you continue to nurture that physical bond between you and your child. Just like when you were pregnant, with this bond comes the understanding that what you put into your body finds its way to your baby through your breast milk.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, during pregnancy is not an uncommon issue. Between 5.8 and 8.3% of women age 20 to 44 experience hypertension while pregnant, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, this percentage is growing, mostly due to the continued obesity epidemic in the United States.
Pregnant women and their unborn children are particularly vulnerable to many common infections. While these infections may not normally impact the general population, they are exceptionally dangerous for expectant mothers and can cause serious health problems. There are several steps you can take to prevent prenatal infections in both yourself and your baby. Here is a compendium of critical tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Pregnancy is a big change—a major life change which will prompt you to investigate what to eat, how to exercise, whether to avoid your usual medications, and all of the other things you need to know now that you are living as two persons. The good news is that you were designed to do this. There are things in our evolution that have helped guide the way. For example, craving certain foods is thought to be related to seeking out what your pregnancy needs. But at certain stages of your life your nutritional requirements cannot be met through nutrition alone, which is why specific vitamins and minerals during pregnancy are necessary to supplement.
Your baby will take what he/she needs and then leave the rest for you. This is certainly true of energy and the same goes for nutritional requirements. However, as part of your prenatal care, your doctor will want to insure that you’re getting enough of the following vitamins and minerals to support best possible pregnancy for and your baby. Read More
With the onset of summer and July 4th just around the corner, so are the poolside lunches, beach picnics and barbeques that offer many of our favorite summertime staples – hotdogs, clambakes, potato salad, club sandwiches – just to name a few. For pregnant women, these events can provide an easy way to get the extra nutrition and calories needed to help ensure the health of you and your baby, but the foods you may want to eat may also be on the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy. Keep in mind, just as important as what you’re eating is what you’re not eating as you head into summer.
What to expect at the first prenatal appointment and Why it May Seem like a Marathon
On your mark, get set, go! With your obstetrician’s support, you’re on your way to the finish line where you will meet your new baby. But what checkpoints, and potential roadblocks, does the road ahead hold for you? Once you leave the starting block, you and your obstetrician will navigate the road to motherhood together, starting with your first prenatal visit, which will feel more like a marathon rather than a sprint. At this first appointment, it will take more time than others because of the background information your doctor needs to discuss with you and the time you need to ask your questions.
At our office, we ask our patients to access the Athena Electronic Medical Record Portal available through our website two or three days before the first appointment, other providers may request the same information in different formats. This is an opportunity to have you carefully answer a series of questions that will help your obstetrician determine your due date and identify any potential risk factors.
Many factors come into play when deciding when it’s the right time to take the plunge into motherhood. Commonly women and their partners make the decision based on where they are in certain aspects of their life, such as family, financial and professional status, as well as the ticking of the woman’s biological clock. But just as important as these influencers, is the physical readiness of the woman’s pre-pregnancy body.
A healthy pregnancy starts long before a positive pregnancy test. If you’re planning to become pregnant here are 5 recommendations to increase your chances of successful conception and the healthiest possible pregnancy for you and your baby:
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who take dietary or nutritional supplements, or if you’re thinking about taking them, tell your doctor! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has discovered more than 140 contaminated dietary supplements, and these are believed to represent just a fraction of the contaminated supplements available today.
PMS and menopause
Hormonal changes caused by PMS and menopause can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including cramps, irritability, mood swings, weight gain and bloating. Some of these symptoms may be managed by taking vitamins, minerals or supplements. But you should be aware that information on these products can be sketchy and incomplete. In addition, quality can be poor, inconsistent, and even dangerous. For example, while tryptophan has been shown to alleviate some PMS symptoms, there have been instances of tryptophan contamination in the past, and the safety of tryptophan’s manufacturing process is still in question. Read More