Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing – When Should You Consider This?

…..Let us return to our review of non-invasive prenatal testing for abnormalities of the fetal chromosomes. …..This testing is supported by the professional societies, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  It is not a testing program that is offered to all pregnant women at this time, and there are certain indications for considering…

Prenatal Genetic Testing – A New, Non-Invasive Procedure!

…..Prenatal genetic testing is used to determine the risk of a fetus having an abnormal chromosome.  Finding the fetus with an abnormality at the 21, 13, or 18th chromosome at an early fetal age and with a non-invasive technique has been the quest of many investigators over the past 50 years.  Every decade seems to…

Should Pregnant Women Get the Flu Shot?

.….It is time to bring up the flu vaccine again!  October is the start of the flu season, and it can run all the way into the spring.  The flu vaccines are available now, and remember, it takes about two weeks to produce the protective antibodies after receiving the vaccine. …..Pregnant women who get the flu…

Preterm Births – Ways to Prevent This Large Problem

…..Preterm births continue to be a large problem in the United States, leading to many problems for these children.  It is the leading cause of infant mortality in our country.  Prevention is always the goal, and today, measuring the cervical length with a transvaginal sonogram may help identify patients who are at a higher risk…

Are You Concerned About the Morning Sickness Associated with Pregnancy?

…..Morning sickness is a common problem affecting many women during early pregnancy.  To try to help with the symptoms, most medical professionals will advise eating several small meals during the day, eating low fat, bland foods, and trying to avoid smells that seem to increase the nausea.  Over my many years in practice, I often also…

Crucial Tdap Vaccination Recommendations for Pregnant Women

…..Let us now summarize the Tdap vaccination recommendations as advised by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Pregnant women should receive the Tdap vaccine with each pregnancy, and the ideal timing is during 27 to 36 weeks of the pregnancy. With the preceding plan, there…

The New Outbreak of Pertussis in Babies

…..Over the past decade, there has been a large increase in the incidence of pertussis (whooping cough) in the United States, with over 40,000 cases being reported in 2012.  What is of great concern is the large number of infants being affected. …..The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that most pertussis hospitalizations…

Two Reasons Why You Should Not Drink Alcohol During Pregnancy

…..Alcohol is a teratogen!  A teratogen is a drug or any other substance that can affect the development of an embryo and can lead to birth defects or other developmental problems.  Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is a constellation of physical, behavioral, and cognitive abnormalities in children resulting from a mother drinking alcohol during a pregnancy. …..The…

Exercising During Pregnancy – Is it Safe?

…..Obstetrical health professionals have always told their patients that regular, moderate exercise during pregnancy is beneficial and safe for both the mother and fetus.  It is generally agreed that exercise can reduce the common discomforts of pregnancy.  Exercise may even help decrease the risks of gestational diabetes and even preeclampsia. …..The Department of Health and…