Which Medications Should You Avoid During Pregnancy?

If you are considering pregnancy or are already pregnant, here are a few of the medications you should not be taking: Benzodiazepine sedatives: these are medications used to help anxiety and insomnia; Xanax and Ativan are two of this class Statins: used to decrease cholesterol; Lipitor and Crestor are in this class Non-contraceptive estrogens Warfarin derivatives:…

What Could Happen if You Smoke During Pregnancy?

We all know that cigarette smoking is a health hazard.  In pregnancy, smoking spreads that hazard to the baby as well as the mom.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides us with the following information: It is reported that 10% of women smoke during the last 3 months of pregnancy 50% of women…

How Can Uterine Fibroids Affect Your Pregnancy?

About 5% of all women have a uterine fibroid and this is the most common of the noncancerous gynecological tumors.  Since fibroids can increase risks during a pregnancy, the health care provider follows a pregnant woman with fibroids carefully. One of the complications can be that the baby is in a position other than head-down near…

What Are the Risks of Delaying Childbirth?

…..Over the past 50 years, more women are delaying childbirth for many reasons.  Now obstetrical teams are seeing an increase in first births for women aged 40 to 44.  Pregnancies can progress beautifully with these women but increased risks have been associated with later motherhood.  Some of these risks include: Abnormal fetal chromosomes Diabetes during…

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…

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…

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…

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…