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Saunas, Hot Tubs & Hot Baths During Pregnancy

Sitting in a sauna or hot tub might seem like the perfect antidote for pregnancy aches and pains, but the medical truth is that pregnant women should stay out of saunas and hot tubs. The high temperatures in those environments can raise core body temperature, which could be dangerous for expectant mothers and, especially, their growing babies. » Read more

Warning: 10 Things Pregnant Women Should Avoid

By Jennifer Polimino, C.P.T

Nothing is more important to an expectant mom than the health and safety of her unborn child. Fortunately, you can protect your baby by avoiding risks that can complicate a pregnancy or cause harm to your baby. This list of 10 things pregnant women should avoid will answer questions and put your mind at ease, which in turn helps with the first item on our list... » Read more

Toxoplasmosis: Cat litter and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant you have probably heard that you should not change cat litter during your pregnancy. You may be wondering why. Changing cat litter puts you at risk for contracting an infection called toxoplasmosis. There are several ways that a pregnant woman could contract toxoplasmosis but cats are known to be common carriers of the infection. » Read more

Hair Dye and Pregnancy

Is it safe to color your hair during pregnancy? If you aren’t a natural blonde, brunette or redhead, you may be one of the hundreds of women that use hair dye as their secret weapon to looking beautiful. Now that you are pregnant you may be wondering if it is safe to continue coloring your hair during your pregnancy. The answer is probably. » Read more

Flying and Pregnancy – Do’s and Don’ts

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), healthy pregnant women can fly safely until their 36th week. The best time for pregnant women to fly is between weeks 18 and 24, since the chances of miscarriage and premature labor are both relatively low then. » Read more

Belly Piercings and Pregnancy

Belly piercings have become quite popular. If you have a belly piercing you may have been told by well-meaning friends that you should remove your belly ring once you become pregnant. But do you really need to? A belly piercing that has completely healed is perfectly safe to keep during pregnancy. » Read more

CVS: Chorionic Villi Sampling

Chorionic Villi Sampling is a prenatal test where a small sample of fetal placenta (chorionic villi) is obtained to perform genetic testing. Chorionic Villi sampling is similar to an amniocentesis, but can be performed earlier in a pregnancy. CVS is usually performed between the 8th and 12th week. » Read more

Alpha-Fetoprotein Test (or AFP Test)

The purpose of routine pre-natal exams is to monitor the health of both mom and baby. Typical prenatal exams consist of obtaining the mothers weight, vital signs (temperature, pulse, respirations and blood pressure) listening to the fetal heart beat and discussing any questions or concerns the doctor or woman may have. » Read more

Too Much Amniotic Fluid (Polyhydramnios)

A baby growing in its mother’s uterus is surrounded by a sac containing amniotic fluid, which serves several vital functions. » Read more

Subchorionic Hematoma

Decades ago, when a woman presented with early trimester bleeding, doctors assumed it was an impending miscarriage. They had no other information to go on. Now with the help of ultrasound technology, doctors are able to make a more definitive diagnosis. » Read more