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Spotting During Early Pregnancy

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Placental Abruption

An uncommon, but very serious complication in pregnancy is called placental abruption or Abruptio Placenta. This condition requires immediate medical attention. » Read more

Managing Gestational Diabetes

By Rebecca Pillar

Most women find that as soon as they find out they are pregnant, they start watching everything they put into their body. They drink more water, make healthier food choices and just overall take better care of themselves. Depending on your doctor or midwife, somewhere between 12 and 20 weeks gestation, you’re probably going to be encouraged to consent to a few prenatal tests. » Read more

Low Amniotic Fluid (Oligohydramnios)

Amniotic Fluid Amniotic fluid surrounds your baby in the uterus. In the first trimester amniotic fluid is produced by the mom’s circulatory system and is primarily made up of water. After the first trimester, your baby will begin to breath and swallow amniotic fluid. This helps to support the development of your baby’s lungs and digestive system. » Read more

Cramping During Pregnancy

Cramping during pregnancy can be very concerning to a pregnant mother. Cramping can be mild to severe. Cramps can be a signal of a problem or just another sign of a stretching and growing uterus. The question then arises, should I be concerned about cramping? We hope to clarify some of the common causes of cramping during pregnancy. » Read more

Sex During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for you and your partner as you celebrate all of the amazing changes in your growing body. But for many couples, fears and superstitions about sex during pregnancy hold them back from sharing the ultimate physical expression of joy. Is sex during pregnancy really safe, and what can couples do to make sure that there is no harm done to the baby? » Read more

Having a "Sort of" Unplanned Pregnancy

Life is full of surprises. Isn’t that what they say? How about your pregnancy? Was it a total shock?  According to the CDC, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned. A lot of us have to wonder, how exactly do all of these unplanned pregnancies happen? They are called the “oopsy” babies and the “birth control” babies. » Read more

Seafood and Pregnancy

Seafood – edible freshwater fish and shellfish – offers many nutritional benefits. It’s high in protein, low in saturated fats and is rich in healthful omega-3 fatty acids. When you’re pregnant, seafood should be part of your diet, but there are some important factors to keep in mind when including fish and shellfish on the menu. » Read more

Is Aspirin Safe During Pregnancy?

  Aspirin is not recommended during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester. If you have taken aspirin early in pregnancy or before you found out you were pregnant, don't worry. Studies have not shown aspirin in low amounts to be hazardous to baby. There are several reasons to avoid aspirin in pregnancy. » Read more

Dental Care During Pregnancy

By Maria T. Pepin

Is dental care safe during pregnancy? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), annual exams and routine cleanings during your pregnancy are perfectly safe and recommended. Make sure to let your dentist know that you are expecting. Some women may need dental procedures such as fillings, root canals or crowns during pregnancy. » Read more