We might call it an old wives tale, but scientists used to think a woman’s immune system became weaker when she was pregnant. We have learned that is not exactly the case. Sometimes, it can actually get stronger. With this relatively new news let’s review how we now know pregnancy affects the immune system.
You have made it through the 1st and 2nd trimester, and here you are approaching the finish line. Whew! Weeks 28 through 40 may seem like forever, but these are important weeks. Knowing what to expect during this time may ease any anxiety and help you get ready to greet your little one. With all that in mind, let’s look at 3rd trimester prenatal appointments so you know what to expect.
Some of us are procrastinators, while others are almost the extreme opposite. That’s a good thing when it comes to having a baby! Planning for pregnancy before conception has multiple benefits for you, your baby, and your growing family. Let’s look at where you should begin.
Being told you have a high risk pregnancy can cause anxiety, but it’s not as frightening as you may first think. In fact, most women make it through their pregnancy with little to no negative complications. That does not mean, however, that you ignore your situation and not follow the recommendations of your doctor. What to expect throughout a high risk pregnancy is a lot of extra care and monitoring to be sure you have a healthy baby.
The CDC recommends that if you are a woman considering getting pregnant, start taking folic acid. If you just found out you are pregnant, start taking folic acid and continue to take it while you are pregnant. Even if you are a woman of child bearing age, the CDC says you should routinely take folic acid. That makes it pretty clear that the benefits of taking folic acid before and during pregnancy must be immense.
A woman’s body goes through many changes during the nine months of pregnancy. Some are expected like nausea in the early months, weight gain (of course), and certain crazy cravings. When you notice something unexpected or concerning, don’t ever hesitate to contact Dr. Hyler & Associates. There are certain symptoms during pregnancy that warrant a conversation with your doctor or even a trip to the ER.
What questions should you ask an obstetrician about genetic testing? The best approach depends on what you really want to know. Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy beautiful baby, but of course there is always a chance your child will have some abnormality or disorder. The good news is there are prenatal screening tests that will provide you with answers, IF you want to know. Here are some clarifying questions. Continue reading “What Questions Should I Ask My Obstetrician About Genetic Testing?”
Because we are still learning about COVID-19 and how it spreads, the risk to pregnant women, the fetus, and infants remains inconclusive. Research is ongoing, but here is what you should know now about COVID-19, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
You’re already dealing with aches, pains, and (most likely) what feels like world’s smallest bladder. Now add in sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose and you’ve got a perfect pregnancy!
…or maybe you sense the sarcasm there. But, is there an actual connection between your pregnancy and allergies?
If you’re new at this breastfeeding thing, it’s certainly worth taking some time to review this advice from others who have gone through it themselves and have a few tips to share.