Informed Pregnancy

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Cholestasis of Pregnancy

Lots of people experience uncomfortable aches and pains during pregnancy, but some people experience itching.There are several possible causes of itching during pregnancy but intense itch, especially in the hands and feet may be a sign of Cholestasis of Pregnancy.

 

 

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Take Two

Can you picture yourself going for your first ultrasound of pregnancy? Nervous anticipation and eagerness to see and hear that heartbeat.  And then your sonographer tells you that everything looks great, only it's not one baby; you are having twins! What would your reaction be? 

 

 

STD's and Pregnancy- What You Need to Know. 

The rate of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and diseases (STD) are at record high levels. Considering one in four Americans or 110 million total americans has an STD it is a topic that should be discussed; especially when there is risk of transfer in utero.  Screening for STDs is the best means to avoiding passage to the baby. During your initial prenatal visit your doctor or midwife will likely screen you for Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Human Immunosuppressive Virus(HIV).

When 'Morning Sickness' Lasts  All Day

 Nausea and vomiting aren’t the most desirable pregnancy symptoms, however, they are fairly common. Between 50 and 90 percent of women experience some degree of nausea, with or without vomiting during pregnancy. Typically nausea will subside by week 14, but symptoms can continue longer depending on the severity.  Although it is often referred to as ‘Morning Sickness’ these symptoms are more likely to be present throughout the day.

Momnesia 

In pregnancy as many as  50-80% of women complain of feeling forgetful, or not as sharp minded as they once were. These symptoms are more common in the third trimester and are sometimes referred to as “pregnancy brain” or “momnesia.” While the significant amounts of physical change that occur during pregnancy are obvious, the effects of pregnancy on the human brain are virtually unknown. Changes that take place beneath the surface include substantial hormonal shifts, and often times decreased quality of sleep and an increased anxiousness or fear.

Hemorrhoids can be a real pain

During pregnancy many obvious changes occur in the body. One big change is the size of your uterus, which expands so large that during the 3rd trimester it no longer fits in your pelvis. This growth helps you bring a human life into the world but it also puts pressure on a structure called the Inferior Vena Cava. This structure is a large vessel located on the right side of your body that carries blood from your lower limbs back up to the heart. 

Project Bumpway

Becoming a mom changes your life in lots of ways, but if you play your cards right, you can keep your personal style rocking, and it doesn't have to break the bank.  According to celebrity stylist Lindsey Dupuis fashion does not have to stray.  Lindsey shares some easy pointers in her Q&A with Informed Pregnancy Style editor Angelica Ortiz.

Can you CHOOSE your baby's sex?

Is there a natural way to influence whether you are going to conceive an anatomically male or female baby?  Sex determination boils down to some X’s and Y’s.  Females genetically present with two X chromosomes, males have one X and one Y chromosome.  During conception, many factors affect the pairing, however the end result on the baby’s sex  is ultimately determined by the sperm. Women only carry X chromosomes, so every baby has at least one X chromosome. But each sperm has either an X or a Y chromosome and the sperm that penetrates the mother's egg first will pair with the X chromosome, and create a male (XY) or female (XX) zygote that will grow into a little human....

Understanding Pregnancy Hormones

Your body produces many hormones during pregnancy to cause all the necessary changes for growing and nurturing a baby. These hormones play a major role in every stage of pregnancy, from conception through postpartum. You can also blame many of the annoyances and discomforts you experience during these nine months on pregnancy hormones.....

Chorioamnionitis By Angelica Ortiz 

Chorioamnionitis or intra-amniotic infection is a complication affecting about 1-2% of pregnancies and typically occurs towards the end of a long labor.  The infection is most often caused by bacteria such as E. Coli or Group B Streptococci that overcome the natural antimicrobial agents in the vaginal canal, cervix, and uterus and get into the amniotic fluid surrounding the growing baby. Symptoms of Chorioamnionitis will include......

Placenta Accreta By Angelica Ortiz 

Kim Kardashian recently discussed the strong recommendation from her obstetrician, that she not have any more babies due to a medical complication in her first two pregnancies called placenta accreta.  The headlines and hype about the issue gives us an opportunity to explore the growing incidence and nature of this complication of pregnancy and childbirth..... 

Exercise in the 1st Trimester By Sarah Ann Kelly

Congratulations, you're pregnant!! The first trimester is an exciting time, but it's certainly not the easiest. You're thrilled (and possibly shocked) with your news, but you probably won't tell people for another 2-3 months. You might be experiencing some telltale symptoms of pregnancy, or feeling somewhat normal. Every pregnancy is different, so no need to fret either way....

Be a Mama-nista: Cool Summer Looks 

Looking hot and being hot while pregnant isn’t the best combination during Summer. Your fashion sense doesn’t need to change when you’re expecting, but finding comfortable items that still fit your bump and your personality can be challenging. Your nightmares of having to wear those dreaded “mom jeans,” or oversized t-shirts can be put to rest, because wardrobe stylist and fashion forward mama, Kacy Byxbee, has some tips on looking cool in the heat...

 

A Pampered Pregnancy By Robert Nickell | RPh

When your wife, partner, or a close friend is pregnant, one of your duties is to pamper her by making her feel extra special whenever you can – after all, she’s the one doing the hard work of growing the baby who you will no doubt fall head-over-heels in love with very soon! Don’t get me wrong, pampering the pregnant lady in your life doesn’t necessarily mean ....

One of the most common changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy is the emergence of stretch marks, clinically known as striae. If you are feeling selfconscious about your stretch marks, it might help you to know that as many as 90% of women develop at least some stretch marks during pregnancy. These tiny tears in the skin usually appear on the tummy, breasts, hips and thighs, and result from...

Understanding Stretch Marks By Kim Walls I MD

Pregnancy can be an anxiety-provoking time. Not only are there constant new and often unexpected physical changes, preparing to be a parent is also emotionally taxing. While we mostly focus on things like eating nutritious food, avoiding toxins, and taking prenatal yoga classes when we talk about ‘having a healthy pregnancy,’ we should also...

Stress and Pregnancy By Kathleen Valenton I MD, OB/GYN

 

‘Empowerment’ is not just a buzzword. It feeds our self-esteem, our confidence, and our identities. I think that’s why motherhood changes so many of us for the better. While parenting always has its challenges, it can also make us feel strong, feminine and joyful, all at the same time. Another thing that has always given me a feeling of empowerment is exercise. I would...

Strong, Sexy, Fun:

Loving and Moving Your Pregnant Body By Sara Haley

Understanding Breech Babies By Elliot Berlin | DC

Early in pregnancy, your baby has plenty of room to move, as you’re probably well aware – my patients often share that it’s not unusual for them to feel a sharp elbow jabbing into their ribs, some swift kicks to their belly, and even complete somersaults going on in there! Usually, by week 34, the combined forces of gravity and the decreased “room to move” in your uterus leads...

There are many good reasons to exercise during pregnancy, even if you did not exercise regularly before becoming pregnant. Exercise promotes good prenatal and postpartum health for pregnant women and their babies, and can help prepare a woman for the physical and mental demands of labor and delivery. Regardless of their previous fitness level...

Prenatal Fitness By Lindsey Mathews I DC

Shopping for great pregnancy clothes is almost laughable, and somehow we still don't have as many fabulous maternity options as we should.  While we don't want to spend copious amounts of money on clothes we will only wear for 9 months, we also want to be comfortable during this beautiful time...

The Pregnant Stylist's Guide to Non-Maternity

Pregnancy Clothes By Kacy Byxbe

Pregnancy, Mental Health and Medications:

Questions and Answers By Emily Dossett | MD (told to Hailey Murray)

Many women take medications for depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. In your experience, what happens when those women become pregnant? If a woman has depression or anxiety to...

Fun Facts – Baby Names Compiled by Hailey Murray and Sarah Selva

The United States Social Security Administration maintains a publicly-accessible list of the most popular names given to babies each year, beginning from 1880! Today, with approximately four million new babies being born in the US each year, compiling the list is no simple...

It’s late in your third trimester. You’ve been hoping and planning for a vaginal birth, and never thought much about delivering via cesarean - until your OB or midwife does a scan and tells you your baby is breech. Now what? Suddenly your plans to ‘rest...

Head Down: Breech Babies and Hypnosis  

By Alisha Tamburri | CCHT, MH

Hooray, you’re pregnant! But now you find out all that stuff you’re using on your body is going IN your baby too. Quick, to the local healthy goodies market! Now it’s time to become a label detective. You want to get something that doesn’t have toxic ingredients, something safe for your baby and...

Don’t Get Stung by the Buzzwords! By Melinda Olson I RN, BS