Leg cramping in pregnancy in the calf muscles during pregnancy is very common, and like everything else in pregnancy, it strikes in the middle of the night. The calf pain is sudden and can be quite painful as you may have already experienced. No one really understands why the cramping occurs, but some theories are…

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No. You dont need to have a birth plan in order to have a baby. In fact, most women do not. Respectfully, sometimes having a birth plan may set you up for disappointment if the labor and delivery process deviates from your plan. I think this can be avoided by going into the labor process…

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COVID-19 & Pregnancy Update May 12, 2020     Hello everyone. There hasn’t been any recent changes regarding COVID-19 and its effects on pregnancy really. However I would like to share some news from the UK, where yesterday a preliminary study provided some reassuring news for expectant mothers. It concluded that pregnant mothers are no…

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Strange Dreams During Pregnancy is common! I wouldn’t say its common, but its very normal to have unusual dreams during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. I understand these dreams can be so vivid and frightening that its hard to believe it really didn’t occur…but it didn’t. Aficionados believe these dreams/nightmares are your mind’s way…

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Fetal Movement–a strange feeling. Your baby starts moving by 6 weeks, but I doubt you’ll feel that yet. Sometimes, you may feel subtle gas-like bubbles in your lower abdomen as early as 16-18 weeks which may be an occasional good strong kick. A patient of mine just had a great description of her first perception…

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High blood pressure in pregnancy and preeclampsia is a spectrum of disease. If you meet diagnostic criteria for preeclampsia, usually you are hospitalized, but not always. Preeclampsia poses a significant risk to you as well as the baby, therefore, a decision needs to be made whether or not your baby needs to be delivered. If…

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Let me take a step back and provide some background first. High blood pressure in pregnancy, or hypertension, is categorized into 3 different diagnoses: chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, and preeclampsia. You may be thinking, who cares what its called, high blood pressure is high blood pressure, but in pregnancy, that isn’t the case and each…

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postpartum depression

Postpartum Depression: Causes, Treatments & Coping During COVID Postpartum Depression certainly is not as commonly discussed as other pregnancy conditions. Women are more likely to suffer from mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and for up to one year postpartum than at any other time in their lives. In fact, up to 15% of women…

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Hot tubs & Pregnancy: no Since at the time of this post, most expectant mothers are staying home, I thought mentioning this is important. Who doesn’t love to relax in a hot tub? Hot tubs are, well…hot. This has the potential to increase maternal body temperature to dangerous levels which may predispose to miscarriage and…

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Dead lifting 250 lbs for sure. While pregnant, avoid activities that put you at increased risk of injury, such as the following: https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/pregnancy/exercise-during-pregnancy Contact sports and sports that put you at risk of getting hit in the abdomen, including hockey, boxing, soccer, and basketball Skydiving ( yes, I had someone ask me about doing this)…

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