We’re learning more and more about the Coronavirus and COVID-19 and its effects on pregnancy each week.  Please check out this link published on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website answering some questions you may have: https://www.acog.org/patient-resources/faqs/pregnancy/coronavirus-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding Most recent data regarding COVID-19 this past week shows the following: More than 100 million women…

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If you have had minor surgery to your breasts such as the removal of breast cysts or other benign breast lumps, you likely will be able to breastfeed without problems. Many women who have undergone breast augmentation are still able to successfully breastfeed as well. However, some women with breast implants may have a challenge,…

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Well, this has been quite the week and I know there are more questions than answers at this time with the evolving pandemic.   I can tell you that among numerous conference calls and countless emails, we as a specialty are learning more daily and under the auspices of the CDC and local leaders, are…

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Yes, it usually is…( like that ambiguity?) During pregnancy, your resting and your active heart rate increase, which can be noticeable. This is because the heart has to pump 50% more blood volume during pregnancy and it accomplishes this feat by increasing your heart rate. You may especially notice this increase in heartbeat at night…

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I tell my patients that we all have Group B streptococcus (GBS)—its a bacteria that colonizes our gastrointestinal tract without causing illness. Approximately 20% of pregnant women carry and test positive for GBS, found in the vagina and rectum. Women who test positive for GBS do not have any symptoms, they are carriers. All pregnant…

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Yes, and its safe. In the past, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security scanning devices used primarily x-ray technology to check airline passengers. Today, this is no longer used due to its radiation dangers to all passengers and instead advanced imaging technology is used with metal detectors and non ionizing electromagnetic waves. So, take that trip…

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Infection with varicella virus, otherwise known as “chicken pox” is uncommon during pregnancy with an incidence of only 1 per 2000 pregnant women thought likely due to most individuals being immune to the virus already before pregnancy. Varicella may be transmitted across the placenta, which may result in congenital/neonatal chickenpox. The risk of congenital varicella…

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Gestational diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is the new onset of pregnancy associated diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy, a condition in which carbohydrate intolerance develops.  Approximately 7% of pregnancies are complicated by diabetes (both pre-pregnancy diabetes and GDM) and approximately 86% of these cases are women with GDM. Caucasians generally have the lowest rates of GDM while there’s an increased…

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Here you go Anna. Food restrictions in pregnancy stem mostly to avoid increased exposure to toxoplasmosis and Listeria infection Deli meats ( unheated)…who heats deli meats anyway? Eating deli meats may increase the risk of acquiring the infection Listeria…which you dont want Unpasteurized dairy products Alcohol ( not even a glass) Coffee/Caffeine: Low to moderate…

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