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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Yes. Its a temporary carpal tunnel syndrome associated with pregnancy. Due to the increased blood volume and water retention inherent to pregnancy, not only is there swelling in your feet, ankles, hands and face, but there is also swelling in your wrist compartment. In this compartment, there is a nerve called the median nerve which…

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It may be. Helpful huh. Well, it all depends on what the fluid is of course, and often times, it’s hard to figure out, especially over the telephone. In about 8% of pregnancies, women will break their water prior to labor, called premature rupture of membranes. This is often described as a gush of warm,…

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Heartburn plagues most of you during this time. It usually strikes later in pregnancy due to a combination of the growing uterus pushing up on the stomach and the relaxation properties of hormones that allow stomach acid to spill up into the esophagus, causing the symptoms of heartburn…yummy. What can you do? As you well…

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Headaches are very common during pregnancy, especially during the first and second trimesters and tend to improve in the third. They are related to the hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy. Most headaches are normal. Staying hydrated is important for prevention of headaches. For an acute headache, finding a quiet place to rest, a cold…

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Your bags are packed, you patiently yet anxiously await each week’s OB appointment while closing in on that circled date on the calendar to arrive. But when that day comes and passes by and the infamous Braxton Hicks contractions are slacking in their responsibility, your patience may wane a bit tempting you to take labor…

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Don’t you hate it when people tell you, “ Nausea is a good sign in pregnancy” ?…well, there is actually some truth to that witless comment. Nausea with or without vomiting in pregnancy is common and affects 80 percent of pregnant women. The spectrum of symptoms ranges from mild nausea to unmanageable vomiting which can…

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Diabetes mellitus is a condition of high blood sugar, or glucose levels in the blood. This may lead to short and long term health problems. Some women may develop diabetes for the first time during pregnancy and this condition is called gestational diabetes (GDM). Women with GDM warrant special care during pregnancy. What causes it?…

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