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Testing for Genetic Conditions

Testing for genetic conditions Along with general screening in pregnancy and ultrasounds, we offer two types of genetic screening. These screening tests are usually done in the first trimester and are optional.   Aneuploidy testing Aneuploidy testing, or chromosomal testing, identifies your risk of having a baby with an abnormal amount of chromosomes.  The most […]

Miscarriage & Early Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage A miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy before 14 weeks.  A Miscarriage may also be called a spontaneous abortion.  Miscarriages are very common and happen in about 10% of known pregnancies.     Miscarriages happen for various reasons, but it is almost never the fault of the mother.  Stress, working, exercise, injury, sex, or using […]

Skin Conditions in Pregnancy

Changes in Skin During Pregnancy Some pregnant individuals experience changes to their skin in pregnancy.  Here are the most common skin conditions encountered when pregnant:   Melasma (Cholasma) Melasma often presents as a brown or gray-brown patches on the face, forehead and upper lip.  These discolorations are due to an increase in the body’s melanin.  […]

Safety in Pregnancy

Staying Safe During your Pregnancy Seat Belt Safety Always wear your seat belt while driving, positioning the lap belt under your belly and across your hips.   Hot Tubs and Saunas Avoid hot tubs and saunas as they can raise your body temperature, which is not recommended during pregnancy.   Maximum Bath Water Temperature Set […]

Travel in Pregnancy

Traveling while Pregnant Traveling during pregnancy can be safe and enjoyable, but certain precautions are necessary to ensure your well-being and the baby’s health.   Consultation Before making travel plans, consult with your healthcare provider to assess any potential risks and receive personalized recommendations.   The best time to travel is in the second trimester […]

Vaccination & Immunization in Pregnancy

Vaccines And Immunization Because of the changes in to your body in pregnancy, you are more vulnerable to infection from viruses and bacteria.     Vaccination can help safeguard the health of you and your developing baby by preventing infections that can be harmful or even life-threatening.  Vaccines given in pregnancy can also help your newborn […]

Harmful Substances

Alcohol Alcohol is generally considered unsafe in pregnancy. There is no known safe amount of alcohol consumption in pregnancy. Alcohol exposure in pregnancy can cause developmental problems in the fetus that are lifelong.    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) FAS is a disorder caused by exposure to alcohol use in pregnancy.  It is associated with growth […]

Weight Gain in Pregnancy

Recommended Weight Gain in Pregnancy The recommended amount of weight gain in your pregnancy is dependent on your pre-pregnancy weight.  If you are overweight, you should gain less weight than average and if you are under weight you should gain more. The recommended amount of weight gain is calculated using your BMI (body mass index).  […]

Diet & Exercise in Pregnancy

Diet A balanced and nutritious diet is vital for your well-being and the healthy development of your baby. Consider the following dietary recommendations:   Folic Acid: Adequate folic acid intake is crucial in the early stages of pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects. Pregnant women should aim for 600-800 micrograms of folic acid per day. […]

Medications & Supplements in Pregnancy

Medications and supplements in pregnancy Prenatal Vitamin Our doctors recommend a daily prenatal vitamin to fill in nutritional gaps.   Most prenatal vitamins are similar but a good prenatal vitamin needs to contain at least the following: 400-800mcg of Folic Acid 30 mg of iron 1000mg of Calcium 600 IU of Vitamin D   Medications […]

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