Originally Published in June of 2011 Depression is very, very common and its prevalence peaks during childbearing years. Many women start their pregnancies on an antidepressant and the questions then ensue…. Have I caused harm to my baby? What are the risks to my newborn if I am on an antidepressant? Should I continue using the […]
Approximately 75% of healthcare workers are women, and the CDC estimates that over 300,000 healthcare workers are pregnant, will be pregnant, or will have recently given birth as the Covid-19 vaccine becomes more widely available to them. Thus, this first round of vaccinations will include many lactating or soon-to-be lactating women. Later, it will be other higher exposure-risk jobs like teachers and other essential workers. Questions are pouring in from our pregnant and recently delivered moms about the safety of these new vaccines while breastfeeding.
Since this pandemic began about a year ago, we have continued to advise pregnant patients (and all patients actually) to wear masks, wash hands, social distance, avoid large gatherings etc. We have had strict policies in our office and very limited access to our office from patients’ loved ones. Now, as I write this blog, the first Americans started receiving Covid-19 vaccines. Currently employees in the healthcare setting are being vaccinated around the country (and world) against Covid-19. Questions are pouring in from our pregnant patients asking our opinion if they should get the vaccine or not.
Now that you’re pregnant, you might have noticed an increase in gum or tooth sensitivity, even if you have not changed your normal eating or oral hygiene patterns. That’s because normally occurring hormonal shifts during pregnancy can increase the risk for gum disease, or gingivitis. However, by maintaining good oral hygiene habits before and during […]
Pregnant? We have good news! Obstetrics & Gynecology, the go-to journal for our little niche in medicine, recently published new findings on sleep position in pregnancy. For years and years we have been telling patients to sleep on their sides, left side more than right if you can tolerate it, because older studies suggested an increased […]
You are finally at term and the seconds, minutes and days seem to slow to a crawl. Your mother-in-law is texting you non-stop wanting to know when the grand-kiddo is coming. It’s hard to work or do your day-to-day activities because the baby is pushing on your pelvic floor so much you have this sense […]