Do you have babies on the brain? Then before you go rushing to prepare the nursery, there are many important things you should consider. As an OB/GYN, I believe prepping your body before you ever conceive is the most important thing you can do for the health of you and your baby. Here is a checklist … Continue reading Before your first pregnancy: Taking care of your body
Pregnancy is supposed to be a time for joy, anticipation and new experiences. But for a lot of moms it also comes with a lot of anxiety and questions. With all the blogs, articles and social media confusion, moms are forever wondering if they are doing the right thing. For women that like to exercise, … Continue reading Pregnancy fitness: Workouts for expecting moms
Women have been having babies for centuries, but it wasn’t always as safe as it is today. Years ago, mothers or babies were at risk due to complications or other abnormalities throughout pregnancy. Thanks to advancements, women can now give birth sometimes through a caesarean delivery, or c-section. This is a surgical procedure where an … Continue reading Can I have more children after having a C-section?
Three-month-old Layci is the picture of a happy baby — smiling at everyone, cooing and very aware of her surroundings. Her mom, 23-year-old Brianna Harris, looks like many happy young women with a new healthy baby girl. Pictures can fool you, though. In spite of those smiles, Brianna is a congestive heart failure patient at Baylor Scott … Continue reading 23-year-old faces congestive heart failure post-pregnancy
One of the most common questions women me ask is: “How much weight will I gain during pregnancy?” What I tell my patients is that each woman will experience weight gain differently. On average, a patient can expect to gain 2–4 pounds during the first three months and 20 to 30 pounds total for the … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t “eat for two” during pregnancy
It’s that time of year again, when we’re all being urged to get our flu shots. Many moms-to-be often ask me whether it’s safe for them to get vaccinated. The answer is yes, it is safe, and it’s strongly recommended no matter where you are in your pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to get … Continue reading Should pregnant women get the flu shot?
A new study may leave mothers-to-be uncertain about a widely recommended drug, acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and many other pain medicines. If you’re pregnant and have a backache or headache, doctors usually recommend acetaminophen. But recent research says taking the drug during pregnancy may be associated with hyperactivity in children. This … Continue reading Could acetaminophen use during pregnancy cause ADHD in children?
Will my weight and diet affect my pregnancy? Women are considered to have an ideal body weight determined by their height and weight called the body mass index (BMI). A majority of women are most fertile if they are at a healthy body weight. Women who are underweight and overweight may have more difficulty getting … Continue reading How your diet can impact your pregnancy
As a labor and delivery nurse at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, I couldn’t wait to start my own family. However, my husband and I struggled through years of infertility treatments to become parents and were overjoyed to finally be pregnant with twins in the spring of 2008. But our joy turned to heartbreak … Continue reading Labor and delivery nurse: My premature twins are a beautiful blessing
Get the next nine months off to a great start with our guide to early pregnancy. You might think the second trimester has all the fun—and you might be right. You get to wear adorable maternity clothes and feel those first kicks. But there’s a lot going on, and a lot you can do, during … Continue reading What to Expect for Your First Trimester