Pregnancy is a magical time in any woman’s life, but mine turned out to be quite different from what I had imagined. I was seven months pregnant with my first child when the unexpected happened. What started as a quick trip to the store on the morning of December 14th, 2014, ended with being admitted … Continue reading What it’s like to have a stroke at 30 and pregnant
As a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist for more than two decades, I think the term “geriatric pregnancy” is a bit of an exaggeration. When I think of the word “geriatric,” I think of older ladies enjoying their retirement years after having spent a large portion of their younger years raising families and working. But in the world … Continue reading Geriatric pregnancy: Waiting later in life to have a baby
Birth plans. Let’s go there. I am often asked when a woman should start preparing her birth plan. My answer might surprise you — never. It’s important to note that every woman is different. Some women advocate strongly for having a birth plan, and I get it. With all the unknowns, it may give you … Continue reading Should you consider a birth plan?
It’s time we talk openly about a condition that affects more women than you might realize — postpartum depression. It often starts something like this… Here you are. Mother of two. Living the dream. Two weeks ago, you delivered your second baby, your newest miracle. Of course, you aren’t sleeping well, but that you … Continue reading How to recognize the signs of postpartum depression
These days, there is so much information on the internet and amongst friends about every aspect of pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Many expectant mothers spend a lot of time thinking about what they will pack in their hospital bag for the big day. During what can be an emotional roller coaster of a time, it … Continue reading Moms-to-be, pack these things in your hospital bag before childbirth
Attempting to get pregnant is an exciting time for most women. However, in the midst of that excitement, you probably have quite a few questions too. Here are some simple tips from an OB/GYN to help you further understand your body and the process of making a baby. Before you try There are a few … Continue reading Fertility 101: What you need to know about getting pregnant
Fatigue, cramping and mood swings. Could it be Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or a sign of pregnancy? For a woman attempting to conceive, there are certain symptoms that mimic early pregnancy, especially if you struggle with PMS. As an OB/GYN, I’m here to help differentiate between the symptoms of PMS and early pregnancy and guide you … Continue reading Am I pregnant or is it PMS?
Over the last 16 years, I have had the absolute privilege of helping countless moms navigate the journey of childbirth. Childbirth has always been one of the most unique and individualized experiences a family will go through. Every birth story is different. Individuals have their own special and unique circumstances that are like no one … Continue reading Laughing gas a new alternative to ease labor pains
Ultrasound technology is an amazing tool that gives us the opportunity to see the living fetus. For parents expecting a child, it provides a thrilling glimpse at the child they’re preparing to bring into the world. This wasn’t always an option. While it was invented in 1958, the use of sonographic images of the fetus … Continue reading What ultrasounds can tell you about the health of your baby
From television and movies to social media and mommy blogs, we’re often flooded with images of the “perfect” mom that perpetuate this idea of flawless motherhood. But what isn’t highly acknowledged is the support it takes to be a super mom. No woman can do it on her own. No man could either for that … Continue reading Caring for our communities: Setting first-time mothers up for success