Pregnancy

Pregnant or trying to conceive? What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

If you’re pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding, you likely have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine — Is it safe for you? Are there any risks to your baby? Can the vaccine impact fertility for women of childbearing age? As an OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist, I hear you. These are important questions to …

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What it’s like to bring a baby into a pandemic world

As I sit here dictating my story, I have 3-week-old baby Skyler comfortably sleeping on my chest. If you had asked me this time last year where I would be in a year, I would never have imagined I’d be here — a new mother having just given birth during a pandemic, economic crisis, and …

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Our miracle NICU twins: Finding joy outside of the birth plan

One afternoon, my mother-in-law and I were visiting when we got on the topic of expanding our family. By something I said, she thought I was telling her I was pregnant — I quickly responded that I WAS NOT! I was not ready for another pregnancy, as my son was one month shy of a …

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My pandemic pregnancy: A safe and stress-free delivery despite COVID-19

This past Christmas Eve, I received an extra special gift — a positive pregnancy test! Our family of three would soon become a family of four. But as my pregnancy progressed, this looming word in the news kept coming up: “coronavirus.” I remember thinking it wasn’t a big deal, at least not here in the …

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Having a baby? How COVID-19 testing works for labor and delivery patients

With an impending due date or scheduled delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably have a laundry list of questions about what to expect and how to prepare. You’re likely already aware of the need for COVID-19 testing, either prior to your scheduled cesarean section (C-section) or induction, or upon admission to the hospital. But …

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Pregnant? 6 abnormal signs you should call your doctor

Morning sickness. Heartburn. Tearing up for no reason. Strange food cravings. Most women who have been pregnant know some or all these symptoms well.  As an OB/GYN who specializes in maternal-fetal medicine and a mom, I am quite familiar with them myself. I also know that they are generally nothing to worry about. Most pregnant …

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5 questions to ask your OB/GYN about childbirth

Having a baby is unlike any other experience — there is so much joy, emotion, excitement and anticipation built into a delivery. No two experiences are the same, and many women even have different experiences with each delivery.  While we cannot completely prepare for what lies ahead during childbirth, knowledge and awareness are essential to …

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Pregnancy and COVID-19: What to expect during your upcoming delivery

If you’re pregnant and preparing for your baby’s grand arrival, it’s probably safe to say that a COVID-19 pandemic was not part of the birth plan. As global fears around the virus continue, you may be feeling an extra layer of stress about how this will impact your delivery — are you at risk? What …

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