There’s a lot to learn when you become pregnant, and keeping up with all the latest information and advice can feel like a full-time job. Things always seem to be changing, and there are many misconceptions out there—about prenatal testing, labor and delivery, and postnatal care.
Spurred by the revelation that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child, the Cut did some research into the science behind baby bumps. Specifically: Why do baby bumps look so different on different women? In one photo I came across of two women in the same trimester, for instance, one looked hugely pregnant while the other was barely showing. My mind was blown. Why? How?
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As an OB/GYN and high-risk pregnancy specialist, I get called, texted and emailed nearly daily by friends, friends of friends, coworkers and family members with questions about various issues surrounding pregnancy and delivery. I make it a policy to answer truthfully and directly and always make sure whoever is asking the question is prepared for the answer. As a physician and now mother, this is what I think every women should know, but may not think to ask.
More recently, I took a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. I was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by my own personal experience of trying to start a family after the age of 40.