Most patients expect to see the same physician for every appointment during their pregnancy and seek to develop a relationship with the doctor whom they are trusting to safely bring their child into the world. In an OB/GYN group practice where your OB may not be the one delivering you, it is ideal for patients to meet each of the group practice members.
Vaginal delivery after cesarean can be a great option for some women as long as the process is understood. I will review the basic concepts regarding trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC), who may be good candidate for TOLAC, the risks and benefits, and frequently asked questions.
With so many types of seafood and fish oil supplements available to us, it is hard to understand how they each measure up and which are safe in pregnancy. You may have heard that some fish and shellfish contain too much metal called methylmercury and can be harmful in pregnancy. However, it is also important to have enough fish in your diet to provide healthy omega-3 fatty acids to optimize our baby’s brain development.
I had never considered myself old in my thirties. I felt I was just hitting my stride. Then I became pregnant and attended my regularly scheduled OBGYN visits, and my age became not just a number, but a statistic. That sure planted the seed for becoming a walking nervous disaster; as if I needed more anxiety as I approached my heart attack years.
Social media isn’t any better, finds Dr. Shannon Clark, an OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. “Social media has allowed people to one-up each other on their birth horror stories,” she says. “You hardly ever hear, ‘I went in and I had a good labor and I delivered my baby,’ because that’s not catchy.”