No matter what the circumstances, no woman is prepared to be placed on bed rest and taken away from all the roles and responsibilities that define her. Suddenly you’re no longer a coworker or a mom, a wife or partner, a daughter, sister or friend.
Dr. Shannon M. Clark discusses how to pick your obstetrician and important things to consider and questions to ask!
Blood pressure disorders are the most common medical complication experienced during pregnancy, occurring in approximately 5-10% pregnancies, and preeclampsia is the most common blood pressure disorder. Although the primary finding is high blood pressure, it can also be associated with other signs of damage to various organ systems.
Many parents arrive to the delivery room with the expectation that their baby will be born via the traditional lithotomy position (back-lying, legs up in stirrups). However, this is not the only birthing position, nor is it necessarily the best one for every woman. A multitude of positions exist and current research suggests that utilizing a variety of positions during the active phase of labor (i.e. pushing) may be beneficial. Not only are you able to try different positions while you push, you should be encouraged to do so whenever possible!
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.