What is Chronic Hypertension?

By on December 5, 2017

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Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure and chronic hypertension refers to patients who had high blood pressure before they became pregnant or developed it early in pregnancy.  This is different from a special kind of high blood pressure that some women get during pregnancy called pre-eclampsia.  Pre-eclampsia usually develops in the second

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)

By on November 28, 2017

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Many women who have experienced a cesarean section wonder whether they should attempt a vaginal birth in a subsequent pregnancy.  Making this decision is not easy and should consider the risks and benefits of VBAC, the reasons for a prior cesarean section, and future family planning. What are the risks of attempting vaginal birth after

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Travel in Pregnancy

By on November 16, 2017

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Regarding travel in pregnancy, there are several considerations present but most airlines allow women to fly up to 37 weeks gestation. If you think you will be traveling during this portion of your pregnancy, there are a few factors to consider before planning your next trip. The following are common concerns regarding traveling during pregnancy:

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Dyspareunia

By on November 10, 2017

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What is Dyspareunia? Let’s talk about sex and pain. Painful intercourse is called Dyspareunia (pronounced dis-paroonia) and can be a serious medical problem. Dyspareunia affects females more than males. Anatomically, pain can arise in the labia, clitoris or the vagina. Women may experience pain superficially at the entrance to the vagina or deeper during penetration

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Diabetes Self-Management Education at Carnegie Hill

By on November 8, 2017

Managing diabetes can be complicated, even confusing, especially when you’re diagnosed when pregnant. Working with a certified diabetes educator is the best way to get the support that you need. Christina McGeough, a certified diabetes educator at Carnegie Hill, and Dr. Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation spoke with Joan Lunden

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What You Need to Know About Vasa Previa

By on October 10, 2017

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In vasa previa, fetal blood vessels, as opposed to maternal blood vessels, are present in the membranes covering the cervix, which is the opening to the uterus. The baby comes through the cervix once the opening is completely open. The prevalence of vasa previa is approximately 1 in 2500 deliveries but is much higher in pregnancies

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TDaP Vaccination & Pregnancy

By on September 18, 2017

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TDaP Vaccination & Pregnancy TDaP is a vaccine that protects the recipient from three bacterial diseases: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough). You may be wondering what the relationship is between Tdap vaccination and pregnancy. To put it simply, infants cannot be vaccinated until they are two months old, making it essential for mothers to be vaccinated for

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Periviable Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)

By on September 12, 2017

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Periviable premature rupture of membranes is a rare complication where the water breaks early in pregnancy, just around the time the fetus becomes viable (approximately 24 weeks).  P Periviable PROM is associated with a number of complications, but some women have good outcomes for them and their babies. To learn more about this condition, the

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Facts About Infertility

By on August 17, 2017

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In general, there are a lot of questions surrounding the topic of infertility in the field of maternal fetal medicine. According to the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Infertility is defined as not becoming pregnant after one year of trying to conceive with regular unprotected sex or after six months if you are over the

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