At MFM, we encourage all patients to come in for a screening visit, even if they are not imminently planning on becoming pregnant. This is because we often get newly pregnant patients that come into the practice with illnesses that have not been well taken care of in the past, which can cause complications and
If you are pregnant, you may be wondering what tests you should have performed in order to properly monitor and manage your pregnancy. As with many obstetrical care groups, our practice recommends several tests to assess maternal well-being during pregnancy; these include: Blood type and antibody screen: This assesses antigens on your red blood cells,
A legitimate concern for women is the safety of medication while pregnant or breastfeeding. Many wonder whether their medications are harmful to the baby. While many over the counter medications are probably safe, the “safety” of a particular medication is not always clearly defined, information can be conflicting, and it can be hard to find
Many expectant mothers spend a lot of time thinking about a healthy pregnancy, baby names, baby showers, decorations, cribs, strollers and daycare. Much time is spent thinking and preparing for the events leading up to and after birth, but what about your actual birth experience? A birth plan is an opportunity to discuss your birth
Women who delay childbearing are at increased risk of pregnancy complications. The age cutoff for advanced maternal age (AMA) pregnancy is defined as greater than or equal to 35 years. The increased risks in these pregnancies include miscarriage, conceiving twins, fetal genetic abnormality, some birth defects, developing diabetes during pregnancy, preeclampsia (which is high blood pressure
Early Pregnancy Symptoms The earliest signs of pregnancy will vary for most women. There are some women who don’t notice pregnancy symptoms of their first trimester, but for some, they realize they are pregnant before missing their first period. If you are enthusiastically waiting, here are some common early symptoms of pregnancy. Tender Breasts You
As of now, the most common method of teaching cervical examinations for women during labor includes medical students performing an examination before or after the teacher performs the same analysis. This way of teaching has the possibility to increase patient discomfort or anxiety. Additionally, prior studies have shown poor reliability with this method of instruction.