Vaginal discharge in pregnancy can be quite scary specially for first time pregnant women. The good news is that vaginal discharge is common in pregnancy. It is partly due to the large increase in hormones that are circulating. Normal white discharge in pregnancy is called leukorrhea. Leukorrhea is a thin, white vaginal discharge that becomes more prominent during pregnancy and subsides with delivery and lactation. It is not irritating and odorless but it causes many pregnant women to seek medical attention. Leukorrhea requires no medical treatment. However, keep in mind the content of this article is just meant for informational purpose only and it is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease. I always recommend to consult with your doctor at all times.
Another common type of discharge in pregnancy is that of a vulvovaginal candidal infection commonly known as a yeast infection. A small amount of… Continue reading
A good night’s sleep can be hard, especially when you are pregnant and even more if this is your first pregnancy. You are probably feeling more tired but falling asleep and staying asleep have become a challenge. There are some many myths around pregnancy that it could be a very confusing time to know what are the best practices to develop good sleeping habits. I understand the challenges because I have been there myself and know how hard it is for a pregnant mom to make the right decision about sleep. Here are 8 tips to help you get a good night sleep while pregnant: 1. Don’t drink before bed. Your growing uterus is putting pressure on your bladder sending you to the bathroom more frequently. Although you need to keep well hydrated, you should try to avoid too many liquids before bed. This can prevent trips to the… Continue reading
In the last few weeks of pregnancy many women experience Braxton Hicks, or false labor, contractions. They can actually begin as early as 20 weeks but are less noticeable at first. They become more apparent in the ninth month.
Braxton Hicks contractions were first described by Dr. John Braxton Hicks in 1872 as irregular, sporadic contractions of the uterus. They do not cause cervical change and therefore as often referred to as false labor. They mostly occur in the late afternoon or evening after a long day of physical activity or after or during intercourse. Sometimes you can see them and your belly may look lopsided or pointy. They can also be triggered by the baby’s movement, dehydration or position. They are usually painless but can sometimes cause mild to moderate discomfort. Changing your position, getting a good rest, or drinking water can help them stop.
Distinguishing Braxton Hicks from… Continue reading
Where do I go for my Prenatal Care?
Deciding where to go for your prenatal care partly depends on where you would like to deliver your baby. If your choice is a hospital, you probably already have a place in mind; possibly a place where a friend has delivered or a place that has good reviews and a good reputation. Be sure to look into a place that has a reputable pediatrics department and NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), especially if your pregnancy is high risk. Other things to consider when choosing your hospital is how close it is to your home.
Here are some common questions you should be asking yourself when deciding on a specific hospital: Would you be able… Continue reading
Your pre-pregnancy weight determines how much you should eat while pregnant. If you were a healthy, normal weight before you became pregnant then you should aim to eat only 300 extra calories per a day.
Example of 300 calories:
How much weight should you gain during pregnancy?
This is also determined by your pre-pregnancy weight. Your pre-pregnancy weight can be determined by calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI). Your doctor can calculate this for you. If you are a healthy weight before becoming pregnant you should aim to gain between 25-35 pounds. Expect to gain 1-5 pounds during the first… Continue reading
Pain during labor is known to be one of the toughest things to deal with as a woman. After all, it’s called labor for a reason. It has been shown that maternal satisfaction with childbirth is based on women being in control of the whole process by being in charge of their labor pain. Therefore, it is very important to know all the options you have in order to decide how to make it through labor and delivery.
ANALGESICS- Morphine, Demerol (Meperidine), Fentanyl. These are given through an IV line into your vein or an injection into your muscle. They act on your entire body instead of specifically on labor pains. You will feel sleepy. They only take the edge off… Continue reading
This is a guest post by medical student Deepthi Lankalapalli on how to avoid food-borne illness during pregnancy to keep yourself and your baby safe.
When you are pregnant your immune system deteriorates and makes you more vulnerable to illnesses. Your baby’s immunity is not yet completely built either. It is very important to protect yourself and your baby from harmful food-borne bacteria and viruses. Follow these simple rules and you can stay away from serious health problems.
1. The first step is to maintain a clean personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently!!
2. Keeping your kitchen sanitized is the key. Thoroughly clean all surfaces, dishes, and utensils with soap and hot water especially after storing and cooking raw meat or poultry. Clean countertops with diluted liquid chlorine bleach and water every few… Continue reading
A healthy lifestyle consisting of eating the right foods and avoiding certain behaviors is very important before, during, and after your pregnancy. Eating foods that reduce your risk of heart disease and contribute to an overall well-being is simple. Berries, citrus and pomegranate juice have been shown to decrease the inflammatory effect that is associated with the development of arteriosclerosis or narrowing of the arteries. Being active and maintaining a healthy weight gain in pregnancy can help you not only feel good but reduce your risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Gestational diabetes is a condition that occurs in pregnancy when the insulin receptors do not function well and result in elevated glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. This condition occurs in pregnancy because of the presence of certain hormones that interfere these receptors. This can happen to anyone but… Continue reading
Cigarettes are made by combining multiple chemicals. More than 60 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer. Smoking during pregnancy will cause cigarette toxins to transport from your bloodstream to your baby. Nicotine and carbon monoxide from cigarettes prevents the required amount of blood from reaching your baby. Since red blood cells are the providers of oxygen, your baby will not be able to breath normally. The following complications can result from smoking during your pregnancy: stillbirth, low birth weight, premature delivery, heart defects, and learning disorders.
I strongly suggest giving up smoking for your own health as well as your babies well being. Quitting before you plan to conceive is best, but the sooner you quit during your pregnancy the more likely you are to deliver a healthy full-term baby. Suggestions for quitting are listed below, for more details see you OBGYN.
One of the most exciting things to plan for while awaiting the birth of your baby is your baby shower. They are a great way for friends and family to gather and celebrate the birth of your baby. Mine is one of my happiest memories, and I want yours to be too. To help make sure your shower is a beautiful experience, I have prepared some quick tips to make the process of planning your baby shower a remarkable one. Below are some guidelines you should follow:
1. Create a Registry: Creating a registry is a great way to list the items you like so that your guests can pick a gift from your favorite things. You should pick 2 or more stores so that your guests can have more flexibility in choosing where they will go to get your gift. Among popular… Continue reading
We are thrilled to announce that Baby in Bloom was recently featured on The Parent Start Ups podcast with Owen Soba. We shared how my husband Mauricio and I are working together on Baby in Bloom to make this the best pregnancy resource available with special focus on first time pregnancy. I even shared how I met my husband met and much more. Check out the interview right here
Teratogens are substances that can cause harm in a developing fetus resulting in birth defects or fetal death. Teratogens affect growth and development of the baby. The effect of the teratogen depends on the specific substance and how much exposure has occurred. Common teratogens include alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and medications.
Alcohol should be avoided in pregnancy. The effect on the baby depends on how much alcohol is consumed. In early pregnancy excessive alcohol can cause miscarriage or premature labor. Exposure to alcohol throughout pregnancy can cause mental retardation resulting in a condition know as fetal alcohol syndrome. These babies are born with both mental and physical ailments.
If you have an alcohol problem it is important to talk to your health care provider. It is important to be honest about how much alcohol you are consuming. Remember no amount of alcohol… Continue reading
Its that time now. The nine months that originally felt like they were going by so slowly, are suddenly here. All those weeks of anticipating the birth of your baby are over. Here you are: 40 weeks pregnant (maybe a little more or a little less) and its time to have your baby. Are you ready for the delivery of your baby? There are a few things you may want to make sure you have thought about. We are going to review them here.
Your Birth Plan: Your birth plan is a list of things that you want to exclude or include during labor. It can include who you want involved during your labor. This can include your partner, parent, other relatives or other children. Remember not all hospitals have the same rules regarding how many people can be… Continue reading
Pregnancy is a time when infections are common. This is a result of hormonal as well as anatomical changes your body is going through. Among some of the most common infections during pregnancy are urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis. These 3 infections will be discussed here. Other more serious infections include Toxoplasmosis, Listeria, Parvovirus and sexually transmitted diseases. These infections will be discussed in a later article.
Urinary Tract Infection
One of the most common infections in pregnancy is urinary tract infection (UTI). These infections are common in pregnancy because of the anatomical changes in the urinary tract. The urethra (the tube that carries the urine to the outside of the body) becomes shorter allowing bacteria to enter more easily. The weight of the growing uterus can also… Continue reading
As many of you already know, morning sickness can be a real drag in early pregnancy. Instead of enjoying your early weeks of pregnancy, you spend your mornings (and often most of the day) retching in the bathroom and having aversions to foods that used to make you happy. The good news is that morning sickness is usually limited to the first trimester, peaking between 5 and 7 weeks. Also there are many ways to improve or prevent your symptoms. This article will review 10 ways to ease your nausea.
1. Keep saltines/crackers bedside. Most women who have nausea upon awakening benefit from having a small snack that is easy to digest as soon as they wake. A salty cracker will often do the trick.
2. Avoid hard-to-digest foods throughout the day. Greasy or spicy foods can trigger nausea.… Continue reading