Ask the Doctor: Biggest worry for pregnant moms over 35?

Q: What is the biggest worry for pregnancy over 35 and is there anything I can do about it other than worry?A: OB/GYN doctors are seeing more and more pregnant patients over age 35 now than ever before.Many females are delaying childbirth due to the demands of their career and education, especially …

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Ask the doctor: first trip to the dentist?

Q: At what age should a newborn go to the dentist for the first time? A: Baby teeth are vulnerable to tooth decay from their very first appearance, on average between the ages of six and 12 months.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) encourages all parents and …

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Ask the Doctor: Worst toxic dangers at home to clean up before bringing home a newborn?

Q: What are the 3 most important toxic dangers I should clean up before bringing home a newborn?A:  It's difficult to rank individual items that pose hazards to our children, because it depends on how much you use a particular product and what your lifestyle is like. However, these are three …

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Ask the Doctor: Hormones = craziness?

Q: How can I distinguish between hormones and just plain craziness during pregnancy?Making a whole new person is a big deal. For the woman accomplishing this amazing feat, not the least of this is the flood of hormones affecting every organ in your body, including your brain.If you began …

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How do I chose a Pediatrician?

Ask the Baby Nurse: 6 questions to ask when choosing a pediatrician for your newborn.Although you likely already have a lengthy list of baby prep to-dos, be sure that "choose a pediatrician" is on that list somewhere. The process of sifting through pediatricians can take some time, so you'll want …

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Air Travel with a New Baby?

Q: As a baby, I flew cross-country at 4 weeks old. When is the youngest you'd suggest a baby can make a plane flight? A: The pediatricians I work with agree that any age is safe, but suggest the best age is after your infant has received his/her vaccines at two months.  If …

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The Allergy Doctor says

Q: How can I know if my newborn baby has a peanut allergy before he is dangerously exposed? A: The development of peanut allergy is a combination of the role of genetic and environmental factorsthat are not very well understood.  It is really not possible to determine whether a newborn baby will …

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Doula Jill Says

Q: How can I explain to my husband that a doula won't replace him at our baby's birth?A: This is a great question for you and your husband to explore with doulas you're interviewing. A quality doula can clearly communicate, in words and deeds, that your marriage or partnership is the primary …

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Advice from Dr. Weiss

Q: I'm in my second trimester and the doctor suspects I have placenta previa. Will I have to have a C-section? I wish there were some way around it.A: You might not have to have surgery- if it turns out you don't have placenta previa. The condition causes the placenta to overlap your cervix, …

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Separation Anxiety

Q: I'm very anxious about my baby being separated from me in the hospital. What can I do?A: You have strong and powerful maternal instincts! When a first-time mom can say out loud in her pregnancy that she wants to stay with her baby, she's activating a powerful mothering space within. Anxiety …

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