• Extra oxygen mask on airplane for my baby?

    Q: I've seen the video of what to do if the plane depressurizes and I need to pull the oxygen mask down. I have to fly with my baby on my lap. In case of depressurization, will there be a mask for him, or do I share mine?A: Great question!  Every section in the plane as one extra mask just for this case (or if one is inoperable). That's why you never see two lap babies in one section, unless one has his own seat. It's also why families with 2 lap babies get split up on planes and …
  • Truth or Myth: Are there women who can't breastfeed at all?

    A. The percentage of women who physically cannot make enough milk is very low.Not being able to breastfeed is a common reason some women give for not breastfeeding.  We cause interruptions in breastmilk production when we start intervening with breastfeeding, often because of lifestyle decisions. For example, a well-meaning relative may urge a breastfeeding mom to sleep through the night so they can help feed the baby. To a sleep deprived mom, it sounds too good to pass up (and trust me I …
  • What's the shortest amount of time to breastfeed and still be worthwhile?

    A:  Any amount of breastfeeding is better than none, so even if a mom only nurses for a short time, it is still beneficial to her and her baby. The recommendations are for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and breastfeeding with complementary foods up to 12 months, because research shows the health benefits created for both the baby and mother from breastfeeding continue as long they are nursing.  It can be daunting, however, for a mom who is just starting out with …
  • How long should I try to get pregnant before going to a fertilty clinic?

    Q: My partner and I have started trying to conceive…how long should we keep trying before going to a fertility clinic?  A: Seeing a specialist sooner in your journey can greatly improve chances of success. But, it can be tough to know just how long you should wait for nature to work in your favor. Start by learning when your best time is to conceive by identifying days in your cycle that offer the highest likelihood of success.The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends …
  • Painful periods preventing conception?

    Q: Is it possible to treat painful periods and still get pregnant?A: Painful periods and heaving bleeding are hallmarks of a  common condition called endometriosis that prevents pregnancy. Treatment for endometriosis often includes medications such as birth control pills and Lupron, both of which prevent pregnancy. It is challenging for women who are symptomatic from endometriosis to try and conceive since each month that they are not pregnant, their menses will be painful. Additionally, …
  • Fix my "older" eggs before pregnancy?

    Q: I'm 35.  What can I do to fix my "older" eggs?A: There is little to be done to make our eggs act “younger” than our actual age, but there are lifestyle choices that can impact our eggs’ ability to function properly, such as smoking. In general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes a normal weight, not smoking and minimal alcohol intake will help keep your chances of conceiving appropriate for your age. However, despite being healthy, some women’s eggs may still not be …
  • Plane travel when 7 months pregnant?

    Q:  My best friend is getting married in Sweden and I would love to go to the wedding. I will be about seven months pregnant at the time. Do you think this is a dangerous trip given I live in San Diego, California?A:  No. If you are having a normal, healthy pregnancy, the trip itself is relatively safe at seven months. Flights in a pressurized jet are not harmful to you or the baby. Many airline medical departments let pregnant passengers travel up until the 36th week, according to the …
  • Genetic testing without an amnio?

    Q) I've heard there's now genetic testing that doesn't involve the risks of an amnio. What are the pluses and minuses to alternative screenings? A) There are different screening tests available to determine your risk for specific genetic conditions during pregnancy. Most screening tests detect the risk for common trisomies, which are conditions that involve the presence of an extra chromosome. Down syndrome (trisomy 21) is an example of this type of condition. Unlike an …
  • Can my baby carrier hurt my new baby's hips?

    While it is well known that wearing baby in a front carrier helps improve the baby’s emotional development by strengthening the infant-parent bond, some new parents worry whether their baby is physically developing properly. Parents who wear their baby in a baby carrier may wonder, “Is this position good for my baby’s physical development?” Here are answers to some questions I’ve heard from babywearing parents:What are the risk factors for Developmental Dysplasia of the …
  • What are risks of Norovirus when pregnant?

    There is a lot of talk about Norovirus in the news this season. Norovirus is a type of virus that causes gastroenteritis, also known as the common “stomach flu." It is an unpleasant disease to get, but usually isn’t dangerous to either you or your baby.About 1 in 5 adults get gastroenteritis every year, especially during winter months; half the time, Norovirus is the cause. Typical symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping, and they are usually gone within 2-3 days. You …
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