What kinds of short- and long-term health issues do premature babies face? How can they be treated? Expert:Carmina Erdei, MD, Neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital To understand the health issues for premature babies, we must first understand how doctors identify a premature baby. Babies born before 37 weeks are considered premature or preterm. Many women who give … [Read more...] about What are short and long-term health issues for premature babies?
What can you expect during an IVF pregnancy, and how is it different than an unassisted pregnancy? Expert:Daniela Anne Carusi, MD, MSc, Director of General Gynecology and Surgical Obstetrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Is IVF pregnancy different? Women who get pregnant through in vitro fertilization will be closely monitored by their fertility doctor during their first … [Read more...] about How is an IVF pregnancy different than a “regular” pregnancy?
Expert: Robert Barbieri, MD, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is a common condition, affecting about 1 in 15 women. Women who have PCOS often do not make enough of the hormones needed to ovulate. Instead, their bodies secrete luteinizing hormone (LH) in abnormally high amounts from the pituitary gland. The … [Read more...] about How does Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affect fertility?
Expert: Yael Hoffman Sage, MD, MPH, an obstetrician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Genetic tests during pregnancy There are a wide variety of genetic tests during pregnancy. These include: Screening tests such as maternal serum screening (e.g. First Look or Sequential Screen) or cell-free DNA. Doctors use to determine whether your baby is at increased risk for … [Read more...] about What are typical genetic tests during pregnancy? Who should do genetic testing?
Expert: Ashwini Nadkarni, MD, Psychiatrist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital What is depression? Depression is a medical illness consisting of problems with mood that affect day-to-day functioning. People with depression often experience a general feeling of sadness or an inability to enjoy their usual activities for at least two weeks. Other symptoms include: Sleep issues … [Read more...] about Who is affected by depression during pregnancy?