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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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What is the risk my baby will get “flat head syndrome?”

A: The fact is all babies are at risk of getting flat head syndrome. The good news is if you’re asking this before you have your baby, and you understand how to prevent it, then the chances of it developing in your baby are significantly lower.Flat head syndrome is a condition in which flat …

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Are vaccinations dangerous when I’m pregnant?

No, they are not. Many vaccines have been carefully tested and monitored for safety among pregnant women. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommend that pregnant women get vaccinated for both influenza, the virus that causes “the flu,” and pertussis, more …

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Why am I not pregnant yet?

There could be many reasons, but here are 5 of the most common:1. PCOS  (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) - this is a common affliction that disturbs hormone levels and ovulation. PCOS is one of the most common endocrine disorders that can affect women of reproductive age. The diagnosis of PCOS …

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Does having preeclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy have long-term implications?

Q.  Does having preeclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy have long-term implications? Having a complication such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes during pregnancy can be scary, but it's important to remember that even though blood pressures and sugar levels may return to …

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When is a baby considered premature?

A:   Any baby born at or before 37 weeks gestational age is considered preterm. There are an alarming number of preterm births in the US, with 1 in 8 babies being born preterm.  Despite the prevalence of prematurity, parental knowledge of the subject is low--a recent survey found that 75% of …

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How early can you start teaching your baby?

A: As one little life is born, the parent has now been given the opportunity to begin spending time with their child.  From the moment you take your baby home, is a moment in time you can never get back.  Good news parents: You can make your time meaningful, beginning day one.How do infants …

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