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  • What is a gentle or family-centered cesarean? Is it always an option?

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    Anyone who has had a traditional cesarean section, or C-section, can tell you that the mechanics of the surgical procedure can distract from the celebration of bringing your baby into the world.  During a traditional C-section, the mom and child are frequently separated in the moments after birth when a connection to one another is especially important, both for the health of the baby and for bonding purposes.Now there is a new option available called gentle or family-centered cesarean, or …
  • Is it safe to get a bikini wax?

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    Yes, bikini waxes are considered safe during your pregnancy; however, if you are in your second or third trimesters you should avoid doing any activities that require lying on your back for long periods of time because it can cause lightheadedness or even fainting. Read more: Can lying on your back hurt baby?If you are expecting, this area may be more sensitive during pregnancy, and it is important to note that there is no medical need or preference for the area to be waxed prior to …
  • Is it OK to use a hot tub when pregnant?

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    Doctors generally recommend that you avoid using hot tubs while you are pregnant. During your first trimester, an elevated core body temperature could increase your risk of certain birth defects. Throughout pregnancy, women are more likely to faint, and fainting can be exacerbated hot tubs, which can cause your blood vessels to dilate and pool in your lower body as you stand up. However, shorter lengths of time in hot tubs, set at lower temperatures, may be safe.During labor, tubs can be a …
  • Are headaches related to my pregnancy?

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    Headaches are common in pregnancy. Tension-type headaches – low grade, mild headaches – are the most common kind of headache both in general and during pregnancy. Migraine headaches are common as well. Women with frequent headaches outside of pregnancy are more likely to have headaches during pregnancy. For some women, pregnancy is a time of increased headaches, though some women actually find that their headaches are improved in pregnancy.If you are experiencing migraines, most …
  • Can I get pregnant if I have lupus?

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    Yes, however it is important for women with lupus to consult their rheumatologist prior to getting pregnant. In addition, having a pre-conception consultation with a high risk doctor prior to pregnancy is important for women with significant chronic diseases, such as lupus.Women with lupus are at higher risk for pregnancy complications, including problems with fetal growth, high blood pressure in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia), preterm delivery and stillbirth.Most babies born to women with …
  • Are there any risks to having an epidural?

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    Receiving an epidural is very safe; however there are side effects for all medications. In certain cases, side effects, though short-lived, may include a drop in blood pressure or itching. Rarer side effects include a spinal headache (a severe headache that may require further treatment) and an extremely small chance of infection or nerve damage. Though usually very effective, an epidural can fail to provide enough pain relief. If this happens, your anesthesiologist may replace the epidural or …
  • How Dangerous is Having a Cat During Pregnancy?

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    Having a cat during pregnancy is only dangerous if you contract toxoplasmosis, a common infection found in birds, animals, and people. For most people, the disease is not a serious health problem, but for a pregnant woman's growing baby, the disease can cause brain damage and vision loss. In the United States, less than 1 percent of pregnancies are complicated by a maternal toxoplasmosis infection.  Toxoplasmosis is caused by a parasite. You can get the infection by digging or gardening in …
  • What’s preeclampsia? And can I get it?

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    Preeclampsia is a condition that can occur during pregnancy. It is characterized by high blood pressure and increased levels of protein in the urine. In rare/severe cases, preeclampsia can lead to other problems such as seizures, growth problems in babies, kidney/liver dysfunction, or bleeding.Preeclampsia affects around 5-8 percent of all pregnancies and occurs more often in first time mothers, older women, and women with other risk factors (e.g. twin pregnancies or women with underlying …
  • Is a vegan diet safe during pregnancy?

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    Yes.It is always important to maintain a healthy diet, but it is especially important during your pregnancy. What you choose to eat while expecting may influence both you and your  baby’s current and future health. That being said, as long as you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of protein, a vegan diet is a safe choice.What is a vegan diet?A vegan diet is defined as not consuming any animal products which includes red and white meats, chicken, fish, cheese, …
  • What is the Zika virus? Can I get it?

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    The Zika virus is carried and spread by Aedes mosquitoes. The most common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. As many as 4 out of 5 people who contract Zika have no symptoms at all. The cause for concern is that the Zika infection in pregnant women has been linked to a increased rates of microcephaly, a condition in which a baby is born with a smaller than normal head. While it is not proven that Zika has caused this …
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