Can Eating Nuts During Pregnancy Lower Your Child’s Risk Of Allergies?

A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that pregnant women who consume nuts can reduce the risk of nut allergies in their child. Peanuts are one of the most common types of foods linked to allergies. This new study shows that the diet of a woman during pregnancy can impact the likelihood of the child having an allergy. What happens during an allergic reaction to nuts? […] Read More

Coping with the Aches and Pains of Pregnancy

For many women, the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy can be accompanied by physical discomfort and even intense pain. Sometimes we have a good explanation for the symptoms and sometimes we don’t. Here’s a guide to the most common aches and pains, and when you should call your doctor. First-Trimester Cramping During the first few weeks of pregnancy, many women experience diffuse cramping that […] Read More

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure. Nearly 50 percent are women. Many are pregnant. If you’re among those suffering from high blood pressure during pregnancy, you should be treated by a physician. Exams should start as early as possible and continue regularly so the condition can be managed and the risk to you […] Read More

What if my baby is breech?

  It is not always known why a baby is in a breech position. Breech position occurs in 3-4% of babies at term and is more common when: The woman has had more than one pregnancy There is more than one fetus in the uterus (twins or more) The uterus has too much or too little amniotic fluid (the liquid around the fetus inside the […] Read More

Zika Virus Update

Over the past few weeks, Zika virus has quickly spread throughout numerous countries in the Americas, prompting serious international concern. Although the United States has yet to see any locally acquired vector-borne cases, pregnant women who have traveled to a country affected by the current outbreak, and couples who are considering traveling to an affected country before becoming pregnant have reason to be concerned. Zika […] Read More

Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Late last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a Level 2 Alert for Zika virus, a relatively unknown mosquito borne disease. Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks had been identified in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. In May of last year, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert about the first confirmed Zika case in Brazil, prompting serious […] Read More

Tips for Exercising During Pregnancy

One of the most common and important questions we get from newly pregnant women is about exercise. We know that regular exercise is critical for maintaining good heath in general, and the same benefits apply during pregnancy. Exercise helps to regulate weight gain and to alleviate some of the aches and pains women experience throughout gestation. One of the problems with pregnancy exercise guidelines has […] Read More

I keep waking up on my back!!!

By far, the most common concern I hear from pregnant women is that they have read they should sleep on their left side (not just their side, their left side), but they awaken in a panic in the middle of the night when they find themselves on their backs. I realize the books all say the same thing, but we have to use some common […] Read More

Gestational Diabetes

Worldwide, diabetes affects more than 380 million people, and by 2030, the World Health Organization expects that number to double. This disease can cause serious health complications, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. With such a high incidence, the need to embrace preventative measures is more important now than ever before. Gestational diabetes develops in 2% – 5% of […] Read More

Pregnancy Back Pain Explained

The baby belly. It’s the most obvious way a woman’s body changes during pregnancy. But the transformation is so pronounced that it causes somewhat less visible—but still uncomfortable—physiological changes. Pregnancy-related back pain can be so severe that it interferes with one’s quality of life, which especially for active moms who had planned to continue their active lifestyle throughout their pregnancy can be downright depressing.  To make […] Read More


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