Smile, Baby!

When is brushing your teeth not just about freshening your breath? When you’re pregnant.  I think that your dental health may be one of the most overlooked aspects of keeping yourself healthy when you are expecting—and neglecting your teeth can have a pretty serious impact on your pregnancy.  Now, keep in mind that the jury is still out on some of this research, but when you consider what I’m about to explain it will make sense. Continue reading “Smile, Baby!”

Coping with the tragedy of miscarriage

I can speak to this point quite personally—having miscarried two babies back to back over the course of a year and a half, it is nearly impossible to communicate the grief that goes along with it.  What I have learned from other women, friends and my patients is that our experiences with fetal loss are all very different.  Some women are very private—never even telling those closest to them that they were expecting. Others grieve very openly and share their experiences with everyone.  For myself, I kept fairly quiet about my story, but as the years pass (8 to be exact) it does get easier to talk about how it felt. Continue reading “Coping with the tragedy of miscarriage”

CDC Urges Pregnant Moms to Get Pertussis Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control have seen a pretty significant jump in reported cases of pertussis–also known as “whooping cough” over the past two years.  Jumping by nearly 4,000 cases across the US since 2009, pertussis can be a deadly infection in babies less than 6 months of age.  Previous recommendations suggested that mothers be vaccinated immediately after birth to help protect babies from the bacteria that cause the condition, but now researchers feel that in order to properly protect babies, they should be receiving mom’s antibodies in utero.

There are still questions to be answered regarding the use of the vaccine before delivery–and the vaccines are currently still being given after delivery, so don’t be surprised if a nurse walks in with a dose for you before you leave the hospital. Continue reading “CDC Urges Pregnant Moms to Get Pertussis Vaccine”