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”

Oh my aching….

You can fill in the blank. It’s amazing to me how differently some women handle the aches and pains of pregnancy (and child birth for that matter) so differently, and how different the discomforts of becoming a mother vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. With my first child, I could have run a marathon, and I would have if someone had asked.  In fact, three weeks from my due date, someone dared me to channel my old cheer leading vibes and do the splits–which I did, belly and all. I was an unstoppable force, and I loved the way I felt.

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Induction of Labor Increases Chances for Cesarean Section

New research appearing in a past issue of Obestrics and Gynecology is confirming what many have long suspected. Induction of labor can double a mother’s chance of delivering by C-section. In a study that focused on reasons for labor induction and labor outcomes, mothers were 2.6% more likely to take a trip to the operating room for the birth of their baby.

Induction of labor involves administration of intravenous medications, or medications placed into the vagina to start contractions, and soften/dilate the cervix. In the past, inducing a patient for labor was done only for medical situations in which the baby needed to be delivered due to medical complications in which it is not safe to continue the pregnancy. Recently however, more and more women are requesting labor inductions for a variety of new reasons, and it appears that physicians are complying. (Even though I don’t know why…) Continue reading “Induction of Labor Increases Chances for Cesarean Section”