don't hesitate

If you have been, or think you may have been, exposed to any of these conditions, or are worried about the health of your baby, please contact our office.

fetal movement

Don't count kicks before 27 weeks.

If you think your baby is not moving enough, or is moving less than he or she normally does, this is what you need to do:

  • Eat a good meal.
  • Thirty Minutes later lie down on your left side in a quiet room.
  • Count how many times your baby moves in thirty minutes.
  • Do this two times a day. Try to pick two times during the day when your baby is most active.
  • Add together the number of times the baby moves in each thirty minutes.
  • If your baby moves less than ten total times, please call the office.

fifth disease

Like most diseases, fifth can present differently in different people. The most common symptoms include a red rash, joint pain, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. An infected person may also have a red rash on their face that looks like their cheeks have been slapped, though this symptom is much more common in children.

Approximately fifty percent of adults (including pregnant women) are immune to the virus. We do want to know; however, if you are exposed to fifth while you are pregnant. The reason we need to know is that if you are not immune, and have not previously had fifth disease, contracting it during pregnancy can create the risk of significant complications.

Most pregnant women who are exposed to fifth disease, and are not immune, do not have serious complications. It does not cause fetal abnormalities. There are; however, a small number of women who get fifth disease during pregnancy and miscarry or develop complications.

toxoplasmosis

Why are Cats A Danger?

Cats can become transmitters of toxoplasmosis, a disease they can get by eating wild rodents or birds infected with a common parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.

If you change any cat litter that contains this parasite - or touch anything else that has touched the infected feces - and are not scrupulous about washing your hands, you could accidentally ingest the parasite by touching your hands to your mouth.

How Harmful is Toxoplasmosis?

The infection rarely causes problems in healthy adults, but it can be dangerous to a developing fetus, possibly resulting in miscarriage, stillbirth, or severe complications such as blindness and mental retardations.

smoking

The Reality

Smoking before and during pregnancy is the single most preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and infants. Women who quit smoking before or early in pregnancy significantly reduce the risk for several adverse outcomes.

  • Compared with women who do not smoke,
    • Women who smoke prior to pregnancy are about twice as likely to experience a delay in conception and have approximately 30% higher odds of being infertile,
    • Women who smoke during pregnancy are about twice as likely to experience premature rupture of membranes, placental abruption, and placenta previa during pregnancy.
  • Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy:
    • Have about 30% higher odds of being born prematurely.
    • Are more likely to be born with low birth weight (less than 2500 grams or 5.5 pounds), increasing their risk for illness or death.
    • Weight an average of 200 grams less than infants born to women who do not smoke.
    • Are 1.4 to 3.0 times more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Take Action

The Surgeon General has concluded that the only way to fully protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of tobacco smoke is to live in and visit only 100% smoke-free environments.

birth defects

Leading the News April 2017

One In 10 Pregnant Women In Continental US With Zika Infection Had Baby With Serious Birth Defects, Report Indicates.

  • CompThe New York Times (4/4, Belluck, Subscription Publication) reports one in 10 pregnant women in the continental US “with a confirmed Zika infection had a baby with brain damage or other serious birth defects,” according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  •  USA Today (4/4, Painter) reports “the problems included undersized heads and brain damage (microcephaly), but also seizures, difficulties with vision, hearing and movement, and developmental delays, such as trouble sitting up and eating, said CDC acting director Anne Schuchat.”
  •  The Washington Post (4/4, Sun) reports, “Women infected during the first trimester of pregnancy had an even higher risk of birth defects, about 15 percent, according to the analysis.”
  • Reuters (4/4, Steenhuysen) reports that 75% of the babies born to the women with confirmed Zika infections “had not received brain imaging after birth to diagnose birth defects,” so the report may be underestimating the number of babies born with Zika-related birth defects.
  • Also covering the story are the Miami Herald (4/4, Chang), TIME (4/4, Park), the NPR (4/4, Doucleff) “Shots” blog, Fox News (4/4), CNN (4/4, Goldschmidt), the NBC News (4/4, Fox) website, the ABC News (4/4, Mohney) website, AFP (4/4), Newsweek (4/4, Dicamillo), MedPage Today (4/4, Walker), HealthDay (4/4, Thompson), and Healio (4/4, Gallagher).