Here at Westchester Health, we get a lot of questions from our pregnant moms and their partners asking what happens in labor and delivery so they can better prepare for it, both mentally and physically. How long will it last? How much will it hurt? How do we know when it’s starting? To keep expecting parents informed (and maybe a little calmer), we recommend this highly informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below).
Most people think that when you’re expecting, you need to “eat for two” but at Westchester Health, we want to communicate to parents-to-be that you really don’t. We heartily encourage a healthy diet but want to emphasize that any weight gain guidelines should take into consideration a woman’s pre-pregnancy BMI (Body Mass Index). To help pregnant moms know how much weight they should be gaining, we recommend this informative blog by Dennis McGroary, MD, FACOG, an OB/GYN with our Obstetrics/Gynecology group (excerpted below).
Eating a healthy diet during your pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. At Westchester Health, we stress to all our expecting moms that the food they eat is their baby’s main source of nutrition. Good nutrition is crucial to meet the added demands on their body and the needs of their growing baby.
“Can sex during pregnancy harm the baby?” At Westchester Health, this is one of the most frequent questions we get asked by expecting couples. Our answer (unless there’s a problem) is almost always no. To learn why, we urge you to read this informative blog on the subject by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below). There is also a good deal of helpful information and advice for expecting parents on the WHP website which you can access here. Continue reading →
As we tell our patients at Westchester Health who are pregnant, expecting a baby is a wonderful thing but morning sickness can sure take the fun out of it. To help ease their symptoms so they can feel better throughout their pregnancy, we offer this informative blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group (excerpted below). There is also helpful information and advice for expecting parents on the WHP website which you can access here.
If you’re pregnant or might become pregnant, it’s critically important for you to get enough folic acid, the synthetic form of vitamin B9, also known as folate. Folic acid plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) which are serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). The neural tube is the part of the embryo where your baby’s spine and brain development begin. NTDs affect approximately 3,000 pregnancies annually in the U.S.
If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably been told by your OB/GYN that exercising during your pregnancy is a great idea, even highly recommended, for a number of reasons. At Westchester Health, we agree. Regular exercise during all three trimesters can improve health, reduce the risk of excess weight gain and back pain, and make delivery easier. It also can give your newborn a healthier start in life.
Getting pregnant again may be the last thing you want to do after having a baby and caring for a demanding newborn. But once sexual activity has resumed, we at Westchester Health advise couples that they should think about their birth control options if they want to prevent another pregnancy from occurring right away.
It itches. It burns. It’s embarrassing to talk about. If you’ve ever had one, you know what it’s like. If not, you’re lucky. I’m referring to a yeast infection, a non-serious but very uncomfortable vaginal condition that I see frequently in my female patients at Westchester Health. (Although relatively rare, men can also get yeast infections from having unprotected sex with a woman who has a yeast infection.)