One Viable Method to Prevent Preterm Labor

Preterm birth rates continue to rise in the United States and are a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality.  Low-dose aspirin has been researched as a possible inexpensive and safe medication to help reduce the incidence of preterm birth. Aspirin helps by reducing uterine contractility and inflammation.  Many medical issues such as the fetus…

What Could Happen if You Smoke During Pregnancy?

We all know that cigarette smoking is a health hazard.  In pregnancy, smoking spreads that hazard to the baby as well as the mom.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides us with the following information: It is reported that 10% of women smoke during the last 3 months of pregnancy 50% of women…

How Can Uterine Fibroids Affect Your Pregnancy?

About 5% of all women have a uterine fibroid and this is the most common of the noncancerous gynecological tumors.  Since fibroids can increase risks during a pregnancy, the health care provider follows a pregnant woman with fibroids carefully. One of the complications can be that the baby is in a position other than head-down near…

What Are the Risks of Delaying Childbirth?

…..Over the past 50 years, more women are delaying childbirth for many reasons.  Now obstetrical teams are seeing an increase in first births for women aged 40 to 44.  Pregnancies can progress beautifully with these women but increased risks have been associated with later motherhood.  Some of these risks include: Abnormal fetal chromosomes Diabetes during…

Preterm Births – Ways to Prevent This Large Problem

…..Preterm births continue to be a large problem in the United States, leading to many problems for these children.  It is the leading cause of infant mortality in our country.  Prevention is always the goal, and today, measuring the cervical length with a transvaginal sonogram may help identify patients who are at a higher risk…

Preterm Births – Information You Should Be Aware Of

…..When a pregnant woman “breaks her water” usually it is the start of an exciting time of her pregnancy because labor has started or is about to begin.  This is fine if the pregnancy is near the due date, but if the water breaks and the pregnancy is not near the due date, then there…