How Eating Disorders Should Influence OB-GYN Care: ACOG’s New Committee Opinion

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently published a committee opinion discussing necessary precautions for patients who may have eating disorders. Eating disorders encompass a wide range of conditions in which a person has abnormal feeding habits; often, eating disorders affect physical health in addition to mental and emotional well-being. Some of the…

Six Tips for Self-Advocacy During a High-Risk Pregnancy

High-risk pregnancies require more careful monitoring and follow-up to watch for developing complications during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. There are a lot of reasons a pregnancy might be considered high-risk. Some women enter a pregnancy high-risk, while others start out with a low-risk pregnancy but develop complications that put them in the high-risk category. Once…

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) and Pregnancy Loss: Research Summary

High blood pressure, known clinically as hypertension, is a condition in which the constant force of blood pushing against the walls of the blood vessels is too high. Blood pressure measurements are composed of two numbers: The systolic blood pressure (top number) And diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) The American College of Cardiology defines normal…

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth

Before I got pregnant, I thought nine months was a long time. But between preparing the baby’s room, going to birthing classes, and reading every book, magazine article, and blog post I could find about what to expect when I delivered my child, the time flew by! Still, all of my preparation did not prepare…

Is My Pregnancy High-Risk?

  What does it mean when a pregnancy is deemed “high-risk”? In medical terms, a high-risk pregnancy is one involving any underlying potential complication that could harm the mother and/or baby. Having a high-risk pregnancy does not necessarily mean that the mother or baby will be harmed; rather, it implies that certain precautions must be…

Grand Multiparity

The term grand multiparity is used in reference to women who have previously given birth several times. Some consider a pregnant patient to be a grand multipara if she has already given birth four or more times, and a great grand multipara if she has already given birth nine or more times. These numbers include…