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Is magnesium sulfate safe for babies?

Magnesium sulfate is an inorganic salt that may have a variety of health benefits during pregnancy. It can be prescribed to mothers in order to treat preeclampsia or eclampsia (1). Additionally, when premature birth is expected, it can be used to protect a baby’s brain. There is evidence that antenatal magnesium sulfate reduces the risk…

Increase in Drug Resistant UTIs: What Does This Mean for Pregnant Women?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a relatively common ailment, affecting about 50-60% of women in their lifetimes (1), and in many cases are easily treatable. However, if not effectively treated, they can lead to a variety of dangerous complications, especially in certain high-risk groups. One population particularly threatened by UTIs is pregnant women and their…

Placental Screenings: The Future of Prenatal Care?

The placenta, or “afterbirth,” was previously considered a simple, relatively unimportant organ. However, over time, researchers have realized that it plays a critical role not only in fetal development and maternal health during pregnancy, but also in the long-term well being of both mothers and their children. Although its importance is now generally recognized throughout…

Pregnancy Vocab 101: Terms Your Doctor’s Using, And What They Mean in Plain English

During their education, doctors learn “medical jargon.” This refers to words and phrases that are useful when communicating with other medical professionals but may be very confusing to patients. The best doctors are careful not to overwhelm their patients with medical jargon, and instead try to use simple language when explaining things (unless the patient…

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…

Maternal Mortality in the United States

The likelihood of a woman dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes in the United States is higher than that of a woman in any other developed nation. Currently, the rate of maternal mortality (estimated at 26 out of 100,000 live births[1]) is almost six times what it is in Scandinavia (2). It is higher even…

This Preeclampsia Awareness Month, Learn the Risks!

Mark your calendars, because it’s Preeclampsia Awareness Month! This event seeks to educate the public about this potentially life-threatening condition and disseminate information regarding when pregnant women should talk to their doctors about the health risks that can accompany it. Preeclampsia Affects a Sizeable Portion of Pregnancies Preeclampsia (high blood pressure that appears during pregnancy,…

May is American Stroke Awareness Month!

This May, educate yourself about strokes, especially those that can happen to mothers and /or infants around the time of pregnancy, birth, and delivery. What is a Stroke? A stroke is a brain injury where blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted. When this happens, brain cells begin to die.  There are…