The Ins and Outs of Back Labor
One of the unexpected aspects of labor involves “back labor,” intense pain in the lower back that typically happens when the baby is positioned “sunny-side up” with the head down by the cervix while facing forward towards the stomach (most turn to face backwards before delivery). This is also called occiput posterior position. While “normal” labor often feels more like menstrual cramps that come and go, back labor typically includes strong contractions concentrated in the back that don’t let up as much.
Ask Sofia: Why Am I Losing So Much Hair?
The average person loses about 100 hairs a day, but when you are newly postpartum, you might be seeing three or four times that amount come out in your hairbrush or the shower.
Vaccine Eligibility for Pregnant Women
The state of Minnesota recently moved to the next phase of its vaccination rollout, meaning some pregnant women are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
One-on-One with Dr. Pam Jordi
When Dr. Pam Jordi discusses potential COVID-19 vaccinations with her pregnant patients, she can offer a unique perspective as an OB-GYN as well as an expecting mother—she and her husband are expecting their second child this spring.
Ask Sofia: Should pregnant women get the Covid-19 vaccine?
This is the number-one question our patients who are pregnant or are hoping to get pregnant are asking right now: Should I get the vaccine? Since clinical trials typically exclude pregnant women as well as those who are breastfeeding, there is limited data on this topic. However, the CDC says that pregnant women who are part of a group recommended to receive the Covid-19 vaccine can “choose to be vaccinated,” while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that vaccines “should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination.”
All About Gestational Diabetes
If you’re pregnant or have had a child, you probably remember the glucose test to measure your blood sugar and check for gestational diabetes. A condition that affects up to 10 percent of pregnant women each year in the United States, gestational diabetes causes high blood pressure and affects how your cells use sugar.
There is good news and bad news when it comes to gestational diabetes. The good news is that many women can manage it by eating well and exercising (and taking medication, if needed) to keep both mom and baby healthy. In most cases, blood sugar levels return to normal after delivery, however, it can lead to excessive birth weight and early delivery for babies as well as a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity later in life for moms.