Ask Sofia: How many ultrasounds should I expect during pregnancy?
Many expecting parents look forward to prenatal ultrasounds—a safe and painless test that shows the baby’s shape and position as well as images of the placenta, amniotic sac and ovaries. Also known as a sonagram, an ultrasound can help confirm your anticipated date of delivery as well as pregnancies outside the uterus, fetal growth rate and multiple pregnancies and record fetal heartbeat and the amount of amniotic fluid.
Ask Sofia: How can I manage heartburn during pregnancy?
While it actually has nothing to do with your heart, heartburn involves a burning sensation in the chest that can be pretty uncomfortable, particularly during pregnancy when it is more common. Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is caused when stomach acid moves to the esophagus—the tube that carries food and liquid to the stomach. When these contents come back up or reflux, you might also feel pressure in your throat or a bad taste in the back of your mouth. The culprit is often hanging hormone levels during pregnancy, which can affect the digestive tract and how your body processes certain foods.
The Fourth Trimester
The fourth trimester refers to the first three months after a birth—the time of transition for a recently pregnant person and baby.
Vaccination Q&A Update
Thanks to your questions, concerns, and passion for health and wellness, we have collected a list of the top vaccine-related questions we hear at Clinic Sofia. Read on for this informative Q&A with Dr. Jewelia Wagner:
When Your OB/GYN is Also Expecting
You might have noticed that we’ve had a recent baby boom among our Clinic Sofia team, with Drs. Clay, Hammers, Jordi and Stevens all welcoming newborns in the last year or so. With all of these new babies on board, we thought it might be fun to check in with your doctors to see what it’s like to be expecting while working with prenatal and postnatal patients.
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.