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Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

March 6th, 2012 No Comments » In Pregnancy, by admin

GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. In pregnant women, GBS can cause bladder infections, womb infections, and stillbirth. Many people carry GBS in their bodies, but do not become ill. If is believed that one of every four or five pregnant women caries GBS in the rectum or vagina.

GBS can be detected during pregnancy by taking a swab of the vaginal and rectal area around 35-37 weeks gestations. Cultures collected earlier do not accurately predict whether a mother will have GBS at delivery. If the culture shows the presence of GBS the mother will be given antibiotics at the time of labor or membrane rupture to reduce the risk of the baby having GBS illness
Fortunately, only one of every 100 to 200 babies of these women will develop signs and symptoms of GBS. Sepsis, pneumonia, and meningitis are the most common problems. If antibiotics are given in labor, there is a 1 in 4000 chance of delivering a baby with GBS disease. Vaccines are currently being developed to prevent GBS disease. In the future, women may be able to be vaccinated to protect the baby during birth and early infancy.

Folic Acid For Pregnant Women

February 4th, 2010 No Comments » In Pregnancy, Supplements, Women's Health, by admin

Taking folic acid before and during pregnancy has been shown to reduce neural tube defects.  The folic acid found in most over the counter multi-vitamins works best for good health.  The best way for women to know that they are getting enough folic acid is to take a multi-vitamin that has at least 400 mcg of folic acid in it every day.

Studies suggest that folic acid may also protect your baby from certain types of other birth defects related to the heart, limbs and face. It’s shown that it may also help protect women and men from types of heart disease and certain cancers.

Folic acid is a B vitamin.  There are a lot of foods high in folate which is the natural form of vitamin B.  Foods such as beans, green leafy vegetables and orange juice.

Make sure to discuss with your doctor what type of multi-vitamin your taking or folic acid supplement to see if it’s right for you.

Armity A. Simon, M.D.  OBGYN, Scottsdale, Az.

Helpful Hints For Hyperemesis (Morning Sickness)

November 24th, 2009 No Comments » In Pregnancy, by admin
If you’re feeling nauseous or vomiting due to early pregnancy, there are several things that you can try.

Avoid feeling hungry. Small frequent meals, including eating crackers as soon as you wake up can help those waves of nausea from coming. Another thing to try is acupressure wrist bands. They are usually found in maternity stores or even travel stores since they can also be used to prevent sea-sickness. Ginger has also been shown to prevent or reduce nausea. Sipping on ginger ale, taking ginger capsules or even ginger snaps may be helpful. Another remedy that you can try is vitamin B6. They come in tablet form, and taking one 25-50mg tablet up to twice per day may relieve hyperemesis. Caution with vitamin B6-avoid taking more than 100mg per day as it may be harmful to the baby at high doses. “Preggy pops” are available in most stores and may be helpful. If you are actually vomiting, Emetrol is a syrup that can be used to stop vomiting. Be sure to replenish fluids to avoid dehydration. If the hyperemesis is not resolving, or you have any questions, be sure to call the office, as there are prescription medications available to help.

~Ana Amato, CNM, NP


Pregnancy and Exercise

October 26th, 2009 1 Comment » In Pregnancy, by admin

Exercising is just as important when you are pregnant to build bones and muscles. Exercising gives your energy and keeps you healthy during pregnancy.

During your pregnancy many changes are taking place. With regular exercise and staying active this can benefit your pregnancy and your health.

Some changes will affect your ability to exercise. During pregnancy you are carrying some extras pounds, this extra weigh can contribute to the front of your body having shifts in gravity and places stress on joints and muscles, mostly those in the pelvis and lower back. The hormones that are produced during pregnancy causes the ligaments that support your joints to become relaxed. Your heart rate is sometimes affected by this extra weight and that makes your body work harder then when you were not pregnant. So it is important for you not to overdo it. (more…)

Group Beta Strep in Pregnancy (GBS)

October 26th, 2009 No Comments » In Pregnancy, by admin

What is GBS?

Group beta strep or GBS is a type of bacteria.  It is commonly found in about 10-30% of pregnant women.  GBS is not the same type of strep bacteria that cause strep throat. 

 Is GBS a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

No.  This bacteria is considered normal bacteria to be present in a woman’s vagina, urinary tract and/or intestinal tract.  There is no need for a woman to feel ashamed if GBS is found.  (more…)

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