Pregnancy Complications

  • How Can I Get Rid of a Yeast Infection?

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,
    I have had a yeast infection throughout my entire pregnancy. My doctor has tested me for STD's and all are negative. He has prescribed metro gel to me. I have used this every few months. I am now on my 32 week and am using this prescription every other week.

    Is there something stronger I can use or something I can change or do differently to help?

  • Risks with handling vaccines at work?

    QUESTION

    I work in Vet Clinic, Mainly Large Animal, Risk w/ Handling Vaccine

  • Depression during pregnancy -- how can you really handle it?

    Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times of a woman's life, but for many women this is a time of confusion, fear, sadness, stress and even depression.

  • Holiday morning sickness busters

    A wee baby will be joining you at next year's holiday celebrations! This year's festivities may be an entirely different story if you're battling morning sickness. Whether you'll be traveling or keeping close to home, tap these holiday morning sickness busters!

  • Pregnant and SAD -- brightening up your day

    Do you suffer from depression that only seems to appear during the winter months? If you're pregnant and SAD, light therapy may brighten your day!

  • Remembering World Aids Day -- STDs during pregnancy

    Over thirty years ago the first cases of HIV garnered the world's attention. Today, one in seven new infections worldwide occur through mother-to-child transmission. How can this be prevented?

  • Bake the baby longer -- bedrest activities that aren't boring

    Being on bedrest may feel like you've been given an endless sentence to boredom! A woman can only read so many books, cruise so many websites, and watch so much TV. We're going to help you make the most of your down time with activities help time move faster than a crawl.

  • U.S. preterm births hit new low - still work to do!

    The March of Dimes just released the 2012 Premature Birth Report Card. The U.S. has hit a new 10 year low for preterm births -- a significant improvement now registering at 11.7%! Still, overall, the U.S. scores a "C" as we continue to have a high rate of preterm births comparatively. This is a clear indication of work to be done! Learn more of the resources available here at Pregnancy.org to help you and your baby with a healthy start!

  • Pregnant? Getting a flu shot could prevent autism for baby-to-be!

    The flu and fever are capable of creating more damage than previously thought! See why it's important to get a flu shot if you're pregnant!

  • How Can I Get Rid of a Yeast Infection?

    QUESTION

    Dear Midwife,
    I have had a yeast infection throughout my entire pregnancy. My doctor has tested me for STD's and all are negative. He has prescribed metro gel to me. I have used this every few months. I am now on my 32 week and am using this prescription every other week.

    Is there something stronger I can use or something I can change or do differently to help?

  • Anger

    Who knew that there are so many reasons to be angry after a miscarriage? I am a mental health care professional so I am well acquainted with the stages of grief. I was not shocked by my shock. I expected and allowed my sadness. What I was not prepared for, however, was the depth and breadth of my anger. I am ANGRY. I am angry with any pregnant woman who has the audacity to be within a 30 foot radius of me.

  • Incompetent cervix -- caring for it during pregnancy

    What causes an incompetent cervix? How is it treated? Are there risks to a cerclage? Learn these answers as a mom shares her experiences and research.

  • Morning Sickness: It's Not Easy Being Green!

    The paradox of morning sickness: Few people ever really dwell on the trauma of it, because it is the famous first sign of a glorious occasion to come -- the birth of a child. That is true. It's also true that morning sickness can be debilitating, depressing and alienating. Baby or no baby.

  • Groundbreaking Discovery in the Treatment of Preeclampsia

    Scientists at Mercy Hospital for Women have made a "groundbreaking discovery" in the treatment of preeclampsia, a potentially fatal condition that affects 1 in 20 pregnancies and kills 60,000 women worldwide each year.

  • Can I Touch Cat Litter?

    QUESTION

    Dear Pet Expert,
    I'm 3½ months along with my first child. My husband and I just got a new kitten, and I've had seven different relatives tell me that I can't touch cat litter. Is there any truth to this anymore, or was this a problem years ago and the new litter has different effects, or is it just the urine?

    Is there anything else I should know about kittens and pregnancy? Is there any possibility of baby developing allergies because we have a cat?

  • Anti-depressants During Pregnancy

    Recently our news feeds have been flooded with bad news about pregnancy and anti-depressants. If you're depressed and expecting a baby, finding a treatment can feel like a balancing act over hot coals.

  • Michelle Duggar's Pregnancy Ends in Miscarriage

    Michelle Duggar, of "19 and counting," has suffered a second trimester miscarriage on December 8, 2011.

  • Mommyrexia: Avoiding Pregnancy Weight Gain

    All new moms worry about losing the baby weight. An alarming number of women don't want to gain the baby weight in the first place.

  • Responding When People Don't Understand Your Miscarriage

    We've all been there. The moment someone says something hurtful about the loss of our baby. I say it's time to hold our heads high, reclaim our privacy and space, and let people know that what they say is not acceptable. Learn how to educate "the ignorant," "the indignant" and "the idiot" so their next response can help heal a friend facing pregnancy loss.