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For expectant and new moms, it’s the unexpected that can quickly change the course of normal pregnancies—especially preeclampsia. Would you know the signs and symptoms of this life-threatening disorder?“The more a pregnant woman knows about preeclampsia, the more likely she is to recognize and report symptoms to her doctor or midwife,” says Eleni Tsigas, executive director of the Preeclampsia Foundation. “That improves time for diagnosis and medical evaluation, which saves

Learn the truth about preeclampsia Preeclampsia affects as many as 8% of all pregnancies. How much do you know about this leading cause of prematurity and mother/baby emergencies?1. Prenatal appointments are essential to screen for preeclampsia.TRUE: Among other health checks, your provider is monitoring you for the disease at each prenatal visit. Your urine is tested for protein and your blood pressure is monitored at each visit because these are the si

1. Thank you for educating me to know the symptoms and how dangerous preeclampsia can be. Because you have seen firsthand the impact of preeclampsia you can coach patients to be proactive about recognizing symptoms and reporting them to their pregnancy provider. At the Preeclampsia Foundation, we have a motto we share with pregnant women: "Know the symptoms. Trust yourself." By this we mean that each pregnant woman should be empowered to speak up and rapidly seek a medical evaluation if any of

You may be tempted to miss your prenatal care from time to time, but don’t. Attending every prenatal visit is essential to helping your care provider identify early warning signs of a serious pregnancy complication, preeclampsia.At every visit screening tests are done to screen for preeclampsia that include weighing you and checking your blood pressure. This condition affects as many as 10% of all pregnancies, particularly from the 20th week on, and it can quickly become

You have choices when it comes to birthing your baby—consider the options and decide what’s best for you!As soon as you become pregnant (or even before you conceive), explore your options and decide what type of care provider you want to guide and support your pregnancy journey. Find providers you can connect with and trust, who will be there to assist in the labor and birth processes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and arrange facility tours as you explore the best place to

While you may bristle at the idea of getting into the dentist’s chair, twice-yearly checkups to prevent a cavity don’t have to get your child down in the mouth.Debra Glassman, DDS, of Glassman Dental Care in New York City says prevention is key. “Start early and instill good habits. When parents set good examples, it promotes oral health for the family. Start young on the path to be cavity free for life. Tooth Basics for Babies Dental health is important fo

Gestational diabetes is a form of high blood sugar that develops in pregnancy, and it can cause serious problems that put you and your baby at risk including:high blood pressure preeclampsia (a sudden, dangerous increase in blood pressure) pregnancy loss during the last 4 weeks to 8 weeks of pregnancy preterm labor and birth cesarean and its risks When you eat, your body breaks food down into a sugar called glucose.

Despite all of the well-meaning advice you receive, healthy eating in pregnancy doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Take it from me—a registered dietitian and a new mom—these 6 strategies are all you need! Consume enough folic acid, iron and protein  It’s smart to start with a prenatal vitamin even before you’re pregnant—and to continue it after baby’s birth until you end breastfeeding. In addition to the other nutrie

Mapping Your 40 Weeks of Prenatal Care Regular prenatal care and mapping your 40 weeks is important for you and your baby to have the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. At each visit, your healthcare provider checks the health and progress of your pregnancy for both you and your baby; you get your questions answered.You’ll likely have 10-12 prenatal care visits during which you’ll learn about any risks that could affect your pregnancy, watch how your baby

Stroke probably isn’t something you worry about most days, but did you know 1 in 5 women will have a stroke at some point in their lives? Your risk for stroke is influenced by whether you’ve ever been pregnant, take birth control pills, have migraine headaches that include auras, among other factors. Approximately 3 out of 10,000 pregnant women will have a stroke during pregnancy, compared to 2 out of 10,000 non-pregnant women.For the first time, guidelines have been developed by the Ame

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