Prenatal Information

Best Prenatal Care Begins Before Conception: A Doctor’s Perspective

I was talking with a reporter the other day about routine pregnancy care and the first question she asked me was, “When in pregnancy is it best to make your first doctor’s appointment?” She was caught off guard when I told her, “That’s easy. Before you ever get pregnant!” We have preached for a longContinue Reading

Some Fertility Treatments Linked to Birth Defects

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that infants born as a result of assisted reproductive technology, or ART — such as in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs — are two to four times more likely to be born with certain types of birth defects thanContinue Reading

Complex CHD’s – does environment play a role?

Some complex congenital heart defects in newborns are significantly more common during the summer, leading researchers to believe that the environment, and not just genes that affect the heart, may play a role in causing “mini-epidemics” of this disease. A cardiac surgeon from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center presented this research at the annual AmericanContinue Reading

Parenting Starts At Conception: CHD Awareness To Help You Be An Advocate For Your Unborn Child

What is congenital heart disease (CHD)? Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. Infants with CHD have abnormal structure to their heart which creates abnormal blood flow patterns. Approximately eight of every 1,000 infants born have a form of CHD. Some forms of CHD cause no or very few problems in theContinue Reading

Topamax Drug May Raise Risk Of Birth Defects

The epilepsy and migraine prevention drug Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects in babies born to epilepsy patients who took it during pregnancy, a small study shows. In a study published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology, taking Topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy was associated with a birth defectContinue Reading

Folic Acid during pregnancy & CHD

There is a decrease in the number of babies born with serious congenital heart defects in Canada, following obligatory enrichment of grain products containing folic acid. It is common knowledge that the consumption of folic acid prior to conception and in the first months of pregnancy diminishes the risks of spina bifida and other neuralContinue Reading

Birth Defects May Contribute to IUGR

What is intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)? Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a term used to describe a condition in which the fetus is smaller than expected for the number of weeks of pregnancy. Another term for IUGR is fetal growth restriction. Newborn babies with IUGR are often described as small for gestational age (SGA). AContinue Reading

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Premature birth threatens the lives and health of more than half a million babies every year (1 in every 8 babies). Some premature babies are born so small, they could fit in the palm of your hand. If you’re pregnant, learn about the risk factors for premature birth. It’s the number one killer of newbornsContinue Reading

Hydrops Fetalis

What is hydrops fetalis? Hydrops fetalis is a severe, life-threatening problem of severe edema (swelling) in the fetus and newborn. It occurs in 1 of every 3,ooo pregnancies. It is also called hydrops. There are two types of hydrops: Immune – results when the mother’s immune system causes breakdown of red blood cells in theContinue Reading

Heart Murmur – Harmless or Abnormal?

What is a Heart Murmur? A heart murmur is an unusual sound heard while a physician or other medical professional is listening to your heartbeat. Murmurs can be very faint or they can be very loud. Sometimes they sound like a whooshing or swishing sound. The sounds are made when blood flows through the heart.Continue Reading