Tag Archives: Pregnancy

HIV Testing in Pregnancy

During your pregnancy, we do many types of tests.   Many of these tests require blood.   During the first OB visit, we usually draw the most blood.  Many of these tests check for infections that can cause problems in pregnancy.  One test I’d like to discuss today is the HIV test. Most women who become pregnant today...
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The Importance of Rhogam

    Happy Birthday Rhogam!  You’re 45 years young and still going strong.  You have never been the media darling de jour making headlines causing controversy and brouhaha.  In fact, you don’t get any media attention, and you should.  You have saved countless lives in that time working tirelessly and quietly.   You are...
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Doctor, what can I eat?

You’re pregnant.  Congratulations!  Felicidades!  Conratulaizione!  Gratulacje!  Let’s celebrate!  How do we celebrate good news in any culture?  We eat!  It’s what humans do.  Food is what brings people together. But wait, what do you eat when you’re pregnant?  It is the question that I am asked each and every time when I see pregnant patients and...
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Why You Should Get the Pertussis Vaccine

Over the past decade or so, much ado has been made about vaccinations.  Because of this, many people in our community are under vaccinated resulting in potential for outbreaks or epidemics.  In 2010, more than 27,000 cases of whooping cough or Pertussis reached levels not seen since 1959.  California had 10 infant deaths during this...
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