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Travel in Pregnancy

Traveling During Pregnancy With the holidays rapidly approaching, it is a good time to discuss travel during pregnancy. For those with uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies, air travel until 36 weeks is acceptable, though the second trimester (between 14-28 weeks) is probably the most comfortable time. After 36 weeks, most domestic airlines will not allow air travel. [...]

What is a Perinatologist?

Maternal-Fetal Specialist Perinatologists, also referred to as maternal-fetal medicine physicians, are specialists in the field of high risk obstetrics.  The training includes a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, followed by a 2 to 3-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine.   Perinatologists are involved in caring for women with pre-existing medical conditions in pregnancy as well as [...]

The Great American Smokeout 2013

Great American Smokeout Today is the American Cancer Society’s Annual Great American Smokeout Day – what a great day to quit!  Despite the fact that most women are well aware of the adverse effects of smoking on the health of their pregnancy, it is estimated that approximately 11% of women smoke during pregnancy in the [...]

A New Definition of “Full Term”

What is Considered a Full Term Pregnancy? A recent Committee Opinion released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has redefined the criteria for a full term pregnancy.  A normal singleton pregnancy lasts on average 40 weeks, or 280 days, from the patient’s last menstrual period.  Previously, full term referred to pregnancies delivered between [...]

Exercise for a Healthy Pregnancy!

Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy Pregnancy is a great time for a woman to make positive changes in her lifestyle such as eating more healthily and engaging in regular physical activity. Exercise is incredibly important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy: it reduces excessive weight gain, decreases the risk for gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, improves sleep [...]

Why Your Doctor Won’t Electively Deliver Your Baby Before 39 Weeks Gestation

Risk of Complications for Deliveries Before 39th Week It is a common request: “Can I deliver the baby early?" In recent years there has been a growing realization that babies electively delivered even a few days before the 39th week are at increased risk for complications compared to those infants born at 39 weeks gestation [...]

Why Your Obstetrician Will Be Recommending Pertussis Vaccination During Your Pregnancy

Whooping Cough Vaccine Update The Center for Disease Control and Prevention immunization schedule was updated and released in late January, 2013. The new statement recommends that all pregnant patients receive a dose of the Tdap vaccine late in pregnancy at 27-36 weeks gestation. Patients who have not received the vaccine during pregnancy should receive a [...]

Prenatal Conditions & Diseases

Conditions & Diseases that Impact Pregnancy Below is a list of prenatal conditions and diseases that could impact pregnancy or fetal development. If you have concerns or questions about any of these conditions, please speak with your doctor, obstetrician, or a member of NJPAs team. AIDS Amniotic fluid Bleeding During Pregnancy Cervix Cervix Disorders Diabetes [...]