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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes During Pregnancy Gestational diabetes is a condition that develops in women during pregnancy and leads to elevated levels of glucose, or sugar, in the blood. This is due to certain hormones of pregnancy that make your body resistant to insulin. Insulin normally works to help move the glucose in food into the body’s [...]

Announcing a High-Risk Pregnancy: The Do’s and Don’ts

Announcing Your High-Risk Pregnancy Announcing your pregnancy is such an exciting moment. Families become excited at the thought of a new member, friends are thrilled, and you are more than ready to welcome your bundle of joy into the world. However, during a high-risk pregnancy many couples experience feeling of uncertainty when it comes to [...]

Am I High Risk?

High-Risk Pregnancy The physicians at NJPA treat patients who are deemed high risk due to medical or pregnancy complications or risk factors, as well as routine patients who are referred by their OB physicians for our special services.  You are in excellent hands at NJPA, where we are home to the top Perinatologists, Perinatal nurses, [...]

Zika Virus and Pregnancy

The Zika Virus On January 15, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a Health Advisory regarding the Zika virus which has now been noted in 14 countries in the Western Hemisphere and continues to spread rapidly. The Zika virus has been implicated as a potential cause for microcephaly, or delayed growth of the [...]

What is My Due Date?

Pregnancy Due Date Probably one of the first questions you will ask your obstetrician when you become pregnant is “what is my due date?”  And certainly everyone you meet will want to know how far along you are.  A lot of people talk about pregnancy in “months” which is quite vague and inaccurate because the [...]

Fruit Recall Due to Listeria

Listeria Contamination in Fruit By now, most people have heard about the recent fruit recall due to suspected Listeria contamination. Wawona Packing Co. initiated a nationwide voluntary recall on July 19, 2014 of peaches, plums, nectarines, and plumcots that were packaged between June 1, 2014 and July 12, 2014.  These products were sold at Costco, [...]

Have Your Fish and Eat It Too!

Pregnant Women Should Eat More Fish The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recently released a Practice Advisory encouraging pregnant and breastfeeding women to consume more fish.  Concern over the mercury content of some fish has led many women to avoid seafood during pregnancy, and both ACOG and the FDA are working to [...]

Tylenol in Pregnancy: Analysis of New Study Findings

Tylenol Use During Pregnancy There have been a lot of headlines in the newspapers and television news segments discussing the link between Tylenol use in pregnancy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Just as another recent association study released earlier this year involving induction of labor and autism, this study has led to [...]

Does Induction of Labor Really Cause Autism?

Induced Labor Linked to Autism A recent article in JAMA Pediatrics is suggesting an association between induction/augmentation of labor and autism has gained a lot of media attention in recent weeks. It has also led to many questions from our patients. I am glad our patients are so involved in their care and actively work [...]

Haiti: A Study in Contradictions

Haiti Medical Mission For the past two years I have traveled to Haiti with a medical team from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center led by Dr. Lewis Ladocsi.  Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC) is the largest private hospital in the North of Haiti. Located in the town of Milot, the 120 [...]