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What OBGYNs Say About Depression During Pregnancy

Is it “just mood swings” or something more serious? Your mental health during pregnancy is just as important as your physical health.
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Vaccines During Pregnancy

Even before COVID-19, vaccines have an important method of disease prevention. We break it down for you in this blog post so you know which vaccines to get while pregnant and when to get them.
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Sex During Pregnancy

Some women report being “in the mood” more often when they’re pregnant. Others don’t. But when should you abstain and when is sex ok during pregnancy?
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How to Know if You’re Pregnant: Signs of Early Pregnancy

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Your period is late, now what? There are a few reasons your period could be late. Pregnancy is one of them. Learn the symptoms of early pregnancy and how soon you should take a home test. ---- How soon can you find out if you’re pregnant? We recommend waiting until a week after your missed period. But here are some other symptoms of early pregnancy along with our recommendations for the most accurate home pregnancy tests.
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Menopausal Symptoms: How to Treat The Ones That Bother You

Hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog, moodiness… symptoms of the menopausal transition can be rough. But they can be managed! Learn ways you can treat the symptoms that bother you the most.
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C-section vs Vaginal Birth: What are the Risks and Benefits?

Have you ever wondered why 26% of Wisco moms deliver via C-section? (That number is lower than the national average, by the way!) Or whether a vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC) is possible? We talk all-things C-sections and vaginal births in this next blog post by Dr. Durward. Got questions we didn’t answer? Let us know!
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Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Causes & Treatments for Multiple Miscarriages

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Pregnancy loss at any stage can be devastating. When it happens more than once, many women wonder what is causing it and if they’ll ever carry a baby to term. During pregnancy and infant loss awareness month, we explore some of the most common causes and treatments for multiple miscarriages.
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Postpartum Depression: Everything You Need to Know

If you feel guilty or like you’re a bad mom for feeling depressed after you had a baby, you’re not alone. It’s important to get the help you need. We want to help you! Find out what’s normal “baby blues” and when you should seek help for postpartum depression.
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How to Prepare Your Teen for her First Gynecological Appointment

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Were you nervous about your first gynecology appointment as a teen? You may be surprised by how these appointments have changed since then! In this blog post, we go over the important whens, whys, and whats about their first gynecology appointment.
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Epidurals for Labor: Risks, Benefits and Other FAQs

It's no secret that giving birth is painful! But every woman finds a way to manage the pain of childbirth — whether that's through breathing exercises, position changes, or an epidural during labor. Learn more about epidurals for labor pain management. Discover the risks, benefits and the most frequently asked questions our OBGYNs hear.
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Gestational Diabetes & Glucose Testing During Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes affects 10% of all pregnancies, but it has no symptoms. It can lead to serious heart and kidney conditions for both you and your baby. That is why glucose testing during pregnancy is important.
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Pregnancy Hospital Bag Checklist: What to Pack in Your Birth Bag

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Your baby's due date is getting closer! Your baby's nursery is coming together. Learn what you need to pack in your birth bag with our downloadable hospital checklist!
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Carrier Screening & Prenatal Genetic Testing for Birth Disorders

Pregnancy inherently carries many unknowns. (So does parenting, really!) What will your child look like? What will her personality be? Will he be born on his due date or will he wait to arrive a week later? While…
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Ultrasounds During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Check out the latest info about ultrasounds during pregnancy from an OBGYN, where you should get them, and why they matter even if you don’t plan to have an extravagant gender reveal party!