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Geriatric Pregnancy? The Truth About Having a Baby After 35

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While it's most common for women to get pregnant in their twenties, nearly 1 in 5 pregnant women is 35 or older. Once called a "geriatric pregnancy," pregnancy at an advanced maternal age is typically healthy and uneventful.
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): Symptoms and Treatments

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS, affects 6% to 12% of women of childbearing age and is one of the most common causes of infertility. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with PCOS, this news is upsetting…
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Breech Baby: What Causes it and What to Expect

The final weeks of pregnancy can get topsy-turvy for a variety of reasons. With regular checkups, you can prepare for a smoother delivery.
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At-Home Genetic Testing Kits: Do They Really Work?

Move over personality quizzes! There’s a cooler test that has been giving people insights into their genetic code: at-home genetic testing. But before you swab your cheek and wait by the mailbox for your answers, make sure you understand what these tests can and can’t do.
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Getting Pregnant with Clomid or Letrozole

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If you’ve been trying to get pregnant, you may wonder if medication could help. Two of the most commonly prescribed fertility medications for women are Clomid (clomiphene citrate) and Femara (letrozole). Learn how they work and why your OBGYN might recommend you take one instead of the other.
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Pregnant with Twins: What to Expect

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Learning you're pregnant with twins likely causes a rush of emotions. Some women are excited about the prospect of twins — double the cuteness and baby snuggles! Others may feel a little uncertain or even overwhelmed. After all, there are two babies rather than just one. Not to mention, twin pregnancies come with added risk compared to a typical single-baby pregnancy (or “singleton” pregnancy).
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Cervical Cancer & HPV: Prevention & Treatment

Cancer is the big "C-word" diagnosis that no one wants to hear, no matter how high its survival rate. One of the more common—and treatable—cancers that affect women is cervical cancer.
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Induced Labor: When, Why, How

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Your OBGYN wants to discuss the possibility of inducing labor. Here are some reasons they may recommend induction, along with pointers about what to expect during the process.
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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!