Q&A: Itchy Palms & Obstetric Cholestasis

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“I am a First time Mom and  your podcast has helped me a lot .I am 31 weeks with di/di twins (boy and girl) and recently have been diagnosed with obstetric cholestasis. I have this annoying itching in palms and feet that is making my life miserable. My care provider has prescribed me ursadiol but I don’t have any relief. He said it will go away after delivery and also because of risk factors my due date has been bumped to 34 – 36 weeks based on the bile acid levels. I have been searching for some remedies that can help me with the itching but could find much. Can you please research and let me know if any home remedies can help? Thanks” – Zoya

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69: The First Trimester (Updated)

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Episode 69 Content and Overview

The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy will probably be the biggest adjustment period as you get used to the idea of being pregnant, make some lifestyle changes, and deal with all of the physical and emotional changes that are going on.  The first trimester is thought of as the most sensitive time during your pregnancy because this is when all of your baby’s organs and structures are being built. You may not see a whole lot going on outside during the first trimester but you will definitely be able to tell there is a whole lot going on internally, and emotionally.  Get an overview of everything you can expect during the first trimester of your pregnancy including; common symptoms like morning sickness, changes in hormones, your baby’s development, and how you can get some relief from some of the not so fun side effects of being pregnant.

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Q&A: Ultrasound Accuracy

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“I’m 32 weeks pregnant and baby is measuring small. My OB first noticed at 28 weeks when my fundus height was measuring 3 weeks behind. Long story short, many ultrasounds have been done since then and NSTs have been started. My doctor is saying if baby doesn’t grow enough in the next two weeks, it might be better to deliver. My question is, how accurate are ultrasounds when it comes to measuring size and what would the risks be for delivering 5 weeks early?” – Hannah

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68: I’m Pregnant. Now What? (Updated)

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Episode 68 Content and Overview

Once you see the positive result on your pregnancy test you are sure to have a crazy mix of emotions. Finding out you are expecting a baby can change your life in an instant. It can be overwhelming to think about the amount of information you need to consume and the things you need to do before your baby arrives. Do not stress out. If you just take it one step at a time and you will be totally prepared when your little one arrives. Find out what bad habits you should drop right away and what healthy habits you should pick up.  Get a rundown of what foods you should limit or avoid during pregnancy to make sure both you and your baby stay healthy. This episode brings you up to speed on everything you need to know as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

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Q&A: Aspirin During Pregnancy

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“At my 16 week OB visit, my doctor told me that the PAPP-A level on my First Screen test was low. My baby’s probability for having either Downs or Trisomy 18 were low (1 in thousands for both tests) but the doctor said that this low result can be an early marker for a higher chance of preeclampsia. He recommended that I start a regimen of baby aspirin for the rest of my second trimester. The studies I looked at seemed inconclusive, what are the pros and cons of taking the aspirin?” – Rachel

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67: Vaccines 0-24 Months, Individual Vaccines

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Episode 67 Content and Overview

Making informed decisions on whether or not to vaccinate your child involves weighing the risks of the disease the vaccine prevents with the risks of the medication. As if this isn’t enough of a challenge there are often multiple manufacturers for each vaccine and each medication varies. This episode breaks down each of the vaccine preventable diseases and looks at the differences in the options for each vaccine. This includes the company that manufacturers each vaccine, when it was approved, and a link to the package insert. The package insert contains everything from the manufacturer, including results from clinical trials, possible side effects and adverse reactions, all ingredients, etc. Since aluminum has been raised as a big concern this episode also notes the aluminum content in each vaccine. This episode will help you to understand each disease targeted by vaccines and get the information you need to compare different brands to make an informed decision.

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