Q&A: Uncomfortable Ultrasounds

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“I’m 20 weeks pregnant and just had an ultrasound to check on the development of my baby. I found the experience to be quite unpleasant, the technician often dug in hard with transducer and I thought I was going to cry. I have been looking at some forum discussions and some are saying this shouldn’t happen and digging in doesn’t help with getting a clearer picture. I was wondering if you could explain whether or not this is true, and perhaps even why ultrasounds can be an uncomfortable experience.” – Joscelynne

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Q&A: Exercising Before a Glucose Test

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“Hi Vanessa!  I have a question about the gestational diabetes 1 hour test. I was hoping you could help provide some input.  I have my screening coming up, and I typically work out in the mornings.  I know they told me it shouldn’t matter if I eat or not beforehand (as long as it’s not a pure sugar breakfast), but would working out affect the results?  Typically working out lowers your blood sugar, so I’m worried my fasting blood glucose will be low, but drinking the drink will spike me up high. Any insight?” – Erin

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Q&A: I’m so scared about giving birth!

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“Thank you so much for your Podcast… I’m listening while I’m working, and its really helping me be very efficient with my time! I’m 11 weeks pregnant, with my first baby. The reason I’m writing is because I’M SO SCARED about giving birth, most of my friends who had babies have had some sort of bad experience at the delivery, all of them have had their babies in more than a 24 hour labor, at more than 41 weeks, and most of them have been induced…etc. Is there ANYTHING that I can do from now to have an easy labor? Besides exercise? Please let me know.” – Vanessa

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Q&A: Retained Placenta

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“Hi Vanessa, I have a question about having a retained placenta. I have two girls and their deliveries went great. In 2015 I delivered as a surrogate and had a retained placenta. I am about to do this again (surrogacy) and I am nervous that I could again have a retained placenta. Also I have heard that going through IVF can increase the chance of it happening. I want to be proactive and wonder also if there is anything you can do to help prevent this from happening again. Thank you so much, your podcast has been so helpful!” – Lisa

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Q&A Heart Shaped Uterus (Bicornuate Uterus)

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“I am 8 weeks pregnant (first time mom) and under the care of a maternal fetal specialist due to blood clotting issues. I was told that I also have a heart shaped uterus which can cause preterm labor or a need for a C-section. I knew that I had a tilted uterus because I was under the care of a fertility specialist in order to get pregnant and he shared this information with me early on during testing. But, now I am confused- is the heart shaped uterus the same thing as a tilted uterus or are these two different things? Also, should I be concerned about having a heart shaped uterus? Would love to hear a podcast about this topic!” – Katie

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Q&A: Choroid Plexus Cysts

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“At my 20 week ultrasound which I had at 19 week, I was told my baby girl had a few bilateral choroid plexus cysts, but that it was common and nothing to worry about since all my genetic testing came back normal.  At my follow up 23 week ultrasound the cysts were gone.  I’m okay now but I thought a Q&A on them might ease some listeners concerns.” – Amy

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