Pregnancy

Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?

Is it OK to use hair dyeing products when pregnancy?

This is a question most OBs and midwives get asked on a regular basis.

And the answer to this questions is no so straightforward.  Recently, the Huffington Post interviewed several experts in women's health and dermatology, and these are the some of the comments they heard back:

  • “It just does not stay in contact with your skin long enough to absorb into the blood stream in a way that is harmful to a growing fetus, My vote is that hair dye is completely fine.”
  • “Intact scalp skin should absorb very little dye, a cut or scrape can increase absorption. That means if you have any open cuts on your head, you may absorb more product."
  • “If you want to be ultra-conservative, for any situation, any medication exposure, waiting until after the first trimester is something you can do, but there’s really no reason from expert consensus to do that.” 

To dye or not to dye?

The best thing you can is ask your doctor or midwife even if the answer is not clear.

 

Can I exercise when I'm pregnant?

Is working out a problem during pregnancy: Delaware Valley OBGYN blog
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Yes, actually it's a great idea to exercise when you're pregnant.

Many women are afraid to work out when they are pregnant, concerned that it can be harmful to the baby, but their fears are largely unfounded. In fact, exercise can actually help you and your baby get through labor.

Researchers in Madrid, Spain compared women who did aerobic exercise during pregnant to those who did not and they found some very interesting things including...

  • Women who exercised while pregnant had faster labors

  • Women who exercised while pregnant were less likely to need an epidural

  • Women who exercised while pregnant were less likely to deliver a very large baby

So, should all women exercise during pregnancy?

There are of course exceptions so your should check with your Obstetrician or Midwife first since  some high risk patients are advised to avoid exercise while pregnant. 

Fertility and the Economy

Fertility rates go up and down with economy: Delaware Valley OBGYN blog
A rise in fertility rate and birth rate preceeds economic booms and a decrease precedes recessions

Can a busy waiting room in your OBGYN  doctor's office or the fertility clinic mean the economy is going to boom?

Actually it may.

Some of us who practice in reproductive health care have noticed that the number of women getting pregnant or attempting pregnancy seems to wax and wane over time. It certainly makes sense that couples would be more likely to plan a family when times are good and avoid pregnancies when the economy goes south, but in the in end it was just an observation with any real information to support that hunch. That is until now.

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) reported recently that fertility rates, in this case the birth rates more specifically, go up and down with the cycles in the economy.

What is even more interesting is that the birth rate changes proceeded the upswings and downswings in the economy.

  • A drop in birth rates can predict an upcoming recession.

  • A risk in birth rates can predict upcoming economic boom.

     

Somehow, the national mood, how confident people were in the future not only predicted how the economy would do but how many couples would be trying to have a baby.

Doctor, can I fly during pregnancy?

Answers to questions about flying during pregnancy
Is it OK to fly during pregnancy: Delaware Valley OBGYN blog

Everyone, or almost everyone, likes to get away from town for a while. It could be a vacation, a business trip or a family emergency. Either way, getting on airplane is a cause for anxiety for many pregnant women (and their partners).  Questions about flying during pregnancy are among the most common questions that Obstetricians and Midwives are asked. 

It is always a good idea to ask your OB or midwife for advice. This website is not a substitute for good medical advice. 

Here are answers to some basic questions about airplane travel during pregnancy.

Is it OK to get on airplane during pregnancy?

Generally yes. It is probably not a good idea to go to far away from home as you get close to your due date, and it is likely your airline carrier will not allow you to board if you are too far along. It is probably a good idea to stay close to home as well early in pregnancy if you are at risk for miscarriage or an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.

Are there risks to my health if I fly during pregnancy?

Everyone who flies is at risk for developing blood clots in the veins, and women who are pregnant are at an even higher risk. Keeping well hydrated and keeping your legs moving are important to keep that risk to a minimum. There is also exposure to radiation which is higher in the upper atmosphere than it is at sea level. Flying exposes you to a similar amount of radiation as an x-ray study, but it is unclear if there is any risk to you or your unborn baby.

Are there particular types of airplanes to avoid?

Most modern jets have pressurized cabins so the amount of oxygen makes them safe to travel in when pregnant. Small prop planes without pressurized cabins should be avoided.

Are there places that I should not fly when pregnant?

This is a discussion you should have with your OB or Midwife, and if you are going to a more exotic location, with a travel medicine or infectious disease specialist as well. Many parts of the world have endemic diseases that affect your health and your unborn baby's health. Many less exotic, tropical or subtropical areas have a problem with the Zika virus, and you should avoid these areas. The CDC has more information.

 

A Very Special Birthday

Three generations, one birthday: Delaware Valley OBGYN blog

Three generations, one birthday

Clara Gregory, Theresa Dunn and Micah Dunn, 3 generations with the same birthday

Our very own Dr. Eugene Gamburg had the opportunity to participate is a very special childbirth.

As reported by the University Medical of Princeton at Plainsboro, NJ.com and the Associated Press, Dr.  Gamburg delivered a patient of our group, Delaware Valley OBGYN and Infertility Group on her own birthday. Not only that, but the patient herself also shared the same birthday with her mother.

What an amazing alignment. While we are not able share all the details, the story of Micah's birth, you can learn more by clicking on the links above.