Posts Tagged ‘reproduction’

La ovulación

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Did you know the March of Dimes offers Spanish language pregnancy videos too?

What is chlamydia?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Chlamydia is a bacterium that causes a sexually transmitted infection (STI). A chlamydial infection contracted before or during pregnancy can be the cause of reproductive problems, so it’s important to clear it up a.s.a.p. About 2.8 million new cases of this infection occur every year in the U. S. in both sexes, making this one of the most common STIs. It occurs most frequently in people under age 25.

Chlamydia usually has no symptoms, although some infected women experience vaginal discharge and burning on urination. Untreated, chlamydia can spread to the upper genital tract (uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries), resulting in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), often with a superinfection with other bacteria – so not nice!  And PID can damage a woman’s fallopian tubes and lead to ectopic pregnancy or infertility.

About 10 percent of pregnant women in the United States are infected with chlamydia. Untreated, they face an increased risk of premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) (bag of waters) and preterm delivery. Babies of untreated women often become infected during vaginal delivery, and infected babies can develop eye infections and pneumonia, which require treatment with antibiotics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all pregnant women be screened for chlamydia infection at the first prenatal visit. Testing is easy and is done on a urine sample or vaginal fluid obtained with a swab. The good news is that chlamydial infection can be cured with antibiotics that prevent complications for mom and baby. It’s important to note that the partner of an infected woman also should be treated, because the infection can be passed back and forth between sexually active couples.

Thinking about another pregnancy?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

thinking-about-a-babyYou may not be thinking about having another baby right now, but that might change in the future.  So it’s important to stay healthy for yourself, your family and in case you decide to get pregnant again.  Here are some things you can do:

– Leave time between pregnancies.  For most women, it’s best to wait at least 18 months before getting pregnant again.  This gives your body enough time to get ready for another pregnancy.  it also helps you adjust to life as a mom.  Babies are born healthier when there is plenty of time between pregnancies.  But not all women can wait that long because of their age or other factors.  Talk with your doc or midwife about what’s the best interval for you.  Use birth control  (your provider will help you choose the best one for you) until you’re ready to get pregnant again.

– Take a multivitamin with folic acid  in it every day before you get pregnant.

– Get a preconception checkup before you conceive to make sure you’re as healthy as you can be.

Make a reproductive life plan with your partner.  Ask yourselves:  How many children do we want? How far apart do we want them to be? How can I stay healthy before my next pregnancy? How will I keep from getting pregnant until we’re ready for another child?