The Preconceptionist Archives
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Originally, I decided to pass on the standard first trimester prenatal screenings because I knew they weren’t diagnostic. The nuchal translucency screen and the AFP screen can estimate your risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome or neural tube defects, but if the results come back as higher risk, you have a couple of extremely difficult decisions to make. Continue reading
We have a heart beat, and I am fully out to the world as a pregnant woman. In other news, today is the start of my second trimester. My pregnancy books conflict and say the first trimester ends at 12, 13, or 14 weeks. I choose to believe the first trimester ends at 12 weeks. Continue reading
Last week several well-respected, prestigious organizations released a joint statement urging health care providers to advise their pregnant and postpartum patients to take the 2010 seasonal flu vaccine. These organizations employ brilliant researchers, educators, clinicians, and public health experts. Their unified voice is hard to ignore. Continue reading
Back in the days when my ovaries were aching for a baby, I thought a positive pregnancy test would be a dream come true and life would blossom into a continuous burst of rainbows and unicorns. But you know what? I’m still a big giant worry wart. Continue reading
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I struggle with depression. I had the worst flare-up ever one month before I conceived. Thankfully, I landed myself an excellent therapist and a nurse practitioner to help adjust my medication, and I trudged forward, determined to proceed with my conception plans. Continue reading
Every year, flu season comes, and every year, I turn down the flu vaccine. But now that I’m pregnant, I see advisories out from every sort of women’s health care association and federal government agency for pregnant women to get a flu shot. Continue reading