Pregnant women can expect to undergo a variety of testing. OB/GYN Dr. Robert Aepli gives his patients a round of blood testing when they're around 15 weeks pregnant.
"We do a complete blood count, we check a patient's blood type and RH factor. We check to see if you're immune to German measles and we also do hepatitis, HIV, and serology testing to rule out Syphilis," says Dr. Aepli.
The blood tests can also detect potential problems in the baby.
If you guessed Gestational Diabetes you are correct! I'm adding it to the list with my subchorionic hemorrhage and anemia. At least all of my ailments make for a good pregnancy series. I mean how boring would it be if I was healthy?
But in all seriousness, for those of you who have never been pregnant or are on your first pregnancy, it's a process to even get diagnosed. I first went and took a “One Hour Glucose Test.” It's simple, they give you a sugary drink and then test...
With his youngest two children Dr. Robert Aepli had blood from their umbilical cords saved in a special blood bank. The process of cord-blood banking is very simple and safe.
"After the baby is taken care of the doctor merely releases a clamp on the umbilical cord and the blood is collected into a blood collection system. It is then the family's responsibility to Fed Ex or UPS the specimen promptly to the cord blood banking center," says Dr. Aepli.
Picking out a baby name is stressful. 5-year-old Brandon Rush's parents went down to the week before he was born before deciding.
"It takes a lot of thought process, whatever you give him that's what his name's going to be for the rest of his life, so there's a little bit of pressure there to have a decent name," says Don Rush, parent.
If you're looking for a unique name, here are some to stay away from. The Social Security administration reports last year's top five...
A lot of women wouldn't broadcast their weight on the Internet, but hey in the spirit of being completely honest with you all here goes nothing. Just because I do a pregnancy series on the news doesn't mean I do things the way I know they should be done. It's kind of like when you're little and your parents tell you, “do as I say not as I do.”
Monday I went for my 25-week check-up. During pregnancy a normal-sized woman should gain 25 to 35 pounds. Before I was pregnant I...
Doctors with pregnant patients hear a lot of complaints about back pain, especially as the pregnancy progresses.
"The third tri-mester is characterized by more weight gain, more pelvic pressure and more discomfort. So in the last six to eight weeks of pregnancy when the baby's putting on more weight typically that's when you're most symptomatic," says Dr. Robert Aepli, OB/GYN.
"You've got muscle stretch, muscle shortening, so that can create some weakness in the...