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Your Pregnancy Matters

Having a baby when you have kidney, heart, or cancer risks

Pregnancy is possible for many patients with kidney, heart, or cancer risks. See how maternal-fetal medicine experts help women achieve positive outcomes.

COVID; Your Pregnancy Matters

6 FAQs about COVID-19, pregnancy, and adjusting at home

As the pandemic continues, pregnant patients are asking more questions about COVID-19. Get answers to 6 coronavirus FAQs on the Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

Women's Health; Your Pregnancy Matters

What women and men need to know about reproductive coercion

Reproductive coercion is a type of intimate partner violence in which an abuser exerts power and control over a victim’s reproductive health and decisions. Dr. Shivani Patel discusses the ways reproductive coercion can manifest and how your health care provider can help.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Self-serve birth control? The future of OTC contraceptives

All women deserve safe, effective birth control should they want it. But how women get contraception has been a topic of debate in recent years. Shivani Patel, M.D., talks about how we can improve access to contraception while keeping women safe and healthy.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Can bumping my pregnant belly hurt the baby?

During pregnancy, bumping the belly during daily activities is inevitable. The baby is well protected in the womb, but there are guidelines women should follow to protect the baby. Find out what’s safe, what’s not, and when to call the doctor in this week’s Your Pregnancy Matters blog.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Can breastfeeding increase heart disease risk?

While breastfeeding is known to benefit babies, recent research suggests it might worsen symptoms of two types of heart disease. In this Your Pregnancy Matters MedBlog, Shivani Patel, M.D., discusses these risks and the potential heart-health benefits of breastfeeding.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Why pregnant women need ‘pit crew’ Ob/Gyns, not ‘cowboys’

Checklists, cowboys, and pit crews – Shivani Patel, M.D., discusses how these three seemingly unrelated phrases can save patients’ lives in every area of medicine. Learn more.

Your Pregnancy Matters

SADFACES: Diagnosing depression and anxiety during pregnancy

Fatigue and appetite changes are considered “normal” side effects of pregnancy – but these symptoms can also be signs of depression. In this week’s #YourPregnancyMatters blog, find out why we screen patients twice with the SADFACES survey and why physical and cognitive symptoms matter.

Your Pregnancy Matters

PTSD after pregnancy: When a doctor becomes a patient

Approximately 40 percent of women develop post-traumatic stress disorder after a complex birth or pregnancy -- even doctors who care for these patients every day. In this week’s Your Pregnancy Matters article, Shivani Patel, M.D., shares her personal PTSD story and what women need to know.

Your Pregnancy Matters

Sex after pregnancy: 5 common concerns, and when to call the doctor

After childbirth, some women can’t wait to resume an active sex life. But other women have absolutely no desire. In this week’s blog, Shivani Patel, M.D., discusses what to expect regarding sex after pregnancy, and when to worry.