Research into drug and alcohol use during pregnancy is constantly evolving. And although the specifics change, the essential message remains the same. We don’t truly know what a safe level of drug or alcohol use is.
Pregnancy loss through miscarriage or stillbirth can be devastating. An overwhelming sense of sadness is common for women and their partners when pregnancy does not result in a healthy, live baby. There is no one ‘right’ way to feel when pregnancy ends unexpectedly. Every woman and her partner are unique.
One of the many questions expectant parents ask at the first ultrasound is “is it only one baby”? That’s because the possibility of having twins or multiples exists for all of us. Some families however, are more likely than others to have more than one baby at a time. Twins and multiples are more common since fertility drugs and assisted reproduction technology have become such an accepted part of our culture.
Group B Strep (GBS) has been around for a very long time. But like so much in the area of obstetric care, we continue to understand more about it. Most of us carry this bacterium in our gut but in around 15-30% of women, GBS also colonises their vagina. This can create problems during pregnancy because GBS can make microscopic (very small) holes in the amniotic sac and infect the baby through the amniotic fluid. Around 7% of women with GBS develop an infection of the amniotic sac, otherwise known as chorionamnionitis.