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  • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY RITA!!!!

    Thanks to Rita at MSSPNexus BLOG for including my post on the importance of preconceptional counseling in the SECOND ANNIVERSARY edition of your Medical Grand Rounds! It is quite flattering to be included amongst such an erudite 'faculty.' For th...

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  • Endometriosis and Pregnancy Loss

    Endometriosis is a condition that affects millions of reproductive age women. It is associated not only with infertility, pain, and other complications, but also with recurrent early pregnancy loss (RPL). Below is a series of comments and my resp...

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  • Absence of Fetal Nasal Bone in Midtrimester as a Marker for Down Syndrome

    Tamsen has left a new comment on your post "Amniocentesis is Not Without Risk": I am 29 years old and am 21 weeks along. I just had an ultrasound a couple of days ago and was told that the nasal bone is not showing up which puts me at higher risk ...

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  • MTHFR Mutations and Congenital Heart Defects

    This afternoon, I attended a ‘focus group’ devoted to congenital heart disease and fetal cardiology. As we have discussed on other occasions, fetal heart defects are the most common abnormalities a baby can have, affecting about 1% of all pregnan...

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  • Group B Strep Colonization and Pregnancy

    At Mon Aug 20, 11:32:00 AM 2007, Anonymous said…Hi there Dr. T. I am 36 1/2 weeks and I just found out that I was GBS+ and I am very concerned about my baby. I wonder, why give antibiotics during labor? Why not now? I have also had many problems w...

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  • Repetitive Miscarriages: Engender Fear and Require Patience

    I received the comment below from one of our readers and my response, though abbreviated, is relevant to many of our readers who have suffered unexplained pregnancy losses. She has lost two early pregnancies and, understandably, is "scared" about ...

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  • Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy - 3

    In our last two posts, we have discussed the general significance of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and the spectrum of pregnancy-induced hypertensive disorders classified as preeclampsia. The problem with preeclampsia is that most of the tim...

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  • More from the 2007 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Meeting in San Francisco

    There were several very interesting presentations today at the Annual SMFM Meeting in San Francisco. Two of these described animal experiments that will undoubtedly have an impact on how we approach the management of certain medical and genetic c...

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  • Diabetes in Pregnancy -1 - Overview of an Epidemic

    Today we admitted a 25 year old woman to the hospital that has Class R/F diabetes and is 9 weeks pregnant. I will explain what ‘Class R/F’ means later on but, simply put, it’s not good because both her kidneys and her eyes have suffered severe da...

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  • Low Early Pregnancy 'Hormone' Levels: hCG and Progesterone

    The two recent readers shared their stories with us regarding early pregnancies complicated by “low hormone levels” and subsequently loss of their babies. Many questions arise regarding what it means to have low human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG...

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Dr. Trofatter is an expert on maternal-fetal medicine.

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