Warm up safely when pregnant

With the colder weather upon us, warming up in a hot tub or sauna sounds great. But if you’re pregnant, you would be safer just taking a hot bath.

Hot tubs can cause hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature. According to pregnancy experts, a body temperature of 101º F and above can be un healthy during pregnancy. Hot tubs often maintain a water temperature of about 104º F, and it takes only 10 to 20 minutes in a hot tub to raise your body temperature to 102º F or higher.

There is an increased risk of birth defects in babies of women who had an increased body temperature during the first trimester of pregnancy. That’s why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) does not recommend hot tub use during pregnancy. ACOG also recommends that pregnant women never let their core body temperature rise above 102.2º F.

A hot bath, on the other hand, is a safer way to warm up and relax. The water in a bath typically doesn’t get that hot, and it begins to cool off right away, reducing the risk of overheating.

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Need advice? Call us for a free fertility phone consultation

Are you having trouble getting pregnant, but not quite sure where to begin? Call us for a free phone consultation with one of our physicians to:

  • Review your medical history: The physician will ask about your sexual and medical history (including questions about your  partner’s history), along about any fertility testing previously performed.
  • Answer questions you or your partner may have: Is it the right time to see a specialist?  What is infertility?  What are the causes of infertility?  What testing is involved?
  • Review behavioral and medical options: It’s not always the case that infertility requires invasive treatment. The doctor will provide an array options.
  • Discuss possible treatments: After reviewing treatment options with you, the doctor will provide you with a framework for next steps.

With a commitment to sensitive care coupled with a state-of-the art program, we can help you pursue your dream of having a baby. Start your journey today! Call any of the offices below.

Eatontown | 732-918-2500
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Birth season, lack of anesthesia may affect postpartum depression risk

Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely than women who deliver in the fall or summer to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), according to a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists 2017 annual meeting.

The study also found that women who delivered babies at a higher gestational age (further along in their pregnancy) were less likely to develop PPD, and women who did not have anesthesia, such as an epidural, during delivery had an increased risk. The authors said women who did not have anesthesia may have been at an increased risk for PPD because the pain associated with labor may have been traumatizing to the women during delivery, or possibly those who declined anesthesia just happened to have intrinsic characteristics that made them more vulnerable to experiencing PPD.

“We wanted to find out whether there are certain factors influencing the risk of developing postpartum depression that may be avoided to improve women’s health both physically and mentally,” said lead study author Jie Zhou, M.D., of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

The study included a review of medical records of 20,169 women who delivered babies from June 2015 through August 2017.

At least 10 percent of women suffer from anxiety or depressive disorders following childbirth. Symptoms of PPD include sadness, restlessness and/or agitation and decreased concentration. PPD typically arises from a combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustments to motherhood and fatigue. Left untreated, PPD can interfere with mother-child bonding and cause distress to the mother, baby and the entire family.

Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

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“Amazing” reviews from our patients

“The team at RSC is amazing. All of the doctors, nurses, and assistants made our visits extremely comfortable and welcoming. Thank you all!”

“Dr. Mensah was amazing. She spent her time with me and was very informative and helpful.”

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One-stop information shopping

Looking for reliable information about pregnancy? Try MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health’s web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MedlinePlus is updated daily and there is no advertising on this site and no company or product endorsements.

Check out their pregnancy library here.

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Infant crying triggers mom’s brain, study finds

Infant cries activate specific brain regions related to movement and speech, according to a National Institutes of Health study of mothers in 11 countries. The findings, led by researchers at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), identify behaviors and underlying brain activities that are consistent among mothers from different cultures. Understanding these reactions may help in identifying and treating caregivers at risk for child maltreatment and other problematic behaviors.

The study team conducted a series of behavioral and brain imaging studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In a group of 684 new mothers in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, South Korea and the United States, researchers observed and recorded one hour of interaction between the mothers and their 5-month-old babies at home. The team analyzed whether mothers responded to their baby’s cries by showing affection, distracting, nurturing (like feeding or diapering), picking up and holding, or talking. Regardless of which country they came from, mothers were likely to pick up and hold or talk to their crying infant.

Through fMRI studies of other groups of women, the team found that infant cries activated similar brain regions in new and experienced mothers: the supplementary motor area, which is associated with the intention to move and speak; the inferior frontal regions, which are involved in the production of speech; and the superior temporal regions that are linked to sound processing.

Overall, the findings suggest that mothers’ responses to infant cries are hard-wired and generalizable across cultures. The study also builds upon earlier work showing that the brains of women and men respond differently to infant cries.

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Vacation time: Zika update

As we head into the end of the year, many people are beginning to plan their winter vacations. It’s important to remember that the Zika virus, which was much in the news a few years ago, is still out there, especially in warm-weather spots. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant need to be cautious.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects and is associated with other pregnancy problems, the CDC reports. The CDC has set up a special web page to help avoid infection with tips to follow before, during and after your trip. You can find those suggestions here.

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Have you met our specialists?

The infertility specialists at Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey are board-certified experts in male and female infertility and are widely recognized for their expertise and success in assisting reproduction. Our experienced staff fully understands the difficult emotional and medical challenges that confront infertility patients. They strive to make patients feel calm, comfortable, and confident throughout their course of treatment.

You can learn more about each of our specialist’s individual training and expertise by visiting our web site.

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Can living with your mother or mother-in-law affect fertility?

Yes, says a recent study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science. It suggests that living with a mother or mother-in-law may reduce the number of children the woman has.

The researchers examined the medical records of over 2.5 million women of reproductive age (15 to 34) from 14 countries across the globe. They examined many variables, including the number of children the women had given birth to, the woman’s age, an estimation of the woman’s reproductive period and whether their mother or mother-in-law was present in the household during the woman’s reproductive period.

They found that the overwhelming majority mothers did not live with either their mother or the mother of their husband. But the women who do live with their mothers or mothers-in-law are much more likely to have fewer children, on average, than women who live with their spouse only. “In addition,” the scientists found, “in most countries, a woman’s number of children is lower if she lives with her own mother as compared to her husband’s mother in the household.”

Although the study only found a correlation and cannot explain causality, the researchers said some possible reasons could be competition for resources and socioeconomic conditions.

“For instance,” they write, “women living with any mother in the household might face a difficult and complicated stage of life (e.g., poor health, unemployment, etc.),” which prevents them from having more children.

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“Dr. Ziegler is an exceptionally patient doctor who was not satisfied with his explanations until we confirmed that we understood everything he said. Dr. Ziegler is unlike most doctors when it comes to returning messages to a patient. He himself will call back (and not a secretary) and will address any questions or concerns. He was readily willing to speak with community leaders and community organizations in this field to explain his approach so we would feel comfortable. Great experience!”

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