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15 Facts About The Flu and Flu Shot in Pregnancy

15 Facts About The Flu and Flu Shot in Pregnancy

By Vandna Jerath, MD I recently returned from a conference out-of-town and have been ill with a respiratory infection.  Those plane flights get me every time.  I’ve been wiped out and exhausted, but luckily, it was not the flu.  My recent illness is another reminder that flu season is upon us once…

8 Herbs Considered Safe During Pregnancy

8 Herbs Considered Safe During Pregnancy

By Vandna Jerath, MD, FACOG I am often asked about herbs considered safe during pregnancy.  There are some herbs that can be safely used in pregnancy and may help alleviate symptoms or are helpful supplements during pregnancy. Approximately 10 percent of pregnant women take some type of herbal product.  Many women think herbs are…

OptimaWHC Pregnancy Timeline Infographic

OptimaWHC Pregnancy Timeline Infographic

Optima Women’s Healthcare pregnancy timeline of important dates, milestones, tests, and recommendations. This infographic serves as a guideline for anyone preparing or planning for pregnancy or currently pregnant. This is a resource to help expectant mothers know what to expect during their pregnancy including prenatal care and postpartum. OptimaWHC Pregnancy…

Perinatal Depression – The Antidepressant Treatment Dilemma

Perinatal Depression – The Antidepressant Treatment Dilemma

Vandna Jerath, MD Depression disrupts daily life and affects thoughts, feelings, behavior, and relationships that have a significant impact on mental, emotional, social, professional, and physical well-being.  Women are twice as likely as men to have depression.  Clinical depression is common among reproductive age women 25-45 and the leading cause…

Important Facts About The Flu And Flu Shot In Pregnancy

Important Facts About The Flu And Flu Shot In Pregnancy

By Vandna Jerath, MD Pregnant women are more prone to severe illness and pregnancy complications from the flu. Physiologic changes and an altered immune system in pregnancy make pregnant women high-risk candidates for the flu. In pregnancy, the flu can cause dehydration, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), miscarriage, preterm…

Dr. Vandna Jerath on Parker Adventist Hospital TV – Q&A Regarding Preparing and Planning Pregnancy

Dr. Vandna Jerath on Parker Adventist Hospital TV – Q&A Regarding Preparing and Planning Pregnancy

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Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy

Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy

By Vandna Jerath, MD THINGS TO DO: Be excited:  Relax and enjoy the pregnancy.  Share your experience with your friends and family. Make an appointment with an Ob/Gyn:  An appointment between 6-10 weeks from your last menstrual period is ideal. Take prenatal vitamins:  These should include at least 400 mcg…

Herbs During Pregnancy

  By Michele Conklin, Author/Writer Grow Magazine Dr. Jerath was interviewed regarding this topic and this article was originally published in the Spring 2010 issue of Grow, a health publication from Parker Adventist Hospital.  Approximately one in 10 pregnant women take some sort of  herbal product, potentially risking the health…

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