Fentanyl is an opiate which can decrease the intensity of contractions but will not numb the feeling completely like an epidural could. Opiates will cause mild to moderate sedation and tend to go to work very quickly but they do not last for an extended period of time. Fentanyl takes 3-5 minutes to be effective and will last anywhere from about 20-45 minutes. Any opiate does cross the placenta, and as with any medication there are potential side effects to you and your baby. This episode answers a question about using fentanyl during labor and the risks and benefits associated with the medication.
The infection caused by the Zika virus normally isn’t a big deal. The issue is not a risk to you, even if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the risk is that it can be passed to your baby and cause some pretty serious complications. If you live in an area where the virus is not reported and neither you or your partner have traveled to any Zika affected areas you should have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately the virus is spreading, and now it isn’t just being transmitted by mosquitos but it is also being transmitted sexually. This episode dives into what the Zika virus is, how you can get it, how it can affect your baby, and how you can best protect yourself from getting the virus.
There is a lot of evidence of the benefits of prenatal yoga, and there is research that shows in general yoga is safe to practice when you are pregnant. However, there have been concerns raised about Bikram yoga. Practicing yoga in a heated room has the potential to loosen your ligaments, which are already loose just from pregnancy, and increase your risks of overheating and dehydration. During pregnancy there is concern of an elevated core temperature causing neural tube defects, spontaneous abortion, and other abnormalities. This episode answers a question about prenatal yoga and what room temperatures are considered safe to practice yoga in during pregnancy.
Traveling can be a challenge even when you are not pregnant. Traveling can be a big part of our lives from taking a trip for work, to visiting family, to taking vacations. With a few exceptions traveling while pregnant is no different than traveling when you are not expecting. The key is planning ahead. Whether you are hopping in a car for a road trip, getting on a train, or flying to another country this episode goes through some tips to stay healthy and be as comfortable as possible while traveling when you are expecting.
A lot of expecting moms wonder if it is safe to dye their hair during pregnancy and looking for an answer often leaves you with mixed results. So which is it, can you dye your hair or not? The short answer is yes you can, but like everything pregnancy related, it isn’t exactly as simple as a yes or no question. Ideally during your pregnancy you want to limit your exposure to harmful chemicals. While there is not any solid research linking coloring your hair to negative effects to your baby there are some considerations you should take into account before coloring your hair. This episode answers the question of whether it is safe to dye your hair when you are pregnant and some things you can do to limit your exposure to harmful chemicals.
Your baby starts out with a lot of room to move around in the beginning of your pregnancy, and as they get bigger they have less room to move around. Ideally before birth your little one is positioned head-down, facing your back, with their chin tucked to their chest and the back of their head ready to enter your pelvis. Most babies settle into this position within weeks 32-36. In some cases a baby is not head down and is bottom first rather than head first, and this is referred to as breech. There is a procedure called an external cephalic version that may be able to assist your baby turn in the right position, so they are head down, before you go into labor. This episode is going to go into some causes of breech babies, what the complications of a breech vaginal birth can be, and all of the pros, cons, and research on the ECV procedure.
Being pregnant often comes along with stress and pressure from in-laws, parents, other family members, or friends to do thing the way they think is best. The very first thing you should know is that you are running the show, even if it doesn’t feel that way at times. When people who are close to you try to assert their opinions on you they are coming from a good place. You and your partner are in charge and you need to speak up and make your plans known. Of course family is important and you do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so how you decide to tactfully bring up these conversations is going to be your call. Bottom line, do not feel bad, and do not let anyone else make decisions for you or dictate how your pregnancy, birth, or newborn experience goes. This episode answers a question about how to deal with a difficult and stressful situation with family.
Caffeine is one of the very first things to be cautious with once you see that positive pregnancy test. Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug, meaning that it changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness. It is the most widely consumed drug in the world and is most commonly found in coffee, tea, and chocolate. Trying to figure out whether you can have caffeine when you are pregnant can be confusing. Understanding how caffeine effects your body, and how it is processed will be help you to determine whether you are comfortable enjoying some caffeine when you are expecting. Some common questions are: Can you consume caffeine during your pregnancy? Does caffeine affect your baby? How much caffeine is okay when you are pregnant? This episode answers these questions, dives into all of the details on caffeine and pregnancy, and talks about what the research says about caffeine consumption when you are pregnant.