Managing Anemia During Pregnancy
When you’re pregnant, the volume of blood in your body increases by about 20-30 percent—and so does the amount of iron you need, since iron helps your body produce more red blood cells, which then carry oxygen to your tissues and to your baby.
Many women lack the iron needed for the second and third trimesters, leading to mild anemia. However, some experience more severe anemia, which can increase the risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight and baby’s risk of anemia later in infancy.Read more
Vaccine Eligibility for Pregnant Women
The state of Minnesota recently moved to the next phase of its vaccination rollout, meaning some pregnant women are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.Read more
One-on-One with Dr. Pam Jordi
When Dr. Pam Jordi discusses potential COVID-19 vaccinations with her pregnant patients, she can offer a unique perspective as an OB-GYN as well as an expecting mother—she and her husband are expecting their second child this spring.Read more
Ask Sofia: Should pregnant women get the Covid-19 vaccine?
This is the number-one question our patients who are pregnant or are hoping to get pregnant are asking right now: Should I get the vaccine? Since clinical trials typically exclude pregnant women as well as those who are breastfeeding, there is limited data on this topic. However, the CDC says that pregnant women who are part of a group recommended to receive the Covid-19 vaccine can “choose to be vaccinated,” while the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that vaccines “should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination.”Read more
Pregnancy and Pandemic Updates
You may have heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently added pregnancy to its list of conditions that put people at greater risk of serious illness from the coronavirus. We want to acknowledge that these are stressful times and reassure you that Clinic Sofia continues to take measures with your utmost safety in mind.Read more
Pregnancy During a Pandemic
Dr. Amy Hammers navigated pregnancy during a pandemic along with her patients and shared her experience prior to delivery.Read more
Your Pregnancy Questions Answered Here
Whether you are pregnant for the first or fourth time, you very likely have a lot of questions: Can I take cold medicine? When will I have my first ultrasound? How can I manage my morning sickness? Why is my second pregnant so different from my first? Is this normal? Fortunately, we have resources that can help you answer many of your pregnancy-related questions and concerns.Read more
Ask Sofia: How Can I Sleep Better During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy can be exhausting for many reasons – you are growing another human, which requires a lot of energy, not to mention the fact that you’re carrying extra weight as well as the mental stress that often accompanies pregnancy. As the first trimester shifts into the second, you might struggle with getting comfortable at night. Sleep, however, makes a huge difference in how you feel during pregnancy and after – it boosts your mood and immunity and gives you the energy you need to get through the day and prepare for baby’s arrival.Read more
All About Ovulation and Fertility
Ovulation is probably something you don’t pay much attention to until you’re trying to get pregnant, when it suddenly becomes a hot topic.Read more
Allie’s Corner: Self-Care during Pregnancy
Self-care can be challenging for women throughout the lives, not to mention during the busy and emotional experience of pregnancy. Ultimately, self-care is even more important when you’re pregnant because you are growing another human being.Read more
Hope and Help for Infertility
The 33rd Annual Midwest Infertility and Adoption Family Building Summit, a daylong event with speakers, information and resources to help those struggling to get pregnant, took place Nov. 17. Clinic Sofia’s Dr. David Clay had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion, “Infertility 101,” as well as a couple of TV interviews leading up to the event.Read more
Ask Sofia: Should I Take Folic Acid?
he longer answer is that if you are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant now, folic acid is more important than ever.
A B vitamin, folic acid is needed by every single cell in the body for growth and development. Before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can help to prevent birth defects, specifically neural tube defects of the brain and spine – it might also serve to prevent cleft lip and palate and heart defects in babies.Read more