What do you need to know about Group B Strep in pregnancy? First of all, it's a completely normal bacteria carried by about 25% of pregnant women, and it's not harmful to the mother. It is NOT an STD and there is absolutely nothing wrong with testing positive for it. But if you're not treated with antibiotics during labor, it could be passed to your baby during birth. And it can lead to a very serious infection for your little one. You're typically tested for Group B Strep between 36-38 weeks of your pregnancy. This involves a … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About Group B Strep
What is "perimenopause"? It's a term for the years leading up to your final menstrual period — usually beginning sometime in your 40s. And those years can be FULL of changes.(BTW...did you know that menopause isn't official until you've gone 12 months without a period?) A change in your menstrual period is often the first sign of perimenopause. This can include:- A shorter or longer cycle than usual. - Periods coming more OR less frequently. - A lighter or heavier flow than usual. - Spotting in between … [Read more...] about What is Perimenopause?
There's a good chance that once baby comes, you'll be ready to kiss those pesky pregnancy-related symptoms goodbye! But you're not in the clear just yet — sorry! After baby is born, you're body will take a while to "reset." So just how much postpartum bleeding — also called lochia — is normal? First of all, whether you have a vaginal delivery OR c-section, postpartum bleeding is normal. The heaviest bleeding will typically last 7-10 days, but you can expect to see light bleeding or spotting for 4-6 weeks. Every woman is different, … [Read more...] about How Much Postpartum Bleeding is Normal?