What's New In OB/GYN

Can You Drink Decaf Coffee During Pregnancy?

Healthline | Elise Mandl -- July 1, 2020


Pregnant women should consume only 200 mg caffeine per day per ACOG


Coffee is a popular caffeinated drink known for its energy-boosting and stimulating effects. However, pregnant women may prefer to reduce or eliminate caffeine to avoid potential health risks. Decaf coffee is a popular alternative that can provide the taste of coffee without the high amount of caffeine.

Subclinical Hypothyroidism Appears Common in Women With Miscarriage

Medscape | Jake Remaly -- July 02, 2020


If you have a history of two or more miscarriages, you should have your thyroid checked.

Better Pregnancy Spacing Would Aid Those With Gestational Diabetes

Medscape | Becky McCall -- July 02, 2020


Women with previous history of Gestational Diabetes should space pregnancies by more than 18 months in order to have better outcomes

Of the COVID-19 pregnancy cases reported in Illinois, Black and Latina women make up over 70%
Chicago Tribune | July 02, 2020


At around 25 weeks pregnant with her first child, a 21-year-old Hispanic woman became infected with COVID-19. The young woman’s doctors at St. Anthony Hospital in Little Village were just learning more about the coronavirus as it hit Illinois in the spring, and they wanted to monitor the baby’s growth.

If you live in Louisiana, less pregnant women are dying because of improved practice drills for OB emergencies. Unfortunately, the numbers haven’t improved for Black pregnant women. After this author’s review of the article, I recommend that all pregnant women attempt to receive a blood pressure cuff prior to hospital discharge if you had high blood pressure during your labor and insist on a referral to a cardiologist if you had hypertension and/or preeclampsia during pregnancy and while in labor.

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology reported that COVID-19 affects the placenta but not the baby. Sixteen placentas from “normal” babies revealed abnormal blood flow between mothers and babies which but this did not have a negative impact on the babies. According to the study, “these findings could help inform how pregnant women should be clinically monitored during the pandemic.”

Statement from Mocha OB on Black Maternal Health Week and the Recommendations for Black Women Health Initiatives

PR Newswire | April 19, 2019


Mocha OB, a group comprised of over 500 female OB/GYNs, OB trained Family Practice Physicians and Cardiologists of color have been working all week in various activities and have issued the following statement regarding Black Maternal Health Week. Download Press Release

Louisville mom shares story of rare heart failure following pregnancy

Kate Springer | Feb 16, 2019 


Slayton delivered baby Seth with no complications, but in the days and weeks following his birth, she began experiencing extreme shortness of breath.

Easing the Dangers of Childbirth for Black Women

The Editorial Board | April 20, 2018


The rate of maternal mortality in the United States, already higher than in other wealthy countries, has risen by more than half since 1990. The grim increase is largely because of alarmingly high rates among black women, who nationally are three times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as white women.

PMS Cramping vs. Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Ashley Gray | March 8, 2018


If you're having cramps a week before your period when you usually only start having cramps a few days before, then you may be experiencing implantation cramping.