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August 15, 2019 | Brennan C. Lang, MD
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Placentophagy, or the ingestion of the placenta after giving birth, has gained interest in recent years, especially in the United States. Various methods of consumption exist, including raw, cooked, steamed and dehydrated. The placenta can even be dried and encapsulated, then taken as a supplement over the postpartum period. There is growing research on placentophagy, but to date, there is no strong evidence to support it. In fact, it is not without risk.

Let’s discuss seven common myths.

Myth #1: It gives new moms more energy.

Some new...

August 08, 2019 | Brennan C. Lang, MD
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It is very common for pregnant women to develop a condition known as diastasis recti. Some women may have it and not even realize, while it may be quite obvious to other women. If you’ve noticed a vertical bulge on your tummy between your belly button and pubic bone, it may be diastasis recti.

What causes diastasis recti?

When there is increased pressure on the abdominal wall, like with pregnancy, intense strain or weight gain, it can weaken the tissue or fascia between the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis). Imagine your abs are like a six-...

August 01, 2019 | Karin A. Fox, MD, MEd

The journey of pregnancy, the joy of having your baby, the lifetime of moments that lie ahead, you are eager to enter motherhood, but then there comes the unexpected postpartum bleeding. Is it normal? or is it hemorrhage?

Texas children’s Dr. Karin Fox answers six common questions about postpartum bleeding.

Q: How much postpartum bleeding should I expect after delivery?

After giving birth, some postpartum bleeding will typically continue for two to three weeks. It should be like a period or less, and gradually resolve over time. If you develop a fever, start passing clots or soak through several pads within an hour...

July 25, 2019 | Magdalena Sanz Cortes, MD, PhD

If your unborn baby is diagnosed with an abnormality, or if you require high-level pregnancy care, a specialized fetal center can significantly improve your pregnancy prognosis. The choice of a fetal center is a personal one, but your decision should be guided by fact-based evidence. Here are six things to consider as you research your options.

1. High-level, integrated prenatal and postnatal care

When choosing a fetal center, you want to look for one that offers the highest level of care with a broad spectrum of disciplines. Multiple...

July 17, 2019 | Texas Children's Pavilion for Women

Eva Johnson and her husband, Philip Quartey, were excited to be expecting their first daughter after having two sons.

In honor of Eva’s late mother, Geraldine Deloris, they decided to name their little girl Blessing Deloris. Geraldine was sure Eva would have a girl of her own one day.

“We named her Blessing because she was our little blessing from my mom,” Eva says.

Both of Eva’s sons were born premature — 35 weeks and 32 weeks respectively — she suspected her daughter would come a bit early as well. Even still, Blessing came even sooner than expected. Eva’s amniotic sac broke on July 23, 2018, when she was only 23 weeks pregnant.

Eva originally...