Happy Holidays from Dr. Linda and The Smart Motherâ€™s Guide team. While we want you to have a joyous holiday season, here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid unwanted disappointments or unexpected surprises regarding your pregnancy:
- Confirm whether your physician or healthcare provider will be on vacation and if so, who will be covering in his or her absence, including the labor room?
- Please do not fly after 32 weeks. The change in barometric air pressure increases your chances of prematurely rupturing your membranes (aka breaking your water).
- Ideally, do not travel if you have a high-risk pregnancy, even if you think youâ€™re okay. One of my former patients didnâ€™t follow this advice.Â Her abnormal lab had not been flagged and when I discovered it, I had to track her down which resulted in her having an emergency cesarean section in another state.
- Do not leave on vacation without obtaining lab results in case they are abnormal.
- Be merry but do not drink alcohol. Alcohol crosses the placenta. It lowers your platelets (which helps clot your blood) therefore increasing you AND your unborn babyâ€™s risks of bleeding too much.
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