| Posted On Dec 06, 2021 | By:

How to Choose a Prenatal Vitamin

Dr. Lilja Stefansson, OB/GYN at Atrius Health, answers sensitive questions with straightforward answers.

Dear Dr. Stefansson, I am trying to get pregnant, and my doctor told me to start a prenatal vitamin. I went to the pharmacy to purchase a bottle, but I ended up so overwhelmed that I left without buying anything! Please help! – PuzzledByPrenatals

Hi PuzzledByPrenatals, you are not alone!

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| Posted On Apr 21, 2021 | By:

Eating Fish During Pregnancy

One of the myths that I hear the most from my patients is that fish is not a good food to eat during pregnancy, which cannot be further from the truth.

Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is essential for brain development during pregnancy and early childhood. Fish also contains protein and many other vitamins and minerals such as vitamins D and B2 (riboflavin), calcium,

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| Posted On Mar 12, 2019 | By:

The Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

For many people, the experience of having a baby is a wonderfully happy time. To prepare, soon-to-be moms read books and mommy blogs about what to expect and how to manage their new arrival. Many women are excited about their role as a new mom and want to try to be the “perfect” parent.

One thing that a lot of women are not prepared for is the mood fluctuations that can be experienced after giving birth.

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| Posted On Dec 03, 2018 | By:

When Getting Pregnant Doesn’t Happen Easily

Many women can spend up to two decades of their life trying not to get pregnant. When the time comes that they decide that they do want to have a baby, it can come as a shock that pregnancy may not happen as easily as they thought it would. Conceiving a baby is typically not as simple as just discontinuing your birth control and then getting pregnant the next month. It can take time for your body to regulate once you stop birth control pills.

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| Posted On May 12, 2015 | By:

Anxiety in Early Pregnancy: 5 Things to Know to Keep the Worry Away

Congrats, you’re pregnant! Time to…panic?!

While we wish it wasn’t so, that’s a pretty typical reaction for many women to have in those first few weeks of pregnancy. Even if you were trying to conceive and are happy about your pregnancy, it is not uncommon for women to feel slightly panicked when they see those two blue lines. Many a pregnant woman has wondered: Did I make the right decision?

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