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    4 Ways You Can (and Can’t) Get Pregnant

    Whether because of broken condoms, forgotten pills, or poor choices after too much tequila, there are lots of surprise pregnancies that ...

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    Am I Too Old to Have a Baby?

    As I scroll through my social media feed, I understand how my patients might be confused about the relationship between age and pregnancy. ...

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    Should You Stop Trying to Conceive During COVID-19?

    All our lives have been upended in the last month. Many of us have canceled trips, lost our jobs, and been forced to learned new "homeschooling techniques" – but what about the women who were hoping to get pregnant this year?

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    How Can I Tell if My Water Broke?

    Is it amniotic fluid, urine, or discharge? A OB/GYN explains why it's sometimes difficult to tell - and what to do when you're unsure ...

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    Cholestasis: When Being Itchy During Pregnancy Is Dangerous

    The majority of women will experience some form of skin itching during pregnancy. Most causes are annoying but usually minor. Sometimes the itching can be due to a serious condition called cholestasis.

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    Vaginal Tearing: What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

    I’ve delivered thousands of babies, but I’m still always amazed at the ability of this baby’s big noggin to fit through that small space ...

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    Baby’s Movement During Pregnancy: What’s Normal?

    Today in the office, I saw two pregnant patients that were highly concerned about their baby’s movements. Patient A was anxious that her ...

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    6 Things to Know About Epidurals (Whether You Want One or Not)

    It’s 3 a.m., and I’m startled awake by a phone call notifying me of two new admissions. I inhale a cup of hospital coffee that I pray ...

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    Pitocin Is Not the Enemy

    “What is the first thing that pops into your head when I say the word ‘Pitocin’?” I asked one of my friends on our morning run. She ...

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    5 Things to Do Before Baby Comes

    Preparing for a baby can feel overwhelming for first time parents. The “to-do" list seems unending, the list of suggested items for ...

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    Heather Rupe, DO

    Heather Rupe, DO, is a board-certified OB/GYN in private practice in Franklin, TN, and serves as the vice chief of staff at Williamson Medical Center. She is the co-author of The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith-Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood and The Baby Companion: A Faith-Filled Guide for Your Journey through Baby’s First Year.