Dr. Pam Yoder

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
San Francisco, CA
female

About

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PAMELA R. YODER, MD, PhD WebMD's first only women's health editor and medical editor for imaging. Founding chair of Healthy Living and of Women's Health Channels, Revolution. HealthTap's first chief engagement officer and, in spare time, founding "exceptional" medical expert. Board-certified OBGYN specialist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist Clinical and behavioral psychologist. Former faculty OBGYN U Chicago, Tufts, U I Chicago, Medicine Kinesiology U Illinois. Behavior analyst, consultant and content creator. Please click on my links for updates on health, fitness and nutrition for women and their families.

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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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597 Answers
313 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Genetic: Chromosomal abnormalities can include extra or missing chromosomes. I will refer this to experts in medical genetics for more information.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
First things first: At 21, there should be no rush. First a woman trying to conceive (ttc) should try to do these things: strive to reach and maintain a healthy weight th... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
OBs and MFMs agree: It is essential that women with cramping, pain at 32wk be on l&d for examination and monitoring for contractions and baby. Women with contractions are... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Closed vs open donor: The most important information baby doctor needs about a gamete donor (male or female) is the age, health and family history. Obgyns want to know abou... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
See OB then MFM: Women with a history of diabetes during pregnancy or risk factors for dm should see an internist or endocrinologist before conceiving, if possible. If... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No proof: Many physicians advise that women assume positions with hips up after inseminations. Many friends and family say that things like this worked for them... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Ask ur partner: The average time varies by many factors as diverse as age, health, gender balance, even culture. Perhaps the optimal amount of time is what the partne... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
See OB from OR: A woman having pain after a cesarean section is encouraged by most doctors to call if problems. If possible, it is best to see the obstetrician who pe... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Labor can vary: Having shorter durations of labor in pregnancies after the first delivery is common but not guaranteed. There is some truth to the familiar saying, "e... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: This is an excellent question. I would say yes (and to have them cover to cough and wash hands often). I will also refer this to other doctors to lear... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Job selection is key: Find something you like doing, something that makes you want to go to work every morning (yet leave at night :0). And make sure you have support of yo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Might need some help: Women with this history should consider the following. First, avoid toxins, take folate, (folic acid) make appointment to see internist and ob. Second... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Ask subspecialist: A parent of a preemie should never hesitate to ask the local doctor of the child for a referral if a problem develops. If there is a major medical cen... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Any device that produces heat has a chance to malfunction. Overheating can place both mom and baby at risk. The temperature of the fetus runs higher t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Several: Difficulty getting pregnant, miscarriage, chromosomal abnormalities, undergrown baby, diabetes, preeclampsia (toxemia), cesarean delivery, uterine ble... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Threats to baby, mom: Risk factors include conditions that might affect the health of the fetus and/or pregnant woman. Those include higher chance for birth defects, >1 bab... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Bowel slows down: Fiber is important in the diets of everyone. But it need not be something bought in a food or drug store. High-fiber foods include fruit, vegetables, ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Cramps are a warning: The feeling of cramping may signal uterine contractions, uterine infection, bladder infection or other problems. Many can be treated, but it is essent... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Antibiotics help : Women with gbs (group b streptococcus) in urine or vaginal or rectal colonization have increased risk of kidney infection, preterm birth, infection in... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Stillbirth: Our biggest concern is that listeria infection in the expectant woman can cause death of her fetus. There have been cases traced to eating contaminate... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Management helps: A woman who develops high blood pressure during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy has some different risks than one whose blood pressure becomes elevate... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes: Women know their bodies and might be familiar with many types of vaginal discharge. However, an unusual one or a new one should be evaluated by a prof... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Many do but differ: I will share this question with experts in the obgyn fields who see women with uterine disorders. Abnormalities, infections, cancer in the lining or w... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Protect you, family: Please stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. Use sunscreen protection and wear clothing and hats to cover the body. Have checks of your skin... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Depends on temp: Heat from saunas, hot tubs, bath tubs, etc. Can raise the core body temperature of the expectant mother. Fetal problems can result from high temperatu... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Amnio step-by-step: Consent is obtained; questions are answered. Ultrasound is used to find best location for needle. Iodine is wiped on skin. Ultrasound is placed on abd... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Some in your kitchen: Even ginger is one. But many OB providers don't recommend them because they lack evidence of the effectiveness of many alternative therapies. Likewise... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Monitoring - high BP: Fetal heart rate monitoring is indicated in the third trimester for women with chronic hypertension, especially if there is an increase in blood press... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Treat men or women?: Yours is an important question to ask when a doctor recommends a treatment. Please provide more details, and i will refer it to some experts. My speci... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Rarely: There have been reports of candida fungal (yeast) infections of the amniotic fluid which surrounds the fetus.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Let's hear from Peds: Thanks, dr. Garvey. I appreciate the OB perspective. I was also hoping to hear from pediatricians and neonatologists and to generate a discussion on t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: In fact, it is best for a woman with a low-lying placenta to seek input from OB provider early about what to do and, above all, what not to do!
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Still a mystery: My OB chairman told us this about a famous hospital where pioneers in pregnancy worked and studied complications like toxemia. It was called chicago l... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Stay connected, etc.: I suggest staying connected digitally with people known irl and connect with moms in similar situations on sites that protect privacy and confidential... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Thanks for asking.: If you are a doctor, welcome! you can read the information on sharing, check out tappenings or contact the very helpful staff at healthtap to find way... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Please don't smoke.: Tobacco smoke is never considered safe for the smoker, for the fetus, for the newborn or other children, for anyone nearby. Kids need healthy lungs a... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Swallowed AF, cells: As a fetus grows, its organs and systems mature in preparation for functioning after birth. One such system is the gastrointestinal GI system. A fetus... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
From doc on bedrest: I was on bedrest for several weeks and surprised how quickly the quad muscles of the thighs became weak. A physical therapist (rpt) at the hospital ta... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
BiParietal Diameter: Providers who do fetal imaging by ultrasound often use bpd to refer to biparietal diameter, a measure of the width of the fetal head. Dr. Popler is a... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: Plans can change. Mode of delivery (vaginal, abdominal) depends on many things up to time of delivery: presentation and sizes of the babies, condition... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: Loose, comfortable clothing of any style is fine. Pregnant women are beautiful no matter what they wear!
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Loose is best: This is a time to go for comfort and function over fashion. Pregnant women should look for oversized clothing they already have or can borrow. They ca... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Thanks for asking!: It is sometimes awkward for friends, family, coworkers when a couple has a difficult time conceiving or a complicated pregnancy. No one wants to intru... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Let them help!: The amish have a tradition of spoiling their children to around 18mo then slowly and humanely incorporating them into family life by allowing them to ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Increased anomalies: Women with diabetes that is poorly controlled in the weeks prior to and the first weeks of pregnancy have a higher chance of having a fetus with abnor... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Not always easy 2 do: Best images of a fetus are obtained by being able to get multiple views of the baby 'parts'/in right position/through thin layers of the abdominal wal... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Artificial pancreas: Many top research groups have been working on a so-called artificial pancreas. On dec. 2, 2011, some national publications announced that the fda will... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Read Expert Guide: Go to your home page and read through the question queue. Select what you wish to address. Answer questions. Create tips. Read answers or tips of othe... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Other anomalies, yes: Omphalocele is an anterior wall defect, like a herniation. In over half the cases, there are other anomalies including chromosome abnormalities. Ultra... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
No: I agree with dr garvey. The answer is no. But if a health care provider ever says the type is different from what was determined in the past, a patien... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 4, 2012
Anything Dr. Yoder comments on is always "bang-on" accurate. Articulate & wise, I'm tempted to place her web-sites on my home page! She makes me miss the outstanding Professors I learned from in trai...Read More
Dec 31, 2011
Thank you for getting me started with Health Tap - This is a great resouce I hope to use to enhance patient care. It is also a great resource for me, to refer to my growing network of specialists.
Sep 15, 2013
Dr.Yoder is a fantastic, highly knowledgable and dedicated physician. Her impact here at health tap has been impressive to say the least. I highly recommend Dr.Yoder
HealthTap member
Thanks again. Another prior incident (January 2012). No broken skin (probably a laceration if not for the 3mm neoprene wetsuit). My equine vet. father suggested compartment syndrome. Extremely light b...Read More
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Thanks. I have no such devices yet, but the UP currently ranks at the top of my list. I am likely to try one soon. It will be interesting to cross-compare the logged data with some other services I us...Read More
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Thank you, Dr. Yoder. I appreciate your thoughtful response. This was in fact an issue in the summer of 2010; my friend became very worried after adopting a healthy looking dog but reading about rabie...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
MD

Awards

Charter member of Education Subcommittee for Outreach, SMFM
Guest Editor, Center on Women's Health, Health & Human Services
Expert reviewer, Women's Health Website, CDC
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