Dr. Melissa Rankin
Dr. Melissa Rankin
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Do i need to stop taking my anti-depressant while i’m pregnant? I take an anti-depressant for anxiety. Will i need to stop taking this once i get pregnant? In brief: ManyFEELING ANXIOUS ANXIETY FEMALE HEALTH HEALTHY PREGNANCY ANTIDEPRESSANTS PREGNANT PREGNANCYSee 1 more answer
Many women who suffer from anxiety find themselves in a bind when they become pregnant.
What are the risks I should be aware of when thinking about a home birth? I’m putting together my birth plan and would like to seriously consider a home birth. My pregnancy thus far has been normal, without any complications. In brief: Iâ€™mHOME BIRTH FEMALE HEALTH HEALTHY PREGNANCY PREGNANT PREGNANCY
Iâ€™m a huge fan of patients advocating for their own health, listening to their intuition, and making empowered choices.
I drank a few alcoholic beverages before i found out i was pregnant, should I be worried? There were a couple nights i went out drinking before i realized i was pregnant. Is this something I should be worried about? In brief: ManyFEMALE HEALTH HEALTHY PREGNANCY PREGNANT PREGNANCYSee 1 more answer
Many women indulge in one two many margaritas before they know they are pregnant and wind up beating themselves over the head for the next nine months.
Early on in the pregnancy, are there any indications of the sex of the baby from the heart rate? My partner and i are really excited to know the sex of our baby, and we don’t want to have to wait for the ultrasound. We’re going to an early appointment thi In brief: OldHEART RATE SEX SONOGRAM FEMALE HEALTH HEALTHY PREGNANCY PREGNANT YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH PREGNANCYSee 1 more answer
Old wives tales suggest that girl fetuses have heart rates above 140, while boy fetuses tend to have heart rates lower than 140.
How is a midwife different than a doula? I’m researching whether i’d like to have a midwife or doula at the birth of my baby, but i’m not clear on the difference. In brief: ThereCHILDREN'S HEALTH DOULA MIDWIVES FEMALE HEALTH HEALTHY PREGNANCY
There are two types of midwives- certified nurse midwives and uncertified midwives.
I’m 15 weeks pregnant with my second child, at what point should I stop carrying my toddler? I’m 15 weeks pregnant with my second child. I still carry my toddler quite a bit, but am starting to get nervous that its too much weight to be lifting. At what p In brief: WhenCHILDREN NERVOUSNESS OVERWEIGHT FEMALE HEALTH HEALTHY PREGNANCY CHILD PREGNANT PREGNANCY
When youâ€™re pregnant, your toddler, who has been your baby, may be clingier than ever, so you may find yourself lugging around a thirty pound potato sack of love in addition to ten pounds of extra belly.
The women in my family have a hard time conceiving and i suspect i will as well. At what point can I seek fertility help? My mother and my aunts had a difficult time conceiving, and i suspect my situation is the same. I have irregular periods and have bee In brief: 90%MENSTRUAL CRAMPS (DYSMENORRHEA) FERTILITY IRREGULAR PERIODS FEMALE HEALTH IRREGULAR MENSTRUATIONSee 1 more answer
90% of couples trying to conceive get pregnant within a year. The 10% who donâ€™t fall into the category of patients we label as â€œinfertile, â€ though a percentage of those patients, if left untreated, will go on to conceive at some point in the future.
What are the typical roles midwifes play in delivery? I want a midwife to be part of my birth experience. What are the typical roles they play? Do they deliver the baby, instead of an obgyn? In brief: CertifiedMIDWIVES OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY HEALTHY PREGNANCY FEMALE HEALTH
Certified nurse midwives, who are trained and licensed to deliver babies in hospitals, birth centers, or at home, can deliver a baby without the intervention of a physician at all, as long as the pregnancy is low risk and the birth is uncomplicated.
During pregnancy, at what point should you start sleeping on your back? At some point in the pregnancy i’ve heard that you shouldn’t sleep on your back? At what week, and why? In brief: AfterSLEEP FEMALE HEALTH HEALTHY PREGNANCY PREGNANT PREGNANCY
After about twenty weeks gestation, the uterus becomes large and heavy, and if you lie on your back, the heavy uterus can press against the large blood vessels- the aorta and the vena cava- that run behind the uterus.