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Perinatal Mental Health

It is not uncommon to experience emotional changes during a pregnancy. After all, your body is going through a variety of dramatic changes. It would be stranger if you didn’t feel a little different. However, if you are nearing the last few weeks of your pregnancy and have noticed that your moods are extremely low, […]

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A Guide to Excellent Nutrition When Pregnant

There are many reasons to care about following an excellently nutritious diet during your pregnancy. Malnutrition and other serious health risks are more likely to occur if you are not eating the right foods to keep you and your baby healthy. If you have gestational diabetes or preexisting diabetes, or if you are overweight, eating […]

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What Is High Risk Pregnancy? What Causes it?

You thought your pregnancy was going just fine. Then, one day, your OB/GYN told you some concerning news: you are facing a high-risk pregnancy. What does this mean for you? What does it mean for your precious baby-to-be? Here are some answers about high-risk pregnancies and perinatal care to help you understand what is going […]

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Announcing the Arrival of Dr. Stephanie Hedstrom, MFM in South Arizona

At Arizona’s Valley Perinatal Services, we are very excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Stephanie Hedstrom, MFM in South Arizona. She will provide her medical services at our Mesa, Tucson, and Sierra Vista locations. Stephanie’s perinatal obstetric specialties include addiction and pregnancy, mental health disorders, nutrition and pregnancy, endocrine disorders, growth restriction, and preterm […]

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World Prematurity Day

November 17 is World Prematurity Day. It is observed in order to raise global awareness of prematurity, which is now considered a global health crisis. On this day, organizations such as the March of Dimes as well as consumer and parent groups provide awareness, support, and education for matters related to babies who are born […]

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When to See a Perinatologist

For obstetricians, expectant mothers, and others involved in prenatal care, high-risk perinatology can be an important and interesting topic. When does a pregnant woman need to see a perinatologist, and why? How can Ob-Gyn care providers work with perinatal specialists to find positive outcomes for patients? We are here to answer some of these questions […]

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Perinatologist vs Obstetrician: What’s the Difference?

If you are expecting a wonderful new addition to your family, you probably have a lot of important questions that need to be answered, especially if you are dealing with high-risk pregnancy. One of the most important questions is whether you need to see an obstetrician or a perinatologist. What does each type of specialist […]

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Quintuplets: Most Common Pregnancy Questions

There are few joys that are more powerful than the delight that comes when you learn you are pregnant. For many expecting mothers, finding out that you are not having just one, two, three or even four babies, but quintuplets, brings even greater happiness. However, learning that such a pregnancy is considered high risk can […]

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High-Risk Pregnancies & Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists

Approximately 60 percent of U.S. women of reproductive age are obese or overweight. A high-risk pregnancy is defined as one in which the health of the mother or her baby is threatened. Obesity is a top concern during pregnancy because it often leads to conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Of course, there […]

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