Pregnancy Pearls

Pregnancy Pearls

Dr. Plenty, is a double board-certified OB/GYN and high risk pregnancy expert. She's brilliant, well-researched with a great bedside manor.... but she is a little feisty and will "tell it like it is". Growing tired of seeing complications in pregnancy that could have been prevented, she wanted a way to help women empower themselves through knowledge so they can advocate for themselves. This quest to educate women birthed this podcast.


September 14, 2023 28 mins
This summer, we saw record weather temperatures across the country. Just when you thought we were done with the summer, this September, we're still experiencing heat waves! But did you know that extremely hot temperatures do more than just make people feel uncomfortable?! Yep, for pregnant women, ongoing hot weather means increased risks of bad things in pregnancy, like preterm labor and even heat strokes. Check out this week's epi...
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In light of recent viral social media coverage, this week Dr. Plenty kicked off the Season 4 premier discussing the importance of self-advocacy. The recent headline about decapitation during the birthing process is, unfortunately, not a unique story. And it doesn't matter whether you deliver at home, in a birthing center, or in a major hospital system, complications can happen. To reduce your risk, check out this episode as Dr. Pl...
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July 6, 2023 32 mins
So many people are having kids later in life now for various reasons, such as waiting until your career is established, waiting for #MrRight, or just because you want to.  Because of this, you might look up and find yourself beyond the of age 40 years old.  But that’s ok.  Tune in to this episode to learn how pregnancies during your post 30 years can be different than having kids younger.  If you’re approaching this age group and d...
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June 29, 2023 27 mins
June promotes awareness of several different diseases and health causes, and Myasthenia Gravis is one of them.  Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a condition that causes your body's immune cells to break down the substances that cause your muscles to function. Because of this, people with disease have generalized weakness, drooping eyelids, issues with chewing and swallowing, and sometimes pain and trouble breathing. Check out this episode...
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June 22, 2023 25 mins
On this week’s podcast episode, Dr. Plenty discusses “back labor”.  Back labor is severe labor pain caused by the position of the baby’s head.  Check out this episode to learn more about the typical position of your baby’s head as it moves through the birth canal and also head positions that cause more pain in labor.  You’ll also hear cases and questions related to how back labor is managed and if it causes risks with future pregna...
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June 16, 2023 45 mins
Dr. Plenty responds to some emails from listeners.See for privacy information.
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June 8, 2023 24 mins
Description: During the pandemic, many routine things that were previously done were halted to save resources. Well, many standard practices are back... including drug testing.  For some practices and/or hospital systems, all patients are drug tested at the beginning and end of the pregnancy. For others, only patients who have a ""high suspicion"" for drug use are tested. Don't shoot the messenger. I didn't make the rules.  But, ch...
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June 1, 2023 33 mins
Conditions dealing with thyroid function are pretty common in pregnancy. So on this week's podcast episode, we discuss low thyroid function aka hypothyroidism. Check out this episode to learn how hypothyroidism is diagnosed and how the condition is impacted by pregnancy. You'll also learn about the treatment and the complications to unborn babies when hypothyroidism is uncontrolled. Download and listen now!See
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May 25, 2023 31 mins
Keeping in line with preeclampsia awareness month, this week we discuss one of the complications that can happen with preeclampsia and that's a seizure.  But some people have a known seizure disorder... so how would your doctor know if the seizure is caused by complications of preeclampsia (eclampsia) or a seizure from a seizure disorder. During this episode, we discuss different types of seizures, how they're managed in pregnancy,...
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May 18, 2023 22 mins
When most people, or at least providers, think about a headache in pregnancy, preeclampsia is usually the first diagnosis that comes to mind.  However, not all headaches are caused by preeclampsia. Pseudotumor cerebri, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension, is a common disorder in those of childbearing age that causes increased pressure in the brain and headaches.  Check out this episode to learn more about this diagno...
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May 10, 2023 21 mins
Pregnancy is an exciting time, but… sometimes you have to give up some things you love.  Fortunately, you don’t have to give up your beloved coffee altogether, but you do need to limit caffeine intake in pregnancy.  Too much caffeine can cause some issues during pregnancy, like growth issues with the baby and even prematurity.  Find out how much is too much by checking out this episode of the podcast.  You’ll also learn about other...
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May 4, 2023 28 mins
It's preeclampsia awareness month, so of course I had to talk about it on this week's podcast episode.  One of the complications of preeclampsia is HELLP Syndrome, which stands for ""Hemolysis Elevated Liver enzymes Low Platelet"" syndrome. HELLP syndrome can be very dangerous in pregnancy because it is associated with bleeding complications, stroke, and even death! Check out this episode to learn all about this serious complicatio...
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April 27, 2023 34 mins
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that, despite being very treatable, is still on the rise worldwide. With the increase in cases of syphilis, naturally, the number of babies born with congenital syphilis has also profoundly increased.  Check out this episode to learn about the stages of syphilis, how it's transmitted to unborn babies, and how it affects babies during pregnancy and beyond.  You'll also learn about treatment...
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April 20, 2023 23 mins
Did you know that some people have a heart-shaped  uterus or even two uteri?  Yeah, it’s a thing! The shape of your uterus can have an impact on if you get pregnant and the outcome of that pregnancy.  Check out this episode to learn about abnormalities of the uterine shape and how it can impact your pregnancy and even other organ systems.  Download and listen now… and don’t forget to share with your friends.See
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April 13, 2023 23 mins
During pregnancy, one reason that an anatomy ultrasound is done is to evaluate for signs of chromosomal abnormalities. Some chromosomal abnormalities are associated with major birth defects, and some are not. One common chromosomal abnormality that can be associated with abnormal ultrasound findings is Turner syndrome.  With this syndrome, the baby is missing one of the X-chromosomes. Listen to this episode to find out about common...
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April 6, 2023 33 mins
Pregnancy is a stressful time, and it can bring out the best and the worst of some couples.  Some couples really work and act as a team while others are plagued with drama.  From paternity testing during pregnancy, to mistresses and divorce, she's seen it all. In this episode, Dr. Plenty discusses relationships in pregnancy and how to confront these issues head on. She also answers questions related to the least invasive paternity ...
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March 30, 2023 37 mins
The Easter holiday weekend is coming up, but some of you might be stuck in the hospital.  Being away from friends and family can be especially difficult particularly during holidays.    But know that you’re doing what you have to do to keep you and your baby safe. Download and listen to this episode to find out common reasons for prolonged hospital stays during pregnancy, what’s needed to be managed at home instead, and ways to cop...
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March 23, 2023 31 mins
As the warmer months are approaching, many of you are getting ready for your baby moons or spring break trips with your families. If you're going to have some fun in the sun, don't forget your sunscreen!  We often forget that our skin takes a daily beating, even in cooler weather, but definitely as the weather warms up.  So we must be diligent in taking steps to protect our biggest organ-- our skin. Melanoma is a type of skin cance...
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March 16, 2023 25 mins
Edibles, pot, weed, grass, ganja... all of these are terms for different types or forms of cannabis. Cannabis in various forms have now been widely used for both recreational and medicinal use. Some women even use it during pregnancy for pain and nausea/vomiting. But is it safe though? Check out this episode to learn about different types of cannabis and how they can affect pregnancy. Also, find out about CBD and if topicals can ha...
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March 9, 2023 25 mins
Everyone is offered a genetic screen called a carrier screening during pregnancy. The carrier screen detects if you are a carrier for 4 to 274 diseases, depending on the type of screen ordered.  Well, one of those screens detects if you have Fragile X premutation.  Fragile X syndrome is caused by CGG repeats on the X chromosome and causes mild to severe intellectual disability. It affects both males and females, but females usually...
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