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Articles by Amy Kiefer, PhD

About Amy

Amy Kiefer is a researcher by training, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three children where she writes about fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. Check out her blog, expectingscience.com, for more great evidence-based pregnancy and parenting info.

Tdap vaccine pregnancy

Midway through my second labor, one of the delivery nurses announced that I needed a Tdap vaccine, right then. Um, what? I’m IN labor. Noting my hesitancy, she added: “What’s a jab compared to contractions?” After my WTF moment passed, I got pissed. How could my OB have forgotten to give me this vaccination. And […]

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geriatric pregnancy and advanced maternal age

Becoming pregnant after 35 comes with some derogatory labels: geriatric pregnancy, advanced maternal age, older mom (wait, what?!). It’s hard to escape the warnings about your pregnancy being at “high risk” for complications, such as birth defects, high blood pressure, and diabetes just because you passed a certain age bracket. But does your age actually […]

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benefits of amniocentesis

The Benefits of Amnio and CVS Tara was a young mom-to-be with two healthy young children. Now, pregnant with her third child, she had the usual pregnancy worries: Was her baby growing well? Would she deliver early? Then, at 28 weeks along, an ultrasound revealed her baby’s head circumference was too small. The doctors recommended […]

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exercise in pregnancy

Every day we hear more and more about the benefits of exercise in pregnancy for mom and baby. Most doctors recommends an average of 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. But for some reason, there is still old and out-of-date advice floating around. Let's get to the bottom of this and clear up those myths once and for all.

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early labor

Roughly 2 out of 3 laboring women in the U.S. will get an epidural. As a highly effective form of pain relief during labor, it’s no wonder that the epidural is enormously popular. But along with the epidural, comes the controversy.  And at the heart of the controversy, the idea that epidurals raise the chances […]

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boosting-baby-microbiome

Your baby’s gut microbiome may shape her later health…   Here’s what you can do to give her the best start possible. Ah, the gut microbiome, that teeming collection of fungi, viruses and bacteria that lives inside our intestines. We hear so much about it nowadays, that you could almost believe a healthy gut was […]

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