This Week: September 29th, 2022

Dr. Melka and Dr. Fox discuss whether it’s safe for pregnant women to fast, particularly with regard to Jewish fast days. On fast days, observers do not eat or drink for up to 25 hours, depending on the holiday. Dr. Fox and Dr. Melka explain when it is and isn’t safe for pregnant women to fast and how they advise their Jewish patients.

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“Hello, I wanted to send a note letting you know how much I have appreciated your podcast throughout my pregnancy. In fact, your recent episode on postpartum hemorrhage was very useful.  It gave me the information I needed to make informed decisions and understand what was happening with my care and why.  I delivered my son about a week ago one 5/26 and unfortunately had a postpartum hemorrhage.  My midwife and doctor attribute it to parts of my placenta being retained.  They tried about 5 medications to control the bleeding (most of which were ones you referenced on the podcast so I was familiar with them) but that wasn’t enough so they manually tried to scoop out the retained tissue, but even after that ultrasound still showed a small piece being retained so I had to go for a D&C.  It was a scary time but thankful they were proactive in managing it and I didn’t have to go back in later with infection or continued heavy bleeding.  Everything has been good since the d&c with minimal bleeding.

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