March 31, 2021

Myths & Realities of Debated Pregnancy & Birth Topics with Dr. Shannon Clark

There are so many resources to gather information about pregnancy, labor and birth. How do you know what’s accurate and what’s misleading?

In this episode of Yoga| Birth|Babies, I speak with double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG about the myths and realities of many pregnancy and birth debated topics. Shannon covers a range of topics from epidurals (does the epidural medication pass through the placenta?) to the efficacy of putting garlic in your vagina to prevent Group B Strep.

Enjoy Dr. Clark’s no nonsense, evidence based answers to questions gathered from the Prenatal Yoga Center community. 

In this episode you will learn: 

  • About Dr. Shannon Clark
  • Is it necessary to only sleep on your left hand side when pregnant? Is it harmful to the baby if you wake up on your back? 
  • Pushing positions: What’s the reality of pushing in non-traditional positions and how do you talk to your care provider about pushing position options? 
  • When is the last chance to get an epidural?
  • What is the earliest someone could or should get an epidural? 
  • Does the epidural medication pass along to the baby?
  • Are there any ways to prevent GB Strep?
  • Pregnancy weight gain: What are reasons for concern with too much weight or too little weight gain?  
  • Low fluid: a reason to wait and see or induction? 
  • Can fluid levels be brought up with oral intake or epsom salt bath?
  • Reasons for induction.
  • Eating during labor, yay or nay??
  • One tip/piece of advice for new or expectant parents.
  • Where people can find Dr. Clark’s work and information!

About Dr. Clark:

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG is a double board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist focusing on the care of women with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. After finishing medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, Dr. Clark completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During her first year of residency, she realized her passion for taking care of women with complicated, or high-risk, pregnancies and subsequently pursued a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Masters in Medical Science at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, where she is an Associate Professor with roles as a clinician, researcher, and educator. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. She was inspired not only by the experiences of friends and patients, but also by her own personal experience of trying to start a family at the age of 40. Dedicated to her education, training and career for 15+ years, Dr. Clark married at the age of 39 and started trying to start a family at age 40. After five failed cycles of IVF, she was able to become pregnant via egg donor and delivered twins Sydney Renée and Rémy Vaughn in September 2016.

Connect with Dr. Clark:

  • Instagram & Facebook: @babiesafter35
  • Tik Tok: @tiktokbabydoc

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Instagram & Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter

Youtube: Prenatal Yoga Center




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