Texas recently became the second state to confirm a local transmission of the Zika virus, and the news comes at the heels of a disturbing new study showing babies infected by the virus that appear healthy at birth may develop defects as they grow older. The case in Texas, found in a non-pregnant female in … Continue reading Some Zika-related defects show up months after babies’ birth
For many women, incontinence is an embarrassing, traumatizing problem. Pads and protective undergarments become painfully important in their lives, and it’s hard for others to understand the stigma they feel. But many patients tell me they hesitated for a long time before seeking help, and surely other women never do. Why? Because they’re afraid the … Continue reading Urinary Incontinence: Controlling the flow
Somedays being a working mom feels like an easy walk on a wide balance beam, but some days it feels like a tightrope. I think that this is a fact of life that can lead women to stress relieving behaviors that are unhealthy for all of us. Studies show that the moms are less “happy” … Continue reading Dr. Mom: Balancing life as a mom and physician
It’s that time of year again, when we’re all being urged to get our flu shots. Many moms-to-be often ask me whether it’s safe for them to get vaccinated. The answer is yes, it is safe, and it’s strongly recommended no matter where you are in your pregnancy. Pregnant women are more likely to get … Continue reading Should pregnant women get the flu shot?
A new study may leave mothers-to-be uncertain about a widely recommended drug, acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in Tylenol and many other pain medicines. If you’re pregnant and have a backache or headache, doctors usually recommend acetaminophen. But recent research says taking the drug during pregnancy may be associated with hyperactivity in children. This … Continue reading Could acetaminophen use during pregnancy cause ADHD in children?
Breast reconstruction is often the final step for women after enduring the highs and lows of cancer. These women deserve to look and feel like themselves again, and I tell each one — this is your happy place. Most women are candidates for some form of breast reconstruction, whether they have had removed their breast … Continue reading Rebuilding confidence: Breast reconstruction is more than just cosmetic
Today, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas released details on the first four living-donor uterine transplants performed in the United States as part of a clinical trial under Institutional Review Board approval. These first four surgeries were performed in September. This announcement comes after two years of preparation and a careful review of all 16 … Continue reading Baylor University Medical Center performs first living-donor uterus transplants in the U.S.
When we think of premature babies, our first thought is not about what they will wear after they’re born. We think of incubators. We think of ventilators. We imagine what their tiny features might look like and perhaps our thoughts turn to the health challenges that can accompany a premature birth. Now, members of the Threads of Love foundation … Continue reading Threads of Love designs preemie-sized clothing for newborns
Will my weight and diet affect my pregnancy? Women are considered to have an ideal body weight determined by their height and weight called the body mass index (BMI). A majority of women are most fertile if they are at a healthy body weight. Women who are underweight and overweight may have more difficulty getting … Continue reading How your diet can impact your pregnancy
Many women think of the excitement a new child brings, but one of the often overlooked steps is planning for the pregnancy. Preconception care, the care that a woman receives during her reproductive years, is important to allow the patient and her doctor time to identify concerns that might affect getting pregnant or increase risks … Continue reading 6 questions to ask yourself before you consider pregnancy