Most human babies across the world are fed their mothers’ milk. However, in the United States and some other industrialized nations, many babies are not. Reasons for this took root several decades ago. In the 1950s and 60s, women were often told they “didn’t have enough milk” and that formula was “just as good.” This … Continue reading Breastfeeding benefits for mom and baby
When you’re pregnant — especially for the first time — you have so many questions along the way. Friends, relatives and co-workers seem to love offering their guidance on the many dos and don’ts of this exciting and wonderful experience. Sometimes it can be tough to separate the facts from the myths. When in doubt, … Continue reading Fact or fiction: 6 common myths about pregnancy
We don’t like to talk about it (except maybe with our closest friends) but if you’re over 60, you’ve likely experienced a leaky bladder or some form of urinary incontinence (UI) — the lack of voluntary control of your bladder function. We know how inconvenient and even embarrassing bladder problems can be, but the truth … Continue reading Think age is the cause of bladder problems? Not necessarily
Going to the gynecologist is not something you necessarily look forward to. But as a woman, this annual appointment is essential for disease prevention and your relationship with your OB/GYN is a critical part of your health care at every stage in your life. Although the guidelines have changed for Pap smears — the test … Continue reading Do you really need to see your gynecologist every year?
Let’s be honest: bone health is not a thrilling topic. But it plays an important role in our overall well-being, both now and in the future. Our bones are the foundations of our bodies and we must protect them as much as possible. As an OB/GYN, osteoporosis is generally a topic of conversation I address … Continue reading Why women should care for their bone health
Preterm birth — defined as a child born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — is the leading cause of neurological disorders and death among infants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On top of that, preterm births cost society more than $26 billion a year, according to the National Academy of Medicine. … Continue reading Could bacteria be the cause of some premature births?
Do you have babies on the brain? Then before you go rushing to prepare the nursery, there are many important things you should consider. As an OB/GYN, I believe prepping your body before you ever conceive is the most important thing you can do for the health of you and your baby. Here is a checklist … Continue reading Before your first pregnancy: Taking care of your body
When your baby arrives, you may be surprised just how many items come along with someone so small. Bringing home a newborn can lead to registries and buying endless amounts of gear and gadgets. Soon you will find your closets overflowing with toys and diapers, but it is important to keep the essential items your … Continue reading 10 things you should have at home before the baby arrives
Every pregnant woman has a vision for how that big day will go. Like many expecting mothers, Lacey Breeden thought she would deliver her baby girl, recover for a few days at the hospital and go back home with her child. Instead, doctors diagnosed her with HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening complication during pregnancy that puts both … Continue reading Miracle baby heads home after 6 months in NICU
Osteoporosis is a thinning of our bones and is more common in women. It is even more common in postmenopausal women, Caucasians, smokers and those with a low body mass index. A few key factors can set the framework for our bone health later in life. From what we eat to how we exercise, and even … Continue reading Osteoporosis: How physical therapy can help strengthen bones