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Pregnancy

How to deal with nausea, vomiting and other pregnancy side effects

Morning sickness. It should really be called “all day sickness.” At least, that’s how I felt about six weeks into my pregnancy. Prior to being pregnant, I frequently advised my patients to just try some ginger and maybe eat more frequently when they felt nauseated. I mean, it’s just a little nausea, right? Wrong. My …

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Geriatric pregnancy: Waiting later in life to have a baby

As a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist for more than two decades, I think the term “geriatric pregnancy” is a bit of an exaggeration. When I think of the word “geriatric,” I think of older ladies enjoying their retirement years after having spent a large portion of their younger years raising families and working. But in the world …

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How to recognize the signs of postpartum depression

It’s time we talk openly about a condition that affects more women than you might realize — postpartum depression. It often starts something like this…   Here you are. Mother of two. Living the dream. Two weeks ago, you delivered your second baby, your newest miracle. Of course, you aren’t sleeping well, but that you …

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Four generations of one family born at Baylor University Medical Center

Welcoming a new baby into the family is always a joyous occasion but for the Hartley family, little Emersyn Jane’s arrival was even more momentous. As she entered the world on Dec. 17, 2018, Emersyn’s birth marked the fourth generation of Hartleys to be born at Baylor University Medical Center. Since the early 1950s, a …

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Is it real labor contractions or Braxton Hicks?

If you’re a first-time mom-to-be, you have probably thought some of these questions: When should I go to the hospital? What do real labor contractions feel like? How will I know when it’s the “real thing?” It is completely normal to experience wonder and often anxiety about knowing when and how labor will start, and …

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When breastfeeding might not be right for you

Becoming a mother is an exhilarating and sometimes overwhelming experience. Everyone has an opinion on how to manage your pregnancy, birthing experience and raising your new bundle of joy. As an obstetrics and gynecology physician assistant, one of the most frequently asked questions I get from expectant mothers is, “Should I breastfeed or use formula?”. If …

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