Women’s Health

What it’s like to bring a baby into a pandemic world

As I sit here dictating my story, I have 3-week-old baby Skyler comfortably sleeping on my chest. If you had asked me this time last year where I would be in a year, I would never have imagined I’d be here — a new mother having just given birth during a pandemic, economic crisis, and …

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My breast cancer story: Learning to “just roll with it”

Never did I think I would hear those words. “You have cancer.” Nope, not me! I am the person who takes care of everyone else. I am a 41-year-old momma with three kiddos and I was working full-time in retail. Plus, I was busy with our kids’ afterschool activities. I didn’t have time for cancer. …

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Afraid to bring up sensitive topics with your OB/GYN? Why it’s worth mentioning

We’ve all been there — debating whether to ask what might sound like a stupid question.  Should I ask? Is this dumb? What will they think of me?  It’s bad enough when it’s about minor things like clarifying work assignments or asking for directions. It can be even harder when you’re thinking about asking a personal …

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My pandemic pregnancy: A safe and stress-free delivery despite COVID-19

This past Christmas Eve, I received an extra special gift — a positive pregnancy test! Our family of three would soon become a family of four. But as my pregnancy progressed, this looming word in the news kept coming up: “coronavirus.” I remember thinking it wasn’t a big deal, at least not here in the …

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Having a baby? How COVID-19 testing works for labor and delivery patients

With an impending due date or scheduled delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably have a laundry list of questions about what to expect and how to prepare. You’re likely already aware of the need for COVID-19 testing, either prior to your scheduled cesarean section (C-section) or induction, or upon admission to the hospital. But …

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My pandemic pregnancy: An open letter from one mom to another

Dear mommas and dads-to-be, This isn’t how we thought pregnancy would go, is it? Who could have predicted that we would have to add a pandemic to our (already long) list of pregnancy worries and questions? And yet, here we are — because life doesn’t stop in the middle of a pandemic. We found out …

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Pregnant? 6 abnormal signs you should call your doctor

Morning sickness. Heartburn. Tearing up for no reason. Strange food cravings. Most women who have been pregnant know some or all these symptoms well.  As an OB/GYN who specializes in maternal-fetal medicine and a mom, I am quite familiar with them myself. I also know that they are generally nothing to worry about. Most pregnant …

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Female pelvic pain: Is it endometriosis?

Let’s face it — pain is subjective and therefore, difficult to quantify. When experiencing female pelvic pain, many women find it challenging to figure out what is causing their pain and why. Is it indicative of a pathologic process like endometriosis or simply part of a normal process like menstruation? As an OB/GYN at Baylor Scott & White …

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5 questions to ask your OB/GYN about childbirth

Having a baby is unlike any other experience — there is so much joy, emotion, excitement and anticipation built into a delivery. No two experiences are the same, and many women even have different experiences with each delivery.  While we cannot completely prepare for what lies ahead during childbirth, knowledge and awareness are essential to …

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Pregnancy and COVID-19: What to expect during your upcoming delivery

If you’re pregnant and preparing for your baby’s grand arrival, it’s probably safe to say that a COVID-19 pandemic was not part of the birth plan. As global fears around the virus continue, you may be feeling an extra layer of stress about how this will impact your delivery — are you at risk? What …

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