Blog Archive

Time for Flu Shots Sep 28th, 2020

What is the flu? Influenza, the flu, is a seasonal, respiratory virus that typically presents with a fever, cough, headaches, body aches, fatigue and in children, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Most people recover without complications however children under the age of 5, pregnant women, those over age 65 and those...

Preconception Tips Sep 24th, 2020

What To Do When you Want to Start Trying If you have decided the time is right to have a baby, congratulations! This is an exciting time however there are a few things that can help you conceive and have a healthier pregnancy.  Schedule a preconception visit: If you do...

Summer Reminders Jul 28th, 2020

We all know that in Florida it’s summertime year round, so when those extra hot months come along the heat can be unbearable. That being said, here are some important things to keep in mind in order to stay healthy and protected.    As a Florida native, I have learned...

What do you need to know about Rhogam? Jun 17th, 2020

So you’re pregnant! Congratulations! That’s great. You’ve gotten all your labs done and you found out you’re A-negative. Your doctor wants you to get a shot of Rhogam when you’re around 28 weeks. You’re rightly concerned and trying to figure out why you’re just now learning about this possible blood...

Scheduling your Annual Appointment! May 21st, 2020

It’s important that you stay up to date with your personal health and stay in turned with your body. Annual exams are a way for you to speak with your healthcare provider about any general concerns you are having, and staying up to date with your wellness. You can speak...

What is a Birth Plan Apr 28th, 2020

As the due date gets closer the level of excitement increases and it is typically accompanied by some anxiety especially for first time parents who may not know what to expect. Having a general outline of your wishes or plan for labor and delivery can help mitigate the anxiety. Some...

What You Need To Know About Vaccines Apr 15th, 2020

Vaccines are an important topic for pregnant and non-pregnant women alike. When the body is exposed to a new bacteria or virus a primary immune response occurs. It takes times for the body to identify the new attacker, create the appropriate antibody to respond and then manufacture enough copies of...

What Prenatal Vitamin is the Best? Apr 7th, 2020

Every expecting parent wants to provide the best for her baby. That begins before conception by optimizing her health through controlling preexisting medical conditions, exercise and nutrition. The majority of American women receive adequate nutrition through diet alone however a prenatal vitamin will provide supplementation. There is no single best...

Let’s talk about G-B-S Feb 17th, 2020

So it’s time for your 36 week appointment and you remember your doctor telling you this appointment involved a vaginal swab but you can’t remember why, then you’ve come to the right blog post.  What is GBS? Group B Streptococcus (GBS) aka Group B strep is a type of bacteria...

 When Should I Start Seeing the Gynecologist? Feb 6th, 2020

 When Should I Start Seeing the Gynecologist?  Gynecologists are great assets to use to your advantage. Your gynecologists address issues regarding sex, periods, cleanliness and general women’s health. An OB/GYN provider specializes in both obstetrics and gynecology. Gynecology focuses on a woman’s health as it relates to her reproductive. Problems...

Vaginal Discharge Jan 31st, 2020

Vaginal Discharge It is important to address because untreated discharge can lead to discomfort or vaginal irritation, it can affect one’s self image, personal relationships, and when severe, cause missed days of school and work.  The vagina is self-cleaning and does not require internal soap, feminine washes, cleanses, steaming or...

Baby Kick Counts Jan 22nd, 2020

Fetal Movements Feeling your baby move is one of the most precious things. Some mom feel their baby move as early as 16 weeks but what to do when your baby runs out of room and doesn’t seem to be moving as much? This is where kick counts come into...

Everything You Need Know About Labor Induction Jan 5th, 2020

What is labor induction? Labor induction is using medications to start (induce) labor with the goal of achieving a vaginal delivery. Inductions can be done electively after 39 weeks or for medical reasons such as high blood pressure, diabetes, fetal growth restriction, or going too far past the due date. ...

I'm not having babies, I don't need a GYN...or do I? Dec 9th, 2019

A well woman exam is more than just a pap smear and a mammogram. It is an opportunity to bring up any health concerns you may have and a chance for your provider to screen for any health problems that could develop. Every annual exam will cover the basics; medical history, surgical...

Postpartum Depression-More than just “baby blues” Dec 3rd, 2019

More than just “baby blues” Mental health is not something easily talked about but there is a serious medical condition that needs addressing, postpartum depression, which doesn’t get enough attention in our community. As a mom it can be a struggle to balance life after having a baby. It’s normal...

Do Your Kegels! Nov 19th, 2019

What is a kegel? A pelvic floor muscle exercise, commonly known as a “kegel” is a contraction of the muscles that support the lower abdominal organs (uterus, bladder, and rectum).  These exercises were first described by Dr Arnold Kegel in the 1940s while he was researching female urinary incontinence and...

Delayed Cord Clamping Nov 1st, 2019

Delayed cord clamping is the latest trend of the day. Many parents are adding it on to their birth plans. Some parents may have questions and wonder about this “new trend”. Before adding this on to your birth plan here’s a quick break down of what happens. What is Delayed...

Can I Travel During Pregnancy? Oct 17th, 2019

In general, yes, pregnant women can travel however, just as every woman is unique, each pregnancy is unique. If you have complications such as preeclampsia, preterm labor, twins or triplets traveling is not recommended. If you have other medical conditions, it is best to discuss them with your health care...

Pain Management During Labor Oct 17th, 2019

What is the cause of the pain? During the early stages of labor pain typically results from uterine contractions. This pain is diffuse and can be hard to localize but lower abdominal pain is common. Many women also report low back pain or upper thigh pain. During the later stages...

HPV Explained Sep 16th, 2019

What is the HPV vaccine? HPV: You may have heard it mentioned on television, seen it on a poster or heard about it from your health care provider, but what is it? In short, it is a vaccine that can decrease your risk of developing cancer. For the longer answer,...

What Birth Control Is Right For Me? Aug 22nd, 2019

Between the commercials both promoting and vilifying contraception, social media posts sharing horror stories, and the vast number of options available it can be overwhelming trying to decide which contraception is right for you. Fortunately, there are a few simple questions that can help you decide what is best.   Do you have...

Recovering From C-Section Mar 27th, 2019

What are some Tips to Recovering your C-section Delivery? If you are planning to have a c-section or need to prepare for the possibility of having one, there are some steps you can take to a smooth recovery.  The Healing Process: Fatigue and discomfort is common, and treating your incision...

Diaper Bag Essentials  Nov 21st, 2018

Diaper bags are essential when you have small children. Whether you have a newborn or a toddler, carrying a diaper bag is an everyday norm. Choosing the perfect diaper bag just comes down to your personal preference. Whether you prefer the common diaper bag with lots of room and compartments,...

What Should I put in my Nursery Room? Oct 12th, 2018

What Should I put in my Nursery Room? One of the most exciting parts about getting ready for your baby, is preparing their future room! There are so many questions you have when getting ready like…what color(s) should I paint the nursery? What theme do I want for my baby’s...

How to Announce You Are Pregnant Oct 5th, 2018

You are having a baby! Now what? Finding out that you are expecting is a very exciting time in your life! Telling your family, friends, and your spouse or partner is a special and memorable time. Your partner should be the first person you tell. One of my favorite ways for...

A Healthy Mama Makes for a Healthy Baby Sep 28th, 2018

A Healthy Mama Makes for a Healthy Baby:What Foods Can I Eat Throughout My Pregnancy? Have you ever experienced a strange craving? We all know that one of the most popular symptoms when expecting are strange cravings. It’s a great idea to be mindful of what you are putting into...

Baby Registry Sep 18th, 2018

Where to Start and What to AddWith your new addition arriving soon, you’ve probably realized preparing for a baby can become expensive. Baby registries are made to help take the stress away, and to give your friends and family a specific idea of what you really want for your bundle of joy. Some common places...

Why Do I Have Pain During My Period and What Can I Do About It? Aug 14th, 2018

You’re Not Alone!Painful periods, otherwise known as dysmenorrhea, affect many women across the country and around the world. Dysmenorrhea includes symptoms such as lower abdominal and pelvic pain that may extend to the lower back and/or thighs. While prevalence is higher among adolescents and women in their twenties (approximately 60-70%), some studies estimate...

What is Endometriosis? Jul 26th, 2018

How Do I Know I Have Endometriosis            According to UCLA Health,Endometriosis is estimated to affect between 3% and 10% of reproductive-aged women. Many of these women will experience symptoms, and others will go on with life without ever knowing. There are many probable symptoms that can...

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag Jul 24th, 2018

Oh Baby!What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag It can be overwhelming when it comes to preparing for the arrival of your little one. Whether it be your first baby or not, there will probably be a few surprises along the way. When it comes packing for your hospital stay here...

How to Get Through Your Period Mar 5th, 2018

Getting Through Your PeriodYou’re probably anticipating that time of month, and know that it might be filled with uncomfortable cramping and bleeding. Did you know that there are alternatives to the normal pads and tampons, and many natural home remedies that can help you?Alternatives to Pads and TamponsMenstrual Cup –...

All About IUDs (Q&A) Feb 16th, 2018

All About IUDs (Q&A)Curious about IUD’s? An intrauterine device, is method of birth control commonly t-shaped made of plastic and a variety of hormones. IUD’s eliminate the worry in consuming a pill daily, or coming into the office every 3 months for a shot. Most patients who have an IUD,...

What is a Gender Reveal? Feb 7th, 2018

 Want to find out the sex of your baby, surrounded by your friends and family in a fun and exciting way? Throw a gender reveal! A gender reveal can be intimate, between you and your partner or with all your friends and family. Our office can put the gender into...

Is CrossFit Safe When You Are Pregnant? Oct 11th, 2017

Over the past several years, ultra-intense exercise programs have become increasingly popular. From P90X to INSANITY to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), it seems there’s no shortage of fitness gurus promoting the benefits of fast, high-intensity workouts designed to push your body to the limit.  Arguably, one program stands out...

Is it possible to choose a vaginal birth after cesarean section Oct 11th, 2017

Did you know that each year, a little over one third of all pregnant women in the US deliver by cesarean section (c-section)? For women who choose to have more than one child, this often leads them to wonder if it’s possible to deliver vaginally after delivering via c-section. Here, I’ll outline...