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Exercise in Pregnancy: Bring out Your Inner Serena

I followed the news with awe when I learned that a pregnant woman – Serena Williams—won the Australian Open, a major tennis tournament, this year. She had a positive home pregnancy test just before the tournament was about to begin, and was estimated to be 4 weeks at that time.  She was seen by a doctor who told her she was OK to play. She went on to win all of her matches in straight sets, and later learned she was 7-8 weeks along.

Permanent Sterilization: Option 1, 2, or 3

Permanent birth control for women involves removing all or part of the fallopian tube, or blocking the fallopian tube, so that when an egg is released from the ovary it does not travel to the uterus. There are 3 ways to do this:

1) Tubal ligation

2) Salpingectomy

3) Essure


2016: Reflections From One Doctor

2016... what a year!  


I took advantage of some of my days off around New Year's to relax and reflect on my 2016.  I started with Kamm McKenzie in the summer of 2015, so 2016 was my first full year with the practice.   And what a year it has been!

Vaginal Discharge: What’s normal, What’s not, and When You Should Call Your Doctor

Vaginal discharge is one of the most common reasons women see their gynecologist. In fact, 18% of women have seen their doctor for vaginitis symptoms in the last year. So, how do you know what’s normal, and what’s not?

Zika Virus: Part 2

Dr. B gave us a great overview of the Zika virus a few weeks ago – what it is, where it is, and how it affects pregnancy. As the virus has been studied further, we’d like to keep you in the know with the latest science.

Alcohol in Pregnancy: Part 2 -- Breast Feeding

In my first blog post you heard about my favorite local breweries, and about the dangers to drinking any alcohol during pregnancy. But what about an occasional beer or glass of wine while breastfeeding, is that OK? Yes! Unlike during pregnancy, smaller amounts of alcohol are probably safe while breastfeeding.

Alcohol in Pregnancy: Part 1

I don’t have the opportunity to talk much about my “beer hobby" in the office, since so many of our patients are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding. If I do mention that I’m a hophead, I’m often asked, “Can I have a few sips? How much alcohol is safe in pregnancy? Does beer really help the milk let down when breastfeeding?” 

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