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New Update on Sleeping Position in Pregnancy

Pregnant? We have good news! Obstetrics & Gynecology, the go-to journal for our little niche in medicine, recently published new findings on sleep position in pregnancy. For years and years we have been telling patients to sleep on their sides, left side more than right if you can tolerate it, because older studies suggested an increased stillbirth rate for those that did not. Well, now a new study was just published, and I think you will like the results.

The Importance of Exercise in the Post Menopausal Years

Exercise is always an important part of overall health. Exercising in the postmenopausal years is no exception. Especially as it pertains to bone health. Obviously, there are other health benefits of staying active during these years. Decrease in hot flashes, improved mental health, improved cardiovascular health, and weight control.

Early Pregnancy

I have seen and heard numerous advertisements for other local groups promoting their "now, not 8 weeks from now” approach to early pregnancy.  We agree with being seen early, and have been doing it that way for several years already! Over 9 years ago, when I first started at Kamm McKenzie OBGYN, we would see patients between 8-12 weeks from their last menstrual periods...

Who Should Get The HPV Vaccine? New Updates

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting 79 million Americans. Most sexually active persons (80%, to be exact) will, at some point, be exposed to HPV.  You may already know that HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a sexually transmitted virus that often does not have any symptoms. The good news is that in the majority of cases, HPV goes away on its own without any intervention; however, the trouble is that when HPV does not resolve, it can cause certain health problems like genital warts, abnormal pap smears, and — if left untreated for years— certain types of cancers.  “How can I prevent HPV-related health problems?” you may ask… Read on for the 411!

Labor Precautions: When to Call

You are finally at term and the seconds, minutes and days seem to slow to a crawl. Your mother-in-law is texting you non-stop wanting to know when the grand-kiddo is coming.  It’s hard to work or do your day-to-day activities because the baby is pushing on your pelvic floor so much you have this sense that you are waddling more than walking. You have contractions now and again and the increased discharge makes you wonder if your water broke. And more so for first time moms, there is an overwhelming anxiety about the labor process, being a new parent, and knowing when to come to the hospital… am I right?!?

Supporting Breastfeeding Moms

World Breastfeeding Month is celebrated every August. This month provides an opportunity to engage the community in supporting breastfeeding families. The 2019 theme is “Support Changes Everything.” Studies clearly indicate moms who feel supported will breastfeed longer and report a more positive experience with nursing overall. How can you support a breastfeeding mom?

Healthy Ways to Combat Mom Guilt

Often times, throughout my postpartum period I questioned if I was a good mom or if I was making the right decisions for my children.  Many of the decisions we make as mothers are based on maternal instinct or a gut feeling ….or maybe due to good ol’ fashion hormones.  So when trying to figure out why we, as women, often blame ourselves for the uncontrollable or inevitable during our childbearing and childrearing years… it’s simple.  It’s because we’re moms.

To Perimenopause and Beyond!

“Can we check my hormone levels to see if I am menopausal?” Is a relatively common question asked of me during routine annual exams.  Because age-related hormonal shifts are normal, and symptoms present differently for different women, the answer is not always straightforward. For example, one woman might have fairly regular menstrual cycles with gradually lighter monthly periods until she no longer has them, while another might be affected by erratic, unpredictable, and heavy cycles until they subside. As with menstrual differences, vasomotor symptoms (think: hot flashes and night sweats) can vary widely as well. With a broadly ranging slew of information available on the internet these days, it can be difficult to determine what is “normal.” Here, I’ll discuss what’s normal, what’s not, and what might help ease this transition.

Why Deliver with Kamm McKenzie? The data is in your favor.

Hopefully there are all kinds of reasons why you would want to join our practice.  Here is a big one.  Our cesarean section rate continues to be one of the lowest in the nation.  The Leapfrog Group tracks quality outcome measures in hospitals across the county.  They just released their most recent review of Maternity Care.  In it they report the cesarean section rate for first time moms at term with a single head down baby (NSVT). 

Third Trimester Emergency? When to Call

Congratulations, you are in the final third of your pregnancy.  Hopefully you passed your diabetes screen. If you did not, you are “enjoying” your new low carb diet or possibly new medications.  If this is your first kiddo you probably have a baby shower in the works. (I was amazed with how NICE everyone was with our first baby.  We got so many wonderful and useful things. I remember getting a little choked up seeing all the stuff we received.)

For most of you, visits will continue in two week intervals until the 36th week, then you will be seen weekly until delivery.  I previously wrote blogs about first trimester emergencies and second trimester emergencies. This blog is going to focus on third trimester emergencies and WILL NOT include regular labor precautions.  I have decided to write a separate blog about that so stay tuned!

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