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First Trimester Emergency? When to Call

Early pregnancy is a particularly anxiety provoking time in one’s life.  For one, your life changes with the positive pregnancy test. You start imagining life with this child. You mentally decorate the nursery and fill the closet with the cutest baby clothes.  You budget schools and weddings etc. All this just based on a urine pregnancy test! We all do it (and we all take at least 3 pregnancy tests… admit it!!). Early pregnancy is also nerve-racking because for many families this was not an easy point to get to (at least 15% of women have some fertility difficulty), or you have had a miscarriage (or several) in the past.  And lastly, there is the lack of control that we all have over what goes on in early pregnancy. These pregnancies advance or they don’t for a variety of reasons outside of any person’s control… and in today’s society, we all want immediate gratifying control of everything. Read Dr. Bernstein's advice on when to call the emergency room and when to wait.

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What's Up With the Cup?

A patient asked me last week if it is ok if she uses a Diva Cup (a brand of menstrual cup).  I confidently said, “Sure, as long as it is working for you.” After the appointment I decided I better educate myself more, as while still not used with popular frequency, we are getting more and more questions in the office about menstrual cup use.  So who better to tell you all about them than someone who has never used one and never will have a need to?!?!  But like many topics in our blog series, I will do my best to research and describe some basics, pros, and cons of menstrual cups.

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Ooh La La! L'Amour: Heart Healthy Valentine's Day

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and February is heart health awareness month.  I figured I would use this opportunity to share some interesting facts about heart health as it pertains to some Valentine’s day favorites; namely, wine, dark chocolate and the French.

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Do's and Don'ts of Winter Skin Care in Pregnancy

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, January is a time many turn their focus to self-care. Exercise, mindfulness, and healthier diets are often part of the New Year’s intentions.  A skin care routine while you're pregnant can, too, be an important part of your self-care ritual. Here, we’ll run through some do’s and don’ts of winter skin care in pregnancy.

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Vaginal Seeding: Fact or Fiction?

Every once in a while at the office we are asked by our pregnant patients if “vaginal seeding” is offered or not to our patients who have a C-section.  If this term is new to you, the American College of OBGYN (ACOG) Committee Opinion on vaginal seeding defines it as “the practice of inoculating cotton gauze or a cotton swab with vaginal fluids to transfer the vaginal flora to the mouth, nose, or skin of a newborn infant. The intended purpose of vaginal seeding is to transfer maternal vaginal bacteria to the newborn.”

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5 Helpful Tips for Recovering After C-Section Surgery

Whenever possible, we support a vaginal birth as long as it is a viable, healthy option for both mother and baby. However, in some cases, a C-section may be necessary. Sometimes recovery may feature unexpected elements, so we wanted to offer these 5 tips for recovering after your procedure.

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Long Acting Reversible Contraception Part 2: Sub-Dermal Implant

If you are interested in reliable contraception and are looking for something different than pills, patches, rings, condoms, or shots, you may want to consider a subdermal Implant (Nexplanon). Like IUDs (reviewed in the previous blog post), the subdermal implant belongs to the family of contraception called LARC (long acting reversible contraception). LARC are over 20 times more effective than pills, patches, or the ring and if you want to stop them or desire to get pregnant, you can have them removed at any time.

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Long Acting Reversible Contraception Part 1: The IUD

If you are interested in reliable contraception and are looking for something different than pills, patches, rings, condoms, or shots, you may want to consider an IUD (intrauterine device).

IUDs are in the family of contraception called LARC (long acting reversible contraception). LARC are over 20 times more effective than pills, patches, or the ring and if you want to stop them or desire to get pregnant, you can have them removed at any time.

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Infertility Myth Busters: We Explore Common Misconceptions About Getting Pregnant

Perhaps you have a friend who swore to you that she got pregnant by having sex in the missionary position and then holding her legs up in the air for 20 minutes. She probably meant well, but that’s not proven advice. Continue reading as we explore common misconceptions about getting pregnant, such as "you need to have an orgasm during sex," and debunk them.

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Uterine Hemorrhaging: Donate Blood and Save a Life

Any obstetrician, nurse, medical assistant, tech, anesthesiologist, etc who spends enough time on labor and delivery will witness a patient hemorrhage around the time of delivery.  This blog explores risk factors for obstetrical hemorrhage and encourages you to donate blood.

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