Weaning From Breastfeeding

We get a lot of phone calls and visits with questions about weaning strategies from breastfeeding.  So who better to provide these wonderful tips than then the young male doctor with no children, right?  Well, I have done my research and will provide some helpful hints in this blog post. 

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Pregnancy Old Wives’ Tales #5 and #6: Arms Up and Drano Myths

Time to address two strange old wives' tales: 

1) Putting your arms over your head can cause the baby to wrap around its umbilical cord.

2) Mixing urine with Drano can help predict your baby's gender.

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Pregnancy Old Wives' Tale #4: Morning Sickness and Gender

One pregnancy myth is that if a woman has morning sickness, there is a higher chance that she is having a girl.  The theory is that one or more of the pregnancy hormones may be more elevated with a female fetus.  This elevation in the pregnancy hormone(s) could possibly lead to more nausea and vomiting.

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Pregnancy Old Wives' Tale #3: Heartburn and Hair Growth

Everyone has heard it… if you have heartburn during your pregnancy, your baby will come out with a full head of hair.

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Pregnancy Old Wives' Tale #2: The Full Moon Effect: Fact or Fiction?

As I look into the morning sky and see a full moon on the way to work, I certainly say to myself with a touch of sarcasm, “Great, full moon… lucky me.”  It certainly feels like we are busier on labor and delivery units on or around a full moon.  Ask any L&D nurse and they will tell you with confidence that more babies are born during a full moon.   

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Pregnancy Old Wives’ Tale #1: Heart Rate and Gender

Every day, we all hear it from our moms who are still too early in their pregnancies to know the gender of their baby… “The heartbeat is high, must be a girl.”

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Newsworthy: Autism and Induction of Labor

A recent study identifying an association between autism and induction of labor that was published in the August issue of JAMA Pediatrics has gained a lot of media and patient attention. Almost every major news outlet worldwide has featured an article this week citing the findings of a study conducted locally at the Duke Center for Human Genetics in Durham—this data has hit home, literally and figuratively, for many of our patients and has already prompted many thoughtful patient questions regarding autism and labor induction.

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Why is HPV so Confusing?

I previously wrote a blog on herpes (HSV) with the thought that it may be the most confusing sexually transmitted infection.  Then I got to thinking… man, this HPV is probably pretty confusing to our patients too.  And for those of you over 30 years old, for whom we now routinely check for high risk strands of HPV with your routine pap smear, there are many “new” diagnosis of being HPV positive.  Let’s see if we can make this hot-topic a little more digestible.

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The Importance of Post Natal Nutrition and Exercise for Weight Loss

After nine long months of pregnancy, you finally have your pride and joy nestled in your arms. Now that the baby is here, how do you take care of your newborn, your family, and yourself at the same time?

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I Feel Too Fat for Sex

Women often have a concrete equation in their heads – sexy does as sexy is.  Whether objectively attractive, a partner’s good opinion notwithstanding, a poor female body image slams libido shut.

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