As I sit here on call on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, writing this blog post, I am reflecting about the last 48 straight hours of rainfall as well as the crazy weather shifts going on at the Masters golf tournament this weekend. I started thinking about weather and temperature changes and pregnancies and the passing comments the doctors make to each other like “Good luck, big storm coming in tonight, be ready for some water to break.” Does weather really affect pregnancy? Does water break more often with pressure changes in the weather? Do more women go into labor with storms? Let’s take a closer look.
A very common concern for our postpartum patients is hair loss. I know for certain my wife was not happy seeing clumps of hair come out in the shower or while styling her hair. Like most new moms, she immediately thought something must be wrong and that all her hormones needed to be checked. In actuality, postpartum hair loss is very common. And yes it is caused by hormones; however most of the time this is just a natural process. Let’s take a deeper look.
About 25% of babies will be breech at 28 weeks, but by term (37 weeks plus) only 3-4% of babies are. Your provider will assess fetal position throughout the third trimester with Leopold Maneuvers (gently feeling head, back and extremities with our hands on your belly). Generally by 34 weeks or so it is easy to tell if baby is head down or not, and if we can’t easily feel, we will perform an ultrasound in the 36th week. If breech presentation is confirmed at 36 weeks, we will discuss whether or not you want us to try to rotate your baby to a head down position. That is, if you want an external cephalic version!
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 […]
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 […]
There are a variety of management options for fibroids. Picking a strategy that’s right for you will depend on a number of factors, including the size and number of fibroids and the symptoms they are causing. Based on this information and your goals and values, you and your provider can create a treatment plan that works for you.