Health Notes

When More than One is On The Way

by Katina Granger on June 22, 2017

Expecting multiples means double, triple or even quadruple the excitement. It also means an increase in the amount of face time they’ll receive with their health care provider to ensure that both mom and babies are safe.

“When we’re talking about multiple pregnancies, each pregnancy is different,” Dr. Neil Hamill, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Methodist Women’s Hospital, “but with more than one fetus come more common risks for some of our pregnancy complications.”

“The more babies, the higher the risk,” said Dr. Brianne Kling, an OB/GYN at Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center.

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The Right Nutrition for a Healthy Baby

by Katina Granger on May 18, 2017

Even if you eat healthy, prenatal vitamins are still an important addition to an expecting mom’s diet.

The number one reason why prenatal vitamins are vital? Folic acid.

“Without enough folic acid there can be issues with the baby and with the pregnancy that pertain to the brain and spine,” said Dr. Rachel Swim, OB/GYN with Methodist Physicians Clinic Women’s Center.

Folic acid deficiency can cause severe birth defects known as neural tube defects. Those birth defects include:

  • Spina bifida
  • Anencephaly
  • Some heart defects

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What’s a “Normal” Period?

April 20, 2017
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“Aunt Flo.” “That Time of the Month.” “Code Red.” “The Curse.” “Leak Week.” A woman’s period can be as different as the more than 5,000 ways to describe it. And since every woman’s body is different, what should you really expect when it comes to your monthly visitor? What is a “normal” period, anyway?

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The Constipation Conversation

March 25, 2017
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Alright, ladies. We’re going to have the talk that most of us want to have, but simply doesn’t happen. (Much like the topic itself.) Yes, we’re talking constipation. Constipation affects an overwhelming number of people – more than 4 million Americans, with women being three times more likely to have stubborn bowels than men. Researchers […]

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What Expecting Moms Need to Know about Gestational Diabetes

February 16, 2017
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When Dr. Antara Pothuloori took the blood test during her pregnancy, she wasn’t too surprised by the results. With a family history of diabetes, she was almost prepared for the news she tested positive for gestational diabetes. “I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is not fun,’” said Dr. Pothuloori with a giggle. Now, Dr. Pothuloori, an […]

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What is a Hysterectomy?

January 26, 2017
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When other therapies have failed, a hysterectomy is often the best solution for a woman who is dealing with symptoms of fibroids or heavy bleeding and doesn’t plan to have any more children. A hysterectomy can solve problems for many women having issues with their reproductive system. “Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure removing the uterus […]

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Provides Fertility Challenges

January 5, 2017
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It’s a complicated disorder that can provide even greater complications for women wanting to start a family. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can make it difficult – but not impossible – for women to get pregnant. PCOS is a very common among women of reproductive age.  In PCOS, a woman’s ovaries create several fluid-filled sacs called […]

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What You Need to Know about Pregnancy and BMI

November 3, 2016
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We’ve all heard the saying, “eating for two,” when it comes to having baby on board. But a healthy weight and having a healthy weight gain during pregnancy is just as important to baby’s well-being as it is for yours. The best way to start pregnancy off on the right foot is at a proper […]

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Pee Happens (But It Doesn’t Have To)

October 13, 2016
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A cough. A sneeze. A laugh that was just a little too hard. More women than probably care to admit it have had the embarrassing problem: urine leaking at the worst possible time. “It can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and causes some people to stay home and avoid their everyday life,” said Dr. Paige Berryman, a […]

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Diagnosis Preeclampsia: What You Need to Know

September 22, 2016
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It’s a serious diagnosis that can worry and confuse expecting moms, but just what is preeclampsia? Preeclampsia is a disorder that can only occur during pregnancy. It’s when tests indicate both high blood pressure and protein in the urine. “Preeclampsia most often occurs towards the end of pregnancy but it can occur any time after […]

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