Why Is My Period Irregular?

Wouldn’t it be nice to know the exact day and time your period would start and stop every month so you’d never be caught unprepared? Unfortunately, for most women our bodies aren’t quite that predictable. The average menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days. Some women find this timing is right on every … [Read more...]

Contractions: Braxton Hicks, Prodromal Labor or the Real Thing?

It can be very difficult for women – even those that have gone through labor before – to figure out if the contractions they’re experiencing are “real” labor or not. Not only is every woman different, but every pregnancy and labor is different. So just when you think you’ve got it all figured … [Read more...]

Is the HPV Vaccine Dangerous?

If you have a daughter approaching her preteen years, you may be wondering if she should be vaccinated against HPV (human papillomavirus). According to the CDC, HPV is currently one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, with approximately 14 million people newly infected each year. … [Read more...]

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Good or Bad?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment used for postmenopausal symptoms or for women who have had a hysterectomy. During the controversial therapy, women are given medication that contains two female hormones—estrogen and progestin—to replace the natural hormones that their bodies are … [Read more...]

Common Breastfeeding Problem #3: “How do I know if I have a plugged duct or mastitis?”

If you’re in the throes of breastfeeding, you may find yourself dealing with a plugged duct. Plugged ducts are very common among breastfeeding moms, especially if your baby is not latching well or if you’ve recently decreased feedings because you’ve gone back to work. When you have a plugged … [Read more...]

Preparing Your Daughter for Her First Gynecology Visit

As a mom, you want to make sure you’re supporting your daughter as she moves from childhood to womanhood. One of the best ways to do that is by encouraging her to choose a gynecologist and set up her first exam. It can often be a scary and confusing time for a teenage girl as her body and … [Read more...]

Warm Hugs: Benefits of Skin-to-Skin Contact in Postpartum Care

Nothing calms you down better than a hug from your mom. Several research studies have shown that newborns need skin-to-skin contact (or “kangaroo care”) to truly thrive, particularly right after birth. That initial parent-child connection is even vital to a child’s future development. What … [Read more...]

Understanding the Apgar Score

Just after a baby is born, a doctor, midwife or nurse performs a quick test on the newborn and gives he or she an Apgar score. The test is typically completed one minute after birth and again five minutes later. The goal is to evaluate the baby’s health and determine if he or she requires any … [Read more...]

What is Umbilical Cord Prolapse?

Umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord falls through the cervix to the birth canal before the baby does. This complication can occur both during pregnancy and during labor, potentially causing a serious threat to the baby. The umbilical cord is the baby’s lifeline, so when … [Read more...]

Why Weight Loss is Harder for Women

It’s not a myth. Losing weight is, in fact, harder for women. Women often get discouraged because they try to do everything right – eat healthy, watch calories, and exercise – and yet the scale doesn’t move. There are several different reasons why it’s more difficult; some are biological and … [Read more...]