Ultrasound shows baby kidney abnormality?

"I just had an ultrasound and found out that my baby has a kidney abnormality. What does that mean? What are my next steps?"Kidney abnormalities are found relatively often on ultrasound during pregnancy.  The good news is that most of the time your baby will not have a life or …

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Sunscreen a no-no for babies?

Why is it recommended for parents NOT to use sunscreen on babies under the age of 6 months old? What are the alternative forms of sun protection for kids?Doctors generally recommend against using sunscreen on babies under 6 months old because they have extremely sensitive skin and because most …

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Test for STDs when pregnant?

Q: "Should I be screened for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)when I'm pregnant?"A: Absolutely. Getting tested for STDs is an important part of prenatal care. Many women with STDs do not have symptoms or don’t recognize they are infected, and laboratory testing is the only way to detect …

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What can I do to help my milk supply start strong and stay that way? I am about to have my second baby and I want to exclusively breastfeed this time around. With my first, I never felt like I had enough milk and supplemented with formula from the beginning.

First of all-congratulations on your impending arrival.  Exclusive breastfeeding has many lifelong benefits.  To ensure success, tell the hospital staff you intend to breastfeed and be sure your birth partner is on the same page.  Most babies are ready to nurse within 20-30 minutes after birth …

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I’m pregnant and I’ve heard you can have a dangerous thyroid condition and not even know it. What should I know?

Gestational hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid during pregnancy, is a serious issue. Research suggests that an underactive thyroid during pregnancy can cause a range of medical complications for women and their babies. For mothers, these include miscarriage and diabetes in pregnancy. For …

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Best Start to breastfeeding?

Q: What can I do to help my milk supply start strong and stay that way?  I am about to have my second baby and I want to exclusively breastfeed this time around.  With my first, I never felt like I had enough milk and supplemented with formula from the beginning.  A: First of …

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Bowel movement during labor?

Q: Is it true that people can have a BM during labor?A: This is one of the most common qestions women ask their physicians. Patients want to know if we still give enemas at the hospital. I inform patients that many practitioners no longer give enemas before labor. Many patients have a BM during …

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How to pick an OB/GYN

Q: What questions do I ask while shopping for an Ob/Gyn?A: Patients need to be their own advocates. I tell patients to come armed with both questions that they may have regarding the pregnancy and with expectations they have for their delivery. An open line of communication with your health care …

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Safe to deliver at home?

Q: Is it safe to deliver my baby at home?A: In a day and age where technology is more advanced than ever before, an increasing number of women are selecting to adopt more natural plans for childbirth.  As a physician, I see varying degrees of ‘natural’ plans.  Some patients choose to …

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Ask the Doctor: Why get genetic testing before pregnancy?

Q: Why get genetic testing before we even know if we have a baby? What if there are problems?A: A genetic carrier screening test can be done before or during pregnancy to identify if you carry a gene mutation (change) that could mean you’re at risk to have a child with a genetic disease. …

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