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Fetal movement counting in pregnancy is an important way to monitor your baby's health. After you are about 28 weeks along, it's recommended that you monitor fetal kick counts on a daily basis. You should feel the baby move at least two different times during a day, on a daily basis. The baby may...Read More
A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove all or part of the uterus (womb). A total hysterectomy means that the whole uterus and the cervix are
removed. Removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes is a separate procedure -- you and your doctor can discuss whether to combine this with your hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy and other gynecologic surgeries are done in several different ways:
• Abdominal hysterectomy (laparotomy): this is “open” surgery, in
which the surgeon reaches the uterus through an incision (cut) in
the skin and tissue of the lower abdomen. The incision is usually
Your doctor may recommend hysterectomy to treat a medical problem with your uterus. Possible problems include:
• uterine fibroids (noncancerous growths in the uterus)
• endometriosis (uterine tissue growing outside the uterus)
• pelvic support problems (such as uterine prolapse)
• abnormal...Read More
Pregnancy is one common reason why you would not be having a period. If you have NEVER had a period, it is important to see your gynecologist for an examination to be sure there are no congenital abnormalities (some people may be born without a uterus) and to do blood testing to be sure that the...Read More
Tips for breastfeeding and pumping to increase milk production:...Read More
If your baby is nursing:
• Breastfeed as often as your baby will take the breast (try for
every 2 hours-or more often-during the day).
• Pump both breasts after breastfeeding.
• Don’t go longer than a 5-hour stretch at night
Mothers have probably always held their babies skin-to-skin. It’s a wonderful way to be close. Studies have shown that skin-to-skin care also has important health benefits for babies, especially when it’s given right after birth. For example, skin-to-skin care:
• calms and soothes your baby...Read More
VBAC is safe for most women. However, there is a small, but serious, risk of the uterus rupturing (tearing) during VBAC. This is because the uterus has a scar from the previous C-section. The scar weakens the uterus. Uterine ruptures occur about 1% of the time.
An important factor affecting the...Read More
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal genetic test that is done by placing a tube trans-vaginally and taking a small sample of the baby's placenta when you are somewhere between eight and twelve weeks pregnant. This is done to evaluate the baby's chromosomes to try to detect Down syndrome...Read More
There are several possible reasons for a low milk supply. The most common is lack of demand (not nursing or not pumping often enough or long enough). Poor nutrition, fatigue, and stress can also play a role.
Another possible cause of low milk supply is medications and drugs. Talk to a lactation...Read More
Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by a variety of organisms. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes venereal warts and cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition of the cervix. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) causes genital herpes. Gonorrhea (a bacterium) and Chlamydia Trachomatous may cause cervicitis...Read More
After a hysterectomy, you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days. (If you’ve had an abdominal surgery, you’ll probably need to stay in the hospital longer than a woman who’s had a laparoscopic or vaginal hysterectomy.) Here’s what to expect:...Read More
• To help prevent blood clots, your nurses will
Recovery is different for every woman, and has a lot to do with the type of surgery you’ve had. It can last anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks. (Be sure to follow the specific instructions of your own care team if they’re different from what you see here.)
After a hysterectomy, it’s normal...Read More