5 Top Flu Vaccine Myths

It’s flu season — time to get your flu shot if you haven’t already. “Getting vaccinated against influenza every year is a proactive way for an individual to maintain their own health and the health of their family.  Influenza vaccine is safe and the best way to prevent the flu,” says infectious disease physician Thomas … Read More

Age 35 and Older: Too Late to Get Pregnant? (Video)

U.S. women are waiting longer to have their first child, a new study says. But while first-time older mothers face increased health risks, they can improve their outlook by adopting healthy habits. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a study recently that showed the first birth rate for women in their late 30s and older has been … Read More

Freezing Eggs Can Preserve Your Dream of Motherhood

One of the newest advances in fertility treatment — retrieving and freezing eggs — can give a woman better odds for starting a family later in life. That’s because life doesn’t always cooperate with a woman’s plans for motherhood. Fertility begins to decline early 30s and drops rapidly in the late 30s and 40s. The … Read More

How to Store Your Breast Milk Safely (Infographic)

There’s no use crying over spilled milk. But, with the proper planning, you can prevent wasting any breast milk you’ve pumped to nourish your little one. How long is it good? What containers should I store it in? What’s the best way to thaw it? We’ve got all of your questions covered.

Are You Pregnant? Avoid Heavy Acetaminophen Use

Two new studies may make you more cautious about using medication to ease those pregnancy aches and pain. Researchers have found developmental problems in some children whose mothers were heavy users of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) during their pregnancies.   It’s important to note that numerous studies have consistently shown acetaminophen to be safe to use during … Read More

Yeast Infection Drug OK During Pregnancy (Video)

My patients and other pregnant women with yeast infections have been wary of taking the anti-fungal medicine fluconazole (brand name Diflucan®). The concern stems from a 2011 FDA report that it may cause birth defects in high doses if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, if you’re pregnant or a new mom, and … Read More

‘Full Term’ Pregnancy: Newly Defined

This isn’t your grandmother’s full-term pregnancy. Doctors used to define 37 to 42 weeks as the time span of a full-term pregnancy. Now, a U.S. OB/GYN group is dividing that range into different classifications after learning about critical differences in the final weeks of gestation. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the … Read More

Fewer C-Sections: Good News for Moms

Some expectant moms dread the idea of a cesarean section, while other women find the idea appealing. They may hope to avoid the pain of labor, cut short an uncomfortable pregnancy or ensure delivery at a time that’s convenient for them and their doctors. Wives’ tales are also circulating. People may believe, despite a lack … Read More

Past Your Baby’s Due Date?

Many moms-to-be have something in common with the Duchess of Cambridge and her wait for the arrival of the royal baby. Their babies’ due dates come and go and … nothing happens. Going past due date ‘very natural’ That’s completely normal, says OB/GYN Rebecca Starck, MD of Cleveland Clinic’s OB/GYN & Women’s Health Institute. “I … Read More