Vaginal lacerations are extremely common during delivery. Not to be graphic, but you did just fit a cantaloupe through a hole the size of a tennis ball. Fortunately, the vaginal tissue is forgiving and stretches significantly during the vaginal birthing process. However, the vagina still does tear. There are four main categories of tears that… Continue reading Vaginal Lacerations: The low down on a tear down there during delivery
Preeclampsia is generally thought of as a complication diagnosed during pregnancy. However, preeclampsia can occur after pregnancy too. Preeclampsia during the fourth trimester can be devastating because it is often overlooked and under diagnosed. Preeclampsia (whether it is diagnosed during pregnancy or postpartum) puts women at risk for seizures, strokes, liver damage, kidney damage and… Continue reading What every new mom needs to know about postpartum preeclampsia:
Gestational diabetes is a change in how your body manages sugar during pregnancy. It is diagnosed by a blood test drawn after drinking a sugar loaded drink at around 26-28 weeks pregnant. Gestational diabetes can either be diet controlled or require medications to control blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Women who are diagnosed with gestational… Continue reading What you need to know about Gestational Diabetes After Pregnancy
Cesarean sections are the most commonly performed abdominal surgery in the United States. Approximately 30% of all deliveries are cesarean sections. A majority of cesarean sections are performed due to complications of the labor process. Only about 1% of cesarean sections are elective. In my experience with my patients as well as being a patient… Continue reading Five Things Every Mommy Needs to Keep in Mind when Recovering from a Cesarean Section
Looking back on my postpartum experience, I have to say one of the most painful experiences I had was breast engorgement the day my breast milk came in. As I recall, my milk came in about 4 days after delivery. I had already been discharged from the hospital and had no idea what had hit… Continue reading Three at home tricks to managing breast engorgement.