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Sex in Long-Term Relationships

Many women (and men) find that the spark goes out of sex in long-term relationships. One of the experts in this area is Esther Perel, who has written some very helpful books – I often recommend Mating in Captivity. She was recently interviewed on the BBC, and I thought the article Seven Things We’re Getting Wrong…

Vaccines in Pregnancy

One of the best opportunities you’ll have to protect your unborn baby is being vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza (flu). These vaccines cause your body to produce antibodies, which naturally pass through the placenta and breastmilk to protect your baby — just like the antibodies you’ve built up to the common cold and…

Is My Discharge Normal?

You probably don’t spend a lot of time talking to your friends about vaginal discharge. But as gynecologists, we have a lot of these conversations. Probably the most important takeaway is that most vaginal discharge is normal! What is vaginal discharge? The vagina is self-cleaning. Just like your eyes, your vagina produces its own fluid…

Breastfeeding

Great breasfeeding information Medela’s Online – breastfeeding resource which has information on breastfeeding as well as bras, pumps and a wealth of other information. Breastfeeding information Breastfeeding information: Gotmom – a great resource for breastfeeding difficulties Northern Virginia Lactation Center – help with breastfeeding, in home consults. Breast pump rentals. Breastfeeding help and free classes…

Birth Plans

The exercise behind creating a birth plan is important for you and your support team to discuss your expectations, hopes and wishes for your birth experience. Various topics should be addressed. A bullet format or simple list makes for a quick and easy read. Make sure to bring your birth plan in so your doctor…

Infant CPR Classes

During this class, you will learn skills that could save your baby’s life. Every parent should know Infant CPR. In addition to Infant CPR, you will also learn what to do in a choking emergency. Where:  ​Arlington Women’s Center office waiting room When:  The second Saturday of each month (date subject to change and is…

Best Exercises

Exercising Your Way to a Healthier Pregnancy The Best Options for Moms-to-Be Whether your exercise previously consisted of running marathons or running to the kitchen during commercial breaks, every woman can benefit from dedicated physical activity during pregnancy. Studies have shown that women who exercise in pregnancy have less weight gain, fewer medical complications, and…

Cesarean

It’s Not Like in the Movies Delivering by C-section By Lynsey Caldwell, MD As your due date nears, you may start to think about your baby’s birth, envisioning the who-who-he breathing, followed by lots of yelling, and the doctor popping up and shouting, “It’s a boy (or girl)!” This scene is very common in movies,…

Chronic Diseases in Pregnancy

Preparing for Pregnancy Coping with Chronic Conditions Before and During Your Pregnancy By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Many women with chronic medical problems are able to achieve healthy pregnancies, but they may not know that preparation for pregnancy with a preexisting disease can be just as important as management of the condition after conception.…

Countdown to a Healthy Pregnancy

Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG If this year seems like the right time to add to your family, check out our “top 10” list. In order to maximize your chances of having a happy and healthy pregnancy, it’s important to consider a few things before you start trying to conceive. 10. Discuss your plans with…

Exercise For Two

Maintaining your workout during pregnancy and beyond By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Exercise during pregnancy has many benefits for both you and your baby — including decreased weight gain and improved cardiovascular and muscular fitness, which have long-term health advantages. If you have a well-established exercise regimen, it’s generally considered safe to continue your…

Exercise in Pregnancy

Fitness: The Power of Exercise Ten Reasons to Keep Fit During Pregnancy: A Doctor’s Perspective By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Whether you are a seasoned athlete or you’re just thinking about starting an exercise regimen, regular physical activity during pregnancy can have many benefits for you and your baby. Keep reading to find out…

Exercise Routine

Staying Strong During Pregnancy Eight Simple Exercises to Build Strength and Minimize Discomfort By Lynsey Owen, MD, Caity Davis, and Jill Stump There are many great advantages to maintaining or improving physical fitness in pregnancy, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Your rapidly growing belly can also present some unique…

Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes in Pregnancy What You Need to Know By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Approximately 22 million adults in the United States have a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, a disease that affects the way that the body processes glucose, which is generally obtained from the diet. Glucose is the main source of energy for cells…

Postpartum Problems

Your Body After Baby What to Expect and What to Do about Postpartum Problems By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Congratulations! You have made it through 40 weeks of pregnancy and the birth of your little one – now it’s time for the home stretch. The postpartum period is filled with lots of joy, but…

Pregnancy Discomforts

From Head to Toe Managing the Small Discomforts of Pregnancy If you’ve ever run a marathon, received a promotion at work, aced a test in school, or renovated a home, you have probably figured out that the very satisfying rewards of these accomplishments require hard work, dedication, and sometimes even physical pain. Well, pregnancy is…

Pregnancy Gym

Hitting the Gym How to use your membership during pregnancy By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Although the first trimester may be filled with fatigue and nausea and the last thing you want to do is exercise, don’t let your gym membership go to waste during your pregnancy! There are plenty of things that you…

Signs and Symptoms of Labor and At Home Comfort Measures

Signs and Symptoms of Labor Regular, painful contractions Contractions occurring every 3-5 minutes for 1-2 hours getting progressively more uncomfortable where it is harder to talk and walk through these. Contractions growing stronger and occurring closer together over time “Water Breaking” Light vaginal bleeding/spotting If you begin to experience these symptoms of labor we highly…

Twins

Time for Twins Q&A for a Special Pregnancy By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Who has twins? The incidence of multifetal gestations has increased significantly over the past few decades. In fact, the rate of twin pregnancies was 76% higher in 2009 as compared to 1980. This is related to two main factors – more…

Third Trimester

Pediatrician During the third trimester, it is important to research and contact local pediatricians. You want to have a pediatrician you can trust and reach in emergencies. If your chosen pediatrician does not see newborns while still in the hospital, Children’s Hospital Pediatricians see newborns until they are discharged home with mom. Circumcision Circumcisions are…

Second Trimester

Round Ligament Pain and Discomfort As the pregnancy continues into the second trimester, lower pelvic pain, hip pain and lower back pain can occur. This can all be normal discomfort in pregnancy. Our recommendations on pain relief during pregnancy include: Pregnancy support belt/ pregnancy girdle Chiropractor, massage therapist, acupuncturist Prenatal yoga or stretching Tip: Hands…

The Pregnancy Sleep Guide

Ensuring you get your ZZZs By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Sleep challenges are some of the most common — and most frustrating — issues in pregnancy. For some women, changes in sleep can occur before they are even aware of the tiny human growing inside; others may not notice a difference until hey approach…

Diet and Exercise in Pregnancy

Most pregnant women need only about 300 extra calories per day. The exact amount depends on your weight before pregnancy. If you’re underweight before pregnancy, you may need more calories. If you’re overweight before pregnancy, you may need less. Talk to your health care provider about what’s right for you. How can you make sure…

Labor of Love

10 Empowering  tips from an ob/gyn who has experienced delivery from both sides By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG I’ve been an obstetrician for much longer than I’ve been a mother. Prior to delivering my first baby a few months ago, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about the labor process, but…