It’s National Infant Immunization Week!

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Most of us here at MacArthur Medical Center are parents, and as parents we would do ANYTHING to keep our children safe. One of the most important things we can do to protect our children, even when we’re not with them, is to ensure that they are properly immunized on time and in compliance with the immunization schedule set by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Immunizations are also called vaccines. From the time a baby is born through their first 15 months, they will receive many vaccines, which will protect your baby from getting sick with diseases…


Life is hard. Add in a baby and working full time, and it gets harder.

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Manual breast pump with a happy mother with baby at background
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When I returned to work after my third baby, I had a lot of nursing and pumping experience under my belt. This was my third baby and my third attempt at managing a busy, full-time job and pumping to provide enough breast milk for my baby to eat while I was at work.

Before we jump into my tips and tricks, it’s very important to remember that your success and value as a human and your ability to be the very best you can be for your baby is NOT (and I repeat NOT) tied to your ability to adequately…


Pediatrics

Sometimes a runny nose is more than just a cold

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RSV season. It’s the time of year when pediatric offices see the sickest babies and young children. When a parent calls about their young infant who is coughing, wheezing, or working hard to breathe, our immediate response is to get them into the office as soon as possible to evaluate them.

RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus is a common respiratory virus that typically causes mild cold symptoms but can cause more severe illness in children under two years old. Premature infants and babies with heart or lung conditions are more susceptible to severe illness caused by RSV.

Each year, RSV…


An Obgyn explains this surgical procedure.

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Our Preparing for series allows a patient to prepare themselves for a procedure properly. We answer questions about how long the procedure will last, what’s involved, what to expect, and even advice on packing your bag. While your surgeon preps, we’ll make sure you’re ready.

A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. Gynecologists perform hysterectomies for a variety of gynecologic conditions such as uterine fibroids, heavy periods, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, uterine prolapse, and gynecologic cancer.

During a hysterectomy, a surgeon removes the uterus. Gynecologists often recommend removing the fallopian tubes (bilateral salpingectomy) to reduce the risk of…


An Obgyn explains this surgical procedure

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Our Preparing for series allows a patient to prepare themselves for a procedure properly. We answer questions about how long the procedure will last, what’s involved, what to expect, and even advice on packing your bag. While your surgeon preps, we’ll make sure you’re ready.

When the baby is delivered through an incision in the abdomen and uterus, it is called a cesarean section or C-section. Most women will have a horizontal lower abdominal incision. Sometimes surgeons make a vertical incision if a woman has an extensive past surgical history or large uterine fibroid or if there is an emergency.


An Obgyn explains this surgical procedure

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Our Preparing for series allows a patient to prepare themselves for a procedure properly. We answer questions about how long the procedure will last, what’s involved, what to expect, and even advice on packing your bag. While your surgeon preps, we’ll make sure you’re ready.

A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. Gynecologists perform hysterectomies for a variety of gynecologic conditions such as uterine fibroids, heavy periods, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, uterine prolapse, and gynecologic cancer.

During a hysterectomy, a surgeon removes the uterus. Gynecologists often recommend removing the fallopian tubes (bilateral salpingectomy) to reduce the risk of…


Pregnancy

Understand morning sickness and what to do about it

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She woke up with a sick feeling every morning. Her friends warned her about morning sickness, but she never expected her new morning routine would be a sprint to the restroom. Her medical providers offered prescription medication, but she wanted to avoid taking any unnecessary chemicals.

Nausea and vomiting occur in up to 90% of pregnancies. For many, these symptoms are a mild annoyance. Others develop a severe form called hyperemesis gravidarum. Many women want to treat this common problem with natural remedies instead of prescription medications.

What exactly causes nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is not fully understood. Scientists…


Quick and easy recipes for new parents

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Beautiful woman with shopping list buying food in supermarket.
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Our little bundle of joy, Mila Sofia, officially arrived on June 22nd, and we are so incredibly in love. We knew parenting life would be a big transition, but man, those first two weeks can be brutal.

Trying to navigate breastfeeding, still recovering from delivery, and not getting more than 3 hours of sleep in one sitting — it is rough. Huge shout out to all the moms and dads out there!

Let’s talk about one thing that saved us during those early postpartum days: Freezer Friendly Recipes!

Having a well-stocked freezer full of easy meals allowed us to have…


An Obgyn answers FAQ about miscarriage

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No one likes to talk about pregnancy loss. Excited couples come for their first sonogram to see the baby’s heartbeat. Sometimes, these visits end with tragic news, a miscarriage

A miscarriage goes by many names chemical pregnancy, early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion. Regardless of what we call it, women feel a profound loss and want answers.

Miscarriages are common affecting 10-20% of known pregnancies. Some miscarriages occur before a woman even realizes she is pregnant. As many as half of all pregnancies may end in miscarriage.

The risk increases as a woman…


Here is what pregnant women need to know about Coronavirus

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Image of pregnant women with Covid-19 warning label
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Pregnant women are scared about coronavirus. Let’s take a step back and review the basic information everyone should know.

COVID-19 is a newly discovered virus caused by a type of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It affects many areas of the body, especially the lungs and breathing.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Many have gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea and diarrhea. An odd but common problem is the loss of your sense of smell or taste.

The most common symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after you are exposed to the virus. …

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