Category: OBGYN

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    Peripartum Cadiomyopathy – A Rare but Deadly Threat to Pregnant and Postpartum Women

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    Dr. Samantha Crites, Mon Health Cardiologist, and Dr. Shane Prettyman, Mon Health OBGYN, weigh in on a rare, but sometimes silent and deadly threat to pregnant and postpartum women. What is peripartum cardiomyopathy? Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or immediately after childbirth. It is rare and varies in severity—with mild … Continued

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    Feeling Off After Delivery? Your Thyroid May Be To Blame

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    It’s no secret that pregnancy and childbirth send a woman’s body through a rollercoaster of new changes. But did you know that 5 to 10 percent of new mothers struggle with symptoms of postpartum thyroiditis—an inflammation of the thyroid that occurs after pregnancy? What is postpartum thyroiditis? “‘Thyroiditis’ simply means inflammation of the thyroid, which … Continued

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    Postpartum? Find the Birth Control Option Right for You

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    During pregnancy or soon after delivery, you may wonder when you should resume birth control and which method is right for you. According to Gail Rock, Mon Health Certified Nurse Midwife, choosing a postpartum birth control method depends on a few important factors. “You’re still fertile in the weeks following childbirth, so you need to … Continued

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    Zika Virus Still a Threat to Pregnant Women

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    Although news coverage is minimal, the Zika virus remains a threat to women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. While the Zika virus doesn’t originate in the United States, pregnant women who plan to travel need to know the risks, according to Dr. Candi McCullough, Mon Health OBGYN. “Overall, Zika is still considered … Continued

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    Meet Morgantown Native and Mon Health OBGYN Erica Arthurs

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    Growing up, Dr. Erica Arthurs witnessed firsthand how special doctor-patient relationships were each time she went out in public with her dad, Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care’s Dr. Brian Arthurs. So when it came time to choose a career path, the decision was simple. “I would always see patients and families of patients coming up … Continued

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    Postpartum Recovery Period Checklist

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    Your hospital bag might be packed with newborn must-haves, but does it include everything you need to heal after delivery? Your hospital or birth center may or may not provide a few mesh panties, pads and topical treatments for healing. But just in case you don’t head home with a starter kit—and because it’s always … Continued

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    Consuming Caffeine While Pregnant or Nursing: Here’s the Scoop

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    Whether it’s pregnancy or postpartum, the health of a growing baby is every new mom’s first priority. We tighten up our diets and sacrifice some of our favorite foods to minimize health risks to baby. And it leaves many of us wondering—do I have to give up coffee, too? According to health experts at Mon … Continued

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    5 Infant Safe Sleep Tips

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    “Sleep when the baby sleeps” is a piece of advice you’ll probably hear a lot as a new parent. But how can you rest assured that baby stays safe as both of you slumber? “Sleep is critical for the development of a baby—-and they’ll need plenty of it,” said Dr. William Hamilton, Mon Health OBGYN. … Continued

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    Gestational Diabetes: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

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    You’ll be examined, screened and tested frequently during pregnancy, and one of the reasons is to check for a disease that affects around 9 percent of all pregnant women—gestational diabetes. During pregnancy, changing hormone levels drastically alter a woman’s metabolism. And under the right circumstances, this can cause temporary spikes in blood sugar levels for … Continued

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    Diagnosing and Treating PCOS

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    Around 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with PCOS—or polycystic ovarian syndrome—in her lifetime. A leading cause of infertility, PCOS is more than a diagnosis tied to reproductive issues. Women with PCOS often struggle with lifelong health issues ranging from thinning hair and acne to chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, according … Continued