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What Is “Mom Guilt” and How Can You Manage It?

Category: Postpartum

There it is again, mom guilt.  Another photo on Instagram depicting a perfect birthday party for someone’s 2 year old, with the mom’s perfect bikini body in the spotlight. How can you possibly live up to this hype about the “super moms” all around you? They’re happy, gorgeous, calm, and living life to the fullest. They have it all (or that’s what social media tells us), and there it is again…mom guilt. So exactly what is “mom guilt” and how can you manage it?

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Who Is a Candidate for NovaSure?

NovaSure is a specially designed procedure that quickly and effectively treats symptoms of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and generally heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia). Many women with these conditions suffer from excessive, painful bleeding during their cycle that can make everyday activities impossible to complete. Those looking to treat these symptoms once and for all can often find relief with NovaSure.

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How to Handle Urinary Incontinence After Childbirth

Category: Women's Health

Women who expect to leave all the pregnancy aches and pains behind them after childbirth soon find that postpartum symptoms can be almost just as bad. 

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CareNet Medical Group Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

CareNet Medical Group was proud to participate in the 24th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Albany, NY on October 20, 2019. 

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Preventing Breast Cancer in Your Everyday Life

Category: Breast Cancer

Do you wake up every morning thinking about preventing breast cancer in your everyday life? We seriously doubt it, but if you are someone with a higher risk for breast cancer due to your family or your age, maybe you should consider paying more attention to preventative strategies. There are some simple and specific changes you can make to help lower your risk for breast cancer. 

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Your Guide for Reducing Your Risk for Birth Defects

Category: Pregnancy

Birth defects are more common than you may think. In fact, about 1 in 33 babies born in the US has a birth defect, according to the CDC.

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Your Guide to Being Doubly Prepared When Having Twins

Category: Pregnancy

Here’s a quick math lesson. 1 + 1 = ?

TWO. That’s the answer, and it’s also how many little ones you’ll be having if you’re expecting twins. Although you may have expected that answer, you may not know exactly what to prepare for during and after your pregnancy, so here are a few tips!

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New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines You Should Know

If you have been confused in the past by changes in breast cancer screening guidelines, buckle up! Recently, more changes have been passed down as guidelines, so it’s important to make sure you’re knowledgeable. 

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Fibroid Factors That Increase Your Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

Category: fibroids, Pregnancy

Once they are discovered, you can expect to see the doctor more often because there may be some fibroid factors that increase your risk of complications during pregnancy.

What Are the Risks?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop inside of the uterus, outside of the uterus, or within the uterine wall itself. They can be very tiny or as large as a grapefruit, so once your doctor determines the size(s) and location of the fibroid(s), they can give you an idea of any particular risks associated with them.  If a fibroid is larger than 5 centimeters there can be additional abdominal pain during pregnancy and an increased urge to urinate more frequently.

Most women with fibroids will experience little to no effect during their pregnancy.  However, up to one-third of women with fibroids may experience some increased risks and complications during their pregnancy and delivery.

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Fetal Growth Restriction or Retardation

Intrauterine growth restriction or IUGR refers to a fetus that does not develop at the normal rate. The fetus is smaller than normal compared with other fetuses of the same gestational age. This term is also used when a child is born less than 5 pounds 8 ounces.

Preterm Delivery

One particular fibroid factor relates to pain from the fibroids during pregnancy. This pain can cause uterine contractions and lead to early delivery. Preterm means being born prior to week thirty-seven, and overall one in eight women deliver preterm.

Placenta Abruption

In this case the placenta breaks away from the uterine wall too early due to a blockage by a fibroid. Since the placenta is what nourishes the fetus, the baby may not get sufficient nutrients or oxygen as a result of an abruption.

Cesarean Delivery

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, women with fibroids are 6 times more likely to have a C-section.

Breech Position Birth

If the uterus is an abnormal shape due to a fibroid(s), it can prevent the baby from getting into the correct position for birth with the head facing down. In some cases there is less amniotic fluid for the baby to move into position for a normal birth.  

It is considered to be a breech birth if the baby’s feet are pointed down. Although many breech babies are born perfectly healthy, this positioning does put your child at a higher risk for birth defects and complications.

Miscarriage

A women with fibroids has double the chance of experiencing a miscarriage.

Best Way Forward

Should you be worried if you are pregnant and have fibroids? Clearly there are some increased risk factors from having fibroids during pregnancy, but it does not guarantee a woman will have complications. Talk to CareNet Medical Group about your personal risks and how you can minimize them, if possible.

Speak with CareNet Medical Group if you are considering getting pregnant and know you have fibroids. Schedule an appointment online or by calling one of our offices. 

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Your Guide to Preterm Labor Prevention

Most pregnancies last to term, which is at least 37 weeks. Full term is 39 – 40 weeks, but about 12% of babies in the U.S. are born preterm or prematurely.

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