Gum Disease Treatment Recommended During Pregnancy

Woman's Health
One of the joys for me in being a family physician is the honor I have had to attend the births of over 1500 of my patients. There's nothing quite like the experience (indeed, the miracle) of a birth. And, arriving at a safe and healthy birth involves a lot of prenatal prayer and excellent care. As part of my prenatal care, I've emphasized to women the critical value of brushing and flossing. Most of my patients did not know: (1) gum disease can be prevented, (2) gum disease can be safely treated during pregnancy, and (3) preventing or treating gum disease in pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of premature birth associated with periodontal disease. Here' s the latest article on the the most recent study looking at treating gum…
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Women should try to conceive as early as possible after miscarriage

Parenting, Woman's Health
In the past, when I've had a family suffer a miscarriage, I've advised them to wait three to six months before trying to conceive again. There were a couple of reasons for this: (1) this gives the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) time to recover and refresh itself, and (2) this gives the family time to deal with the loss of their child emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. CNN recognizes this when it reports, "When women have a miscarriage, one of the first questions they often ask is how long they should wait before getting pregnant again." Now, research from Scotland may change the advice that I (and other doctors) give because it indicates that "the sooner they start trying, the better." In fact, those "who conceive within six months of a miscarriage…
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Expectant Mom’s Exercise Keeps Newborn’s Birth Weight Down

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting, Woman's Health
A pregnant mother's exercise may lower her baby's risk of obesity later in life. The new research shows that regular moderate-intensity exercise during pregnancy reduces an infant's birth weight, which may lower the child's risk of obesity later in life. In a new study, 84 first-time pregnant women were randomly assigned to exercise or control groups, with those in the exercise group participating in a weekly maximum of five 40-minute sessions on a stationary cycle. They did this program until at least 36 weeks into their pregnancy. Here are the details from HealthDay News: Babies born to mothers in the exercise group were an average of 143 grams lighter than infants born to mothers in the control group, and also had a lower body-mass index (a measurement that takes into account…
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Osteopathic care may ease late-pregnancy back pain

Woman's Health
Low back pain in pregnancy is extremely common and manipulative therapy has been shown in a number of studies to be very helpful -- especially for a condition called sacroiliac subluxation. Now, comes a story from Reuters Health confirming that gentle manipulation from an osteopathic doctor may relieve late-pregnancy back pain that frequently hinders bending, lifting, or walking. The findings came from a small study hint and was performed by doctors in osteopathic medicine (DOs), who are medical doctors additionally trained in gentle manipulative techniques to help restore function, range of motion, and lessen pain in bones and adjoining muscles supporting the neck, back, chest, shoulders, and hips. Osteopathic manipulation may particularly benefit pregnant women seeking medication-free back pain relief, note Dr. John C. Licciardone and colleagues at University of…
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Nicotine patches and gum likely safe during pregnancy

Woman's Health
Nicotine patches and gum seem to be safe and effective in pregnant women, according to a new study. Such patches and gum have been shown to help non-pregnant adults stop smoking, study co-author Dr. Geeta K. Swamy told Reuters Health. However, women and their physicians have been uncertain about their safety and effectiveness during pregnancy. Reuters Health reports Dr. Swamy, from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues took another look at data on pregnant smokers who had participated in a study comparing psychological treatments with nicotine patches or gum to help them quit. Adding nicotine patches or gum tripled the number of women who quit, from 8 percent to 24 percent. However, almost a third, 31%, of the women who used the patch or gum had…
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Updated pregnancy weight gain guidelines

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Woman's Health
As a family physician, I had the honor and unmitigated privilege of attending the birth of over 1500 babies in my career. Each one was a special experience for me. And, as you can imagine, mothers-to-be always had tons of questions about pregnancy and their newborn-to-be. Of course, the issue of weight gain was always on the list. This is of great importance to many mothers-to-be, because the health of the newborn depends a lot on the mom's weight. And now, for the first time in nearly two decades, officials at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have issued new guidelines regarding weight gain during pregnancy.  More Information: (more…)
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What’s the most proficient killing machine in the United States? It’s not the military!

Bioethics, Marriage and Family Health, Medical Economics, Woman's Health
The most proficient killing machine in the U.S. is the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) – and according to their new annual report PPFA is committing more abortions than ever. Not only that, they bring in over $1 billion a year – a third from our tax dollars. "For decades now, Planned Parenthood has operated the most proficient killing machine in the United States," said Douglas R. Scott Jr., president of Life Decisions International (LDI) in a recent interview. "And for decades, the machine has killed more preborn children than the year before."   More Information: (more…)
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