STUDY: Pre-Eclampsia Linked to Eye Problems in Mom Later


Pre-eclampsia — the pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and potential organ damage — is linked to eye problems in the mother later in life, new research has found.

Canadian researchers tracked more than a million women who delivered babies in Quebec between 1989 and 2013, of whom 64,350 were given a diagnosis of pre-eclampsia. Then they followed them using hospital discharge data over the years. The study is in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Girlfriend’s Gyno Guide – What Happens at the OB/GYN

THE DOCTORS‘, Lisa Masterson, is board certified specialist in obstetrics, gynecology, infertility, adolescent gynecology and family planning  will share her “Girlfriend’s Gyno Guide” this Monday on the show

More than 15,000 American women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer—the majority of which could have been prevented by having a regular Pap smear.
This Monday, March 5, the resident gynecologist on the hit syndicated Emmy-award winning television show, THE DOCTORS, will go through her “girlfriend’s gyno guide” on what to expect during your an OB/GYN appointment and especially why that firsts 5 minutes during the visit is so uncomfortable. Errr. Don’t we know it.
Here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect:
What happens at the OB/GYN and Why
  1.  Doctor will take patient history.
  2.  Patient gets in stirrups while the doctor makes the room comfortable for the patient.
  3. Doctor will place his/her hand on patient’s thigh and look at the outside – the vulva – for any bumps or lesions.  Tip: trimming pubic hair makes the process a bit easier.
  4.  Doctor warms the speculum and inserts it into the vagina.  Speculums come in many different shapes and sizes.  If it pinches or feels uncomfortable in any way, tell the doctor and he/she can try a different one.  From this vantage point, the doctor is looking for any discharge or visual masses.  He/she can also examine the cervix for any lesions, ulcerations or inflammations.
  5. Doctor takes a Q-tip to get a culture which can be analyzed to make sure the patient is free of infection and STDs.
  6. Once the speculum is taken out, it is time for the pelvic exam.  The doctor places two fingers inside the vagina and feels the stomach from the inside, looking for any tenderness or masses on the uterus.  Then the fingers slide quickly to the tip of the cervix where the doctor checks for tenderness or masses as well as mobility.  The fingers slide over to the ovaries and fallopian tubes to check for masses or tenderness one last time.
  7.  If a patient is over 40, the doctor will do a rectal exam by placing one finger in the vagina and one finger in the anus, feeling for any masses. 

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, all women need to have an annual Pap smear and pelvic exam beginning at age 21 but should start seeing an OB/GYN between the ages of 13 and 15 to establish a patient-doctor relationship and go over medical and sexual history.  From ages 30 to 64, it is okay to go every other year, or as often as your doctor recommends.  A patient may be asked to come in more frequently if she has recently had an abnormal Pap smear. 

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“Speed Dating” to find the perfect Midwife or OB in Virgina

Star-Telegram / Jon P. Uzzel
Well, I’ll be! Who knew there was such a thing!?! A Virginia hospital is hosting an event, called Stork Express, which will essentially be speed rapid-fire dating types of events where newly pregnant women can interview several different midwives and OB?GYNs on one day in hopes of finding the perfect practitioner! How novel and efficient! 
The process of finding just the right OB or midwife can be daunting and take a lot of time. This seems like a wonderful way to get a lot of information, compare and contrast professionals on the spot and ask a lot of questions at one time. You get a one-on-one meet with the doc, get the chat with the staff and mingle with other expecting parents.
And as ABC News reported last year about a Texas hospital doing the same thing, Speed Dating is beneficial for doctors as well. One doctor with a foreign name said she feared patients would’ve been hesitant signing up with her based on seeing her name in the insurance directory and attending the speed dating session have patients to meet her up front and relieve their concerns.
It’s not only about pregnant couples either. You can meet with Infertility specialists and high-risk pregnancy physicians (Perinatologists).
Physicians and staff from Inova Fair Oaks and Loudoun hospitals will be participating at the event in Reston. Physicians and staff from Inova Alexandria and Fairfax hospitals will be participating at the event in Arlington.
For those in the Northern Virginia area, Stork Express is offering two sessions in September and October: 
Thursday, September 22
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.Hyatt Regency Reston
Thursday, October 6
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.Westin Arlington Gatew
Seating is limited so you’d have to register pretty quickly by calling 

Inova Women’s Services
8110 Gatehouse Road, Suite 500
Falls Church, VA 22042
(571) 423-5578

Each parent gets a gift and is registered to win a Babymoon! Nice!

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Study: Full term pregnancy better for baby- Don’t worry Selma

It is being reported Selma Blair is past due, but she may be on track to deliver according to nature.
Recently, celebrities were getting some flak for ordering c-sections before their baby’s are full term at 40weeks or decide to come out on their own. As Selma Blair moves 3 weeks past her reported initial due date, some may ask why she doesn’t just get an induction and get it over with, but as many doctors point out, that may be dangerous for her baby especially if there is no risk to him/her.  Also, the due date is a guesstimate anyway based on a number of factors. No one in our medical community know for sure the precise day a baby will come on its own. Very few arrive on the date pegged by the OB, but before or after it. 
And as maternal-fetal professor at the University of Rochester, Dr. Christopher Glantz told, “for mothers–to-be, those last few weeks of pregnancy can feel like an eternity. But, if there is no medical reason to deliver early, you’ll be giving your newborn a healthier start in life – if you tough it out.”
It also reported on a recent study in Obstetrics & Gynecology that said full term pregnancy is best for baby 
Any woman who’s ever been pregnant knows that the last couple of weeks before delivery are some of the most uncomfortable. But, a new study says that -barring medical necessity – if you can stick it out till the baby is 39-40 weeks, the infant’s health will benefit.
Previously it was thought that an infant’s mortality risk was similar for babies born between 37 and 41 weeks. The recent study shows that the risks increase when babies are born between 37 and 39 weeks of gestation, and that this risk decreases with each additional week of pregnancy.
Full-term babies are less likely to have hearing, vision, feeding or birth-weight problems. Those final weeks of a pregnancy also give the lungs, eyes and brain enough time to fully develop. A full term birth is considered to be 39-41 weeks.
“A truly elective delivery should wait until at least 39 weeks,” says study researcher Uma M. Reddy, MD, MPH of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development in Bethesda, Md. ”We don’t stop labor at 37 weeks, and the majority of babies will do fine,” she says. But “if nothing is going on and you are doing well, waiting to 39 weeks is best for you and your baby.” Continue reading

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