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August 29, 2019 | Nancy M. Hurst, PhD, RN, IBCLC
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If you are pregnant and have breast implants, you are probably wondering if you will be able to breastfeed safely. You are not alone. In fact, many new moms with breast implants often ask if they can safely and successfully breastfeed.

In short, the answer is most certainly yes. With careful planning, preparation and education, you can successfully breastfeed your baby. Below are answers to seven common questions moms ask.

Should I even bother breastfeeding?

You have probably heard breast milk referred to as liquid gold, that’s because...

August 26, 2019 | Jennifer E. Dietrich, MSc, MD, FACOG
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August 21, 2019 | Christina Annette Treece, MD

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Motherhood is an amazing experience, but it can also be difficult. In fact, becoming a new mom is one of the most significant life changes you will experience. The combination of hormones, psychological changes and physical demands can cause a myriad of emotions that may make you feel overwhelmed, inadequate and anxious. Along with these emotions, moms often worry about accidentally harming their baby. This is a very normal part of adjusting to your new role as a parent. However, if harmful scenarios start to ruminate in your mind and consume your thoughts, it is important to...

August 15, 2019 | Brennan C. Lang, MD
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Placentophagy, or the ingestion of the placenta after giving birth, has gained interest in recent years, especially in the United States. Various methods of consumption exist, including raw, cooked, steamed and dehydrated. The placenta can even be dried and encapsulated, then taken as a supplement over the postpartum period. There is growing research on placentophagy, but to date, there is no strong evidence to support it. In fact, it is not without risk.

Let’s discuss seven common myths.

Myth #1: It gives new moms more energy.

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August 08, 2019 | Brennan C. Lang, MD
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It is very common for pregnant women to develop a condition known as diastasis recti. Some women may have it and not even realize, while it may be quite obvious to other women. If you’ve noticed a vertical bulge on your tummy between your belly button and pubic bone, it may be diastasis recti.

What causes diastasis recti?

When there is increased pressure on the abdominal wall, like with pregnancy, intense strain or weight gain, it can weaken the tissue or fascia between the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis). Imagine your abs are like a six-...