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May 09, 2018 | Christina Annette Treece, MD

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What exactly is postpartum anxiety?

If you recently gave birth, postpartum anxiety can occur alongside depression or distinctly from it. For many women, the abrupt decrease in estrogen and progesterone at the time of delivery can lead to a greater sensitivity to stress, causing some to feel overwhelmed, fearful or panicky. Sleep deprivation from newborn care can also contribute to these feelings. In addition, especially for first-time mothers, the responsibility of caring for a newborn and the feelings of wanting to protect and keep the baby...

May 02, 2018 | Mary Lopera, patient

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Growing up, I always dreamt of the perfect fairytale story where I would meet my prince charming, live in a big castle and raise a house full of children. The first part of my fairytale came true in 1998 when I met my then boyfriend, Alex, and married him seven years later. Alex and I met in our early 20s, so having children wasn’t initially a priority for us. We enjoyed traveling and living our lives, but my heart and mind started longing for children as we hit our 30s. 

I started taking birth control at the age of 19, and stopped at 32 when we decided to start trying to conceive. We let things happen...

April 25, 2018 | Jane Geyer, MSN, WHNP-BC

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a spectrum of clinical disorders that currently affects up to 8% of reproductive-age females. The condition is associated with increased androgen production from the ovaries and insulin resistance. PCOS can present with a variety of symptoms, but is primarily characterized by ovulatory dysfunction and hyperandrogenism.

What are the signs and symptoms?

When a patient presents with irregular menstrual periods with (or without) signs of acne, obesity and/or hirsutism, clinicians will consider a workup to evaluate for PCOS. Hirsutism is a condition of unwanted, male-...

April 11, 2018 | Wayne J. Franklin, MD

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Heart disease during pregnancy can present a wide spectrum of potential issues. From simple cardiac complications like palpitations, or heart “fluttering,” to advanced heart failure eventually requiring hospitalization, heart conditions in pregnant women can be complex and dangerous. Some symptoms may arise from the regular changes that take place during a normal pregnancy, such as extra heartbeats and shortness of breath due to the growth of the placenta and uterus. However, it’s vital for your physician to recognize when something is out of the ordinary.

Several...

March 28, 2018 | Autumn Spivey, mother of patient

Playful giggles and smiling faces were the sights and sounds these parents never expected to experience. The kids playing and laughing together was refreshing to watch, as these children had been spending quite a bit of time in a hospital bed at one moment or another. In early December, families who connected through Texas Children’s Hospital’s inpatient Heart Center floors and Texas Children’s Fetal Center planned a Christmas party to celebrate not only the holiday, but being out of the hospital together on that special day.

Our families share a special bond. Each of us has a child with a congenital heart defect (CHD) who has been treated at the no. 1 hospital in...

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