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Common Discomforts of Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time- you have that pregnancy glow, longer, fuller hair, and people smile at you for no other reason than being pregnant, but in the privacy of your own home you are battling constipation, hemorrhoids, back ache, pelvic pain, and heartburn. These conditions are termed “the common discomforts of pregnancy.” Below you will find why these conditions are so common and what you can do to prevent and manage these aches and pains.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

We wanted to give our patients an overview of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) due to recent member of our Mill Creek Ob/Gyn family having a baby with this condition. This condition affects 1 of 2500 pregnancies.

Vulvar Hygiene – What Your Mother Should Have Taught You Already

Nobody likes to have problems “down there”. Nobody wants to have that itch that they can’t scratch in public. Nobody wants to have a strong odor or vaginal discharge.

The inner part of my labia seems a lot longer than the outer part, is this really weird or what? Should I have surgery to fix it?

No, you do not need surgery, unless you are having pain as a result of the inner labia, or labia minora, being particularly long. Some women have short labia minora, and some have longer labia minora.

Take a Deep Breath

We’ve all been told to “take a deep breath”. But how often do we actually heed this advice when something upsetting happens, before we react? When you are feeling stressed out, angry or tense, try one of my favorite breathing techniques by Dr. Andrew Weil, called the “4-7-8 Exercise”. It’s a simple, fast and powerful relaxation tool that you can perform anywhere.

Sit with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise.

Bleeding in the First Trimester of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is such an exciting time for most of us. But sometimes bleeding can complicate a pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester, or first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Bleeding in the first trimester is usually no cause for alarm and occurs in about 20% of women. But it is important to know the possible causes and get checked out to make sure you and your baby are healthy.

Why It’s So Important to Manage Your Stress

Did you know that emotional stress is one of the most significant contributors to almost all of the chronic health challenges we face? Each time you feel anxious, tense, frustrated, or angry, your body pays a price for it. While these are natural feelings to have, it’s not healthy to experience these emotions on a constant basis.

How to Survive Winter in Seattle

So far we’ve had a fairly mild winter in Seattle. But that doesn’t mean that the shorter days, overcast skies, and lack of sunshine aren’t taking a toll on you. All of these things can affect our mood and can cause us to become reclusive and fatigued. The most extreme form of winter depression is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Taking a vacation to a sunny place is a great way to try to combat some of the negative effects. But if a vacation isn’t a realistic solution for you right now, what can you do?

Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy

Robotic-Assisted Surgery is a newer way to perform a variety of surgeries. In Gynecology, the robot is used to assist with many surgeries that were previously done either by Traditional Laparoscopy (surgery through small incisions in the abdomen) or by making a large incision in the abdomen (Abdominal Hysterectomy). Compared to other surgical approaches, the robotic system allows for better viewing of the body with 3-D vision and for better handling of the patient’s anatomy with less trauma and more flexibility.

Health Tip: Show your gut some love!

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your stomach? So taking good care of your gut is important for your overall health. If your digestive system is unhealthy then there’s a good chance your immune system will be suppressed. If you have kids, now that they’re back in school, they’ll likely be sharing more than just welcome back hugs with their friends. Germs are bound to make their way home, so it’s especially important to optimize our immune system. What can you do to protect your gut and your immune system?