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Preventing Breast Cancer in Your Everyday Life

Category: Women's Health

Do you wake up every morning thinking about preventing breast cancer in your everyday life? We seriously doubt it, but if you are someone with a higher risk for breast cancer due to your family or your age, maybe you should consider paying more attention to preventative strategies. There are some simple and specific changes you can make to help lower your risk for breast cancer. 

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Flu Vaccines for Obstetrics Patients

Atlanta Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology has the flu vaccine available for obstetrics patients. 

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Zantac Cancer Risk: What You Need To Know

Category: News

Atlanta Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology acknowledges that Zantac and its generic varieties are being removed off of store shelves after the Food and Drug Administration revealed it found a chemical that could be linked to cancer.

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Natural Pain Management Techniques for Childbirth

We have all heard the stories about how incredibly painful it is to give birth, but that hasn’t stopped a large number of women in recent years from deciding on a more holistic approach to the process. 

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Lane Closures on Collier Road (Sept 3-9)

Category: News

Starting Tuesday, September 3rd, patients traveling to AWOG will be affected by lane closures at Collier Road and Peachtree Street. The construction is scheduled through September 9th.

Please allow more travel time than usual to get to your appointment.

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Your Guide to Being Doubly Prepared When Having Twins

Here’s a quick math lesson. 1 + 1 = ?

TWO. That’s the answer, and it’s also how many little ones you’ll be having if you’re expecting twins. Although you may have expected that answer, you may not know exactly what to prepare for during and after your pregnancy, so here are a few tips!

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What’s the Connection Between Allergies and Pregnancy?

You’re already dealing with aches, pains, and (most likely) what feels like world’s smallest bladder. Now add in sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose and you’ve got a perfect pregnancy! 

…or maybe you sense the sarcasm there. But, is there an actual connection between your pregnancy and allergies?

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Fibroid Factors That Increase Your Risk of Complications During Pregnancy

Once they are discovered, you can expect to see the doctor more often because there may be some fibroid factors that increase your risk of complications during pregnancy.

What Are the Risks?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop inside of the uterus, outside of the uterus, or within the uterine wall itself. They can be very tiny or as large as a grapefruit, so once your doctor determines the size(s) and location of the fibroid(s), they can give you an idea of any particular risks associated with them.  If a fibroid is larger than 5 centimeters there can be additional abdominal pain during pregnancy and an increased urge to urinate more frequently.

Most women with fibroids will experience little to no effect during their pregnancy.  However, up to one-third of women with fibroids may experience some increased risks and complications during their pregnancy and delivery.

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Fetal Growth Restriction or Retardation

Intrauterine growth restriction or IUGR refers to a fetus that does not develop at the normal rate. The fetus is smaller than normal compared with other fetuses of the same gestational age. This term is also used when a child is born less than 5 pounds 8 ounces.

Preterm Delivery

One particular fibroid factor relates to pain from the fibroids during pregnancy. This pain can cause uterine contractions and lead to early delivery. Preterm means being born prior to week thirty-seven, and overall one in eight women deliver preterm.

Placenta Abruption

In this case the placenta breaks away from the uterine wall too early due to a blockage by a fibroid. Since the placenta is what nourishes the fetus, the baby may not get sufficient nutrients or oxygen as a result of an abruption.

Cesarean Delivery

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, women with fibroids are 6 times more likely to have a C-section.

Breech Position Birth

If the uterus is an abnormal shape due to a fibroid(s), it can prevent the baby from getting into the correct position for birth with the head facing down. In some cases there is less amniotic fluid for the baby to move into position for a normal birth.  

It is considered to be a breech birth if the baby’s feet are pointed down. Although many breech babies are born perfectly healthy, this positioning does put your child at a higher risk for birth defects and complications.

Miscarriage

A women with fibroids has double the chance of experiencing a miscarriage.

Best Way Forward

Should you be worried if you are pregnant and have fibroids? Clearly there are some increased risk factors from having fibroids during pregnancy, but it does not guarantee a woman will have complications. Talk to Atlanta Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology about your personal risks and how you can minimize them, if possible.

Speak with Atlanta Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology if you are considering getting pregnant and know you have fibroids. To make an appointment, please call our office or request an appointment online. 

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Your Guide to Preterm Labor Prevention

Category: Pregnancy

Most pregnancies last to term, which is at least 37 weeks. Full term is 39 – 40 weeks, but about 12% of babies in the U.S. are born preterm or prematurely.

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Why Regular Pap Smears Are so Important to Your Health

Pap smears, also known as Pap tests, help to identify suspicious cells in your cervix that could signal a precancerous condition.

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