• 1st Trimester Prenatal Visits

    1st Trimester Prenatal Visits

    One of the first calls you’ll make when you suspect you’re pregnant is to your family doctor or obstetrician. If you had a positive pregnancy test shortly after a possible conception, some doctors may ask you to hold off on scheduling your first prenatal visit for a few weeks until your pregnancy is well established.

  • 2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    While no one would say it’s all downhill from here (there’s labor after all, as well as the aches and pains of late pregnancy), for many women the second trimester feels like the “easy” part of pregnancy. Fear of miscarriage subsides, nausea abates, and energy surges — all in all, there’s less to be worried

  • 3rd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    3rd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    After eight months of pregnancy, you’re already well acquainted with your doctor. You’ve been poked, prodded, scanned, and then poked again. If your pregnancy has been progressing normally, you’ve probably been seeing your doctor once or twice each month. But now that you’re in the home stretch, you’ll be spending even more time in the

  • Diet and PMS

    Diet and PMS

    How can my diet affect my premenstrual symptoms? What you eat and drink can have a big influence on both the physical and emotional symptoms you may have each month during the week or two leading up to your period. Most experts recommend that women with premenstrual syndrome start by avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which

  • Digital Rectal Exam for Prostate Cancer

    Digital Rectal Exam for Prostate Cancer

    Who should have this exam? If you’re 50 or older, you should discuss whether to have the exam with your doctor. Sure, it’s uncomfortable, maybe even a little embarrassing. But it may be worth it. The doctor will manually check your prostate — a walnut-sized gland that surrounds the duct connecting the bladder with the

  • Enlarged Prostate

    Enlarged Prostate

    What is an enlarged prostate? The prostate, a small gland that produces fluid for semen, is in an ideal position to cause trouble. The gland wraps snugly around the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. It’s a tight squeeze — and it only gets tighter as men grow older. As men age,

  • Freedom from Phobias

    Freedom from Phobias

    If you’re overwhelmed by fear of crowds, bridges, or flying, help may be at hand with ‘Dr. Fear’

  • Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

    Heartburn and Indigestion During Pregnancy

    Once the nausea of early pregnancy wanes, many women look forward to enjoying their meals again. However, around the middle of pregnancy, heartburn and indigestion may spoil the party. These discomforts can happen at any time, but are more common in the second and third trimesters. Fortunately, they’re rarely serious and are easily treatable. What

  • Month 01 Physical Development

    Month 01 Physical Development

    The first month of life is a steep learning curve for both the new baby and the new parents. In even a few short weeks, your baby will have come a long way from the moment he was born. Your baby starts life with more than 70 separate reflexes. Reflexes are instinctive, rather than learned,

  • Month 02 Physical Development

    Month 02 Physical Development

    In your baby’s second month, his world grows much larger. He is still drawn to familiar faces, and he sometimes holds eye contact for as long as 10 seconds. In addition to your face, baby’s top 10 list includes high-contrast mobiles, black-and-white pictures of familiar faces, ceiling fans, checkerboards, silhouettes, and black-and-white designs. He may