Category Archive: Body After Baby

Mar 13

Sex, Weight and Self after Baby

   For all the Ask Dr R queries about getting your self and your life back after childbirth… The beauty of motherhood and womanhood lies in the balance –      Losing Baby Weight Many women look back at their pre-baby clothes convinced they will never wear them again, but there is hope, because most do …

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Jul 13

Pregnancy, Prolapse and Cesarean on Demand

Cesarean on Demand More women than ever before are showing up at the hospital in labor and asking for a cesarean section. According to the National Institutes of Health, the rate of c-section delivery has increased 40% since the mid-90s, a trend reflected in these NIH summary statements: Between 1996 and 2007, the C-section rate …

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Jun 30

Bulging Rectum: Rectocele Facts

Understanding Rectocele, Levatorplasty and Site-specific Rectocele surgery techniques You may be unacquainted with the term “rectocele,” but for almost 19% of women, the condition is all too familiar! In a normal female pelvis, the rectum rests behind the vagina. The two are separated by a thin wall of fibrous tissue called fascia. When the fascia …

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May 31

Kegel Exercise: The Facts

KEGEL EXERCISE: THE FACTS If you have a vagina and you’re old enough to vote, then Kegel Exercise belongs in your feminine fitness daily routine. Before you dive into pelvic fitness, it’s important to know what Kegel muscles actually DO. Kegels—or the levator ani muscles—wrap around a woman’s most important parts: her bladder, vagina, and rectum. …

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May 17

Dropped Bladder: Cystocele Facts

DROPPED BLADDER: CYSTOCELE FACTS At birth, a female’s bladder rests in front of her vagina and just behind the pubic bone. The bladder and vagina are separated by connective tissue called the vesicovaginal fascia. This fascia is anchored to each hip bone by tendons known as the arcus tendineus fascia pelvis. Vesicovaginal connective tissue is NOT particularly …

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Jan 24

Cesarean on Demand Does Not Eliminate Risk of Prolapse

Worldwide, “cesarean on demand” continues to increase. In the hopes of avoiding pelvic floor damage associated with birthing, some women have bought into the the trend for elective cesarean before onset of labor. Called “cesarean on demand” because patients demand it in the absence of a maternal or fetal indication, it’s the obstetric equivalent of …

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Oct 27

Ask Dr. R: 32 year old new mother with perineal damage, fecal incontinence and sexual pain

Hi Dr. R., I was wondering if you could help me.  I’m 32, I delivered my first child after 2 years of trying (1 year with fert. treatments); suffered a 4th degree tear.  I have a very thin perineal wall left, my repair has broken down & I’m having issues with fecal incont.  I have …

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Jul 31

Living the Life of Ripeness: Advice for the Pregnant Gardener

(c) 2010 Lauri Romanzi Courtesy Amy Wentz Photography, NYC Summertime is high season for gardening.  Pregnant gardeners need to take extra precautions to avoid chloasma and melasma (dark blotches) on the face and neck, protect backs, knees and pelvic support, and be extra-careful with gardening aids that may be toxic if inhaled or coming in …

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