by George Citroner on November 20, 2019 “[We] assess the cervix, its consistency, dilation, [and] position to determine if a cervical ripening agent is needed to soften and thin out or efface the cervix. There are medications that can be given orally or per vagina to accomplish this,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, MPH, FACOG, director of perinatal services [...]
By Dr. Kecia Gaither, November 15, 2019 Proper nutrition is key to the health of any individual, but perhaps most important to pregnant mothers. The health of women during pregnancy determines the future health of her child, and there is evidence that her health affects the next generation as well. Unfortunately, today’s standard diet, and even one [...]
By Lindsay E. Mack, Nov 11, 2019 Generally, about 20 weeks in is when the pregnancy belly button will pop out, says Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “The uterus by that time has ascended out of the pelvic cavity — from [...]
Nov. 7, 2019 “Emergency birth control—which includes different kinds of pills and the copper IUD—helps prevent pregnancy for up to five days after unprotected sex,” says Kecia Gaither, MD, director of perinatal services at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center. “Emergency contraception will not work if you’re already pregnant—it can only stop ovulation. If you take these [...]
By Lizzy Francis, Nov 05 2019 Doulas and midwives serve quite different purposes during delivery — and have different levels of training. One is all about managing a mother’s energy and ensuring she’s focused only on her birth; the other is all about actually delivery; each has their own specific uses and set of considerations about cost [...]
By Lindsay E. Mack, Nov 5, 2019 Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG explains to Romper via email. In fact, the uterus is actually softened by the hormones associated with pregnancy, she says, so the firmness really comes from pressure of the contents within. Click HERE for the full article.
By Lindsay E. Mack, Nov 4, 2019 There are other medical reasons why it’s ideal to avoid straining when you go number two, particularly during pregnancy. “If a woman has been diagnosed with placenta previa (placenta covers the cervix), this is a situation where you really don’t want any straining in defecation, so as to avoid any [...]
By Cat Bowen, Nov 3, 2019 But Kecia Gaither, MD, director of perinatal services at NYC Health and Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, tells Romper that typically, "Heated car seats don’t get that hot — so issues from hyperthermia aren't a concern." She agrees with ACOG in that hot yogas and saunas are a far bigger concern. Click HERE for the [...]
By Deanna deBara, 11/1/19 It’s not just the effectiveness that makes LARCs a solid choice for birth control. “It’s a onetime cost. They're long-acting. They have minimal side effects, for the most part,” says Kecia Gaither, M.D., ob-gyn, maternal fetal medicine specialist and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “When you're looking at the big [...]
November 1, 2019 by Lauren Pardee Sometimes debilitating cramping occurs due to PMS when the uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aka NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can help, according to Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, director of perinatal services at NYC Health and Hospitals/Lincoln. Click HERE for the full article.