Wellness and Healthy Living: BJC Medical Group


Monday, February 25, 2019

Steps to Take for a Healthier You Before You Get Pregnant

By Kimberly Borchers, MD, and Tara Wadlow, FNP

Having a baby is a wonderful step in life and one of the most rewarding and happy parts of our job as health care providers. We both specialize in family medicine with an emphasis in women’s health, so we care for women throughout their lifetime and can also care for them throughout their pregnancy and child’s birth. As our patients are thinking about becoming pregnant, there are many suggestions we have for them to prepare themselves both physically and mentally for pregnancy.

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Categories: Ask the OB-GYNs


Thursday, March 29, 2018

What really is a Pap smear, and why do I need one?

In gynecology, we like to see our patients every year for an annual check-up. One part of that check-up may be the Pap smear, but I notice that a lot of women don’t completely understand what we’re screening for and what we’re not.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Zika and Your Spring Break Plans

By Dr. Rosanna Gray-Swain, an Ob/Gyn at West End Ob/Gyn

With the winter holidays behind us and this exceptionally cold winter, many of us have our eyes on a sunny beach for spring break.  The media reports decreased concerns for Zika infection and less stringent testing guidelines for pregnant women and couples trying to conceive.  This reflects a decrease in the incidence of Zika in the Americas and an evolving understanding of the infection.  Although certainly a relief for many women and families, it is not a ‘free and clear’ for all couples to spend their spring break vacation on any sunny beach.

The CDC makes it easy to see where there are risks of Zika infection with this color coded map.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Maximizing fertility

By Cory Miller, MD

So, you’re thinking about getting pregnant, but maybe you’re a little confused by the wide variety of information about how to maximize your chances. Should you stay lying down for an hour after sex? Should you have sex every day or every other day? Do you need to use ovulation predictor kits to know when the time is right? I think it’s worthwhile to give just a few basic suggestions to help you on the road to pregnancy, when you’re ready.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

I Hated Breastfeeding, and It Turned Out Okay.

A personal commentary by Dr. Rosanna Gray-Swain (OB/GYN)

I always knew I would breastfeed my babies. I always knew I would love it. I knew I would get joy out of snuggling my baby while giving her the best food possible, and I would get to finally catch up on some reading since newborns spend a ton of time nursing. I am an OBGYN so I had some insight. I thought it was something I would be pretty perfect at doing.  After all, I grew up surrounded by breastfeeding women in the early 1980s; in fact, I don’t think I ever saw formula until I was in high school, and a friend’s sister had a baby and fed with formula.  The thought of using formula instead of breastfeeding never crossed my mind.  Plus, during pregnancy, I heard my mom recount how lovely breastfeeding was, how she had such an abundance of milk that she leaked all the time and even donated milk to the NICU at Vanderbilt for premature babies.  She recalled a sense of relaxation with the oxytocin surge and let down.  So I was pretty sure I came from good breastfeeding stock and would rock nursing like my mom did. It was one of the things I anticipated with great excitement during my pregnancy!  I couldn’t wait to nurse my baby girl.

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