Wellness and Healthy Living: BJC Medical Group


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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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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Friday, July 28, 2017

I Have Fibroids and I am Pregnant: Now What?

By Rosanna Gray-Swain, MD

Most pregnant women with fibroids do great and have no problems related to their fibroids.  Most commonly your doctor will tell you that your fibroids are not a significant problem and not to worry about them. That said, depending on the number, size and location of your fibroids, your obstetrician may talk to you about the following potential implications of your fibroids in your pregnancy.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

By Margaret Reiker, MD

Learn more about the importance of immunizations from primary care physician Margaret Reiker, MD.



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