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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Understanding Fitness During Pregnancy

Erin DuMontier, MD, discusses the importance of exercise and what expecting mothers need to know before starting an exercise program

There are many factors women need to consider when exercising during pregnancy, including oxygen demand and blood volume.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

New and Expectant Families Concerned about the Zika Virus

Dr. Gray-Swain of West End OB-GYN was featured on KSDK speaking on the ways families can protect themselves and if they should reroute any vacation they have planned

Article updated 9/14/2016

Dr. Rosanna Gray-Swain was featured on KSDK urging expectant families to check the CDC Zika map and not travel to any regions where the virus has been found. She emphasizes that men should also take precautions with travel plans, especially since those who contract the virus don’t always experience symptoms. Watch the whole piece here.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

It’s Getting Hot Out There: Pregnant Ladies Protect Yourself from the Heat

Dr. Rosanna Gray-Swain discusses the importance of staying cool and explains the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, especially when it comes to expecting moms
If you have glanced at the weather you know we are about to get a big heat wave in St. Louis and the surrounding areas.  This weekend is predicted to reach a temperature of 98 and a heat index of well over 100!  Few people enjoy this kind of heat and some are at risk of significant complications from getting overheated.  Feeling hot and sticky is annoying, but when the temperature rises, especially with high humidity, it is possible suffer medical complications such a heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke, which can be fatal.  The young (under four years old), elderly (over 65) and pregnant women need to be particularly careful during these summer heat waves as they are at greater risk of suffering complications. 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Vaginal Seeding

Rosanna Gray-Swain, an OB-GYN at West End OB-GYN, discusses the new craze for cesarean births
With spring in the air and lots of us heading to our garden beds with seeds in hand, the term ‘vaginal seeding’ may be suggestive of planting something in the vagina. That however is not what ‘vaginal seeding’ entails. The term ‘vaginal seeding, ‘ also referred to as ‘microbirthing,’ has gained wild popularity on social media and certain maternity blogs over the last year and it refers to the process of collecting maternal vaginal fluid and wiping it over the face, mouth, eyes and skin of a newborn born by cesarean delivery. That may sound completely logical or completely illogical and disgusting, depending on your perspective and understanding of the body’s microflora.
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Fourth Trimester… Wait, what?

Rosanna Gray-Swain, an OB-GYN at West End Ob-GYN, explains the fourth trimester and how it should change the way women receive post-partum care

It turns out that we have been missing a big piece of the pie in terms of maternity care. There is a keen focus on maternal and fetal health in the first, second and third trimesters with inadequate attention to the comprehensive needs of the acute post-partum period and almost zero attention to the later portion of the post-partum period, the fourth trimester.

 The ‘fourth trimester’ is the period after the birth of the baby; the post-partum period. This is considered to last for three months, with some advocating it may actually last a full six months. The paradigm for American maternity care, and social constructs, has been that the post-partum period is six weeks long...
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