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workout

My Post-Baby Workout Routine

Even before becoming a mom, I have always been physically active and enjoy a good workout. I participated in competitive sports in high school and enjoyed fitness kickboxing throughout college. Moving my body always makes me feel better. Working out became a stress relief tool and something I just had to do. My motivation didn’t […]

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gestational diabetes

What You Need to Know About Gestational Diabetes

This post is sponsored by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center Gestational diabetes (GDM) is a common disorder of pregnancy affecting roughly 9 percent of all pregnancies. What is Gestational Diabetes? GDM develops due to hormones associated with pregnancy that make your body more resistant to the effects of insulin. Risk factors for GDM include advanced […]

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IUD

Intrauterine Device (IUD) 101

After giving birth to my second child in 2018, I knew I was done. We may not be done growing our family (as we are considering adoption), but I made the personal choice to not go through pregnancy again. This brought me to a discussion with my partner and with my OBGYN about birth control. […]

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PAP Smears

PAP Smear: What You Need to Know

This post is sponsored by MercyOne Des Moines Medical CenterAs a certified nurse midwife with MercyOne Des Moines Midwives, I frequently get questions from women about when to get a PAP smear. Ladies, don’t feel bad. It’s easy to get confused (and honestly, so do most providers)! Providers like certified nurse midwives would like to […]

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influenza

10 Things to Know About Influenza

This post is sponsored by MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center As summer begins to draw to a close, it is that time to start thinking about our nemesis “influenza.” As a pediatrician, it is vital for parents to receive accurate information on the flu. It is also important for parents to know the best practices […]

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breast health awareness

Take Control of Your Breast Health

This post is sponsored by The Iowa Clinic. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But you shouldn’t wait until October every year to learn about breast cancer, especially when it comes to maximizing your own breast health. Annual mammography screening doesn’t start for most patients until age 40. All of the major professional organizations involved […]

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