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Doctor’s Daily Dose

The Doctor’s Daily Dose is a place where you can seek advice from Dr. Voss (MD, FACOG) on Pregnancy and Childbirth, Parenting and Behavior, Feeding and Eating, and Health Concerns. Please fill in the form below with your question(s) and check back for them to be answered below.

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PAYING ATTENTION TO BABY’S MOVEMENTS

A pregnant woman is likely to first notice her baby’s movements sometime around 18 to 25 weeks into her pregnancy. After that, she will be better able to distinguish a pattern in her baby’s movements that leads to increased understanding of her baby’s sleeping and waking cycles,...
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EFFACEMENT FACTS

As the time draws closer for a pregnant woman to deliver her child, the baby descends into the narrow part of the uterus known as the “cervix.” At this point, the cervix gradually softens, shortens, and becomes thinner. “Cervical thinning,” or “effacement,” is measured in...
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BETTER THAN ADVERTISED

Many gynecologists promote intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants as highly effective means of contraception that are also very easy to use and have long-lasting effect. These “fix it and forget it” methods of birth control do not require insertion and removal before and after...
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HOW LONG CAN YOU EXPECT?

Although a pregnant woman may be given a due date that is calculated as 280 days after the onset of her last menstrual period, things do not always go as expected. In fact, only 70 percent of mothers-to-be deliver within ten days of their estimated due date even when the date is...
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PREVENTING FIRST-TIME STROKES

According to the CDC, every year, approximately 610,000 people experience a stroke for the first time. While stroke may not always prove fatal, it is the third-leading cause of death for women (accounting for about 60% of stroke-related deaths). With this in mind, women’s focus...
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STANDING IN BABY’S WAY

The umbilical cord runs from an opening in the developing baby’s stomach to the “placenta,” which is the pancake-shaped organ attached to the mother’s uterine wall that enables the developing fetus to receive nutrients, eliminate waste, and exchange oxygen through the mother’s...
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UPON CLOSER EXAMINATION

For decades, an annual pelvic exam has been considered an essential part of the “well-woman” visit. However, new guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians call the necessity of the exam into question by recommending that it is not necessary for women who are neither...
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UNDERCUTTING EPISIOTOMY

“Episiotomy” is a surgical incision that was once a routine part of childbirth. It involves making a cut in the woman’s perineal tissue to prevent more extensive vaginal tears. It was also thought to keep the bladder from drooping and the rectum from protruding into the vagina...
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A COMMON HORMONAL DISORDER

When women of reproductive age experience infrequent (or prolonged) menstrual periods, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity, the symptoms may be indicative of “polycystic ovary syndrome” (PCOS). This common endocrine system disorder may also cause enlarged ovaries with small...
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