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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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SKIN CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY

About 90% of pregnant women experience “hyperpigmentation,” which is a darkening of the skin that is often noticeable during the first trimester. Increased production of melanocyte-stimulating hormone causes darkening of the skin, especially on the nipples and pre-existing moles....
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WHY BREAST DENSITY MATTERS

One way that women can better protect themselves against breast cancer is to know whether or not they have dense breasts. Breast density refers to the proportion of the different tissues that make up a woman’s breasts. Breast and connective tissue are denser than fat. When breast...
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YEARNING TO BREATHE CLEAN AIR

Building upon previous research linking air pollution to autism, a new study suggests that pregnant women may nearly double their risk of giving birth to an autistic child by inhaling smog from smokestacks and tailpipes. The latest research identifies women in their third...
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A PAINFUL SUBJECT

“Dyspareunia” (pain during intercourse) affects about half of postmenopausal women and may be a primary reason why surveys show that sexual activity declines significantly as women age. Much of the problem stems from the fact that estrogen production falls off precipitously after...
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HEARTBURN DURING PREGNANCY

Heartburn during pregnancy is largely caused by hormone-induced relaxation of the muscular valve called the “lower esophageal sphincter” (LES). This valve opens to allow food to enter the stomach from the esophagus (the tube between the mouth and stomach). Heartburn (“ac...
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OVERLY STRESSED?

The condition known as “functional hypothalamic amenorrhea” (FHA) is a condition that is characterized by the lack of a menstrual cycle, or a highly erratic cycle, in women in their childbearing years. FHA occurs when the brain and hormones (gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or...
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