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Obesity Increases Risk for Preterm Delivery

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………… In a recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, Swedish researchers revealed the link between obesity and preterm delivery.  Preterm delivery is the leading cause of infant death, prolonged hospital stays and long term disability.  The study identified an association between obesity … Continue reading

Improving Fertility for PCOS Patients with Simple Diet Changes

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………… A recent study completed in Tel Aviv suggests eating the majority of calories at breakfast time can improve ovulation in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome.  As we know, patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) typically have trouble with elevated insulin levels also known as insulin … Continue reading

Do you feel your baby clock ticking? Can we buy more time? Egg freezing – is it really an option?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN………………………………… I recently read the Wall Street Journal article written by Sarah Elizabeth Richards who explains why she decided to freeze her eggs. I thought it was excellent for several reasons.  As a women’s health care provider, I am acutely aware of women’s ticking fertility clocks. … Continue reading

Attention Pregnant Women: Let’s talk about Whooping Cough

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. In 2012, new cases of whooping cough (pertussis) reached epidemic levels.  The CDC reported 41,000 new cases of whooping cough in 2012 with at least 18 deaths.  The majority of deaths are infants less than 3 months of age who are too young to be … Continue reading

Early pregnancy loss

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. I wish a positive urine pregnancy test always meant the pregnancy would be fine.  I hate that early pregnancy has so much uncertainty associated with it. Some of the new over the counter pregnancy tests can show positive before you have even missed a period.  … Continue reading

Should I get a Mirena IUD?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. The Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy.  The progesterone effects are local to the uterus.  It is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. The Mirena contains progesterone that is slowly released over a 5 year period.  The progesterone … Continue reading

Am I too old to have kids?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. Let’s talk about it… When our patients ask this question, they are really asking 3 different questions: Can I still conceive at my age?  Am I at increased risk for having a baby with chromosome problems? And, am I at increased risk for miscarriage? At … Continue reading

Are we really done having kids?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………. Some women just know when they are done having children.  These are the women who come in for their postpartum visits asking for urologist recommendations for hubby to go get the big V (vasectomy).  If you are really 100 percent sure you are done with … Continue reading