As a woman progresses through her pregnancy, her uterus enlarges and begins to compress the veins in the pelvis. This can lead to varicose veins, which cause cosmetic issues and other problems.
Varicose veins can cause people to have swelling in their legs. Their legs may feel... Read more
The time period before and after menopause is different for every woman. Some women experience very few symptoms, while others are plagued with mood swings, hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and vaginal dryness.
There are many ways a doctor can help manage symptoms. “We will develop a plan... Read more
Saint Francis Medical Center has been named a winner of the Women’s Choice Award: America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. Saint Francis is the only recipient in Cape Girardeau County.
As the only national honor that focuses on female patient satisfaction, the Women’s Choice Award signifies... Read more
When a woman is pregnant, her blood volume increases by 40 percent to supply blood to the baby and placenta. This can lead to anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are low, leading to fatigue.
“Almost all pregnant women will experience anemia at some... Read more
Some parents know before birth that their baby will need extra help in its first few weeks of life. But other times, complications can arise unexpectedly. Birth depression occurs when a baby does not receive enough oxygen and blood during delivery, and it can happen due... Read more
For Connie Skelton, a midwife was the perfect choice for two very important moments in her life: the births of her two children.
Skelton gave birth to her first son, William, now 5, in New Mexico. It was her first experience with a midwife, and she appreciated... Read more
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, certain vaccinations lower your risk of becoming ill and, in turn, lower your baby’s risk.
At about 28 weeks’ gestation, your doctor will talk to you about receiving a dose of the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also... Read more
If you had gestational diabetes during your first pregnancy, you are at an increased risk for developing the same problem in your second pregnancy.
“After a woman with gestational diabetes delivers her baby, her doctor will check her blood glucose levels at six to eight weeks postpartum,”... Read more
Expectant mothers in the area now have the option of choosing a midwife to care for them during their pregnancy and delivery at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Tracy Carr, MSN, CNM, is a certified nurse midwife who sees patients at Cape Primary Care, Cape Care for Women... Read more
Women who previously had a cesarean section (C-section) may be able to have a vaginal birth in subsequent pregnancies. Research shows that 60 to 80 percent of women who attempt a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) are successful.
“Whether a VBAC can work depends on a... Read more