Making your Birth Plan...

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Should I make a birth plan? It's a question many pregnant women ask their OB/GYN. However, the answer isn't a simple "yes" or "no". So let's start with an even more basic question: What the heck is a birth plan anyway? A birth plan is a way for women to communicate their wishes for labor and birth to their health care provider. It often i...

A Belleza Welcome From Kristen Herlicka

Hi! [Be sure to get your GIFT below] I hope this message finds you enjoying the summer sunshine. I wanted to introduce myself and the newest esthetic services at Belleza Cosmetic & Laser Studio. I studied esthetics at The Laird Institute of Spa Therapy where I completed a 900 hour program in Advanced Esthetics. I also hold a certificate...

Greek Origins of...well...Everything!

My husband and I were laughingly discussing his favorite line from the movie: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" the other day. That's when the father explains that "everything comes from the Greek". He went on to explain the allegedly Greek derivation of the Japanese word "kimono". That may be a little far-fetched, but when it comes to medical terms, t...

Yogurt Does NOT Cure Yeast Infections!

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One of the common misconceptions about women't health is that yogurt cures yeast infections. How did this idea get started? And why isn't it true?And if there is no benefit from using yogurt in the vagina or on the vulva, are there other food-related products that are useful? First of all, what is a yeast infection? Candida albicans is a ...

Tell me about Intrauterine Devices...

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In the United States there are currently 3 types of intrauterine devices available for contraception. Intrauterine devices are small T shaped flexible devices that fit in the palm of your hand. They are placed inside the uterus at an office appointment, and the are very effective forms of birth control that are 99% effective in preventing pregnan...

Pregnancy Horrors: Stretch Marks

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Do stretch mark creams really work? Pregnancy does a number on your body, and while some changes are great (hello gorgeous, shiny hair) others can leave a lasting effect that isn't too desirable. Stretch marks are a big concern for some moms-to-be, but do the creams all over the market really work? I can't tell you how much money is spen...

HPV-What's all the fuss about?

If you are over 30, your pap smear is now being screened for HPV (Human Papillomavirus), and if you are under 26, you are being encouraged to get vaccinated for HPV.  If you have ever had an abnormal pap smear, you are tested for HPV automatically.  Why?  What is the fuss about?  Why is HPV so important? What is HPV? Well, we now know...

Get Out of Bed Campaign!

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We all know that exercise is important.  As women, the older we get the more important exercise becomes.  When our metabolism slows down it is very challenging to avoid weight gain by decreasing calories alone.  Exercise burns calories and the muscle we build increases our lagging metabolism. Here is the big questions: when do we fit in th...

Changing Healthcare Providers During Pregnancy?

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Having to change care providers during a pregnancy can be difficult, and potentially stressful for mom-to-be. It doesn't have to be as stressful when you know that there are experienced and helpful healthcare providers right in your own neighborhood here at Bedford Commons. As a bit of history, Bedford Commons OB-GYN has been operating for over 30 ...

What is the Contraceptive Implant Nexplanon?

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The contraceptive implant called Nexplanon is a flexible single rod device that is the size of a matchstick that is inserted just under the skin of the upper inner arm.  It contains the hormone progesterone within in it.  The progesterone is slowly released and works by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg each month.  This method of bi...

Listeriosis in Pregnancy: No More Peaches?

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There has been a major recall on stone fruits (in particular peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots) sold at stores including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Trader Joe's, Costco, Kroger's and Wegman's between June 1- July 12. The facility which processes the fruits was found to be contaminated with Listeria and thus recalled the fruit for POTENTIAL contami...

We've got a new TV Show!

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Hey Ladies...do you want to change your life in 5 minutes or less? We've been doing some research, and asking women what they truly want from their healthcare providers. One of the answers that kept coming up was that there is a real need for a local source of information for women, from the professionals that can answer all of their question...

Breastpumps: Love 'em or Hate 'em?

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My Love/Hate Relationship with My Breastpump By Christina Haag, APRN I was ready for the challenges of breastfeeding when I had my baby. My friends had warned me that it’s not as easy as one would expect. I prepared myself by reading anything that I could find online and in books. My husband and I also attended a breastfeeding clas...

We're getting Muddy at Mudrella Boston!

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Bedford Commons is going to get muddy at the Mudrella event! As a practice dedicated to the health of women, our staff is on a mission to be healthier in all aspects of our lives from eating healthy, to working out regularly. Ten members of the Bedford Commons team will be participating in the Boston Mudrella event on September 6th! Mudrell...

Bedford Commons OB-GYN and NH Health Exchange

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Since January 2014, there has been a lot of talk regarding health insurance exchanges which were created as part of the Affordable Care Act (also referred to as Obamacare). In New Hampshire, Anthem is the only insurance company offering an exchange product. Bedford Commons OB-GYN has elected not to participate in this product at this time. Be...

Confidentiality

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WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU WON'T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED AT MY DAUGHTER'S VISIT...I AM HER MOTHER!!!! Now that your daughter is a teenager, her body and feelings are changing. It is an important time for her to learn about her body and health. Part of this is learning to take responsibility and encouraging the ability to make healthy decisions. Hopef...

Whooping Cough: Is My Baby at Risk?

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In recent years, the United States has seen an increase in the number of cases of whooping cough. Pertussis infection (Whooping cough) results in a prolonged respiratory illness that classically presents with intermittent severe coughing episodes. These severe coughing episodes lead to increased effort to take a deep breath, which results in the ...

Meet New Moms to Be

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Pregnancy is an exciting journey for both you and your partner but it can also be filled with questions and uncertainties. Join other women in exploring the changes of pregnancy and motherhood by attending a pregnancy support group. We’ll help you find one close by!

You’re Going to be a Big Brother/Sister

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Teaching your older child about pregnancy in fun and creative ways will help them adjust to your new addition. Ages 1-3 Your little one may have a difficult time understanding the reality of having a new baby. Kids at this age will often point to their own bellies, thinking the baby is living in there. There are some great books to read to...

Life Stages Gynecology

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Your health is unique. At Bedford Commons OB-GYN, we understand that your personal health concerns change throughout your life. That’s why we created Life Stages GYN. This program allows you to search for common topics of concern based on the Life Stage you are in. It allows you to have more specific information pertinent to YOUR health. ...

See Doc Run

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All the practitioners at Bedford Commons got dressed up and went for a run! In the spirit of keeping healthy in every aspect of our daily lives we love to participate in different 5k events in the area. Keep an eye out for us at Mudrella Boston this fall!

So really...How much sex is "Normal?"

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Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! The holiday marked for hearts, flowers, and romance is a great day to talk about one of life's greatest pleasures. Sex! Sex is one of those categories that, while not taboo, is not openly discussed,and leaves us wondering “Am I normal?” Based on surveys of married couples, 1-2 times per week is average. Bu...

A Greater Mission

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As you take the oath to become a healthcare provider you are definitely filled with a sense and a hope of helping others. Part of the journey of our career is finding how we will accomplish this. Bedford Common providers have found several ways to fulfill this journey and just wanted to take a minute to share a few personal stories with our patient...
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