The Vagina Is Self-cleaning – So Why Does The 'Feminine Hygiene' Industry Exist?
From talcum powder to jade eggs and douches, the feminine hygiene industry has grown up to sell products – some of which are harmful – that play on women’s fears about being dirty or smelly.
We recently came across this article written by Rose George for The Guardian to be incredibly informative. Below you will find an excerpt from it (...
Oatmeal, November’s Super Superfood
Do you know what Avena sativa is? It’s humble oats, a great whole-grain food. Most of us take oats in rolled, crushed or steel-cut form rather than as whole oat groats which can take a full hour to cook. While oats are most often consumed as a breakfast food, they are very versatile. Consider these health advantages:
Balanced nutrition. Oa...
Are You a “Lighthouse” Parent?
What is Lighthouse Parenting?
If you’re a parent, you know there is no definitive handbook, but there are plenty of experts out there who can help you pinpoint what you’re doing wrong. That’s why we found this article from Parents magazine on “lighthouse parenting” refreshing. Rather than launch into a list of don’ts, the author ...
Simple Ways You Can Make a Difference
Do you ever find yourself wondering how you, as busy as you are, can help others? What if you had a resource that would immediately put you in touch with over 300 volunteer opportunities, just in the Granite State alone? We have your answer – Volunteer Match. Volunteer Match is a nationwide resource which allows you to search for opportunitie...
Greek Yogurt, the Great Stand-In
Why go Greek? In the yogurt world, plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is a superstar. There are so many reasons; let us count the ways. Like other yogurts, Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. Greek yogurt has the added benefits of probiotic cultures, lower lactose levels, and twice the protein c...
How Your Personality Impacts Your Parenting Style
Let’s face it. Parenting is hard stuff. Most of us envision what our parenting style will be only to wonder “Why did I do it like that?” In the spirit of a little self-knowledge goes a long way, we found this upworthy.com article that shares insights of a study that examined how your personality type may impact how you parent. The stu...
Rock & Walk l The TEARS Foundation
On October 13, 2018 Bedford Commons OB-GYN will be walking with The TEARS Foundation to support our patients and all families in our community that have lost a child.
At Bedford Commons OB-GYN, we care for many families who have experienced a loss. Our hearts go out to anyone who has had a baby gone too soon. Each dollar raised for this walk...
Calling All Bedford Commons' Women!
We’re looking for 5-7 women that would be willing to be interviewed by an ex WBUR journalist to tell their story (your story could be a birthing story, or even what it’s like being a Bedford Commons’ patient, or maybe even what health advice you would give your younger self). As a result, your story will be part of a video compilation tha...
FDA Warns About 'Deceptive' Vaginal Rejuvenation Claims
Our practitioners often get asked about vaginal rejuvenation, and if we offer services that will help improve a woman’s “intimate health.” The short answer is no we don't.
And there are many reasons why we don't. Like described in this article recently written by NBC News, the laser and ultrasound procedures claiming they improve inti...
Have Your Child’s Back - Backpack Safety
School is just around the corner, and you’ve probably been compiling those seemingly endless lists of what your child needs to go back to school. That list probably includes a backpack, and a full one at that. Between heavy books, supplies and electronics, many children are feeling the pain. In fact, according to the American Occupational The...
Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad
Courtesy of A Family Feast, this perfectly delicious grilled salad combines all the summer veggie goodness you could ever want in a colorful and tempting feast for both the eyes and taste buds!
1 medium eggplant
3 ears corn
2 medium zucchinis
2 small or one medium summer squash
1 whole red onion
1 bunch asparagu...
NH Attractions You May Have Never Heard Of
We searched our fair state and found some unusual attractions hiding in plain sight.
America’s Stonehenge, Salem, NH Did you know New Hampshire is home to what is known as America’s Stonehenge? These rock formations are an accurate astronomical calendar that can be used to determine specific solar and lunar events. At over 4,000 years ol...
Embracing Your Body
It’s an unfortunate fact – most women are dissatisfied with some aspect of their physical appearance. In fact, the most beautiful woman you know likely has something she doesn’t like about the way she looks.
Body image is not so much a function of our actual appearance, but is more firmly rooted in our peer, social, cultural and famili...
Ultrasounds NOW in Derry!
We are excited to announce that we have expanded our ultrasound services to our Derry location at 6 Tsienneto Road!
As New Hampshire’s largest private OB-GYN, we feel it’s important to consistently improve our practice in ways that positively impact the lives of our patients. We understand that life is busy, so we wanted to ensure ...
Vote For Us - Family Favorite OB-GYN
Parents often get the best advice from talking to other parents – at the playground, at school, sporting events, in waiting rooms or lines... so each year New Hampshire Magazine asks its readers to recommend their own Family Favorites.
How do businesses like Bedford Commons OB-GYN get nominated?
We suppose it's because we got recognized a...
Tell us you didn’t smile when you saw this photo! Courtesy of Salt and Lavender, this delicious and cooling treat guaranteed to please young and old alike on a hot summer day.
Need: Popsicle Molds (recipe configured for 8-3 oz. molds)
2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt (2% or whole milk)
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
Free Summer Fun!
Looking for budget-friendly summer activities that are well worth a family trip? We have some great options courtesy of Parenting NH.
If you missed fireworks on the Fourth of July, or just can’t get enough of the excitement of a great fireworks display, Hampton Beach hosts free fireworks every Wednesday night at 9:30 pm through August 29th...
The 411 on Ultrasounds
What Is An Ultrasound?
Ultrasounds (also known as sonograms), work by using sound waves that stimulate the tissues in the body (don’t worry you can’t hear them - the frequencies aren’t something that the human ear can pick up). The stimulation provided by an ultrasound procedure gives us the ability to view and monitor things like the ...
Four Steps to Medication Safety
You go to the doctor. He/she prescribes a new medication to address what ails you. You take it and feel better. Simple, right? Actually, it’s not. According to the FDA, “…when medicines are not used correctly, they can cause serious health problems or even death.” Fortunately, just by taking a few simple precautions, you can greatly red...
Sununu Signs Bill For Year Supply of Birth Control Pills
A bipartisan bill to give women a full-year supply of birth control pills with a single prescription has been signed into law by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.
The bill lifts a three-month cap for contraceptive prescriptions, raising it to 12 months. The bill enables doctors to prescribe 12 months of the medication and insurance carriers w...
Tips for a Day at the Beach
We in southern New Hampshire are so fortunate to live close to not only beautiful lakes, but gorgeous beaches. There is something about the water that speaks to us. In fact, studies have shown that large bodies of water can actually make us calmer and more creative. But, take one mother and add small children to a day at the beach and the resul...
Adventures Close to Home
Everyone looks forward to the summer – the beach, family trips, visiting the grandparents. But what about those days when you’re chilling at home? In every community there are opportunities for adventures right where you are. Here are just a few:
Visit Your Local Fire Station. Many fire stations will be happy to arrange a tour for kids...
Summer Chickpea Salad
Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are another fiber powerhouse at 11 grams per 1-cup serving. They’re also a great source of protein. This salad recipe is quick and full of summer goodness.
2 (19-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1-pint small cherry tomatoes, halved
3 Tablespoons finely shredded basil...
Summer Playhouses and Theaters
Summer playhouses are part of our New England heritage. Who doesn’t want to be in New England in the summer? Did you know New Hampshire is host to some excellent summer playhouses and theaters? Here is just a sample of NH’s summer thespian offerings:
The Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, NH. Known for the quality of their productions and t...
Do You Really Need That Fiber Bar?
The never-ending quest to eat less and feel fuller longer has given us the gift of fiber bars – you see them everywhere, and even bars that aren’t so high in fiber tout their fiber credentials. In fact, there’s a whole brand built around the stuff. Fiber is good for you. It keeps you regular, lowers your LDL cholesterol and does the trick...
After a long winter, you may be eyeing your summer wardrobe with a little trepidation. In fact, this is the time of year many of us embrace those “lose 15 pounds in x weeks” diets. Here’s the bad news – weight loss isn’t an “x weeks” proposition. We all need to find those healthy eating strategies that work for us and stick to the...
Here’s a fresh and savory twist on your typical strawberry recipe – perfect on grilled chicken breast!
2 cups diced fresh strawberries
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced baby radishes
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ...
Explore NH History
You can’t drive anywhere in our fair state without seeing the signs of our rich history – homes built in the 17th century, farms that have been in families for generations, and towns established in the early 1600s. If you’re interested in going back in time to explore the NH of yesteryear, we have some suggestions:
Muster Field Farm Mu...
Make an Explorer’s Bag!
Can you believe we had snow just a few weeks ago? If you’re like most families, everyone is itching to get outside and explore. We have just the project for you – a customizable explorer’s bag you can make from a simple mesh produce bag and some duct tape (naturally). It’s water resistant and helpfully sifts dirt or sand out while retai...
Bedford Commons OB-GYN is Going GREEN!
Today (April 22nd) is Earth Day and since we love all mothers, including Mother Earth, we are going to start moving in a greener direction! Things we have already done include making it easier to recycle by turning a trash dumpster into recycling, we’ve purchased additional dishes and cutlery for the break room and encourage our staff t...