Did you know that Cheyenne OBGYN is a proud partner of the Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative? For many years, Cheyenne OBGYN has joined forces with the WBCI to make breast cancer prevention more accessible in rural Wyoming.
The Wyoming Breast Cancer Initiative was established in 2016 and has been at the forefront of creating easier access regarding cancer resources in rural Wyoming. Its mission is to increase breast cancer education, financially assisting breast cancer screenings, facilitating patient navigation, and promoting survivor services through fundraising efforts across the state. The WBCI will be holding three Pink Ribbon Runs in August of 2021; the first will be on the 7th in Casper at the David Street Station, the second will be on the 14th at the Capitol Complex, the third will take place on the 21st in Riverton at the SageWest Health Center.
One of the WBCI’s long-time sponsors, Cheyenne OBGYN, will be tabling at the Capitol Complex run on the 14th. Cheyenne OBGYN was established in 1979 by Dr. Bob Mcguire who coined the motto “the patient comes first” and can be found under the Pink Blush Sponsors
under the WBCI sponsor list. In their mission, they emphasize staying at the forefront of technology and working as a large team to get you the treatment meant for you.
If you will be attending the Pink Ribbon Run on the 14th, stop by Cheyenne OBGYN’s table for stickers, information, and a smile or two.
It’s always necessary to take care of your health, but if you’re planning on having a baby, there are important steps to take in order to protect the health of both yourself and your future newborn. Preconception health refers to a woman’s health before she becomes pregnant. By being proactive with your health planning, you can help prevent issues that might negatively impact your baby or yourself. Here are a few things you can do to sustain strong preconception health.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and try to stay physically active. Male partners should also focus on maintaining good overall health. That includes reviewing any medications with a doctor to make sure none of them will hinder fertility. Many pregnancies are unplanned, so it’s always best for both partners to maintain a healthy routine in case an unplanned pregnancy occurs.
- Have open communication with your partner. If you are planning to get pregnant, make sure your partner is on the same page. Maintaining your health is easier when both partners are working toward the same goal. Plus, planning for a baby will make the journey more enjoyable in an honest, open relationship.
- Monitor your weight. It is helpful to avoid being significantly overweight or underweight leading up to a pregnancy. Either extreme can lead to health problems such as premature birth and birth defects.
- Take your vitamins. A multivitamin is always helpful to ensure your body is getting the vitamins it needs. Folic acid is commonly taken before and during pregnancy to help prevent significant birth defects in a baby’s brain and spine.
- Be conscious of your mental health. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Make efforts to reduce stress. Being active and getting plenty of sleep can help diffuse stress. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, speak to a therapist or counselor to help manage symptoms.
- Attend parenting classes. Especially if you are going to be a first-time parent, consider taking a parenting class to become familiar with all the baby basics, such as feeding and bathing your baby. This may help you feel more prepared and ease anxiety when a newborn is on the way.
- Schedule a pre-pregnancy checkup. A visit to your doctor will help you know if your body is prepared to be pregnant. Even if it won’t be your first pregnancy, it’s still a good idea to start your planning with a doctor’s visit. Bodies change and your body may need something now that it didn’t before.
If you have any questions regarding preconception health or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call our office at 307-634-5216.
Postpartum depression is a common but serious condition. Many parents may want to deny it because it’s not what they expected after the birth of a child. However, it does occur—in mothers and fathers alike. Postpartum depression might occur because the childbirth experience didn’t live up to expectations, or simply due to the fact that the parent is not feeling a connection to the baby. For most parents, these “baby blues” go away after three to five days. For others, the feelings of hopelessness and sadness may not go away quite as quickly. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, or lethargy for more than two weeks, you may be experiencing postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a severe mood disorder. Many parents feel ashamed to admit they might have postpartum depression because they believe everything around a new baby should be blissful. However, the sooner you recognize the symptoms, the sooner you can seek treatment from a doctor and start enjoying life with your new baby.
Symptoms most often start within the first month of childbirth. For the birthing parent, they can begin during pregnancy and continue into the first full year after giving birth. Symptoms may include extreme sadness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and crying spells. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, or fear that you may harm yourself or your baby, reach out for help immediately. Call a close loved one, 911, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK.
It has been difficult for doctors to pinpoint the cause of postpartum depression, but there are several factors that contribute to it. Emotional factors like stress and anxiety can make a parent feel overwhelmed and lead to postpartum depression. Sudden fluctuations in hormone levels or sleep deprivation can be contributing factors, too. A history of depression in your family may also make you more likely to suffer from postpartum depression.
There are different treatments for postpartum depression a doctor can suggest. Therapy with a psychiatrist or social worker may be recommended to learn coping mechanisms for the different feelings depression can cause. A doctor may prescribe an antidepressant to relieve symptoms. Treatment will also depend on whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, too.
Remember, there is no shame in asking for help. It’s important to get treated to help yourself and your baby. Treatment will help address symptoms and can significantly improve the relationship with your baby and partner. If you have any questions or are concerned that you’re experiencing postpartum depression, please call our office at 307-634-5216.
An estimated 10 million people age 50 years and over in the United States have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes a person’s bones to become thin and weak, resulting in a higher likelihood of fracture. The illness affects more women than men due to decreasing testosterone levels in the female aging process. As widespread as it is, it’s smart to be familiar with the fundamentals of the disease. Being knowledgeable about osteoporosis can help you diagnose symptoms quicker and be treated sooner. Here are answers to a few of the most asked questions about osteoporosis.
What causes osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is caused by a decrease in bone density, which results in bones becoming fragile and prone to breaking. Bones naturally become weaker as we age, but for some, it may happen much quicker than others. Age, early menopause, poor diet (calcium deficiency), and past injuries can each contribute to osteoporosis. There are certain illnesses, like rheumatoid arthritis and kidney disease, that also make individuals more likely to develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can also be hereditary. If you have a family member who has experienced bone breakage from the disease, your chance of developing similar symptoms is above average.
Can osteoporosis be prevented?
Leading a healthy lifestyle can help set off osteoporosis. For instance, not smoking, eating high protein foods, and being physically active will help keep bones healthy. A well-balanced diet should provide the necessary calcium, but some may benefit from taking calcium supplements. Vitamin D also plays a vital role. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium to strengthen bones and can also be taken as a supplement.
Is there a cure for osteoporosis?
Although there is no direct cure for osteoporosis once it has already been diagnosed, there are always treatments, lifestyle regimens, and preventative measures that can help manage or prevent the disease. A physical routine will help strengthen bones to make them less likely to break. A doctor may recommend an exercise plan that includes strength training and walking. The plan may even include exercises to improve balance to help avoid falling and breaking a bone. Keeping a healthy weight will also help keep osteoporosis in check. As far as pharmaceutical treatments, a doctor may recommend a prescription to slow down the loss of bone density or manage the pain that may come with the illness.
If you feel you may be experiencing osteoporosis, schedule an appointment with one of our experts. By seeking out treatment you’ll have a better chance of preventing fragility or broken bones as you age. To set up your appointment today, please call our office at 307-634-5216.