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The Truth about Gummy Prenatals

By Dr Rick RobbinsGummy prenatal vitamins – and the truth they do NOT contain iron!!!As you likely know, prenatal vitamins are supplements to your diet – and recommended by almost all folks involved in prenatal care.As you also likely know, most prenatal vitamins contain minerals, including iron.Why? Because during the 9 months of your pregnancy, you and your growing baby need about 1000 mg of iron. Roswell Alpharetta high-risk obstetrics, recommends that the daily requireme  Read more

When Should I Start Seeing an OB/GYN?

By: Dr. Lara R. Hart, MDAs an Alpharetta women's health doctor, patients often ask me when they should bring their daughters in for their first OB/GYN appointment. There is not always a clear answer to this question. Certainly, if a girl of any age is having an issue with any of her “bikini zone” areas (breasts, vulva, vagina) it is wise to seek the input of an OB/GYN. Once menstruation or puberty has begun it is also a good time to initiate contact with an OB/GYN. In this post, I will  Read more

Women and Zika

By Dr Richard RobbinsThrough July 21st, over 400 pregnant women in the USA (not including US territories where there are another 400) contracted the Zika virus. As best we know, ALL of these patients got their Zika in a Zika zone of transmission. Please refer to the CDC for active Zika territories http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html. Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain or eye redness.  However, Zika often has no symptoms at all.Not pregnant?If you travel to a  Read more

Do I still need to see my gynecologist every year?

Yes!  It’s not easy for us to keep up with the pap smear guidelines, so we can’t expect our patients to know them.  The confusion surrounding the frequency of gynecology appointments stems from the changing pap smear guidelines.  Although you may not receive a pap smear every year, you still need a gynecology check up.Our practice has agreed to pap smear guidelines that are more conservative than those recommended by the US Preventative Health Task Force. The Task Force g  Read more

How to Reduce Your Risk for C-Section

According to the 2014 CDC data, approximately 32% of all deliveries are performed by c-section in the United States.  Many of our first-time moms want to know how to reduce their risk of delivering by c-section. Consider speaking to an Alpharetta gynecology specialist at Roswell.We recommend talking with our midwives to learn more to put your mind at ease and answer questions such as why you can't be induced earlier than your due date.   While our midwives don’t manage all our labor p  Read more

Will getting my tubes tied reduce my risk for ovarian cancer?

Risk reducing bilateral salpingectomy (aka removing the fallopian tubes). Guest Blogger Dr Richard Robbins discusses the benefits in reducing ovarian cancer by removing the fallopian tubes.Removing Fallopian tubes to prevent ovarian cancer? Why? And who should have it done?Here’s the general premise. Ovarian cancer as you know is generally a terrible disease, often found as stage 3-4 at first diagnosis. And so many studies have looked for ways to find earlier stage ovarian cancer (using  Read more

What should I be doing to prepare for my baby’s delivery?

Our guest blogger, Laurie Braswell, is a certified nurse-midwife delivering babies with Roswell OB/GYN since 1999. As a part of our caring and dedicated midwife practice, Laurie shares her insights into a successful delivery with working with our Alpharetta high-risk obstetrics. The most important thing is to know that you can do this.  Every woman has doubts about if she has the ability and strength to actually deliver her baby.  Just know that you are no different than al  Read more

How to lower your risk for breast cancer

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYN…………………………………Caucasian women are at higher risk for developing breast cancer over their lifetime in comparison to Asian and Black women.  Researchers in the United Kingdom designed The Million Woman study to investigate the factors that increased Caucasian women’s risk for breast cancer.  The study enrolled over one million women in the UK between 1996 to 2001.  The goal of the st  Read more

I’m so miserable, why won’t my doctor induce me a little early?

by Rachel Burt, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Roswell OB/GYNIt’s your last month of pregnancy and you are over it.   Your back is killing you, your varicose veins – even those in unmentionable places- are aching, your legs are swollen, you haven’t slept a full night's sleep in weeks, and you want this baby out!  We can definitely empathize with you as Alpharetta gynecology specialists.  The final month of pregnancy can be so uncomfortable.  It is typically right around th  Read more

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 and preterm delivery rates.Researchers analyzed data fro  Read more