Category: Awareness

Nursing Tips: The Flu Season

Flu season is upon us now that the temperatures are beginning to drop. Most seasonal flu activity peaks between December and February, while the season generally lasts between October and May. The CDC highly recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as one of the most important steps in [...]

Why teachers should schedule their fertility evaluation, NOW!

We recommend that teachers schedule their new patient appointments right now, or at least in early spring (February-April). We see an influx of teachers calling to schedule their initial appointments during their summer break. By then, patients may be disappointed to find out that initial diagnostic steps are necessary before treatment can begin. Working with [...]

Nursing Tips: Know the Signs of Endometriosis

Heavy periods? Severe menstrual cramps? Painful intercourse? These may be signs of endometriosis, although many females have no signs or symptoms at all. Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus implants in other places in the body, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or even the intestines. This can [...]

(ultra)Sound Bites: Development of the Fetal Heart

Development of the fetal heart happens surprisingly early in pregnancy. At only four weeks gestational age, the fetal heart begins to beat. By six weeks, the heart typically beats between 100 and 120 times per minute. By the second pregnancy ultrasound at RMAPA (at 6.5 weeks), we can actually watch the fetal heart beating on [...]

Nursing Tips: Vitamin D and Pregnancy

There is increasing evidence that Vitamin D is important for both a healthy pregnancy and normal child development.  In pregnant women, Vitamin D assists with absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, and supports the immune system. In babies, Vitamin D helps build strong bones and teeth. Low Vitamin D during pregnancy has been linked [...]

Love Your Heart

February is National Heart Month, and similar to many other awareness months, RMAPA is dedicated to informing and supporting our patients in maintaining a healthy lifestyle in order to have a healthy baby. Although heart disease is largely believed to be associated with men, the truth is that heart disease and strokes kill 1 in [...]

Nursing Tips: Planning for Fertility Treatment

One of the many questions asked by patients who are trying to conceive is how long the process takes from their new patient appointment until they begin treatment. At your first visit at RMAPA, your physician will establish a personalized plan with a list of testing that needs to be completed by both the patient [...]

Feeling Stuffed During an IVF Cycle?

Feeling stuffed during your IVF cycle? It’s most likely not the Thanksgiving Turkey! Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is an excessive response to taking the medicine used to make eggs grow during an IVF cycle. Women with OHSS have a large number of growing follicles in their ovaries in conjunction with high estradiol levels. This leads to fluid [...]

Nursing Tips: Zika Update Fall 2016

With the holidays quickly approaching, many people may be traveling around the country, possibly the world, to visit with family and friends. It is important to remember that Zika is still very active all over the world and precautions must be taken for all individuals who are pregnant or trying to conceive. The Center for Disease [...]

Breast Cancer Awareness 2016

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among U.S. women, as well as the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Every year 40,000 lose their battle to cancer, while five times as many individuals are diagnosed. Surprisingly this disease is not just reserved for women, approximately 1,700 men are diagnosed [...]