Spokane Medical Research

What I Didn’t Expect. Part 5

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Just as my feelings of resentment, frustration, and depression came on like a tornado, they went away one day in much the same fashion, almost a month after Ethan was born. I had “escaped” for the afternoon to catch a movie with a friend, and found myself spending every moment thinking about Ethan. (more…)

What I Didn’t Expect. Part 4

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People all around me were telling me “Enjoy every minute of this — they are babies for such a short time.” Was I crazy or were they? I wasn’t getting a minute of joy out of any of this. I couldn’t wait until he was ten years old so I could go to the bathroom alone and he could fix a sandwich all by himself. (more…)

What I Didn’t Expect. Part 3

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After the physical pain began to ebb, the mental anguish set in. I’d read about postpartum depression, but skimmed over those pages figuring it would never happen to me. I wanted this baby too badly — how could I be depressed that he was here? (more…)

What I Didn’t Expect. Part 2

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By 7 p.m. I had dilated to 7 cm but I had been holding there for the past three hours. The doctor was concerned because Ethan still wasn’t dropping and he believed the baby was so big that he was lodged in my pelvis and possibly backwards. He told me I would need to have a c-section. My head started swimming. (more…)

What I Didn’t Expect. Part 1

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When I was pregnant with our son Ethan, I read every book on pregnancy that existed. I found comfort in knowing that my unbearable back pain, my inability to get a comfortable night’s sleep, and the feeling that my bladder was about to explode were all normal and that women across the country were as miserable as I was. (more…)

Typical Menstrual Cycle. Follicular Phase, Ovulation, and Luteal Phase

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The sequence of events that regulate the process of ovulation and the monthly cycle are moderated by hormones. This section provides an explanation of what happens with the reproductive organs and hormones at each phase of the menstrual cycle. For our discussion, this section is based on a typical 28 day cycle. While cycle duration may vary from woman to woman, a 28 day cycle can be used as a general guide to understanding how the reproductive system works. (more…)

Families Face the Menopause Transition

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When a woman undergoes the menopause transition, possible changes in her mood and memory may affect her family, friends and co-workers. This can be a difficult transition and requires understanding from everyone.

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Smoking During Pregnancy Impairs Child’s Future Lung Function

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School-aged children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy demonstrate decreased lung function, according to a study published in the March issue of the medical journal Thorax.

Impaired lung growth and development occur independently of respiratory problems associated with exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, also known as ETS or “second-hand smoke,” during childhood.

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