Your baby has arrived and you are now adjusting to life with an infant. This is an exciting and sometimes stressful time full of many changes to your lifestyle and your body.
Many new mothers are eager to start working out after giving birth, but it’s important to wait for the okay from your ObGyn before starting up any exercise regimen. It’s also important to be patient, start out slowly, and set reasonable expectations. While many women want to get back to their “pre-pregnancy” body, giving birth is physically arduous and it takes time for your body to recover.
Factors that impact postpartum workouts include breastfeeding, vaginal vs. cesarean section birth, hormones, and your fitness/health level before getting pregnant and during your pregnancy.
Many pregnant women, especially those giving birth for the first time, have questions about pain management. A big question we get asked is whether or not you should get an epidural during labor.
It’s important to understand the risks and benefits of all pain management options. Discussing your options and concerns with your OB/Gyn prior to delivery helps you to be as prepared as possible, and ensures whichever pain management option you choose fits with your birth plan preferences.
In this post we discuss labor and delivery pain management options, when you can get an epidural, and alternatives to epidurals or medication.
The decision to circumcise your newborn is a personal choice. Most newborn circumcisions are done for traditional, cultural or religious reasons but even this choice should not be made without careful thought. We encourage you to read the following information and discuss your decision with knowledgeable advisers like your obstetrician or midwife, and your child’s pediatrician.
We are pleased to offer a gentle approach to circumcision in the hands of an experienced surgeon, Dr. Carranza-Chahal.
After opening Copperstate almost 30 years ago, Dr. Addis will be retiring at the end of 2021. We truly appreciate her endless commitment to women’s health and mentoring of all the providers at Copperstate.
“It is bittersweet for our Copperstate family to announce that after 41 years of OB/GYN practice in Tucson, Dr. Karen Addis will be retiring at the end of this year. She and her husband founded Copperstate almost 30 years ago, and in addition to caring for the women of Tucson, she has trained, mentored, and supported all of the physicians and providers at Copperstate. Her great surgical skills and empathetic patient care have made her an incredible role model. Her calm, gentle, and kind ways have been a steady presence in our office. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with her and learn from her. We wish her much happiness and fulfillment in the next phase of her life.” – Dr. Kathy Farias
“The legacy of care continues, with a wonderful group of doctors, nurse practitioners and PAs. We have a camaraderie and legacy of care, quality and hope. Each one of us loves what we do, and I hope and pray that continues on after I retire at the end of this year.” – Dr. Addis
The big moment is here and your baby has finally arrived! There is nothing like the experience of seeing and holding your newborn for the first time. Aside from the joy and relief of holding your newborn, there are also significant benefits to the baby and the mother of having skin to skin contact immediately following birth.
When you’re first trying to conceive, you may feel overwhelmed by how much you don’t know – especially if it’s your first! While there are all kinds of medical information out there about preparing your body the best you can to have a baby, there’s one piece of advice that you should definitely pay attention to: take prenatal vitamins.Continue reading “Prenatal Vitamins”