We are sad to inform you that Dr. Carranza-Chahal will no longer be caring for patients at Copperstate after 8/31/2022. At this time, she plans to practice as a hospitalist physician and will not provide care to women outside of the hospital setting.
We wish her the best and will miss having her here at Copperstate! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will be happy to schedule your follow-up care with another of our excellent physicians.
Breastfeeding is good for both you and your baby. Breastfeeding helps you bond with your newborn, and can even relieve stress and reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
The most important thing about breastfeeding is that breast milk contains all the nutrients your baby needs to grow. It can even potentially protect your baby from sickness. Some providers refer to breast milk as “liquid gold.” Once you start breastfeeding, you’ll understand why it’s easy to compare to gold, as it takes a lot of energy for your body to create nutrient-dense milk.
Create a breastfeeding diet to increase milk supply and eat foods that promote milk production. With the right diet, you’ll have the most nutrient-dense breast milk for your baby.
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By now you have most likely heard about fertility and ovulation tracking, but might be wondering what it is and how it works. No matter what your particular situation is, fertility tracking is a useful tool to increase your chances of getting pregnant in any given month, and help you become more mindful about your feminine health and menstrual cycle.
If you are trying to get pregnant, it can certainly be a nerve-wracking, time. Whether this is your first time trying for a baby, or you have children and want to grow your family, you and your partner are setting out on a life-changing journey. You want to have the best chances possible of conceiving, so tracking your fertility and ovulation can be important.
For some couples, getting pregnant happens quickly and easily once they make the decision to conceive. For other couples, the process isn’t so straightforward, or there may be questions or issues about infertility to address.
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The cervix. Everyone assigned female at birth has one and has surely heard about them before, but, do you really know what this amazing organ does? Understanding the anatomy and importance of the cervix is a great way to continue celebrating 30 years of female empowerment and all of the incredible aspects of the female body within our I Am Woman: A Celebration of Womanhood.
What Is The Cervix?
Before diving into the role of the cervix, it’s important to understand what it is and where it’s located. The cervix is a passageway or tube that connects the vagina to the uterus. Although being only roughly 2 inches in size, the structure of the cervix is quite complex. There are three main parts to the cervix; the end closest to the vaginal opening called the ectocervix, the middle, tube-like area called the endocervical canal, and the opening closest to the uterus named the internal Os. The opening of the cervix is very small and only minimally expands to let discharge, menstrual blood, or sperm pass through.
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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.
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When it comes to pregnancy and our menstrual cycles, the uterus is truly the star of the show. However, we don’t always give our uterus the credit it deserves. It is truly a powerhouse of an organ. Taking a deep dive into its functions and purpose is the perfect way to celebrate I Am Woman: A Celebration of Womanhood.
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