C-sections, mammograms, bikini waxes and more … learn the dos and don’ts before undergoing common procedures!
The Doctors Motherhood Survival Club
Actress Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo, comedian Niecy Nash and breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk kick off a new season of The Doctors Motherhood Survival Club, a place for open and honest conversations with moms, mom-experts and celebrity moms.
Meet the newest The Doctors Motherhood Survival Club members, The Suburban Stilettos, and find out how to start your own club. And don't miss Vanessa and Niecy's #1 Mommy Tips!
What to Know Before: A Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Like any surgery, breast augmentation carries risks, and 25 percent of women who have undergone the operation will need to have a secondary breast revision. In addition, post-operative pain varies with each person. Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon shares simple tips to minimize discomfort:
1. Assign a “Booby Buddy.” Choose someone to accompany you for the procedure, and to stay with you for 24 to 48 hours after the operation. Remember: you won’t be able to drive for at least a week after implant surgery.
2. The physical motion of opening pill bottles can exacerbate pain. To avoid this, store your medication in plastic baggies before you go in for your procedure.
3. Women must wear a compression bra at all times for two to three weeks after an implant surgery. Be sure to buy several of them ahead of time so you can rotate them.
Learn more about breast implants.
What to Know Before: A C-Section
A Cesarean delivery, or C-section, is a surgical procedure in which incisions are made in a woman’s abdominal wall and uterus to deliver a baby. OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson outlines what women should know before undergoing a C-section.
What to Know Before: An Epidural
An epidural is a type of regional anesthesia that works by injecting anesthetic into the epidural space of the spinal cord, resulting in the cessation of sensation in the abdominal, genital and pelvic areas. It is frequently used in childbirth and gynecological surgery. Anesthesiologist Dr. Edna Ma demonstrates how an epidural is performed.
“A lot of people don’t know this, but if you want to have a lighter epidural, if you want to feel a little bit more of the contractions, just tell your doctor or anesthesiologist,” Dr. Ma says. “They can adjust it based on your preferences.”
Learn more about epidurals.
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What to Know Before: A Mammogram
Regular mammograms and self-breast exams are important for early detection of breast cancer. Early detection can reduce the risk of developing terminal cancer by 30 percent. Breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk shares what women need to know before having a mammogram.
Learn more about mammograms.
What to Know Before: Breastfeeding
Jesse Zilberstein, lactation educator from The Pump Station in Los Angeles, California, conducts lactation classes for moms-to-be. She demonstrates the best ways to get a newborn to latch onto the nipple and how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk.
Get Dr. Funk’s Breastfeeding Tips.
What to Know Before: A Bikini Wax
Dr. Ma created Bare-Ease, a numbing product that contains 4 percent lidocaine, for use before a bikini wax. The result? No more ouch! Michelle from Kalologie puts BareEase to the test.
What to Know Before …
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