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doctor mom blog explores does shaving make your hair grow back thicker?

Does shaving make your hair grow back thicker and darker?

Shaving is an effective and relatively cost-effective form of hair removal that removes hair temporarily just below the skins surface. But does shaving cause your hair to grow thicker and darker? Does shaving cause your hair to grow thicker and and darker? I was told growing up that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker,

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Dr. Mom blog explores Relaxation techniques for sleep to help with trouble falling asleep

Trouble Sleeping? Relaxation Techniques For Sleep

In my family medicine practice, I often see patients that have trouble sleeping.  Particularly difficulty falling asleep.  In medicine, this is known as “initial insomnia”. I recommend a proper sleep hygiene routine to all my patients that are suffering from poor quality sleep.  But I also talk with them about relaxation techniques for sleep. Trouble

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Medications and Breastfeeding

While it is commonly known that many medications cannot be taken while pregnant, mothers are often left wondering what is safe to take while they are breastfeeding their baby.  The good news is that most medications are compatible with breastfeeding.   Unfortunately, many mothers are given inaccurate advice with regard to medications and breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications

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Mommy Thumb (de Quervian Tenosynovitis)

de Quervain tenosynovitis is a common cause of hand or wrist pain in adults.  It is sometimes called “mommy’s thumb” or “mommy’s wrist” because it seems to be more common in women especially during the newborn period.  It seems to present itself in the first 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. I had “mommy thumb” during my first

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Intrauterine Devices (IUD)

Many women consider the intrauterine device (IUD) as a form of birth control both before having a baby, and after.  This is because the IUD is reliable, safe, and is as effective as permanent sterilization making the IUD a desirable birth control option. There Are Two Main Types Of IUDs Available On The Market Today:

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Birth Control Options While Breastfeeding

Contraception options after pregnancy is an important health topic that sometimes we forget about when we are busy with the new baby.  This is why I discuss contraception while breastfeeding with all of my postpartum patients. One misconception is that breastfeeding is an effective form of contraception. It is TRUE that if you are exclusively

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I’m Pregnant, Can I Eat Deli Meats?

Deli Meats and Pregnancy I love charcuterie.  And pizza. And sandwiches.  I’m now in my second pregnancy and there never ceases to be comments about what you can and cannot eat while you are pregnant.  I’ve often wondered we need to avoid deli meats during pregnancy? Food poisoning during pregnancy Food poisoning can occur in anyone and at anytime

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What are the Different Types of Insect Repellants and Are They Safe?

Mosquitoes are nuisances.  In Alberta, mosquitoes are everywhere and in some cases can ruin a perfect day outside if they are particularly high in population.   In order to fully enjoy the spring and summer weather while we have it, we may want to prevent itchy mosquito bites by using insect repellent (bug spray).  But not all insect

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Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Pregnancy

Asymptomatic bacteriuria is the presence of bacteria in the urine without symptoms of a urinary tract infection.  It can occur in 2 to 15% of pregnant women and if left untreated, some can develop a serious kidney infection called acute pyelonephritis.   Screening For Asymptomatic Bacteriuria The current recommendation is to screen for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women during

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Treating Acne During Pregnancy

Many people struggle with acne at some point in their lives.  The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can cause acne to worsen in some women. If they occur, acne flare-ups are often worst during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. There are some acne treatments that women may normally use to control acne that

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