Dr. Erin Stevens
Ask the OBGYN
Bringing a new life into the world can be a joyous event for everyone involved. Sometimes, however, it can lead to significant emotional and mental changes for a new mother that make daily life difficult. Although celebrities like Serena Williams and Chrissy Teigen have recently brought peripartum mood disorders into the public eye, most people still don’t know a lot about them. Q What are peripartum mood disorders? A People who are pregnant or have recently delivered a baby can... more
You’re pregnant!
Now what? You might be equal parts thrilled and terrified, and will likely have a lot of questions when it comes to nutrition, activity, the latest dos and don’ts, and everything else surrounding pregnancy, labor and delivery — never mind parenting. We’re here to help with some of the top questions we see in our practice:Q What vitamins... more
Should I try acupuncture?
Q: What is it?A: Acupuncture is a healing art believed to have originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. It’s based on an understanding of health that’s somewhat different than that of Western (allopathic) medicine.  Broadly, in acupuncture, if you’re a healthy person, you’ll have a healthy body.In Western medicine, if you... more
Preeclampsia 101
Pregnancy is generally thought of as a wonderful, magical time. Although that certainly can be so, it’s also a time of great risk for a woman’s health. Women’s bodies change in many ways to accommodate pregnancy, but sometimes these changes lead to health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, blood clots, excessive... more
Exercise during pregnancy
Serena Williams was about eight weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd Grand Slam tennis tournament. At least 18 women have participated in the Olympics while pregnant, including Kerri Walsh Jennings, who won her third gold medal in volleyball while five weeks along. Amy Keil of Minneapolis completed the Boston Marathon while 34 weeks... more
Beyond wine and chocolate
Chances are, you’re distracted while reading this. You’re running on a constant underlying level of anxiety while scanning through the never-ending to-do list in your head. I see women of all ages with a variety of life responsibilities every day in the office, and I’ve noted a common theme — we’re all stretched thin and stressed... more
Yet another shot!?
Q: Can we skip the HPV vaccine?A: Many parents find HPV vaccination to be a particularly challenging topic as they struggle with the idea of thier child receiving an injection related to sexual health.But the vaccine — which is given during elementary school — is recommended to prevent multiple types of cancer in adulthood for both... more