Is there an Emory doctor in the house? You can find one each month in the pages of Pregnancy Magazine. Gynecologist Stephen Weiss, MD has been appointed as the publication's resident physician, and uses his expertise to educate readers in a monthly Q&A column in the magazine geared toward expecting moms.
Dr. Weiss's first column helped readers sort through questions about breast-feeding, toddler tantrums, and fatigue. His upcoming columns will address issues such as incontinence, labor stages, and exercise.
"This is an ideal opportunity for both Emory and 'Pregnancy Magazine'," says Dr. Weiss, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, Emory University School of Medicine. "I'm honored to be able to help answer the unaddressed questions that women have about pregnancy and the transition into motherhood. I may never see most of the women who read my column in my office, but they'll be aware of the commitment and expertise in women's health the Emory team has to offer."
Below are two examples of questions Dr. Weiss answered from the Pregnancy Magazine (January 2006) readers:
Q: I have been feeling extreme fatigue as a result to giving birth. Sometime it's hard for me to even hold my baby for long periods of time. How can I get my strength back?
A: Unless you had to be on prolonged bed rest before delivery, muscle weakness would be very rare. Extreme fatigue could be due to lack of restful sleep, postpartum depression, low thyroid, or a coincidental muscle condition. Many women are surprised by how exhausting early motherhood can be, and it's important to make sure you're getting as much sleep as you can. I would recommend seeing a physician to sort this out.
Q: My nine-month-old is still breast-feeding, and I still haven't gotten my period. Is breast-feeding the reason that I'm not getting my period?
A: As many as 15 percent of breastfeeding moms will not have a period by nine months after giving birth. By 12 months, the percentage remains around five percent. You're far from being alone and yes, breastfeeding is likely the reason you haven't had a period since giving birth. All the hormonal activity of breastfeeding can affect your cycle. Other causes of no periods are much more rare and only need to be looked into at this point if you are experiencing other problems.
Dr. Weiss has been practicing at Emory since 1983. His areas of clinical and research interests include adolescent and pediatric gynecology, laparoscopy, laser surgery, and urinary incontinence. He earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1983, and completed both his internship and residency at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Among other organizations, Dr. Weiss is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Additional information about Pregnancy Magazine can be found at www.PregnancyMagazine.com.