ABC News' senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton confirms the U.K. model of labor and delivery is different from what most moms experience in the United States.
"In the U.K., it?s not as unusual," Ashton said of Kate's quick hospital discharge. "Here [in the United States], it?s pretty much a land-speed record. Most women stay in the hospital two nights because that?s what most insurance plans cover.
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Heart Healthy Habits and Kids
We know Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women, worldwide, but when exactly does that start? How far back do we need to go to prevent becoming a statistic? Today I discuss the results of a study in Circulation which looked at the Cardiovascular Health metrics of young children. It looked at diet, BP, BMI and cholesterol....The good news is that by making some easy dietary changes become habits with kids, we can reverse or prevent the trend of obesity, high BP, cholesterol and atherosclerosis later..
Michelle, 43, was born with double female anatomy ? two uteri, two cervixes and two vaginas. She joins The Doctors to find out if she?s destined to suffer from a continued life of double women-troubles.
"Sometimes subsequent pregnancies have it starting sooner, lasting longer and being more severe," said Ashton, adding that the debilitating pregnancy disorder is morning sickness "like a hurricane is a little bit of rain."
It's actually not a celebrity fad! I learned about eating clay, or Geophagia, in my Masters Degree in Nutrition Class at Columbia University. Clay (not dirt) has calcium, copper, zinc and other minerals in it, and is reported to soothe upset stomachs, aid anemia, and neutralize acidity in the GI tract. Like everything in medicine and nutrition, debate exists. Women all over the US and in Sub-saharan Africa eat clay regularly, especially during pregnancy. Here is a summary of what the medical/nutritional literature has found on this practice... Read on >>
A woman suffering from severe issues related to PCOS comes to my office...multiple issues including severe facial hair, acne, obesity, insulin resistance- all being targeted with a multi-disciplinary approach!
Are you confused about how much weight you should gain during pregnancy? Are you stressed that you will not grow a healthy baby if you eat too little or too much? Do you think that weight gained during pregnancy will be forever 'fat'? Is it possible for a woman to not gain ANY weight during pregnancy??
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What is a normal amount of weight gain during pregnancy? Board-Certified OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton shares her thoughts
While we don't know the inside private medical info about her specific case, and I do not speculate on health issues affecting celebrities directly (I only comment on a general basis), something seems odd to me about this case. I explain the range of allergic reactions to antibiotics on GMA.
Susan Patton, a mother of two and Princeton University alum, created buzz on and off campus when she wrote an open letter in 2013 to "The Daily Princetonian" advising female students to secure a spouse before graduation. She has since authored a book called "Marry Smart: Advice for Finding THE ONE" ? which includes passages encouraging teen girls to undergo pre-college plastic surgery to help land a husband and young women to have babies before pursuing their careers. The Doctors and Susan debate her controversial views on women's priorities.
Joe, a retired Army sergeant, lost his right leg after his Humvee set off an explosive device in Afghanistan. Nicole, his girlfriend, has been a source of comfort to Joe for the last five years. After The Doctors treat Nicole to a holiday beauty makeover, she reveals her brand new look ? just in time for a major holiday surprise from Joe!
When Terry was diagnosed with colon cancer 17 years ago, doctors removed her entire colon. Now, Terry has to go to the bathroom 10 to 20 times a day. Find out what nutritional plan The Doctors recommend for Terry. Plus, what do strangers accuse her of doing at restaurants?
Jessica and Victor have their hands full caring for three children -- two of which have special needs. After Jessica suffered a heart attack recently that doctors attributed to stress, she and her family were in need of a break. See The Doctors huge surprise that will help this family get moving in the right direction.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Cynthia Bailey opens up about her 14-year struggle with uterine fibroids -- a painful and embarrassing medical condition that affects nearly 75 percent of all women at some point in their lives. Learn what uterine fibroids are, and the common symptoms they cause.
Using bacteria collected from some of the smelliest parts of the human body, researcher Christina Agapakis was able to produce actual cheese! Learn why she did it. Plus, does body cheese taste like regular cheese?
From decorating accidents to foodborne illnesses, hospital emergency rooms see their fair share of folks whose holiday has taken a turn for the worse. The Doctors share three common holiday health hazards and give tips on how to avoid them this season.
Tracy Moore is a doting mom to her three-and-a-half year old daughter, Edie, but it wasn't always so. Moore, a blogger at Jezebel.com, found out she was pregnant with her first child just two months after she and her husband were married.
In a recent "social experiment," filmmaker Jack Vale followed stranger's social posts to find out how much personal information he could glean. He then used it to "prank" those people on the street. Find out how Jack gets his information. Plus, The Doctors reveal five things you should never share on social media.
Reality star Mary Murphy may be best known as the fun-loving judge on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, but she recently found out about a health condition that left her with questions. She opens up to The Doctors about the ovarian cancer scare she's never shared publicly.
McKenna, 14, competes in the youth division of Pankration, a mixed martial art sport where the competitors grapple in a large cage. She says it builds her self-esteem, but does it also encourage kids to be violent?
The controversy heats up over kids competing in pankration, a mixed martial art sport where the competitors grapple in a large cage. Find out why 8-year-old Regina, known as "The Black Widow" in the pankration world, started cage fighting. And how did she earn her fearsome nickname?
Benign, muscular tumors that grow from the uterus, fibroids are a problem that most women experience. However, recent studies suggest that you could reduce your risk of developing this painful problem with a vitamin D supplement. Get the facts!
It's TMI Tuesday: Women's only edition! Do yeast infections signal poor hygiene? What does the color of your discharge mean? And, labiaplasty: Learn why so many women are opting for it. Plus, a probiotic popsicle recipe for better vaginal health.
Dr. Ashton On The Front Lines In Haiti Dr. Jennifer Ashton is on the ground in Haiti and gives a first hand account of what it's like treating those seriously injured in the nation's devastating earthquake. Warning: images are graphic and may be disturbing.