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What Should I Eat When Pregnant?

What Should I Eat When Pregnant? While pregnant, it can be tough to know what foods are best eat, and what to avoid. Suddenly, you’re not just eating for yourself but for your growing child and have concerns about making the right choices. Pregnant women are often hungrier, but it is important to eat foods… Read more

What is the Difference Between a Midwife and a Doula?

                          Many women choose to have a birthing team to manage different aspects of childbirth. The birthing team often includes a doula and a midwife – but what’s the difference? Midwife: A midwife is a trained medical professional who focuses her practice on… Read more

Reproductive Health in your 20s, 30s, and 40s

Gynecologist Norfolk VA

 The various stages of life each bring new challenges – including ones that impact fertility. Women in the USA are holding off on having children, with many waiting until their 30s or 40s to start a family. With the “biological clock” ticking, there are often worries about maintaining reproductive health. The 20s: Programmed for Childbirth… Read more

A Successful Pregnancy for a Mother with Diabetes

Diabetic Mother

Becoming pregnant is a joyful and exciting time, but challenging for mothers with diabetes. Abnormal blood glucose levels can lead to complications during pregnancy, even in the first few weeks. If you are planning on getting pregnant, it is important to have a plan in place to manage your diabetes. Our Virginia Beach OBGYN works… Read more

Download and share our practice app!


Need handy directions to our office? Are you pregnant with a cold and can’t remember where you put that “safe medications in pregnancy” list?  Would you like to receive push notifications from our office with important practice announcements, such as flu shot availability, or inclement weather closings?  Want an easy way to download forms and… Read more

The Importance of Water


Moms-to-be are now drinking for two. Here are some things you should know about drinking water during your pregnancy: Water Helps Deliver the Essentials to the Fetus When taking prenatal vitamins and eating healthy foods, have you ever wonder how they are absorbed and transferred through the body? Well, it all starts with water. Water… Read more

10 Benefits of Prenatal Vitamins


Nutritional needs are higher during pregnancy. As a mother-to-be, it is important that you get the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy, plus the nutrients your baby needs for proper development. Even if you eat a wide variety of foods, it is difficult to get all the nutrients you and your baby need from… Read more

We Aren’t In Kansas Anymore

By Marcia Hughes I’m here to help you understand how insurance works. In this age of rising premiums and deductibles, it is more important than ever to understand your benefits and what financial responsibilities you will have prior to having medical services. HMO’s (The Good Witch) spoiled many of us years ago with small copays,… Read more

Let’s Talk About Poop!

By Ilene B. Goldstein, M.D. Happy Springtime! In the spirit of April showers and May flowers, lets talk about POOP! While a little taboo to discuss at the dinner table, bowel habits are an important topic to address with your health care providers. March is Colon Cancer Awareness month.  Aside from wearing blue and running for your… Read more

Back Pain and Pregnancy


We often see mothers eagerly waiting for the day that their bodies change enough for it to be obvious they are pregnant. Many of which do not take into consideration the amount of change that occurs to their body’s structure. Some these changes of pregnancy are weight gain, postural, and hormonal effects which create relaxation… Read more

“Ouch! I Think I Have a Bladder Infection!”


By Mary Antoinette Burns, M.D. Most women reading this title know what I mean by bladder infection! It is pretty common! It is estimated that half of all women will experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in her lifetime. According to the American Urological Association, UTIs account for more than 8 million medical office… Read more

A New Me


By Reena Talreja-Pelaez, MD It’s time of year for new beginnings and New Year’s Resolutions!  Many patients share their New Year’s goals and aspirations with us. Often health-related, these resolutions range from exercising more to eating healthier to taking vitamins.  And as we all know, many of these resolutions fall by the wayside within weeks… Read more

The Great Elixir


What if we told you that there was an elixir on planet earth that could help protect your baby from ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and many other ailments. What if this so-called elixir lasted into your child’s teenage years thus reducing his/her risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and allergies. Would… Read more

5 Tips to Help With Recovery After Delivery


Pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body. So we put together some tips that will help with the healing process after delivering a baby. This by no means is a substitute for what your doctor advises you to do. Rest This is a pretty obvious tip, but can often be forgotten or ignored…. Read more



In the past, many women thought of menopause as a sign that their lives were nearly over because they no longer felt useful. That they could no longer enjoy intimacy or bear any children. This was the past and fortunately today, women view menopause as a new and exciting phase of life. Maintaining a healthy… Read more

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – VBAC

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean - VBAC

Your last delivery was a C-Section and you are pregnant again. Should you attempt a vaginal birth this time? The answer requires an in-depth look at what prompted the need for a C-Section in the first place, your personal wishes and how your pregnancy is progressing. Once all of the facts are known, making a… Read more

Foods to Avoid While Pregnant

Good and Bad Foods

Now that you are pregnant you are literally eating for two. While most of the emphasis on nutrition will be on providing your baby with all of the nutrients needed to support growth, there are some foods which can potentially cause harm to you and your baby. Some of these foods are common and would… Read more

What is the difference between obstetrics and gynecology?

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics and gynecology are medical specialties that focus on two different aspects of the female reproductive system. At Virginia Beach OBGYN we provide care to women in all phases of their lives whether they are having a baby or are past menopause. Obstetrics deals with the care of the pregnant women, the unborn baby, labor… Read more

The Zika Virus

Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been in the news lately and many of our maternity patients are confused and alarmed due to conflicting data and heartbreaking photos of South American babies born with smaller than average head size. The facts about Zika are simple; the virus only can affect a woman if she is already pregnant…. Read more

A Postpartum Physician’s Perspective…. By Ilene Goldstein, M.D.


“Molly Lovebug” Eight weeks ago today was my due date. Forty-eight hours later, Molly was born. Two months of crying (both mom and baby), laughing (with and at each other) and I am finally ready to blog about it all. I tried to write a post about two weeks postpartum, but my husband gently commented… Read more