Category Archives: OB/GYN & Maternity

Disparity, Dysphoria, and Deadnaming: Addressing the Health Care Gap for Transmen

According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, only 29 percent of providers were comfortable providing a cervical cancer screening to a transgender man. Eleven percent flat-out refused. Legacy aims to tackle the disparity. By Barrett White   Accessing health care can sometimes feel like an uphill battle regardless of who …

What your body can expect after having a baby

Pregnancy brings tremendous change to your life, but those changes do not stop after delivery. Your body continues to change in the first weeks and months after you give birth. Here are some things you can expect. Abdomen  Your abdomen (belly) may still look pregnant for a few weeks. In the first few days, you …

Legacy Connecting Fifth Ward Community with Care at June 15th Health Fest

Houston’s historic Fifth Ward neighborhood will be the hot spot for the upcoming Legacy Community Health Fest, an event that will focus on the importance of health care in this traditionally underserved community.  The free community-wide event features Keisha Nicole and the 97.9 The Box Team, and a special performance by the Atherton Elementary Drumline. …

Maternal health in Harris County

By Carolina Boyd The health of mothers and their children is a reflection of the overall health of a community. Despite the number of hospitals and medical facilities across Harris County, the incidence of maternal morbidity is high in our area. Maternal morbidity refers to the unexpected, and dangerous, life-threatening complications that arise from pregnancy, …

Breast cancer survivor urges women to be aware of their breast health

By Carolina Boyd Lakeisha Parker has long made it a habit to do regular breast self-exams; but never did she think that one day it would lead to a breast cancer diagnosis. “I felt something while in the shower. I knew immediately it wasn’t supposed to be there,” said Parker. A visit to her Legacy …

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Frequently Asked Questions

When you are a new mom, breastfeeding can bring its share of questions. We are answering five of the most common breastfeeding questions that come up. How long should I breastfeed my baby? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby’s life. You should then continue breastfeeding …

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

By Sean Barrett, Registered Dietitian If you’re pregnant, “eating for two” doesn’t mean eating more than necessary, what matters is if the food is healthy. The caloric needs of an expecting mom will change throughout her pregnancy. Extra calories are not required during a woman’s first trimester. During the second trimester, only an additional 340 …

Dealing with a Urinary Tract Infection

By Carolina Boyd Every year urinary tract infections (UTIs) lead to more than 8 million visits to health care providers in the United States.  For women, the chance of developing a UTI is especially high.  Women have shorter urethras, which allow bacteria quick access to the bladder, causing an infection. To identify a UTI, keep …

What to expect with a newborn

During the first few weeks as a parent, you might question whether certain features or symptoms in your newborn seem normal. Many are a natural part of the transition from birth as your newborn gets used to life in the outside world. Learn more about some common signs below. Your baby’s skin You might notice …

The importance of the well-woman exam

By Dr. Vian Nguyen, Chief Medical Officer We all know how important exercise and diet are when it comes to living a healthy life. However, many of us forget the role of regular check-ups in staying healthy. For women, that means a well-woman exam. A general well-woman exam gives women an opportunity to discuss their …