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Notes on Women's Health
Notes on Women's Health

Category: Pregnancy Care

2nd Trimester Pregnancy Week by Week: What to Expect Weeks 18-26 and Your Second Trimester Ultrasound

Pregnant woman getting an ultrasound Prenatal Appointments: Weeks 18-20

Now four weeks into your second trimester, your fourth prenatal appointment occurs between the 18th and 20th week of pregnancy. Most expecting couples look forward to this appointment in anticipation of the anatomic scan, also known as an ultrasound. Read More

Preeclampsia Symptoms and Treatment: Can Low-Dose Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Preeclampsia?

Pregnant woman standing near windowPregnancy can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time. As your body goes through changes, it can be difficult to know what’s normal and what’s a concern. One of the most serious conditions of pregnancy is called preeclampsia, and it’s characterized by high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a condition that you might not notice, and other preeclampsia symptoms, such as headaches, nausea and vomiting, are common pregnancy symptoms.

Many women who have preeclampsia don’t feel sick at all. Read More

The Baby Blues and Signs of Postpartum Depression

Young mother - postpartum depression signsLife shouldn’t get any better than when you finally have your new baby home with you, right? While the long awaited arrival should make you feel happy and blissful, the truth is that some 9 to 16 percent of women show the signs of postpartum depression after childbirth.*

Many new moms feel guilty if they don’t feel like having their new baby home is the happiest time of their lives. But there shouldn’t be any guilt associated with experiencing postpartum blues (“baby blues”). During pregnancy, levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone are sky-high and after delivering a baby and the placenta, they drastically plummet, triggering the baby blues.  Combine the change in hormones with an exhausting delivery and your new role of caretaker, and it’s no wonder so many moms experience postpartum mood changes.

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Traveling During Pregnancy: When to Go, How to Prepare and When to Seek Medical Attention

Traveling During PregnancyBeing pregnant should not hold you back when it comes to traveling. But before planning your next trip, it’s best to talk with your prenatal care provider to make sure you get the green light. For most women, traveling during pregnancy is safe until 36 weeks, but be prepared to change your plans should the health of you and your baby require it.

Best Time to Travel during Pregnancy

With the most common pregnancy problems occurring in the first and third trimesters, we recommend making travel plans during your second trimester, weeks 14 – 28. At this point in your pregnancy, morning sickness has most likely subsided and you should feel your energy returning. Feeling better and not yet carrying a third trimester-sized baby bump makes the mid pregnancy time period ideal for travel. Yet even though you may be medically cleared for travel, we tell our patients to always let how they’re feeling take the lead when it comes to traveling. Read More

Exercise for Pregnant Women: Is it Safe and What You Should Know Before You Start

exercise for pregnant womenUnless you’re practicing hot yoga or scuba diving, most likely you’re not going to get an official excuse from your doctor to miss your workout given the numerous benefits of exercise for pregnant women. But before you continue or start exercising during pregnancy, it’s important to get the green light from your provider, as well as learn the red flags to watch for.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that physical activity in pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women. If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start most types of exercise, but you may need to make a few modifications to your routine to accommodate the normal anatomic and physiologic changes that you can expect with your pregnancy. Read More

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy (especially this summer)

foods to avoid during pregnancyWith the onset of summer and July 4th just around the corner, so are the poolside lunches, beach picnics and barbeques that offer many of our favorite summertime staples – hotdogs, clambakes, potato salad, club sandwiches – just to name a few. For pregnant women, these events can provide an easy way to get the extra nutrition and calories needed to help ensure the health of you and your baby, but the foods you may want to eat may also be on the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy. Keep in mind, just as important as what you’re eating is what you’re not eating as you head into summer.

The Danger of Listeriosis

Listeriosis is a type of food-borne illness caused by bacteria and pregnant women are 20 times more likely to get listeriosis than the general population. While it may only cause mild, flu-like illness in a pregnant woman, the results to your baby can be life-threatening, so it’s best to avoid foods that are known to carry the bacteria. Read More

Pregnancy Week by Week: What to Expect at Your Prenatal Appointments Weeks 10-16

Your Pregnancy Weeks 10-16

pregnancy weeks 10-16Throughout the course of your pregnancy, you will see your doctor about 14 times, assuming all tests are reassuring that your baby is developing just fine. After your first prenatal visit and until week 28 you should plan to see the doctor once a month. Understanding what to expect with your pregnancy week-by-week will help you calm any fears you may have and make the best possible preparations. Here’s what you can expect during your pregnancy weeks 10-16:

Prenatal Appointments: Weeks 10 – 12

Your 2nd prenatal appointment occurs between your 10th and 12th week of pregnancy. Starting now, you’ll realize that almost every prenatal appointment starts with a nurse taking your weight and blood pressure and with a urine sample. The urine test looks for bacteria and high levels of sugar and protein in your system, which could indicate diabetes, urinary tract infection, kidney disease, or preeclampsia (high blood pressure). Preeclampsia typically occurs later in pregnancy if it occurs at all.
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An Overview of Your First Prenatal Visit

What to expect at the first prenatal appointment and Why it May Seem like a Marathon

first prenatal visit

On your mark, get set, go! With your obstetrician’s support, you’re on your way to the finish line where you will meet your new baby.  But what checkpoints, and potential roadblocks, does the road ahead hold for you? Once you leave the starting block, you and your obstetrician will navigate the road to motherhood together, starting with your first prenatal visit, which will feel more like a marathon rather than a sprint. At this first appointment, it will take more time than others because of the background information your doctor needs to discuss with you and the time you need to ask your questions.

At our office, we ask our patients to access the Athena Electronic Medical Record Portal available through our website two or three days before the first appointment, other providers may request the same information in different formats. This is an opportunity to have you carefully answer a series of questions that will help your obstetrician determine your due date and identify any potential risk factors.

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Body Changes During Pregnancy: 3 Common Changes You’ll See and When to Expect Them

Closeup photo of pregnant womanAnyone that has endured a pregnancy will tell you that there are an abundance of both emotional and physical changes that will evolve over the course of 9 months, some that are welcome and some that are not so welcome.

While many of these changes are inevitable, you can prepare now by understanding what the common changes include and when you can expect to experience them.

As you can imagine, we field a lot of questions from our pre-natal care patients, especially as they pertain to their bodies. The following topics are 3 of the most commonly discussed areas with our mothers-to-be regarding their outward appearance:

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Finding the Right OBGYN – Important Considerations and Questions to Ask Potential Obstetricians

Finding an OBGYN finding OBGYN(obstetrician) to care for you and your baby is a huge decision to make as you start your journey towards parenthood, so it’s important to find the one that is right for you. If your gynecologist also practices obstetrics and you like your relationship, then it may be as simple as asking him or her to care for you during your pregnancy. But if you find yourself needing an obstetrician, you can start by asking one of your healthcare providers to make a recommendation, talk to other moms in your area, or go to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ website to find an CT obgyn in your area.

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