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By McInerney Cares
April 11, 2022
Category: Pregnancy Care

To maintain a healthy pregnancy it’s important to turn to an obstetrician for routine care.

If you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and it’s come back positive you may have so many thoughts running through your head. Of course one of the first things you should be thinking about is visiting an OBGYN for your first prenatal visit. Your first prenatal appointment should take place between the sixth and eighth week of your pregnancy. If you think you’re pregnant it’s a good idea to call your OBGYN as soon as possible for an appointment.

What to Expect from Your First Prenatal Visit

If you just received a positive home pregnancy test, or if you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms and a missed period, it’s a good time to call your OBGYN to set up your first appointment. The first visit with your OBGYN will be used to confirm the pregnancy and to check to make sure you are in the best health possible. We will go through your medical history to determine if there are any pregnancy risk factors we need to be aware of, as well as determine your due date. The first prenatal appointment is always a bit longer than other pregnancy checkups, so plan your schedule accordingly.

Expect your OBGYN to perform certain tests and exams throughout your checkups including,

  • Physical exam
  • Pelvic exam
  • Blood tests
  • Genetic testing
  • Urinalysis

We know that the first visit can feel a bit stressful, but we are here to make it as easy as possible for you by preparing you for what to expect. You will need to keep up with routine pregnancy care visits with your OBGYN to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

How Often Should I Come in for Prenatal Care?

If you are between 4-28 weeks you will want to come in at least once a month. If you are between 28-36 weeks you’ll want to increase your visits to every 2 weeks, and once you reach the 36-week of your pregnancy, you’ll want to come in once a week. We will talk to you more about your prenatal schedule when you come in for your first checkup.

As soon as you suspect or find out that you’re pregnant, the first call you should make is to your OBGYN. These prenatal visits are important for all expectant mothers, even women who are otherwise healthy. These visits ensure that both you and your unborn baby stay healthy.

By McInerney Cares
January 26, 2022
Category: Pregnancy Care
Prenatal AppointmentsYou just found out you’re pregnant. Congratulations! This is certainly an exciting moment. Now that you’re pregnant you’re probably focusing on all the ways that you and your unborn child can stay healthy throughout your pregnancy and delivery. One of the most important things you can do is to visit an OBGYN for regular prenatal checkups. These appointments will help your doctor monitor the baby’s growth and development while also making sure that you stay healthy.

What is a prenatal appointment?

Prenatal visits are routine checkups that you’ll have with your OBGYN throughout the course of your pregnancy. As your pregnancy progresses, you will see your OBGYN more regularly until you’re coming in every week for checkups (this occurs in the last few weeks of pregnancy). These checkups are important for both you and your child. The first prenatal visit should occur around the 8-week mark.

You’ll visit your OBGYN every month for the first 28 weeks, then every two weeks from the 28th to the 36th week, then weekly from the 36th week to the 40th week. We provide screenings, preventive care, and advice to pregnant women to help them maintain healthy pregnancies.

Why are prenatal appointments important?

Here are some of the reasons why pregnant women should never skip out on their prenatal appointments:
  • Your OBGYN can dispense helpful advice to help maintain good health throughout your pregnancy, whether it’s advice on what you can eat (and what foods to avoid) and how to incorporate safe but effective exercises into your routine.
  • These checkups also allow moms a chance to learn more about the pregnancy, delivery, and childbirth process, asking any questions they might have and having their concerns addressed by a medical professional.
  • Your OBGYN can determine certain risk factors such as advanced maternal age and determine if there are additional steps you need to take or testing you should undergo to keep you and your unborn child safe.
  • Your OBGYN can also spot certain health problems in the mother such as gestational diabetes and provide immediate treatment to prevent complications.
  • During these checkups, your OBGYN can also spot developmental problems in the fetus early on and provide the appropriate interventions.
While you are pregnant, an OBGYN is going to be an incredible asset and tool for making sure that you have a healthy, safe pregnancy. If you just got a positive pregnancy test, call your OBGYN to schedule your first prenatal visit.
By McInerney Cares
October 29, 2021
Category: Pregnancy Care
Tags: Pregnancy   UTI  
Pregnancy and UTIPregnancy can leave women more vulnerable to other complications, such as UTI. A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is the result of bacteria in the urethra that leads to an infection. This can happen for several reasons, including, sexual activity, improper hygiene, and dehydration. UTIs are common during pregnancy because of increased pressure on the bladder and urinary tract. In addition, it can be harder for patients to identify symptoms of UTI during pregnancy because of their initial similarities to some pregnancy symptoms. Be on the lookout for the following:

Symptoms of UTI During Pregnancy:
  • Cramping
  • Bleeding during urination
  • Pain while urinating
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Fever
Treatment for UTI During Pregnancy:
  • Antibiotics
  • IV fluids or increased water consumption
  • Rest
A UTI can be uncomfortable and unwanted during the best of times, but it is especially undesirable during pregnancy. If any of the above symptoms occur, you must contact your provider. During pregnancy, it is better to lean on the safe side and report any new symptoms, even if you are unsure. Your provider will be able to perform an exam and test your urine sample for evidence of infection. 

Seeking treatment for a UTI is important because the prolonged infection may spread to the kidneys, which is a much higher risk issue. Treatment for a UTI will include a course of antibiotics prescribed by your provider, which are safe to take during pregnancy when needed. 

Antibiotics must be taken properly (according to the instructions given by your provider and the pharmacist) as well as taken in their entirety. Stopping antibiotic treatment early can cause a relapse in symptoms or worsening infection. While you are recovering from a UTI, make sure to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid sexual activity until your provider clears you of infection. 

To prevent future infections, wipe from front to back after using the bathroom and after sex and drink water frequently to stay hydrated. Proper hygiene can keep bacteria away from the urinary tract and sufficient fluids can flush any missed bacterial particles from the body, ensuring a healthy pregnancy.
By McInerney Cares
August 27, 2021
Category: Pregnancy Care
Gestational DiabetesEven if you’ve never been diagnosed with diabetes, some women can develop diabetes during pregnancy. This is known as gestational diabetes and is often diagnosed by the 24th week of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are too high. If left untreated this can lead to serious complications for both you and your baby, so you must discuss your gestational diabetes with your OBGYN so that you and your doctor can create an effective game plan.
 
Why does gestational diabetes occur?

The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, which helps your body store sugar from food to use for energy; however, when you are pregnant the placenta also produces hormones that can impact insulin levels and lead to insulin resistance. If your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, this can result in gestational diabetes.
 
What are the signs of gestational diabetes?

It is possible for a pregnant woman to have gestational diabetes and not even know it, which is why you should keep up with prenatal visits with your OBGYN so that they can perform the necessary testing to keep both you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
 
However, it is possible to develop symptoms (particularly if you have undiagnosed diabetes before getting pregnant). These symptoms include,
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Increased hunger and thirst
  • Urinating more often
Since these symptoms can also just be indicative of a healthy, normal pregnancy (aka: being hungrier than usual) these symptoms don’t necessarily mean that you have gestational diabetes. You must speak with your OBGYN about certain risk factors and keep up with your checkups so that gestational diabetes can be detected right away.
 
How is gestational diabetes treated?

Many women can improve their blood sugar levels through simple measures such as healthy eating, exercising regularly, managing stress, and monitoring their blood sugar levels. By controlling this issue now you can prevent gestational diabetes in the future, as well as the development of type 2 diabetes. Sometimes your doctor may also prescribe insulin medication to help control your blood sugar.
 
Your OBGYN’s goal is to provide you with proper care and treatment throughout your life, from general wellness checkups to post-natal and menopausal care. If you have concerns about gestational diabetes, or if you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, talk with your OBGYN about the best way to keep it under control.
By McInerney Cares
May 11, 2021
Category: Pregnancy Care
Pregnancy MilestonesIt might feel like those nine months are a blur of excitement, rollercoaster emotions, and planning, but each new milestone and development can be exciting for soon-to-be parents. During your pregnancy, your OBGYN will become an integral part of your pregnancy, providing you with routine exams and checkups, and making sure you and your unborn child stay healthy throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Here are just some of the top pregnancy milestones,
 
Morning Sickness

Yeah, this isn’t going to be the highlight for most women during their pregnancy but it’s certainly a milestone that you won’t forget. These waves of nausea typically occur around the sixth week and, despite the name, can pop up any time of the day or night. The good news is that the queasy stomach and vomiting should go away by about 14 weeks. Talk with your OBGYN if you’re dealing with severe morning sickness or morning sickness that lasts past the first trimester.
 
First Ultrasound

Whether you suspect that you might be pregnant, or you have already gotten a positive pregnancy test, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your OBGYN as soon as possible. The first prenatal visit will usually occur around your sixth week. The first appointment will involve a variety of tests, including blood and urine testing and a Pap smear. You may also get to see your baby for the first time with an ultrasound, depending on how far along you are. This is an unforgettable moment for parents-to-be.
 
Telling Everyone

We know just how important it is to get beyond the three-month mark! Since most miscarriages happen during the first trimester, making it to the second trimester can be a triumph. Not to mention the fact that this is also the time many couples start to share the good news. From social media announcements to telling family and friends in person, this can be an exciting time for couples.
 
First Kick

Feeling your baby kick for the first time can send your heart into a flutter. It will probably be one of the weirdest and most wonderful sensations ever. You may even see an arm or leg sticking out as the baby continues to move around and grow.
 
Your Due Date

While your OBGYN probably gave you an expected due date during your first visit, don’t hold on to that due date too much. Most women don’t have their babies right on that date. While it’s fun to countdown, remember that you may have to wait a week or two more before your baby makes its appearance.
 
The Delivery

You are about to meet your child, so it’s natural to feel a flutter of excitement and nerves as you prepare for childbirth and delivery. At this point, you and your doctor will have made a birth plan to discuss how you ideally want your delivery to go and how to manage your pain. Congratulations, momma; you did it!
 
From answering questions regarding your pregnancy to providing you with checkups and genetic testing, an OBGYN is the doctor you should turn to with regards to your pregnancy health and care.