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Diet and Exercise in Pregnancy

Most pregnant women need only about 300 extra calories per day. The exact amount depends on your weight before pregnancy. If you’re underweight before pregnancy, you may need more calories. If you’re overweight before pregnancy, you may need less. Talk to your health care provider about what’s right for you. How can you make sure…

Labor of Love

10 Empowering  tips from an ob/gyn who has experienced delivery from both sides By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG I’ve been an obstetrician for much longer than I’ve been a mother. Prior to delivering my first baby a few months ago, I thought I knew everything I needed to know about the labor process, but…

The Pregnancy Sleep Guide

Ensuring you get your ZZZs By Lynsey Caldwell Owen, MD, FACOG Sleep challenges are some of the most common — and most frustrating — issues in pregnancy. For some women, changes in sleep can occur before they are even aware of the tiny human growing inside; others may not notice a difference until they approach…

First Trimester

Early signs of pregnancy: Breast tenderness Nausea/Vomiting Light cramping Change in Vaginal discharge Food aversions Positive home pregnancy test Warning signs: Heavy vaginal bleeding and cramping Nausea and vomiting unable to keep anything down over 12 hours Not voiding for over 12 hours if you have had morning sickness Combatting early pregnancy nausea/vomiting: Morning sickness…

Safe medications in pregnancy

http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118567.htm For pain, headaches, backaches: Tylenol 325 mg. Take 2 pills every 4 – 6 hours as needed. For Heartburn: Zantac 75 to 150mg am and pm. Tums as needed For Nasal Congestion/cold symptoms: Claritin daily OR Zyrtec daily OR Benadryl 50 mg daily. Sudafed OR Mucinex OR Robitussin are safe to treat cold symptoms…

Vulvar Care Guidelines

Many cases of recurrent vaginitis/vulvitis are due to chronic irritation. It is important to break this cycle by avoiding any irritation from chemicals, moisture, or friction.   CLEANING Wash the vulva gently with warm water, using your hand. Do not use soap or scrub with a washcloth. Never douche. Avoid using wet wipes, feminine wipes,…

Web Links

Pregnancy Links Pregnancy and gynecology information Baby Center – Baby center with lots of pregnancy and parenting resources Information on Lamaze classes FDA – The Food and Drug Administration is very informative about food safety during pregnancy March of Dimes – provides a wealth of information for pregnant women Breastfeeding Links Great breasfeeding information Medela’s…

You’re Pregnant, What’s Next?

Scheduling initial OB: Congratulations! You’ve confirmed your pregnancy, now it’s time to seek prenatal care. Here at Arlington Women’s Center we start our prenatal care with initial blood work and initial ultrasound to confirm your due date and confirm pregnancy is healthy thus far. At this visit, you fill out initial medical history forms that…

Un-Medicated Childbirth Class Options

Class Options for Couples Who are interested in/or considering an Un-Medicated Birth Virginia Hospital Center Un-Medicated Classes Designed for the Mother desiring an unmedicated birth. Focus on breathing, relaxation, and positioning. Class from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 703-558-2468 childbirtheducation@virginiahospitalcenter.com https://www.virginiahospitalcenter.com/medical/women/childbirth_education_classes.aspx Virginia Hospital Center Refresher This class demonstrates breathing, relaxation and a variety of comfort…

Preconception

If you and your partner are considering pregnancy here are some preconception considerations: 1) Folic acid (minimum of 400 mcg of folic acid) is very important to help prevent neural tube defects. This needs to be present prior to conception, so you should start taking a supplement even before trying to get pregnant. Also make…

Menopause

Menopause is a natural part of life as normal as menstruation or having a baby. All women eventually enter menopause though some sooner than later. When menopause occurs, the body stops producing an egg each month during ovulation and menstruation halts. Aside from changes to menstrual cycles, women entering menopause may begin to experience side effects…

Infertility

Infertility is a condition diagnosed in men and women who cannot conceive a baby together after at least one year of frequent, unprotected sex. Infertility may affect only one partner or it could be a problem stemming from both. Infertility does not always mean that a couple will never have a baby together, but rather…

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomies are routine gynecological procedures used to remove a woman’s uterus and sometimes her ovaries and fallopian tubes as well. When the uterus is removed, women are no longer capable of bearing children. They also stop menstruating and if the ovaries are removed, they will also enter menopause. Did you know… that by age 60,…

Annual Exams (OB-GYN)

Annual gynecological exams are preventative tools available to help women identify and treat complications that pose a threat to their health as early as possible. By getting annual exams, women can also learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle and adopt habits that facilitate long-term health. Exams for women often screen for sexually transmitted diseases and…

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