A smooth, healthy pregnancy is what every mom-to-be is hoping for, and taking good care of yourself is essential for making your nine months as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
At Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, IL, our OB/GYNs are here to help you have a great pregnancy experience despite the hormonal, physical, and emotional fluctuations that come with carrying a child.
Here are some of the self-care priorities recommended by our Hoffman Estates OB-GYNs.
During your pregnancy, you require more daily calories, but they should come primarily from nutritious foods, not sweet and salty snacks. As with any balanced diet, make sure to consume fruits, vegetables, grains, fats, and proteins, but limit caffeine and abstain from alcohol. Foods that are vitamin and nutrient-rich should be a priority, and ask your OB-GYN at our Hoffman Estates, IL office about a prenatal vitamin with folic acid, which can help lower the risk of birth defects.
Keeping active during your pregnancy can help increase your energy level and lower stress, so it is important to keep an exercise routine. Choose gentle, low impact activities like walking, yoga, or swimming and avoid high impact jumping and running.
You may find your energy lags during pregnancy, and its a good idea to take breaks during the day if you are feeling fatigued. Calming activities like crafts or reading can help reduce stress levels and try to fit in at least eight hours of sleep a night. If you find it difficult to fall or stay asleep during your pregnancy, ask your OB-GYN for healthy ways to improve your slumber.
Regular prenatal visits with your OB-GYN at our Hoffman Estates, IL office are an important component of your pregnancy care plan. These appointments allow your OB-GYN to check the heartbeat, progression, and overall health of the fetus, screen for potential complicating conditions and evaluate your health. Your OB-GYN can also answer any questions or address any concerns you might have about your pregnancy.
Call Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, IL at 847-884-1800 for all your pregnancy care needs.
From baby bumps to what vitamins to take, we can answer all your pregnancy-related questions.
Finding out you’re pregnant for the very first time can be so incredibly exciting; however, our Hoffman Estates, IL, OB/GYNs know that it’s also a time when you might have lots of questions. We at Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare are here to answer all of the questions you will most likely have at some point during your pregnancy. Here are some of the top questions we get from first-time parents:
When does morning sickness start?
Depending on how far along you are when you receive your positive pregnancy test, you may already be experiencing some symptoms. In fact, these symptoms may be the reason you tested in the first place. While some women may experience mood swings, headaches, sore breasts, and fatigue, most women don’t actually start to experience morning sickness until the 6th week; however, some women report feeling nauseous as early as the 4th week. Morning sickness will usually tamper off by the second trimester.
How much weight gain is normal during pregnancy?
This will vary from woman to woman; however, most women gain between 22 to 26 pounds throughout their pregnancy, with most of the weight gain occurring after the 20th week. If you are concerned about weight gain, feel free to discuss healthy food choices with your Hoffman Estates, IL, OBGYN to make sure that you and your baby are getting enough healthy, nutrient-dense foods.
How often should I visit my OBGYN?
This will depend on how far along you are in your pregnancy. The minute you receive a positive home pregnancy test you should schedule your first prenatal checkup. These checkups are important for monitoring the development of your baby and to ensure that there are no complications throughout your pregnancy.
It is recommended that women come in every four weeks until they reach the 26-week mark. Between 26 and 32 weeks, women should come in every three weeks. At 32 to 36 weeks you’ll visit biweekly and then once you reach 36 weeks you’ll come in every week until your delivery.
Can I continue to work out while pregnant?
Absolutely! Working out is especially important for staying healthy and preventing certain health problems such as gestational diabetes. Of course, not all workouts are safe, so talk with your doctor before jumping into a new workout routine. If you find that certain workouts that you once did no longer feel comfortable (e.g. feeling fatigued; winded easily) then you’ll need to cut back or modify them.
What foods should I avoid?
There are certain foods that you’ll want to avoid while pregnant to protect against certain bacteria that could harm your baby. These include:
- Unpasteurized dairy products
- Liver and liver products
- Undercooked or raw meat (including seafood)
- Soft cheese
- Shellfish and fish high in mercury (e.g. swordfish; shark)
- Caffeine (limit to one cup a day; no more than 200mg)
Should I take supplements?
Most women will start taking a prenatal vitamin once they find out they are pregnant (if you were planning on becoming pregnant then you may have already been taking one). Prenatal vitamins can help provide the proper nutrients throughout your pregnancy that are important for the healthy development of your unborn child. Your Hoffman Estates OBGYN may also recommend other supplements such as iron (if you are dealing with anemia), magnesium, or folate.
If you just found out that you’re pregnant it’s important to schedule an appointment with your Hoffman Estates, IL, OBGYN as soon as possible. Call Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare at (847) 884-1800 to schedule your first prenatal checkup.
Here at Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, pregnancy care is a top priority. Our four physicians have the skills and compassion you need for a healthy pregnancy, safe delivery, and a thriving newborn—read on to learn more.
Pregnancy care is so important
Also called prenatal care, these routine check-ups and tests guide you through conception to delivery and the postpartum period. The US Office of Women's Health states that pregnancy outcomes are more favorable when women receive routine pregnancy care. Even low birth weight babies are far more likely to survive and thrive when mothers see their doctors regularly throughout pregnancy.
At Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, pregnancy care begins early with testing (screening) to confirm the pregnancy. Next, a pelvic examination, lab work, and medical history review form the foundation of your care plan. Additionally, your due date will be determined based on your last menstrual period.
What pregnancy care looks like
Throughout your pregnancy, you'll visit Northwest Associates For Women's Healthcare at regular intervals—every month at first. As your due date approaches, you'll see your OB/GYN doctor more frequently, during which they will check your vital signs, urine, uterine size, and more. You'll have the opportunity to discuss any concerns that you may have and will receive counseling on your nutrition and activity level.
Additionally, your physician will monitor your baby's position, vital signs, growth, and more. Periodically, you'll undergo an ultrasound examination that visualizes your baby, your placenta, and the interior of your uterus. Fetal measurements are an important aspect of this easy in-office test. Your first ultrasound exam will confirm your due date and helps your doctor identify possible pregnancy and delivery risks.
As you and your baby grow and change throughout pregnancy, you'll have the opportunity to learn about labor and delivery, breastfeeding, newborn care, and more. Be sure to keep all scheduled appointments, and please call the office any time you have a question or concern about your health or that of your baby.
Your pregnancy is a wonderful time of change. Stay healthy and happy throughout. Your friends at Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare will help every step of the way. Phone us for a pregnancy consultation at (847) 884-1800.
It’s important to discuss your birth control options with a gynecologist you trust.
When it comes to family planning there are a ton of birth control options on the market. The two main types of birth control are hormonal and non-hormonal. While there is a lot of information on there about birth control, we also know that you may have questions or concerns that only a qualified doctor can address. Our Hoffman Estates, IL, board-certified OBGYNs offer a variety of birth control options to help prevent pregnancy including,
Hormonal birth control refers to any type of birth control that contains a small amount of estrogen and progestin (or progestin-only) hormones that are released into the body to prevent ovulation. While most women choose to get hormonal birth control from our Hoffman Estates, IL, gynecologist because of its high success rate in preventing pregnancy, some women also choose to get hormonal birth control to help with other issues such as PMS and acne.
Here are the types of hormonal birth control to consider,
- The Pill: this medication must be taken at the same time every day (it can also help women who deal with painful periods, acne or PMS)
- The Shot: a great option if you only want to worry about getting an injection every three months rather than taking a pill every day
- Progestin IUD: this intrauterine device is placed within the uterus by one of our OBGYNs, where it can remain for 3-7 years (it can also be removed at any time)
- The Ring: this plastic ring is placed into the vagina where it stays for a month
- The Patch: this dermal patch can be placed just about anywhere on the body where it remains for three weeks
- The Implant: the device is placed under the surface of the skin (typically in the arm) and can last up to five years
While these options do protect against pregnancy they do not protect against sexually transmitted infections. It’s important that you are still using protection to prevent the spread of infections or diseases.
There are some women who are unable to take hormonal forms of birth control. In this case, you may want to consider non-hormonal birth control options. These include,
- Copper IUD: this type of IUD works the same as the progestin IUD, but it doesn’t release any hormones
- Fertility awareness: this involves tracking your fertile days to prevent pregnancy (not recommended for women with irregular periods)
Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, IL, is devoted to quality women’s health care from adolescence and pregnancy to menopause. To discuss your birth control options with a qualified medical professional, call our office today at (847) 884-1800 to schedule an appointment.
Here are some of the milestones that expectant mothers will experience over the coming months.
Every pregnancy is unique and different, and our Hoffman Estates, IL, OBGYNs provide tailored care and treatment throughout each week and milestone of your pregnancy. Here are some of the exciting milestones to expect when you’re expecting:
Your First Prenatal Checkup
Once you receive a positive pregnancy test, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our Hoffman Estates, IL, obstetrician to confirm the pregnancy. This first appointment will typically fall between 6-9 weeks. The first checkup is a memorable one because this is usually when you receive your first ultrasound. You may even get to hear your baby’s heartbeat (around 6-7 weeks).
Saying Goodbye to the First Trimester
The end of the first trimester has a couple of wonderful benefits. For one, morning sickness and the extreme exhaustion you may have felt during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy may ease up during the second trimester. The end of the first trimester is also the time that most expectant couples begin to tell friends and family the exciting news.
Baby’s First Kick
A baby’s first movements are known as quickening. This usually occurs during the second trimester, typically between 16 to 25 weeks. If this is your first pregnancy, it’s normal not to feel movements until closer to 25 weeks, while women who’ve been pregnant before may experience movement even earlier than the standard 16 weeks.
“Surprise! It’s a….”
Approximately halfway through your pregnancy, your OBGYN can tell you whether you are having a boy or girl. While some couples chose to wait until their baby’s arrival, you may choose to find out while you’re still pregnant.
Your Due Date
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: your due date. Now your baby can make their appearance at any time (and we know you’re probably ready to meet them already!); however, don’t be surprised if your little one doesn’t show up exactly on time!
Labor & Delivery
Childbirth is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, experiences that a woman can go through. You can work with our OBGYN to create a birth plan that fits your personal goals and needs. But all the effort and pain will go away the moment you hold your baby in your arms for the first time. Congratulations!
We are Here For You
We know that these are unprecedented times with the coronavirus pandemic; however, we want our patients to know that our Hoffman Estates team is still providing pregnancy and obstetric care to our patients, as well as offering emergency gynecological services. Please don’t hesitate to call Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare at (847) 884-1800 with any questions or concerns you may have.
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