Pregnancy is a very important and exciting time. Ob-gyn doctors provide care and support throughout pregnancy that includes care and screenings before pregnancy, complete prenatal care for mom and baby, prenatal screening and ultrasound, nutritional counseling and guidance, labor and birth care, services and support for vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC), follow-up care including birth control, counseling and postpartum depression screening.
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The developing fetus begins to hear around the 18th week of pregnancy and starts to hear low frequencies from outside the woman's body soon after. Learn more about when a fetus can hear.
Most asthma treatments are safe to use during pregnancy. Uncontrolled asthma can increase the risk of complications. In this article, we discuss the effects of asthma in pregnancy and the best treatments.
There are no proven actions that a person can take to increase their chances of having twins naturally. However, certain factors make twins more likely. These include age, family history, racial background, and having fertility treatments. Learn more here.
People who give birth by cesarean delivery, or C-section, may have an infection during the healing process. Signs of infection include fatigue and chills. Prevention involves washing the wound with soap and water and keeping it covered for as long as a doctor advises. Learn more about C-section wound infections here.
People can increase their chances of getting pregnant naturally by reducing alcohol use, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking. Learn more here.
Foods to avoid during pregnancy include raw shellfish and soft cheeses. In some cases, women may be able to consume problem foods or beverages in moderation. Learn more here.
Constipation is a very common symptom in both early and late pregnancy. In this article, we discuss safe treatments and home remedies to relieve constipation during pregnancy. We also explain when to see a doctor.
Clomid is the former brand name of clomiphene citrate, a drug for treating infertility in females. However, doctors may sometimes prescribe it off-label for treating infertility in males. In some males, clomiphene citrate may boost fertility, but it is not yet clear whether it works for all males. Learn more here.
Pain, bleeding, and unusual discharge can occur during the second trimester. This does not always signal a problem, but people should see a doctor if they are uncertain. In this article, we look at the causes, when to see a doctor, and when to go to the emergency room.
Bloody show is a type of vaginal discharge that occurs during late pregnancy. The discharge is a mixture of blood and mucus, and it is a sign that a women's cervix is preparing for labor. Learn more about bloody show here.
Gas pain is common during the early and late stages of pregnancy. In this article, we discuss the causes of gas pain, how to relieve symptoms and other conditions that cause similar symptoms.
Braxton-Hicks contractions prepare the body for labor, but they are not real contractions. Real contractions are consistent and increasingly frequent. Learn more here.
Swollen ankles, or edema, are a common symptom of a variety of conditions. Learn more about the causes of swollen ankles, including lymphedema, pregnancy, cellulitis, and blood clots, here. We also cover how best to treat them.
During pregnancy, a woman may notice breast changes from as early as 1 week after conception. These changes can continue right up until the birth of the baby and beyond. However, breast changes vary from woman to woman, and not everyone will experience them. Learn more here.
Women need extra calories and nutrients while breastfeeding to ensure that they are producing enough milk to keep the baby well-nourished. Eating the right foods can help support lactation. Learn more here.
An OB-GYN is a doctor who specializes in obstetrics (pregnancy) and gynecology (female reproductive health). In this article, we discuss what an OB-GYN is, the procedures they can perform, and their specialisms.