When you're expecting a baby, it's important to have the best possible prenatal care to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a normal delivery. Complications during pregnancy can be upsetting, and if complications should occur, you'll want a physician who has the experience and expertise to deal effectively with high-risk pregnancy care. Doctors throughout the Yuma area refer their high-risk pregnancy patients to the doctors at Women's Health Specialists for their excellent care.
With over 70 years of combined OB/GYN experience, our doctors have delivered over 50,000 beautiful, healthy babies. Even if you've had a difficult pregnancy in the past, you will feel confident in our care.
For women who prefer the birthing experience provided by a midwife, we have experienced nurse midwives on staff who can help you design the delivery options you're most comfortable with.
Our obstetrical fee includes all prenatal visits, the PEP (Prenatal Education Program) session, your delivery, and the six-week postpartum follow-up. Certain special procedures, such as genetic counseling, amniocentesis, additional ultrasounds and fetal monitoring may generate separate fees. Blood and urine tests may also be charged separately. Many patients qualify for special programs to help cover these costs. Our staff can assist you with identifying and enrolling in a program that is right for you.
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Remedies for Morning Sickness
What To Pack in Your Labor Bag
Signs of Pregnancy
Length of Pregnancy
Traveling While Pregnant
Sex During Pregnancy
Over the counter medications for use in pregnancy
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Some people believe that a tooth is lost for every pregnancy. This is a myth.
During pregnancy, there is an extra special need for good oral hygiene because pregnancy may exaggerate some dental disorders. Good oral hygiene includes:
Nausea and vomiting many times occur during the early months of pregnancy. Although it's frequently referred to as morning sickness, it can occur any time of the day or night. Usually it disappears after about the third month. Morning sickness is actually the result of the influence of increased amounts of estrogen and progesterone that are produced by the ovaries early in pregnancy. Because of the increasing levels of these hormones, the cells in the stomach increase their production of gastric juices. But at the same time, the bowel slows down in its ability to empty the contents of the stomach. This then causes a feeling of nausea, and in some cases vomiting.
To prevent morning sickness, try the following suggestions until you find one that works for you:
Remedies for Morning Sickness
IF VOMITING PERSISTS, OR IT BECOMES DIFFICULT TO RETAIN FOOD/LIQUIDS, YOU SHOULD CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.
Leave at Home:
Your first sign of pregnancy probably was missing your menstrual period. Along with a late period, you may have had one or more of these other early signs of pregnancy:
These are normal in pregnancy. You may not have all of them, but you will most likely have at least one. Some signs are not normal, though. Call your provider right away if you have any of the symptoms listed in the box. These could be signs of early pregnancy loss or ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs outside the uterus and could be a medical emergency.
Warning signs of early pregnancy loss or ectopic pregnancy
Get medical help right away if you are pregnant, or think you might be, and have any of these symptoms:
A "typical" pregnancy lasts for 280 days, or 40 weeks, counting from the first day of the last menstrual period. A normal pregnancy can last anywhere from 37-42 weeks. Since most women ovulate 2 weeks after their period begins, the actual pregnancy is 2 weeks less.
It is useful to talk about the length of pregnancy using the number of weeks rather than the number of months. The average pregnancy of 40 weeks is divided into three trimesters. Each trimester lasts about 13-14 weeks (or about 3 months):
In most cases travel is not ruled out during pregnancy. If you are planning a trip, it's a good idea to check with your doctor about safety measures to take during travel. Most women can travel safely until close to their due dates. If travel poses a risk, it is wise to change plans.
The best time to travel is mid-pregnancy (14-28 weeks of pregnancy). After 28 weeks, it's often harder to move around or sit for a long time.
Air travel. Flying in airplane is almost always safe during pregnancy. Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly until about 36 weeks of pregnancy. For air travel, check with the airline about any rules it may have for pregnant women.
Commercial planes are pressurized. That makes sure there is enough oxygen to breathe even when the plan is at a high altitude where the air outside is low on oxygen. Many private plans are not pressurized. It's best to avoid altitudes higher than about 7,000 feet in unpressurized planes.
Don't worry about walking through the metal detector at the airport security check. These machines give off very low levels of radiation - not nearly enough to harm you or your baby.
Changes in our bodies and feelings are bound to affect our sexual images and urges. Just as we are all individuals, so too do we have individual feelings about sex and sexuality when we are pregnant. Pregnancy may be welcome or unwanted. It may be healthy or complicated. A woman may feel fulfilled or simply fat. She may be a first-time mother or have other children already. There is no one 'normal' way to feel or behave.
The following questions are the ones couples ask most often:
Shaking can quiet a baby... forever
In 1993, the Legislature found that, "shaken baby syndrome is a medically serious, sometimes fatal, usually unintentional matter affecting newborns and very young children."
Weak neck muscles combines with a soft, rapid forming brain and thin skull wall make infants and toddlers extremely vulnerable to injury from shaking. The whiplash motion caused by shaking can damage nerves and brain tissue. Children injured in this way may die, or if they often suffer from blindness, cerebal palsy, hearing loss, spinal cord injury, seizures, or paralysis, and learning disabilities for the rest of their lives. This tragedy known as "Shaken baby syndrome" can be prevented. It is estimated that 1,000-3,000 children are diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome annually, with thousands more misdiagnosed and undetected.
Crying is the most common "trigger" for shaking.
Many new parents and caregivers don't understand that crying is a baby's way to communicate. Some babies cry more than others. A baby may cry because of hunger, the need to suck, pain from illness, teething or earaches, colic, need for comfort, or the need for rest.
WHAT TO DO WHEN BABY CRIES:
WAYS TO PREVENT A TRAGEDY: