Pregnancy can be both exciting and scary. From prenatal visits to planning for labor, you have a lot to do and think about before baby arrives. You may be a little worried or overwhelmed by all the things you need to learn. But the good news is that you have time. As your body changes and your baby develops, you’ll learn about different steps you can take to keep you and your baby healthy. The first step is to schedule a visit with your doctor, if you haven’t already. Your doctor will check the baby’s health (and yours), and you can ask questions. Learn more about how to care for yourself and your baby during pregnancy.
Most women will have a vaginal yeast infection at some point in their lives. Tight clothing, antibiotics, and birth control pills can lead to yeast infections. The main symptoms are an annoying itch and a change in vaginal discharge. If you’ve had yeast infections before, you can try over-the-counter creams to feel better. But if this is the first time you’ve had symptoms, or if you’re pregnant, it’s best to see your doctor. Yeast infections are no fun, but with a little time and a little help, you’ll soon feel better.
Mammograms are the best way to screen for breast cancer. Experts recommend that you start having a mammogram each year after you reach a certain age. A clinical breast exam or MRI might also be used as screening tools. Learn about the types of breast cancer screening and when you should start getting annual mammograms.
Pregnancy is a time of amazing changes, but you may feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to know about pregnancy and having a baby. Don’t worry, though—you don’t need to learn everything all at once! Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for your baby right now. Rest, eat well, avoid tobacco and alcohol, and get regular prenatal exams. Learn more about how to keep your baby and yourself healthy during your pregnancy.
As always, you can also call (773) 792-0209 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly experienced OBGYNs. They will take the time to answer all of your pregnancy-related questions.
Women who decide to put off having children may find later in life that they have difficulty trying to conceive or carry to term. If you are not ready for kids just yet, but still think you may want them someday, it is wise to consider all the factors that can affect your ability to conceive down the road. There are even ways you can proactively (and positively) impact them!