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There is a long list of facts and terms that people need to know when it comes to being pregnant. Not only are there common changes to the body during the pregnancy, but there are also changes to the body following pregnancy. The best person to answer those questions is the pregnancy doctor. Being pregnant for the first time is exciting but it can also be terribly frightening. There is so much happening with the body and the baby that each day presents new opportunities and new challenges along with many questions.
Many women find themselves asking is this normal, is this how it is supposed to be? Female friends and relatives can help to provide insight but, ultimately, the only one who knows if the body is doing what it should is the doctor. Scheduling an appointment with one right away after becoming pregnant is important.
In our office, we encourage patients to ask as many questions as they need, as often as they need to. This is important for two reasons.
1. An informed and educated patient can help to take better care of their body and the baby during pregnancy
If a woman does not understand what her body is going through, or what changes will take place, it will be difficult to prepare for them. For example, when pregnant, the body produces significantly more blood. Staying hydrated during pregnancy will, therefore, require additional fluids.
To keep up, a pregnant woman needs to increase her water intake throughout the day. Other issues a woman needs to be aware of include nutrition. It is necessary to eat certain foods and the right quantity of them to receive the nutrition necessary to sustain the mother and child during the pregnancy.
For example, if a woman does not increase her calcium intake, the baby will get it by pulling calcium out of other areas of the body. If a woman does not know this, she is unlikely to take a calcium supplement or increase her dairy intake. Here, knowledge is power so being informed is important.
2. We want to know what is happening with our patients and very often the best way to find out is through the questions our patients are asking
We can treat many common problems as they arise but we need to know about them. Having conversations with patients during regular exams is how we find out and can provide necessary medical care. Some of the more common questions we hear pertain to issues like:
- Changes to breasts
- Stress and anxiety
There is no issue that we cannot discuss. We view ourselves as a holistic provider of women’s healthcare and that means that there are no issues pertaining to health or well-being you cannot address while being pregnant. Never be shy about a problem. Instead, know that we have seen it all.
Some patients even ask questions when trying to conceive and preparing for becoming pregnant. Learning more about the process can sometimes make it easier when pregnancy does occur.
The doctor matters
Because there are some questions and uncertainties about being pregnant, especially for the first time, it is important to find a pregnancy doctor you can feel comfortable sitting down and having a conversation with. We do our best to create that level of comfort in our office.
We are attentive, caring and compassionate so that patients feel relaxed and can speak freely. We invite you to visit and to experience the benefits of working with a pregnancy doctor that provides that level of support.