When should I schedule my first office visit?
We would like to see you when you are about eight (8) weeks pregnant. At that time we will confirm your pregnancy.
What is the Oral Glucose tolerance test for gestational diabetes?
The oral glucose tolerance test is used to screen for gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop in some women late in pregnancy (usually after the 24th week).
Can I exercise during pregnancy?
Yes, unless you have been directed by your physician not to. You should not start any new demanding exercises you were not doing prior to pregnancy. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to carry on a conversation while performing the exercises. Walking and swimming are good options.
What is false labor?
False labor are contractions that are often irregular and do not get any closer together. The contractions may ease up or stop all together with a change in activity. If you are lying down, get up and move around. If you have been active, take a rest. A warm bath may help relieve the discomforts. Also, false contractions often are felt all over the abdomen. They may feel slightly crampy or just like tightening. False labor can hurt just as bad as true labor.
How often should I see my OB/GYN, and at what age do I start visits?
Young females usually should start seeing an OB/Gyn between the ages of 18 and 21, but earlier if they become sexually active or have abnormally heavy or painful menstrual cycles. They should also be seen if they do not develop a cycle by ages 14 to 16. All women should have annual Pap smears beginning at age 21, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
How often should I do breast exams?
Although there has been national debate regarding how best to screen for breast cancer, the self-breast exam remains the easiest, quickest and least expensive method for detecting breast masses. Once a month, after the conclusion of your menstrual cycle or if menopausal, at your discretion, you should perform a self-breast exam. The most complete exam includes both lying down and upright evaluations. An exam in the shower with soapy hands is easy to incorporate. By doing a monthly breast exam yourself, you learn how your breasts feel. This helps you detect any changes or signs of a problem. Any lumps, changes or nipple discharges should be discussed with your doctor.
What are Fibroids?
A fibroid (also called myoma or leiomyoma) is a growth or tumor of the uterus that is almost always benign- that is, NOT cancerous. Fibroids are very common and occur in up to 60% of all women, usually during childbearing years. Many women have no symptoms and fibroids are discovered during pelvic or ultrasound exam. Some patients experience bleeding or pelvic pressure or pain. In rare cases, a patient may be unable to get pregnant. There are many different treatment options you may discuss with your doctor.
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus or womb. Depending on your age and the type of problem you having, your ovaries and fallopian tubes might also be removed. Removal of your ovaries will result in a menopausal state, so this is a decision to make with your doctor before surgery. Hysterectomy is an option for treating multiple problems including fibroids, bleeding, pain, prolapse and several kinds of cancer. The recovery time depends on the type of surgery, for example abdominal vaginal or laparoscopic (minimally invasive surgery).
We use the DaVinci System for minimally invasive surgery.