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A Look at Urinary Incontinence [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that over 50 percent of women experience a type of urinary incontinence at some point? If you have a form of urinary incontinence, you are not alone. Urinary incontinence can happen as a result of stress, activity, sneezing, and certain medical conditions. Though it may feel insurmountable, a visit to your Glendale OBGYN can help get to the root cause of urinary incontinence. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and avoiding caffeine and alcohol can help, as can performing exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles. If you are still experiencing urinary incontinence, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure so that you can feel in control of your bodily functions once again. Take a look at this Infographic to learn more about the types of urinary incontinence and how they are treated. Please share with your friends and family.

Can You Take Medicine During Pregnancy?

There are many dos and don'ts that you will want to remember during pregnancy to ensure your health as well as the health of your baby. If you ever feel under the weather while you are pregnant, you may wonder whether or not it is okay to safely take medication to feel better. As a general rule, you should not take any medicine unless it is absolutely necessary, so supplements aside from prenatal vitamins may not be ideal.

To play it safe, you should ask your doctor before taking any medication during pregnancy, but there are some that are known to be safe and effective for women who are expecting. Benadryl, Tylenol, Metamucil, and Claritin are all known to have no harmful side effects when taken during pregnancy, so you can typically find relief from common ailments with these OTC drugs. If you are taking prescription medication when you become pregnant, you should talk to your doctor right away to determine any necessary changes to your medication.

At Desert West OBGYN, you can find comprehensive prenatal care for regular and high-risk pregnancies in Anthem, Arrowhead, Phoenix, and Glendale. You can schedule an appointment in any one of our offices for your first prenatal visit by calling (602) 978-1500 today.

Understanding Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is one of the most dreaded early symptoms of pregnancy, occurring during the first trimester in about 75% of pregnant women. The specific symptoms of morning sickness may vary, and they may not be limited to the morning, as every woman's body may respond to pregnancy somewhat differently. This article will take a closer look at some of the facts about morning sickness to help you prepare for this challenge and know when to seek medical care for symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

Causes of morning sickness

There is some uncertainty over what exactly causes nausea and vomiting during the early months of pregnancy, but these symptoms are likely related to a sudden spike in estrogen and other hormones such as hCG. Pregnant women also tend to have a higher sensitivity to smell and changes in their gut bacteria that can lead to symptoms of morning sickness.

Coping strategies

While morning sickness is very common, it is still a challenge for women who have symptoms. There are some relief strategies that tend to be effective in limiting the impact of morning sickness and improving your comfort. Eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day is helpful for minimizing stress on the digestive tract, and avoiding fatty foods can be helpful as well. Keeping cool and getting fresh air may help relieve nausea that is already present, and drinks like ginger ale or tea can also offer some comfort.

Signs of complications

When morning sickness is so severe that you cannot keep anything down, you may be at risk for dehydration and other complications that can raise the risk for preterm birth. Therefore, you should check with your obstetrician to identify normal symptoms of morning sickness and head to the ER or urgent care for an IV if you are unable to keep food and beverages down.

Under the care of Desert West OBGYN, you can have a healthy pregnancy with the resources you need to stay comfortable and well when you are expecting. To schedule a prenatal visit at one of our Phoenix-area offices, give us a call at (602) 978-1500 today.

Signs of Preterm Labor

Babies who are born prematurely are at a much higher risk for health problems during infancy and throughout life. Therefore, it's important to know the signs of preterm labor so that you can seek medical attention right away and ensure the health of your baby.

As this video explains, preterm labor is labor that begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Some of the signs of preterm labor include cramps, vaginal discharge, contractions that occur every 10 minutes, and intense pelvic pressure. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your obstetrician and get rest to alleviate your symptoms.

If you are in search of prenatal care in the Phoenix area, call Desert West OBGYN at (602) 978-1500. Our offices provide comprehensive care for women, including care for normal and high-risk pregnancies, infertility, and cervical cancer prevention.

Are You at Risk for Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is relatively common among women, and it can be an uncomfortable or painful condition that will require specialized gynecological care. There are several possible causes for pelvic organ prolapse, which may involve the uterus, bladder, vagina, or bowel. Women who have weakened pelvic muscles are at the highest risk. Conditions that may cause this type of weakness might include childbirth, surgery, or pelvic organ tumors. The aging process also boosts the risk for pelvic organ prolapse, especially if this condition runs in a woman's family. Other factors that may complicate your risk are being overweight, having a persistent cough, and suffering from frequent constipation.

If you have symptoms like pelvic pressure, painful intercourse, spotting, or problems with bowel movements, contact Desert West OBGYN at (602) 978-1500 to explore your treatment options. With offices serving Arrowhead, Anthem, Glendale, and Goodyear, we provide a complete spectrum of healthcare services for women of all ages.

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