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Should You Call Your Doctor for Cramps During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is full of various types of pain and discomfort, so it is important to know when to worry about pain during pregnancy. This video discusses some red flags for pelvic pain during pregnancy that will warrant a call to the obstetrician. When pain is mild to moderate and goes away with rest, there is generally nothing to worry about. As the third trimester comes around, there may be more discomfort, including Braxton Hicks contractions.

If you are in search of prenatal care in Phoenix, Estrella, Anthem, Arrowhead, or Glendale, call Desert West OBGYN at (602) 978-1500 to schedule your first prenatal consultation.

A Guide to the First Trimester of Pregnancy

The first trimester of pregnancy can bring about a wide range of emotions and physical changes that can be, at times, overwhelming. As a result, you may have many questions and concerns to bring up as you begin to schedule visits to the obstetrician for prenatal care. This article will offer a look at what you might expect throughout the first three months of pregnancy along with some tips on coping with the symptoms that can arise during this time.

Common First Trimester Symptoms

Every woman will have a unique experience during the first trimester, though there are some common symptoms that will likely come up early in your pregnancy. Fatigue is one of the most frequent symptoms of pregnancy, because the body is undergoing significant changes and hormonal fluctuations that can easily cause physical exhaustion. Morning sickness, swollen breasts, and acne are also common in the first trimester.

Initial Visits to the OBGYN

Your obstetrician will be an important resource throughout your pregnancy, so it is important to find a doctor that you feel comfortable with as soon as you learn that you are pregnant. Your doctor will not only offer guidance to reduce the early discomforts of pregnancy, but he or she can help ensure the health of your baby with ultrasound imaging, genetic testing, and chorionic villus sampling.

Childbirth Education and Preparation

Nine months may seem like a long time, but the weeks can pass quickly. That's why it is never too soon to begin exploring childbirth education courses that will review labor techniques and newborn care to prepare you for the arrival of your baby.

Under the care of Desert West OBGYN, you can find all the resources and clinical services you need to maintain a healthy pregnancy. For prenatal care in Estrella, Anthem, Arrowhead, Glendale, or Phoenix, call us at (602) 978-1500 to schedule a consultation.

Understanding Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a relatively common condition in which strained muscles in the pelvic floor allow organs in the pelvic area to drop out of their normal position. Bladder prolapse is the most common type of pelvic organ prolapse, but a prolapse can also occur with the urethra, uterus, vagina, small bowel, and rectum.

For many women, pelvic organ prolapse is not a serious condition and it may even get better on its own. Other women might have pain or discomfort that will need to be addressed with exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor or, in more severe cases, surgery. Pelvic organ prolapse is most common in women who have recently had children, are obese, or have had surgeries in the pelvic region.

At Desert West OBGYN, we provide complete care for pelvic organ prolapse and related conditions, including urinary incontinence. To learn more about our services or schedule a consultation in one of our Phoenix area offices, call (602) 978-1500.

Answering Common Questions About Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is among the leading causes of infertility in women, but it is a condition that many women do not realize they have. In many cases PID is also preventable, because it is frequently the result of untreated sexually transmitted diseases. Below you can see answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about PID so that you know how to better protect yourself from this serious condition.

What causes PID?

Untreated infections are the primary cause of PID. In many cases, these infections are sexually transmitted, and they include common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Because these infections do not typically show symptoms in their earliest stages, all sexually active women should have regular STD screenings as part of their preventive care. Factors that can drive up your risk of contracting the infections that lead to pelvic inflammatory disease include having sex with multiple partners, having sex before the age of 25, douching, and using an IUD for birth control.

How can I tell if I have PID?

Unfortunately, some women will not know that they have PID until they try to conceive. Others may have distinct symptoms that will alert them that something is wrong. If you have symptoms of abdominal pain, fever, vaginal discharge, pain or bleeding during sex, or a burning sensation during urination, you should talk to your gynecologist about the possibility of PID causing these issues.

What are my treatment options?

PID is treatable with antibiotic medications, though any damage caused by the condition to the reproductive organs is irreversible. You are also more likely to get PID if you have already had it, so taking extra steps to prevent sexually transmitted diseases will be important for your future health.

To address symptoms of pelvic pain or learn more about the right STD screening procedures for your lifestyle, connect with Desert West OBGYN at (602) 978-1500. We have offices serving the residents of Anthem, Arrowhead, Phoenix, Glendale, and Estrella.

The Zika Virus and Pregnancy

While the Zika virus has been declared a world health emergency by the World Health Organization, it's helpful to know that the United States is NOT among the countries with active Zika Virus transmission.

The virus is mainly transmitted to humans through the bite of a certain species of mosquitoes and was first detected in Brazil in the spring of 2015. By February of 2016 it had spread to 26 countries and territories in the Americas. While only about one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill, the key threat is that it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and potentially cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly.

According to the CDC, knowledge of the link between Zika and birth defects is evolving, but until more is known, the organization recommends special precautions for pregnant women. If you are pregnant in any trimester, you are encouraged to postpone travel to any area where Zika virus is spreading. Those who are travelling to those areas should talk to their healthcare provider and be vigilant in their efforts to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.

To learn more about prevention, symptoms and treatment, speak with your doctor or visit the CDC web site.

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