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Our providers are accepting Telemedicine visits and are happy to accommodate you with any concerns. Please call the office if you are interested in a telemedicine appointment. We may also be contacting you to change your scheduled appointment to a telemedicine appointment if appropriate. Providers have set aside this time to listen and to address your concerns. We respectfully ask that you contact the office if you need to cancel or reschedule your telemedicine or office visit 24 hours prior to your appointment.
South Shore Women’s Health’s Policy Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID19)
The safety and health of our patients, staff and community will always be our first priority. At this time, South Shore Women’s Health continues to ensure every effort to minimize exposure and reduce transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID19). It is important to stay home if you are sick to prevent spreading the virus. Read the rest of this entry »
There have always been old wives tales about pregnancy and most likely you have heard a few.
Carrying your baby high means you’re having a girl. Carrying low, obviously it must be a boy. Let’s not forget having heartburn, which means your baby will have lots of hair.
These silly predictions are all in good fun, but there are some more serious pregnancy myths. Let’s talk about 7 pregnancy myths, debunked.
Pap smears, also known as Pap tests, help to identify suspicious cells in your cervix that could signal a precancerous condition.
The importance of a healthy diet during pregnancy cannot be overstated. Studies show that there are less complications when moms-to-be eat a healthy diet before and during pregnancy. With that in mind, let’s look at what is considered a healthy diet and how it can help.
Surprise, you’re pregnant! If this truly is a surprise, stay calm, talk with your partner and consider all your options. The truth is no one can tell you exactly what to do after you get a positive pregnancy test. You might be thrilled to begin or increase your family, be upset because it’s a surprise and it’s not part of your plans, or you may have emotions somewhere in between. However you react, here are some guidelines.
You have just found out you are pregnant, and you are overwhelmed with excitement. There are so many things to do and plan for, but first things first. That means schedule your first prenatal visit with South Shore Women’s Health! To help you prepare for that all important visit, here are some pertinent topics to discuss during your first prenatal visit.
Before you get that telltale “glow,” you have to conceive. Before you conceive, you have some planning to do, and one of those planning steps is to schedule a preconception appointment with South Shore Women’s Health. You may wonder why, so here are 5 reasons to schedule a preconception visit even if it’s not your first child.
To the patients of South Shore Women’s Health,
As you come to your visits in the coming weeks and months, we want you to know what we are doing to keep you safe. The safety of our patients and staff is important to us.
You will be asked screening questions regarding symptoms and known exposures as you enter our buildings. Our staff will be wearing face coverings and we have put social distancing measures in place, including traffic patterns for entering and exiting our offices. We are providing hand washing capabilities and we are regularly sanitizing all high tough areas. Our staff has been trained on social distancing and hygiene protocols.
We ask that you do your part by wearing a mask as you enter the building and wear it, covering your mouth and nose, until you have left the building. We ask that you be vigilant for symptoms and please stay home if you are sick.
We are following guidance from Governor Baker’s reopening plan, announced on May 18th, to determine when and how patients can be added back into our schedules. In phase 1, we have been provided with the clearance to provide high priority preventive care and treatment for high risk patients. Our tracking system allows us to identify patients in this category and we will be contacting patients who meet this criteria to schedule them for appointments.
If you are experiencing a problem, please call and we will help you to make an appointment to be seen or schedule you for a Telehealth visit if that is more appropriate. We will continue to see pregnant patients at appropriate intervals.
Per State guidelines, we are asking that you come alone to your visits, as this will reduce the risk of unnecessary exposure of our staff and patients. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times and want you to feel reassured that we are doing our part to keep you safe.
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Thinking of getting pregnant? Here’s how you can prepare.
As you and your partner consider pregnancy, there are a few things you should think of before you start trying to conceive. While 50% of pregnancies are unplanned, planning for pregnancy with the following things in mind can help to alleviate unnecessary anxiety and allow you to proceed with more excitement because you feel empowered and ready.
First, consider your medical history. Do you have any medical diagnoses that could complicate pregnancy? Consider having a physical or consultation with your primary care or specialist to discuss your medical history in the context of planning for pregnancy. Are there any goals that should be met prior to getting pregnant, any medications that are unsafe for pregnancy that should be stopped or changed? You can make a consultation appointment with us too, your OB/GYN, to review your medical history and recommendations we may have as you plan for pregnancy. Often times high risk pregnancies can be managed well, as a team, and there are measures that can be taken to minimize risk in your pregnancy.
Consider your mental health as well, is your anxiety or depression under control, and again, are you taking any medications that aren’t safe in pregnancy? We do not recommend discontinuing medications without consulting with your prescriber first, but it is a good idea to discuss these things with them before getting pregnant. Decisions are made after discussing risks and benefits for you and baby. It is important to understand that fetal development occurs early in pregnancy, so making changes to unsafe medications should occur before getting pregnant.
Think about your lifestyle and routines. If you haven’t incorporated a healthy diet and exercise into your routine, it can be helpful to start this prior to getting pregnant. An optimal weight can increase your chances of conceiving. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help to minimize excess weight gain in pregnancy, reduce your risks of developing diabetes or high blood pressure in pregnancy and keep you more comfortable throughout your pregnancy. Exercise can improve your mood, sleep and reduce your likelihood of getting constipated, it can also help your labor and delivery go smoother. (1) There are so many benefits here, but it’s ideal to get into the routine before pregnancy, the first trimester of pregnancy can be a challenging time to be starting an exercise routine.
In addition to healthy levels of exercise, about 30 minutes per day on most days of the week, eating a balanced diet is recommended as well. This should be rich in assorted fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. Fish is beneficial to you and your baby and can be consumed once or twice per week. It helps to promote both heart and brain health. Just avoid large fish like king mackerel, tuna, and sword fish as they contain high levels of mercury. Good options are salmon, shrimp, canned light tuna, cod and catfish.(2) Generally, weight loss is not recommended in pregnancy, so if you are trying to lose weight, to reach your ideal weight, this should be done prior to getting pregnant, but should also be done with a well balanced diet. You may find it helpful to see a nutritionist for a plan, this will help you to avoid a restrictive diet that could be lacking in essential nutrients.
Prenatal vitamins are recommended at least 3 months before you conceive. Folic acid in prenatal vitamins is beneficial in reducing the risk of neural tube defects. The neural tube develops early in pregnancy, so it is important to increase these levels before you get pregnant. Also, there are times when prenatal vitamins can be hard on the digestive system, and it can take some time for you to get used to them, so it can be more difficult to incorporate them during the first trimester when your stomach may already be more sensitive. Increasing fluids and fiber can be helpful in reducing any associated constipation caused by prenatal vitamins. (3)
Avoidance of drugs and alcohol is important to your pregnancy and developing baby. Smoking increases the chances of low birth weight, prematurity, birth defects and can increase chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in newborns. While quitting smoking is difficult, planning for pregnancy and raising a child can be an excellent motivator to quit. (4)
Drug use in pregnancy is also not recommended, if you suffer from a substance use disorder, reach out for help prior to planning pregnancy. There are many risks associated with drug use in pregnancy including low birth weight, birth defects, preterm delivery, maternal infections, and neonatal withdrawal. Drug use in pregnancy can also contribute to slower than normal growth for the child as well as learning and behavior problems. (5)
Lastly, alcohol use is not recommended in pregnancy, so it is also not recommended when trying to conceive. You may not know you are pregnant until 4-6 weeks and alcohol can be unsafe at any point in the pregnancy. No amount of alcohol consumption has been proven to be safe. Consuming alcohol in pregnancy can cause miscarriage, still birth, birth defects, premature birth, intellectual and developmental disabilities including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. (6)
Intimate partner violence is serious. If you are feeling unsafe in your relationship, please feel free to reach out for help before planning a pregnancy. 1-800-799-SAFE is a national domestic violence hotline, it is available in 200 languages and 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. (7)
Familiarize yourself with your family history. It can be helpful to your OB/GYN team for you to be aware of any family history of genetic conditions or birth defects in family members. If you are unaware of how these conditions may impact your pregnancy, we can help you get more information. We can also perform testing to see if you are a carrier for various genetic conditions.
We hope you find this information helpful as you plan for your pregnancy. This is such an exciting milestone in your life. If you happen to find yourself pregnant and you’re feeling less than prepared, we will still support you in the same way as you navigate this journey of pregnancy and birth of your special bundle.
You can find more in depth information through any of the following resources, and please reach out if you need our assistance or advice.
Written by Janelle Murphy NP