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Pregnancy Myths: Part Two

We know, there are a lot of pregnancy myths out there, and you should not believe everything that you hear—get the facts as we bust these five myths.  The myths in part one of this two-part blog post have been debunked; but do you know about the truth behind the following pregnancy myths? Take a look and see if you know the facts about pregnancy and your health! Then, if you have questions about pregnancy, contact your OB/GYN in Little Rock for informed answers and medical advice. Now, here are the last five pregnancy myths and facts in our series. Myth 6: Having sexual intercourse will injure your fetus. If you have a normal, low-risk pregnancy, having sex while you are pregnant doesn’t physically hurt your fetus. The amniotic sac and uterine muscles protect the fetus very well. And, a thick membrane of mucus seals off the cervix. Some women… Read More

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Pregnancy Myths: Part One

Knowing the common myths surrounding pregnancy can help you discover what is right for you and your baby. Much of what people believe about pregnancy is based on old rumors. Fortunately, modern medical research exposes many of the most significant pregnancy myths and facts. Some pregnancy myths are amusing, but others may cause needless worries, and yet others can lead to bad choices that risk fetal health as well as pregnant women’s health. Fortunately, findings from modern fetal research inform us about the realities of pregnancy. The following information is provided to help you dismiss myths about pregnancy and be prepared with facts. Myth 1:  A normal pregnancy is nine months. The term of pregnancy varies by up to five weeks less or more than the generally recognized nine-month mark. A normal term of pregnancy  is 37-41 weeks. The median length of pregnancy is 38 weeks and 2 days, and only… Read More

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15 Essentials to Consider When Starting a Family

What should you know before you become pregnant? Getting ready for pregnancy can take a few months, or significantly longer. This guide is to help answer your questions about how to plan for starting a family. Along with these tips, it is important to visit your Little Rock OB/GYN for checkups and for medical advice about starting a family. 1. Health Pregnancy stresses the immune system and major organs. Get a physical exam before pregnancy, and take a list of points you want to discuss with your doctor. Expect to discuss the following. Diet Nutritional supplements Exercises to prepare for pregnancy Lifestyle Medical and family history Medications Past pregnancies 2. Nutrition Proper nutrition is essential to fetal growth and organ development. Most of your nutrients should come from food, vs. supplements. See the USDA food-planning guide to help you make healthier food choices. 3. Lifestyle To reduce risks of birth… Read More

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When and Why to Call Your OB/GYN When You’re Pregnant and Feeling Funny

Knowing when pregnancy symptoms are harmless or need medical attention can improve the health of you and your baby. Pregnancy is often a joyous time filled with hope and expectation. The desire to bring a healthy baby into the world can often create questions and anxiety about differentiating between normal pregnancy symptoms and pregnancy complications. Take a look at these three common reasons to call your OB/GYN, and learn a little bit more about why you should give your doctor a call. 1. Early Trimester Bleeding For most women, bleeding during their menstrual cycle is considered a healthy, common occurrence. The result of an unfertilized egg being released by the ovaries into the uterus is an expected part of life and defines the transition of a girl into her childbearing years. However, since a woman’s body no longer is capable of releasing eggs during pregnancy, bleeding can often be an… Read More

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