Your Pregnancy | The Woman's Clinic

As of July 1st, 2017, we will no longer be delivering babies at St. Vincent Hospital.

Whether you’re a first-time mother-to-be or experienced in pregnancy, our team at The Woman’s Clinic, P.A. will be with you every step of the way.

We believe that children are among life’s greatest blessings, and it is a privilege to help bring them into your family. We are sensitive to the individual needs, religious traditions, and ethnic backgrounds of our patients, and we will strive to make you as comfortable as possible.

It’s no secret that our patients love our physicians and staff members. Our clinical and non-clinical personnel remember our patients from year to year – and enjoy getting to know their families, too. Over a nine-month pregnancy, you and your physician form an important bond. That’s why the physicians at The Woman’s Clinic, P.A. make it a point to deliver their own patients, whenever possible.

Thank you for placing your trust in us for your pregnancy care.


Prenatal
Women who are contemplating becoming pregnant are filled with questions and concerns. Many of those decisions must come from you, such as: Is this the right time? Am I financially ready? But some decisions can be handled in consult with a physician. If you are planning to become pregnant soon, now is the time to consider your health and creating a healthy physical environment for your baby.

If your insurance covers a pre-pregnancy visit (or if you choose to pay out of pocket if it’s not covered) visit your obstetrician in person. Otherwise, the following considerations will be very helpful, as well as the links below to pamphlets.

  • Begin making healthy eating choices.
  • Start an exercise routine that you can carry on throughout your pregnancy. You should consult with your doctor if you are beginning a new exercise program.
  • Have a complete physical examination to determine your own health. If you have recently had an annual exam with your OB/GYN, this may not be necessary. Among other considerations, you will want to be sure you are up to date on your immunizations.You can learn more by clicking Vaccines on the Your Health page.
  • Begin taking prenatal vitamins. Your doctor can recommend a brand, if you’re unsure. It’s very important for you to follow your physician’s guidance regarding any vitamins or supplements you may be considering during your pregnancy.
  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Speak with your physician about any prescription, herbal or over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
  • Avoid environmental hazards, such as radiation and chemicals.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine.
  • Stock up on sleep.

Resources

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    Infertility

    Women who experience difficulty getting pregnant after trying to conceive for one year may have a problem with fertility. The condition of infertility affects more than 6 million couples in the United States. As women delay pregnancy into their late 30s and 40s, the possibility of infertility increases. Other causes of female infertility:

    • Hormonal imbalance
    • Tumor or cyst
    • Eating disorders
    • Substance abuse
    • Thyroid problems
    • Excess weight
    • Stress
    • Intense exercise
    • Brief menstrual cycles
    • Damaged reproductive organs

    A physical examination can help determine what is preventing conception. There is a wide range of options available to assist couples in achieving a successful pregnancy: drug treatments, behavioral modifications or surgeries. If you think you or your partner may have a problem with infertility, please contact our office for assistance.

    Additional Helpful Links:

    Evaluating Infertility

    Treating Infertility

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    The Importance of Pre-Pregnancy Care

    We suggest starting with a thorough check-up that includes a medical history and lifestyle evaluation. And don’t forget daily prenatal vitamins.”

    Of course, once a woman becomes pregnant, care becomes more vigilant.

    During pregnancy, our goal is to maintain the woman’s and the baby’s health. We screen and monitor for any high-risk conditions. We also spend time educating the woman and her family about pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

    It’s easy to take pregnancy and birth for granted, but there’s really a lot that goes into it.

    The decision to have a baby is personal and life changing. Whatever path a woman takes, her health is always at the heart of our care at The Woman’s Clinic.

    Additional Helpful Links:

    Good Health Before Pregnancy

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    Five Tips to Quit Smoking

    1. Get ready. Discuss your plans with your physician prior to starting. Set a quit date and prepare to reshape your habits. Get rid of cigarettes and smoke triggers in your house and workplace.
    2. Get support. Let your friends and family know your plans, and ask for their support. Tell your healthcare provider; inquire about medications or other helpful therapies. Visit the American Cancer Society web page for more resources, including information on the Quit Line: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/greatamericans/smokeout.asp
    3. Get medication and use it correctly. Nicotine gums, patches and other approved therapies double your chances of quitting for good. Pregnant smokers who want to quit should speak to their doctors about non-medical aids, such as counseling and other smoking cessation products safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
    4. Learn new skills and behaviors. Change your routine and replace smoke breaks with more healthful breaks like regular exercise, a telephone call to a family member or friend, or a cup of green tea or glass of water.
    5. Deal with withdrawal. Withdrawal from nicotine includes physical and psychological symptoms which while annoying are not life-threatening. Plan for the rationalizations, and keep your mind in a good place through activity, deep breathing and even a reward system.

    We highly suggest you review the American Cancer Society’s “Guide to Quitting Smoking,” by clicking here.

Pregancy

Understanding that this is a time of combined excitement, anxiety and confusion, we find that our patients benefit from having answers to frequently asked pregnancy questions to help manage the wealth of information about pregnancy. We will partner with you in addressing your concerns, offering advice and providing the highest level of care.

One of the first things you will want to know after your pregnancy is confirmed is your due date. Your due date is calculated by adding 7 days to the first day of your last menstrual period and subtracting 3 months, i.e. Dec. 1st + 7 days – 3 months = Sept. 8th. A normal pregnancy is considered 280 days or 40 weeks or 10 lunar months.

Arkansas Woman's Clinic - OBGYNAdditional Helpful Links:

Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs and Pregnancy

Nutrition During Pregnancy

Exercise During Pregnancy

Changes

Each woman experiences pregnancy in a different way, and no matter how many times a particular woman has been pregnant, each of her pregnancies will be different, too. Pregnancy is a physical and emotional transformation like no other.

Our staff is well educated and trained to handle your developing needs and concerns. Our aim is to see you through a healthy pregnancy and help you feel comfortable with the changes going on in your body.

Problems

Complications during pregnancy are unsettling for everyone. At The Woman’s Clinic, P.A. we know that even minor complications can cause significant concern. That’s why we’re always here for you, to answer your questions and offer the best treatment for you.

Postnatal

Our office staff will make every effort to call you during your first postpartum week to see how you and your newborn are feeling and to answer any questions you may have. They will also schedule an appointment for your six-week postpartum visit.

We know that the birth of your child is one of the most important experiences of your life and we hope you will remember that we are always here to assist in any way.