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    Last updated 2 years ago

    Every mom-to-be wants to know how to best care for herself and her developing baby. Check out these resources for a more in-depth look at pregnancy health tips. At WomanCare, you can schedule an appointment with one of our professional and knowledgeable staff to discuss all of your gynecologic obstetric care. Call us today at (847) 221-4700.

    • This article from Parents.com offers 10 tips for pregnant women to help take care of both mom and baby throughout the pregnancy.
    • For a look at the most essential vitamins and minerals to consume during pregnancy, check out this article from Discovery Fit & Health.
    • In this article from Today Health, you can learn 8 dos and don’ts for a healthy pregnancy.
    • To take a comprehensive look at ovarian and uterine cysts, take time to read this in-depth article by eMedicineHealth.
    • Dig deeper into information about ovarian and uterine cysts with this information from WomensHealth.gov.

    CMV (cytomegalovirus): Elizabeth's Story

    Last updated 2 years ago

    “The moment Elizabeth was born in 1989, I felt a stab of fear. My immediate thought was "Her head looks so small - so deformed." It was determined that Elizabeth was born with a very severe case of congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) - she would never rollover, talk, walk or feed herself. Apparently, I had caught the virus when I was pregnant with her. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that CMV is the #1 viral cause of mental retardation and hearing loss - more common a cause of disabilities than Down syndrome.”

    Read the rest of Elizabeth’s story on Stop CMV – The CMV Action Network.

    If you are pregnant or are looking to become pregnant, talk with your doctor about the dangers of prenatal infections, including CMV. To schedule an appointment with a WomanCare practitioner, call (847) 221-4700.

    Visiting the OBGYN- Tips for Expectant Dads

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you are a soon-to-be first-time dad, going to the OBGYN is likely to become a regular part of your life for the next 9 months. Although some men have no problem going to the gynecologist with their wife, there are some men who need help negotiating that first visit. In this video, you’ll learn 10 humorous and essential tips for surviving your first trip to the gynecologist.

    At WomanCare, our gynecologists understand the nervousness of both moms and dads, and have answers to your questions about what to expect during pregnancy. For a skilled OGBYN with the latest technology available for your wife during pregnancy, call the experts of WomanCare at (847) 221-4700.

    Prenatal Infection Prevention: What is CMV?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Though generally harmless to those with a healthy immune system, CMV (cytomegalovirus) affects 1 in 150 children born in the United States. A fairly common virus, congenital CMV leads to more disabilities in children than any other very well known infections or syndromes such as Down Syndrome.

    Read more about the prevention and treatment of congenital CMV on Stop CMV – The CMV Action Network

    Symptoms and Treatment of Uterine or Ovarian Cysts

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that often form during a woman’s menstrual cycle. Ovarian cysts form in a woman’s ovaries, while uterine cysts form in the uterus. Most cysts will dissolve and often goes away within a few months.

    Symptoms

    Although most women will not have any symptoms of a cyst, some women experience some of these symptoms:

    • Pressure swelling or pain in the abdomen or pelvic area.
    • Difficulty passing urine
    • Pain during sexual intercourse
    • Irregular menstrual cycles
    • Abnormal bleeding
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Breast tenderness
    • Dull ache in lower back and thighs

    If you experience the following symptoms, seek immediate medical care:

    • Pain accompanied by fever and vomiting
    • Faintness, dizziness, or weakness
    • Sudden and severe abdominal pain
    • Rapid breathing

    Treatment

    Your gynecologist may prescribe oral contraceptives to prevent cyst formation and pain relievers to reduce pelvic and abdominal pain. 

    If cysts cause you pain and persist for several menstrual cycles, your OGBYN or gynecologist may recommend surgery to remove the cyst. There are two types of surgery used to remove ovarian and uterine cysts:

    1.      Most frequently, your gynecologist will recommend laparoscopic surgery for cysts that are small and appear to be benign. During laparoscopic surgery, your doctor will make a small incision to insert a small scope to identify and remove the cyst.

    2.      If a cyst is large or appears to be cancerous, your gynecologist will perform a laparotomy, making an incision through the abdominal wall in order to remove the cyst.

    For all of your gynecological care, rely on the physicians of WomanCare. WomanCare offers a full range of gynecological and OBGYN services including women’s bladder control, prenatal care, and bioidentical hormone replacement. Schedule your appointment with WomanCare by calling (847) 221-4700.

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