Your dream of having a family if finally coming true. You are a smart and healthy woman, and know clearly what you should avoid during pregnancy like smoking, drinking, and illegal drugs. At the same time, now would be a good time to review some other lifestyle changes to make for a healthy pregnancy.
The changes to a pregnant woman’s immune system, heart, or lungs make them more susceptible to severe illness from the flu. This statement should be the first tenet in a guide to flu season during pregnancy, and all pregnant women should get their flu shot as soon as possible. There are even more reasons, such as the following.
It’s difficult to overemphasize the importance of regular breast self examinations when one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. When it comes to breast exams and screening tools, more is always better. Let’s find out how to do a breast self exam, when to do it, and why they are so important.
Your gynecologist has seen and heard it all. Some women, though, become embarrassed about discussing certain topics and avoid telling their doctor about symptoms and specific changes with their bodies. Get over it! This is the one person you can always trust to give you answers and provide the right treatment if there is an issue. So here are some gynecological symptoms you should never ignore.
You have spent several months preparing the nursery for your bundle of joy including new furniture, curtains, paint, and a spanking new rocking chair just for you. That feeling of satisfaction shouldn’t lull you into a sense of complacency, though. Sorry, there is still much to do! You have the time before your little one comes home to complete a few more tasks, so we suggest 5 tips to prepare your home for a newborn.
What questions should you ask your obstetrician about genetic testing? The best approach depends on what you really want to know. Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy beautiful baby, but of course there is always a chance your child will have some abnormality or disorder. The good news is there are prenatal screening tests that will provide you with answers, IF you want to know. Here are some clarifying questions. Continue reading “What Questions Should I Ask My Obstetrician About Genetic Testing?”
If you are approaching 40 years old, it is time to have your first mammogram screening. Some women become anxious and worry about all sorts of unknowns. We are here to tell you that sometimes anticipating something is worse than the actual event. So take heart and learn what you should know before your first mammogram.
Most young women begin to see a gynecologist in their teens and by the time they are in their 20s or 30s know the routine, know their bodies, and schedule annual visits. There are times, however, when abnormalities present themselves, and you wonder if you should see your doctor in between your normal visit. The answer is usually yes, and in case you’re in doubt, here are 11 signs you need to call your gynecologist.
Even the most confident woman can suddenly panic when told she is pregnant. Whether it was a planned event or a surprise, from this moment unknown insecurities seem to take over, and you are suddenly afraid like never before. What is pregnancy anxiety and how can you cope with it?
At All About Women Ob/Gyn we remain focused on caring for our patients by providing high-quality healthcare services when you need them. Our practice is open, and continues to see patients for health care needs.
The safety of our patients and visitors remains our top priority, so we are:
- Putting CDC recommended protocols in place to ensure the highest level of prepared coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention.
- Ensuring we have necessary supplies and equipment, and appropriate staffing
- Conducting screening questions, so that any symptomatic patient who arrives can be properly masked and immediately isolated to protect our staff and patients
Should I still come to my appointment?
Yes, we are open and seeing all previously scheduled patients. Your on-going healthcare needs remain our top priority. If changes in your appointment need to occur, we will contact you. We will also be seeing patients using telemedicine during this time.
Information regarding TeleMedicine
Our office is using a program called doxyme.com, which is HIPPA compliant. The address to connect to doxy me is https://doxy.me/allaboutwomen. Your privacy is important to us. You will be asked by the receptionist to give an email address or cell phone number, and you will receive an appointment time. At that time, the doctor will send you an invitation to the appointment. Once you are in the virtual waiting room the doctor will connect with you. We will bill your insurance for the appointment, and collect a co-pay via credit card if one is due at the time of the appointment.
What about visitors at my appointments?
During this time, we ask that you limit accompanying visitors and attend your appointment alone. The only permitted exceptions will be a single caregiver for a minor patient, or for a patient with a disability or impairment warranting assistance.
What are the symptoms?
If you have a fever, new cough (within the last two weeks), shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms, please call our office for guidance on your upcoming appointment.
What can I do to protect myself and others?
Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, your upcoming appointment or our office policies, please us at (703) 437-0001.