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Dr. Erin Alward

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oklahoma City, OK
18 years experience

Locations

Office

Oklahoma City, OK

Address

5401 N Portland Ave, Ste 440, Oklahoma City, OK
Directions

About

Bio

Being a doctor has so many rewards. I get to interact with a wide variety of people and I learn interesting things from them every day. I get to be a part of one of the greatest miracles in people's lives: childbirth. I get to help people recognize how they can become better people during their wellness visits. I get to help people through some of their tribulations. What more could I ask for?

Specialties
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

44 Answers
41 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: Cats can carry a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis. We can get it from being exposed to the animal's feces. If you are infected for the first time... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: Most of the time this is related to dry skin in pregnancy, but there is a condition called cholestasis of pregnancy that could be the culprit. Cholest... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
4/2/1 weeks: Generally low risk pregnant women are seen every 4 weeks until about 28-30 weeks. Then appointments are every 2 weeks until 35-36 weeks. Then we see w... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
98 %: Term babies do well if the water breaks before labor starts. If the water breaks prematurely, that is a different answer. Before 24 weeks, about 21%... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Watch and wait: I am assuming that you are talking about a fluid leak after a procedure like an amniocentesis. If so, most doctors will discuss bedrest and watching f... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
39 weeks: Labor can be induced at anytime. Sometimes we even induce prematurely if the mom or baby are in danger. There are risks of prematurity though. These r... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Down screening: Nuchal translucency is measuring the thickness of the baby's neck on an ultrasound in the first trimester. This measurement, along with some bloodwork... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: In a perfect world, pregnant women should sleep on their left sides. This allow the uterus and baby to roll off the blood vessels and allow greater bl... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
See your doctor: Diabetes is much safer in pregnancy if it is under good control before you get pregnant. Some of the diabetic medicines are not safe in pregnancy. It... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Nutritional aid: Prenatal vitamins contain the recommended daily vitamins and minerals that you will need during the pregnancy. These vitamins and minerals could also ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
After 36 weeks: Patients who have completed 36 weeks of gestation are preferred candidates for external cephalic versions (turn the baby, if not head down). Generally... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Try birth control: Ovaries are supposed to make cysts (follicles-that contain an egg) every month. Sometimes the cysts can grow too large or bleed when they open, causin... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Same as before: Most likely the symptoms will be the same as previous pregnancies: breast tenderness, nausea, fatigue. There is concern though that after a tubal liga... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Health Departments: There are many state health departments who offer pap screening and contraceptive care for women with low funds. Another option is planned parenthood... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately miscarriages are common. It is estimated that one in every 2-3 pregnancies ends in miscarriage. As our ultrasound has gotten better, we ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Elevate and move: Leg swelling is very common in pregnancy. It can be helped with several things. Elevate your legs whenever possible. Stay well hydrated. Eat healthy. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Shrimp, tuna, salmon: You should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish during pregnancy. These large fish contain high levels of mercury. Common types o... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: Yes, you will probably get more vibration from walking around and sitting in a car than from sitting on a vibration chair. The baby is protected in fl... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: There are multiple different types of infections that can cause a genital rash. Some are easily treated and some are more difficult. There can also b... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: Unless there are complications with the pregnancy, sex of any kind is acceptable.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Possibly: There is not much data about the safety of doing an external cephalic version (ecv or turning the baby) in someone with a previous c-section scar. Th... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
HR department: Generally your human resources department at work has that information for you. Most of the time there's paperwork that you and your physician will ha... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: Generally we try to avoid using trimethoprim in pregnancy, especially if there is another antibiotic that would do the same job. Sometimes though trim... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: Amniocentesis is usually offered between 15-20 weeks, with a pregnancy loss rate of about 1 in 300-500. Chorionic villus sampling (cvs) is offered af... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: They can kick one another but they don't generally cause any damage.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: Lead based paint was commonly used prior to the 1970s. It can cause lead poisoning and mental retardation. Avoid old paints or sanding and scraping of... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: Ideally, Lisinopril (and other ace-inhibitors, usually end in -pril) should stopped before trying to get pregnant. But if you find out you are pregna... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
13-16 weeks: Generally, prophylactic cerclages are placed between 13–16 weeks gestation, after an ultrasound shows a normal fetus with no abnormalities. Urgent ce... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: There are no good studies that i could find that prove that evening primrose oil helps with fertility.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
2 ways: 1. A single egg and a single sperm create a single embryo that splits in two very early in pregnancy. 2. Two eggs are ovulated and each gets fertiliz... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: The majority of the time gestational diabetes resolves by 6 weeks after delivery. It is recommended that all women with gestational diabetes have anot... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Pelvic muscle kegel: Squeeze the muscles that you use to stop the flow of urine. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat 10-20 times at least 3 times a day. Be careful n... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: Alcohol is not safe in pregnancy and can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known safe amount of alcohol in pregnancy. So once you know you ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Multiple things: Low amniotic fluid may happen for many reasons. Rupture of membranes or water breaking is the most obvious. Amniotic fluid can be low with dehydration... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: We don't have a good reason why, but dreams can be very vivid and strange during pregnancy. Some people speculate that the dreams are a way for your s... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: If there is a tear or an episiotomy that happens during your delivery, it is generally repaired right then. If you have an epidural, you shouldn't fee... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Possible UTI: There are several things that can cause decreased bladder emptying. The most common is a urinary tract infection (uti). There can be some more concer... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Prevent defects: Folic acid is a b vitamin. It helps prevent babies from getting neural tube defects (like spina bifida). Ideally it should be started before you sta... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
3-5 days after birth: The milk that we generally consider normal milk comes in about 3-5 days after delivery. Some women leak some milk while they are pregnant and that is ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: Undergoing a single diagnostic imaging study does not have enough radiation exposure to threaten the well being of a developing baby. Multiple studies... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: Most women don't lose weight consistently in the third trimester. Some women may gain 2-3 pounds one week and the next week be down 1-2 pounds, this c... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Yes: Insulin shots are safe to give in the abdominal skin during pregnancy. The needle actually goes in the fatty tissue just under the skin and idoes not... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Low!!: The chances of becoming pregnant after having tubes tied is usually less than 1-3%. A pregnancy test would still work just fine after a tubal ligatio... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Butterflies: The first movements that you can feel begin around 18-20 weeks and feel like butterflies or fluttering. The karate kid movements come later. Towards t... Read More

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Jul 17, 2013
she is a welcome addition to Healthtap and we are lucky to benefit from her knowledge
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Alward is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Alward is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Imagine my face now in this ( ^_^ ) Thanks many thanks
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, OK
Graduated 2004MD

Awards

Chief of Ob/Gyn/Pediatrics Department at Deaconess Hospital
Physician Champion for Electronic Medical Records Transition-2011
Preceptor for Residents, Medical Students and Nursing Students
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