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When should my first ob appointment be?

When should my first ob appointment be?

Early: Some docs won't schedule the initial OB appt prior to 8-10 weeks and then some don't actually see the patient on that initial visit-- they rely on nursing staff to collect history information and perform initial blood work. My personal preference is to see the patient when she discovers she is pregnant and establish care as early as possible. If complications arise, care is already established. ...Read more

Baby Mouths Objects (Definition)

As infants develp, they first become aware of eye contact, will focus and eventually maintain eye contact and turn the head. The hands are often tightly fisted, but by 4 months, an infant will start to look at his hands and bring them to the mouth. After that, reach for objects and put them in the mouth. By 6 m, bring feet to mouth as well. Putting objects in mouth is ...Read more


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What can I expect at my ob appointments?

What can I expect at my ob appointments?

A good relationship!: Your first visit will consist of a complete history, physical exam, blood work and often an ultrasound. Then depending on your particulars the visits usually are spaced at monthly intervals until the last two months. These visits are usually "belly checks" where the heart rate is assessed and your weight and BP is measured. This is the best time to have your questions answred. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you go about choosing your ob/gyne?

How do you go about choosing your ob/gyne?

Ask family & friends: Ask around. Those "top doctor" awards can only go so far. So ask your family & friends who they like. Also know what you need from your ob/gyn. If you just need well woman "stuff", family physicians like myself are trained to provide that (some still deliver babies!). If you need surgery, then ask your family doc who s/he would recommend. Bottom line, ask around! good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of ob care do miliatry wives get?

What kind of ob care do miliatry wives get?

Same: Most have board-certified ob/gyns who are assigned to the base. My buddy was one & the only difference he noticed was the ability to spend more time with patients since there were fewer patients to see. ...Read more

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What should I ask when interviewing a new ob?

What should I ask when interviewing a new ob?

Questions to ask: You can email me at [email protected] and i'll be happy to send you a list you can print and take with you. Being comfortable with your dr. Is one of the most important aspects of your healthcare. Today, a good patient/doctor relationship is more of a partnership. How you feel when you leave the office is a good indicator of whether or not you've chosen a dr. Who is a good fit for you. ...Read more

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What can I expect to happen at ob appointments?

What can I expect to happen at ob appointments?

Standard OB appts. : Your OB appointments should include a urine test, fetal heart rate monitoring, a measurement of your belly, your weight and blood pressure. These are the standards items monitored throughout your pregnancy. Your OB may request more tests as your pregnancy progresses if necessary. ...Read more

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How do I go about getting my first ob appointment?

How do I go about getting my first ob appointment?

Research & Call!: Ask for recommendations for obs from friends and family members . There are also many great research/referral tools online to lead you to a dr. In your area. It is important you feel comfortable with your ob/gyn. A good dr-patient relationship is essential in healthcare. Studies show that patients have better health outcomes when their physicians are effective, empathetic communicators. ...Read more

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What is available for ob care for military spouse?

What is available for ob care for military spouse?

Great care: Many spouses can get care on base or can get private insurance, usually tricare humana that many physician's take, or tricare prime which is a more limited numbers of private docs, but you should be able to find someone. ...Read more

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What is difference between training of ob and mfm?.

What is difference between training of ob and mfm?.

Additional years: Mfm is a sub-specialty of ob/gyn. Ob/gyn takes 4 years of training after medical school. Mfm (maternal-fetal medicine) takes an additional 3 years of training after that in which the focus is on managing different types and situations of high-risk pregnancies. An mfm doctor is an ob/gyn but with additional specialized skills not seen in standard ob/gyn practice. ...Read more

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First appointment with ob nurse what should I expect?

First appointment with ob nurse what should I expect?

Thorough evaluation: The OB nurse will evaluate you and your pregnancy by asking questions and obtaining significant information. ...Read more

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Were you and your husband ever greeted warmly by an ob?

Were you and your husband ever greeted warmly by an ob?

Hope so : Doctors are individuals with distinct personalities regardless of specialities. Hopefully you are treated well with your OB but if you do not both feel comfortable seek another. ...Read more

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Is there something wrong with me? My ob is sending me to mfm.

Is there something wrong with me? My ob is sending me to mfm.

Ask your OB: Many times you're sent to high risk specialist for a higher level ultrasound, to address genetic concerns, or to follow up on a possible abnormality on a previous lab test or ultrasound. Some obs send patients for routine evaluations of advanced maternal age (ama), hypertension, diabetes, or if on chronic medications. Ask your ob, it may be routine for their office. Good luck & enjoy your baby. ...Read more

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Is there something wrong with my baby? My ob is sending me to mfm.

Is there something wrong with my baby? My ob is sending me to mfm.

Not necessarily: In many practices it is customary for the OB doc to follow the pregnancy and the mfm to do the ultrasounds as a routine. The mfm can also be there for the OB if there is a problem so best to ask your OB to sort it out. ...Read more

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If a woman starts to push before the ob gives the permission what happens?

If a woman starts to push before the ob gives the permission what happens?

Labor pains: Pushing prior to becoming completely dilated may tear the cervix. Also, the more control by your physician during pushing in labor lessens the risk of tearing the vaginal tissue. ...Read more

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What is better, to have more time during sono with tech or brief time with ob expert?

What is better, to have more time during sono with tech or brief time with ob expert?

Ultrasound: They serve different functions. The tech is trained to obtain and record ultrasound images. Ob expert specializes in interpreting these images to reach a conclusion. Either way, i wish you get your answers. ...Read more

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I'm 50 years old and i still would like to have a child but my ob-gyne discouraged me. What is your advice?

I'm 50 years old and i still would like to have a child but my ob-gyne discouraged me. What is your advice?

Depends on situation: Any pregnancy has at least 4% risk of unexpected issues, includeing birth defects, prematurity or other problems. To that basic risk you must add that of your health & the increased in chromosome defects with age.At 50 your down syndrome risk rises to 10%. The ds kid has a potential lifespan of 6+decades of supervised care. With at least a 14% risk of problem & long lasting issues, consider all 1st. ...Read more

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12weeks UTS,Ob said I have 1 empty sac, it could be VTS. had earlier scan at 8 & 10 weeks -1 sac & 1 baby only. what's the empty sac?

What else did: the OB say? If there was a fetus in the gestational sac at 8 and 10 weeks, and there is no longer a fetus visible in the sac, there is a problem with the pregnancy, assuming they got a good look at the sac. An empty sac may mean loss of the pregnancy. But talk to your doc about it, it doesn't make sense that he/she would just tell you there is an empty sac and leave it at that. Take care. ...Read more

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Trying ttcsince october'12, what should we do now?I seen my ob march'13&don't want to wait till march again.October, longest.What if dr makes us wait?

Options: Typically a young healthy couple with no medical problem should wait one year before pursuing an infertility evaluation. If this is not what you want to do though discuss the options with your doctor. You could always get a second opinion from a different doctor as well. Express your concerns and your desires with your doctor. ...Read more

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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Obstetrics And Gynecology (Definition)

Obstetricians deal with pregnancy and helping women to have a healthy baby. Gynecology deals with women's reproduction health, so gynecologists treat reproductive health problems like irregular periods, vaginitis, abnormal pap tests. Gynecologists also help women to maintain or achieve overall health--and so address issues of ...Read more