NWWC Newsletter
JANUARY 2014
From all of us at Northwest Women's Consultants, we wish you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity.
What Our Patients Have Said...

"Dear Dr. Geittmann: Thank you for taking such good care of me and the babies through delivery. Who knew delivering two babies would actually be fun?! You and your team are absolutely amazing -- and we were very fortunate to have found your practice. The twins and I are doing great and wanted to give you a letter to show our appreciation! You rock!"
- Valerie
Featured Article
I'm Pregnant: Now What? Staying Safe and Healthy

Now that you are pregnant, you have work to do. Your main concern now is your health, and the health of your unborn child. The sooner you visit your doctor, the sooner you can get your pregnancy off to a great start. The first step is to find an OB/GYN you trust. For the next nine months, you and your doctor will build a relationship that is beneficial to you and to the health of your unborn child.

Your doctor will undoubtedly give you a list of things to do and things to avoid. Your doctor will also start you on prenatal vitamins and iron tablets. Next and foremost, the doctor will calculate your due date. This date helps the doctor to determine when you got pregnant, and when your baby is expected to arrive. This is the most exciting time of your pregnancy. The doctor may order an ultrasound, so you can see your baby and hear your baby's heartbeat. During your early stages of pregnancy -- in your first trimester -- you will see the doctor once a month. Here is a chart that will help you keep up with your regular OB/GYN visits.
  • Weeks four through 28 - you will see the doctor once per month
  • Weeks 28 through 36 - your visits increase to two visits per month
  • Weeks 36 to birth - your visits are now weekly
Providing you are over the age of 35 and other health factors are involved, you might be considered high risk and your doctor may want to see you more often.

What Can I Expect During My Visits

Well, before the doctor can treat you and your baby properly, your doctor needs your complete medical history. This information lets the doctor know if any special tests need to be done. Perhaps there is a medical problem that can worsen during pregnancy and needs to be brought under control. Tell your doctor everything, no matter how insignificant you believe it to be.

Next the doctor will create a medical chart for you. This chart will contain special progress and medical notes of all of your office visits. Your blood pressure, weight, fetus size, tests, test results, and prescription medication is listed inside your chart.

The doctor will continually measure your abdomen. This helps the doctor keep up with the weight, growth and development of the fetus. If any abnormal growth is occurring, the doctor can catch it early and devise an interventional medical plan. This is why going to the doctor at the first suspicion of pregnancy is vital.

Do's and Don'ts

If you are a smoker, now is a good time to quit. Cigarette smoke doesn't only increase your chances of cancer, but it also increases your risk of having a premature birth.

Limit or eliminate your alcohol intake. Alcohol can hinder your child's development, and can actually cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome causes heart defects, failure to strive, learning disabilities, mood disorders. These problems can become permanent.

Cats are great pets to have around -- if you are not pregnant. Cats cause an infection called Toxoplasmosis. This is a parasite, which are often times found in cat poop. Wearing gloves during gardening and while caring for your cat or cats can greatly reduce your chance of contracting this infection.

Stay away from small children and adults with measles, mumps, chicken pox and viruses. Wash your hands regularly and religiously, and most importantly, stay away from secondhand smoke.

Take your dose of folic acid each day. Birth effects occur during the early weeks of pregnancy, usually before pregnancy is confirmed. Therefore, it is vital that you visit your doctor as soon as you know, or suspect you are pregnant.
Q&A
I missed one or two of my birth control pills. What should I do?

If you've missed one pill, go ahead and take 2 pills that day (the pill you missed plus the pill for that day). If you've missed two pills, take 2 pills the next 2 days. If you have missed two or more pills, you MUST use a back-up birth control method (i.e. condoms) for the remainder of the month. Missing birth control pills may cause breakthrough bleeding or spotting. If you are late for your period after missing pills, you should check a pregnancy test.

For more answers, click here to visit our frequently asked questions page.
Quick Tips
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1630 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
(847) 394-3553

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice of your physician. The dispensing of this information should in no way be construed as establishing a doctor-patient relationship.