Obstetrics

This is a wonderful time in your life and you want to make sure that you are well informed. The doctors at Women’s Health of South Miami are highly experienced physicians that provide you with individualized care.

Preconception Counseling

Your body will go through multiple physiological changes throughout your pregnancy. You and your doctor will discuss the basic issues surrounding the beginning of your pregnancy including general expectations, diet, nutrition and your overall health.

Nutrition

Your nutritional health is vital throughout your pregnancy for a number of reasons. When you are pregnant, your ability to fight off infection is lower than usual. In addition, your unborn baby’s immune system is not fully developed. This means both you and your baby have a greater chance of getting sick from eating unsafe food.

There are a number of foods that pose a higher risk of food borne diseases and include unpasteurized (raw) milk, cheese, some juices, raw or under cooked animal foods such as seafood, meat, poultry and eggs.

Although eating seafood is safe during your pregnancy, there are some rules to be followed. First, the seafood must be cooked (no sushi!), next you need to be sure of the type of fish. Larger fish for the most part are more apt to have a higher mercury content within the tissue and you may want to limit your consumption. These include tuna, swordfish, tile fish and others. You may want to discuss in more detail which seafood is acceptable during your pregnancy with your doctor.

Vaccinations

There are a few vaccinations that are recommended during your pregnancy. During the winter flu months a flu shot is recommended for all pregnant patients. In addition, the TDap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Petussis) vaccine is recommended for all patients at approximately 28 weeks. Please discuss with your physician regarding your individual needs.

Fatigue

It is a very common symptom of early pregnancy to feel fatigued. If you feel you are experiencing excessive fatigue please discuss your symptoms with your doctor.

Caffeine

Caffeine can be consumed in moderation (less than 200mg per day) during your pregnancy. Please keep in mind that an 8 oz. cup of brewed coffee contains approximately 140mg of caffeine and an 8 oz. cup of brewed teas contains approximately 50mg of caffeine.

Alcohol Use

It is recommended that pregnant women do not drink alcohol. Even moderate drinking during your pregnancy can cause behavior or developmental problems for your baby. Heavy drinking during pregnancy has been proven to result in serious problems for your baby including malformation and mental retardation.

Smoking

Smoking has been proven to have adverse effects on fetal growth and development. If you are a smoker, we recommend that you speak with your physician prior to conception to develop a plan to quit. If you have already conceived, there are multiple therapies that are safe in pregnancy to quit smoking.

Medications

It is best to discuss with your doctor prior to taking any medications during your pregnancy.

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