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What Happens When You Stop Birth Control?

You might stop taking birth control pills for one or more of several reasons: You want to get pregnant You’re starting menopause You’ve decided to practice a different form of contraception Your reasons are related sometimes to your health, and other times to your lifestyle. If you’ve decided to stop birth control, here’s what you

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Do I Need to Tell My Gynecologist That I Want to Get Pregnant?

Ideally, your relationship with your gynecologist includes open lines of communication. If you share your desire to get pregnant, they’ll be able to help you prepare for pregnancy through good gynecological health. In fact, you can even opt for preconception counseling with an OB/GYN – who may be your current doctor or one affiliated with

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When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

Choosing when you should take a pregnancy test requires a little bit of self-control. Those first few days after trying to conceive a baby can be an exciting — or a nerve-racking — time, depending on your personal threshold for uncertainty. The same goes for those first few days after your period was supposed to

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May Is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Preeclampsia is a very serious pregnancy condition that requires immediate medical care. If you have questions or concerns about preeclampsia, please contact your PGOMG provider immediately. If symptoms develop, please seek emergency medical care first. What are the symptoms of preeclampsia? High blood pressure Urine tests positive for protein Swollen legs and feet Fatigue Blurred

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What to Do If You Think You’re Having a Miscarriage

If you suspect that you are having a miscarriage, there are steps you will want to take right away. The choice of visiting the nearest emergency room or your obstetrician’s office comes down to the symptoms you are experiencing. When to visit the emergency room If you experience… Heavy bleeding Clotting Dizziness Fainting When to

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Is It Safe to Travel While I’m Pregnant?

Pregnancy is a time when women are concerned about not only their own health and safety but also that of their baby, and many women have questions about what exactly is and is not safe during pregnancy. Above all, our top recommendation is that patients contact their PGOMG provider to ask any questions and discuss

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Five Facts about Female Fertility That Might Surprise You

When discussing female fertility, there’s often two extremes: either too much pressure is placed on women from an early age to lay out future family planning goals or there is a total disregard for age, medical conditions and family history that may play a role in your ability to conceive. There’s a healthy balance between

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How to Lower Gestational Diabetes Risk

Fortunately, gestational diabetes isn’t a permanent health problem. However, the condition is taken very seriously because it can lead to issues for both mom and baby if it is not properly treated. Risk factors for developing the condition vary. For example, women aged 25 or older are already at a higher risk for gestational diabetes.

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Zika Virus and Pregnancy Update with Resources

At PGOMG, we understand that anyone who is considering a pregnancy, actively trying to conceive, or is currently pregnant will have concerns about the Zika virus. As with the nature of an outbreak like Zika, we’re learning new information about the virus, how its spread, its effects, and treatments often. Zika news from within the

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The Surprising Things You Can and Can’t Do While Pregnant

Pregnancy can bring a minefield of controversial or even aggressive advice about the things women can and cannot do while expecting, often from the moment they conceive until labor and delivery. At PGOMG, we ask our pregnant patients to discuss this advice directly with a physician. He or she can provide the answers you need

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