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So the pregnancy test that you took for the third time now within 20 minutes came out positive (because the first and the second positive tests were just not good enough to confirm that you are pregnant). A visit to your doctor can accurately confirm your pregnancy.

There are a lot of things to think about when it comes to being pregnant. One of the most important is getting a qualified pediatrician lined up to care for your newborn baby.

At Primary Care Pediatrics, we specialize in the care of newborns through adolescence. We offer the best care in the Metro West area and are committed to our patients’ well being.

Let’s start a relationship today, so you can have this potentially stressful pediatrician search behind you.

There is an enormous amount of resources out there available for moms-to-be and it can be overwhelming. You can find just about anything in magazines, books and online sites. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you get through these nine months. Of course, these tips are only meant to supplement your doctor’s visits and recommendations.

Get a few good books about pregnancy that your doctor recommends. Learning about pregnancy can give you an idea on what to expect during the different trimesters. These books may talk about what’s normal and what is not during your first, second and third trimesters. While you may have your doctor answer important questions, it is helpful to have a quick go-to resource when your doctor is not available for non-emergent questions.

Start investing in comfortable shoes and maternity clothes. Your feet may swell. It is normal to have a certain amount of swelling in your lower extremities like your legs, ankles and feet during pregnancy because you’re retaining more water. Also, your growing uterus puts pressure on your pelvic veins and slows down the blood return and impairs return of blood from your legs, causing it to pool. This causes a shift of fluid from the veins and into the tissue of your feet and ankles. Make sure you talk with your doctor to learn about what’s considered normal.

A few things to help with the swelling are putting your feet up, taking breaks from sitting down or standing up for too long and avoid junk/salty foods.

Heartburn is common during pregnancy. Make sure you talk with your doctor to find out which medicines to treat heartburn are safe to take during your pregnancy.

You know that joke about pregnant women being…you know…well it really is not a joke. It is normal to have mood swings; it can be similar to the mood swings you get when you’re going through PMS while hormones are fluctuating. If you notice a change in your sleeping and eating habits, or you are more sad than normal, you should talk to your physician.

If you don’t have one yet, start looking for a pediatrician for your baby. Getting to know the pediatrician would help you know if the physician is the right fit for you and your family.

Try to take it easy. Being pregnant is stressful enough. Finding time for yourself to unwind and de-stress can help you get through these nine months before the baby comes.

To find out more information about what to do after your baby is born, or if you are looking for a board certified pediatrician…

GIVE US A CALL. Make an appointment with us. We offer only the best and more appropriate care for your child or children.

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