Pregnancy

Hypertensive disorders

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Here at Lifetime Women's Healthcare we can manage your pregnancy if you have pre-existing hypertensive disorders or should you develop hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.

Please contact us for more information

Pregnancy Counseling

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Counseling includes referral to appropriate resources which may be needed during pregnancy and also includes education regarding proper diet and care in pregnancy.

Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to receive pregnancy counseling.

Postpartum Care

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The postpartum period last from the time after delivery to 8 weeks after you have given birth. After your delivery we recommend your follow up visit be usually 4 to 6 weeks after your delivery for your final postpartum check. At this appointment we will address health and nutrition, family planning, and any concerns you may have after the delivery of your baby.

We added new information about Pregnancy

We have just updated our Services and Procedures section with important information about pregnancy. Please visit the Low risk pregnancy and the High risk pregnancy pages for more information.

If you have any questions regarding your type of pregnancy, please contact us.

High Risk Pregnancy

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A high risk pregnancy is any pregnancy that has any complication.

Any of these complications can include:

  • Age over 35
  • Multiple gestation
  • High blood pressure
  • History of preterm delivery
  • Diabetes

At Lifetime Women's Healthcare we can manage most of these problems in pregnancy with close monitoring and by consulting with Perinatologists that are specialists in pregnancy. If your pregnancy becomes too complicated we would transfer you to the Perinatologist team to deliver you and your baby at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital.

Low risk pregnancy

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A low risk pregnancy is considered to be a pregnancy that is problem free.

Here at Lifetime Women's Healthcare we manage mostly uncomplicated and low risk pregnancies. You would give birth at Sharp Chula Vista Hospital.

Q & A

This section contains the most common questions and answers. If you cannot find the information that you need, please contact us.

What insurance do you accept?

We accept all private insurance, some HMO plans, family pact, and all government funded programs.

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Do you accept Medical and/or Medicaid?

Yes we accept both Medical and Medicare programs.

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What if I don't have any insurance?

We also offer competitive discounted cash plans for your pregnancy care.

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Do you offer any financing options?

Yes, we offer financing options through CareCredit. Please click the button below to apply.

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Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Exercise in pregnancy is healthy and may help you to feel better and stronger. Most moderate intensity exercise routines can be safely continued in pregnancy. Recommended activities include walking, swimming, stationary bicycle, low impact aerobics, yoga, and free weights. Avoid activities requiring extended time flat on your back or standing still in one position. You may find that your balance is not as good during pregnancy. Drink plenty of fluids during your workouts, and discontinue any activity which causes abdominal pain, cramping, or back strain. Your physician will counsel you if any obstetrical/health reasons arise requiring you to modify your routine.

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What is prenatal care?

Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by:

  • Getting early prenatal care. If you know you're pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit.
  • Getting regular prenatal care. Your doctor will schedule you for many checkups over the course of your pregnancy. Don't miss any — they are all important.
  • Following your doctor's advice.

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What medications can I take in pregnancy?

In general, it is recommended that any unnecessary medications be avoided, especially in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are some medications allowed during pregnancy if needed. For a complete list of medications that can be taken during pregnancy if needed please visit our Patient Education section.

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What should I eat during pregnancy?

A healthy balanced diet is very important during your pregnancy. The key to good nutrition is including a wide variety of foods including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals.

Things to avoid include raw or undercooked meat, alcohol, predatory fish (shark, swordfish, king mackeral, and tile fish), unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses. Reheat deli meats until they are steaming hot. Limit consumption of fish from local rivers, lakes or ponds to no more than one 6 oz serving per week. Limit other fresh or canned ocean fish (salmon, tuna, flounder) or seafood (shrimp, oysters, clams) to no more than 12 oz per week.

Make sure to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly. It is also recommended that you take a daily prenatal vitamin containing at least 1mg of folic acid to reduce the risk of birth defects and to ensure you are getting the extra nutrients that you need.

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Safe Medications to Take During Pregnancy

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White it would be ideal to take no medications during pregnancy, this is an unrealistic goal for many people. Thankfully, there are many medications that have been used for many years and have not been shown to cause problems for the baby. You may use medications for any of the common problems listed below without fear of harming your baby.

Common conditions:

  • Headache or orher minor aches and pains: Acetaminophen (e.g.Tylenol regular or extra strength)
  • Nasal Congestion: Sudafed, Actifed, Afrin nasal spray, Claritin, Zyrtec
  • Cough: Robitussen DM
  • Cold: Tylenol cold
  • Allergies: Claritin, Benadryl
  • Rash: Aveeno bath, Benadryl tablets. Creams - Calladryl, Benadryl, or Hydrocortisone
  • Back pain: Tylenol, Heating pad, Icy Hot/Bengay, Maternity support
  • Sore throat: Throat lozenges (e.9. Sucrets, Halls)
  • Constipation: Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia,/li>
  • Diarrhea: PeptoBismol, Kaopectate, Immodium
  • Nausea: Ice chips, Saltine crackers
  • Heartburn: Antacids (e.g. Mylanta, Maalox, Tums)
  • Hemorrhoids: Preparation H, Anusol, Tucks

Patient Education

Several links in this section will take you to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) website.

Pregnancy, labor and delivery

Post Partum

Precancers & Cancer

Contraception

Women's Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Menopause

Surgery

Infertility

Breast Health

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