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AN OB/GYN FATHER’S PERSPECTIVE ON BABY’S FIRST YEAR

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Unlike a new appliance or car, babies aren’t born with a user’s manual. From conception, the unique combination of each individual’s DNA affects every body system. Even experienced parents will have to take a great deal of time learning things like interpreting their baby’s cries, how the baby prefers to be positioned, figuring out the baby’s sleep schedule, and even how much and which type of food the baby prefers.

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IS SUNSCREEN SAFE TO USE DURING PREGNANCY?

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer rates are still on the rise for both men and women in the United States.1 An estimated 74,000 new cases of melanoma were anticipated by the American Cancer Society last year.2  Each year, new cases ofnon-melanoma skin cancer affect roughly 3.5 million Americans.3  Aside from one having perfect genetics and total avoidance of any ultraviolet light sources, the development of effective topical sunscreens has been shown to significantly reduce one’s risk of invasive melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. 4,5

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THREE COMMON QUESTIONS DURING PREGNANCY

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

During the course of my practice, I’ve had the pleasure of answering a variety of questions from many mommies-to-be. Following are my top three!

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TOP THREE NUTRIENTS FOR PRENATAL HEALTH
Are you getting enough?

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

We are living in an era of increasing obesity and diabetes in the United States caused in part by a plentiful food supply and increased portion sizes coupled with decreased activity levels. Entwined with the bounty of food choices for many is a lack of basic nutrient value in those diets.

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ARE OTC ALLERGY REMEDIES SAFE TO TAKE DURING PREGNANCY?

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Like most medication use during pregnancy, the benefits of use should outweigh the risks. This line of reasoning applies to the treatment to respiratory related allergy symptoms in pregnancy. Women should get their ultimate guidance from their obstetric providers on this subject, as many non-obstetricians are uncomfortable in treating any condition during pregnancy.

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EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY – CAN YOU DO TOO MUCH?

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

The discussion of adequate activity levels during pregnancy is an important one to have with your OB/GYN. For most women, light exercise is fine, consisting of minor modifications to your regular, pre-pregnancy routine. For other women, however, maternal or fetal issues might significantly restrict activity.

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CRAMPS DURING EARLY PREGNANCY

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

One of the more frequent calls and panic-filled moments for many women involves pelvic discomfort during the first weeks of pregnancy. For most, early cramping is a normal process that takes place as the blastocyst establishes itself within the uterine lining, along with the growth and stretching of the uterine muscle and supportive structures (ligaments) that hold the uterus and cervix in place. For others, it could be a sign of an early miscarriage or an abnormally implanted pregnancy.

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VAGINAL DISCHARGE DURING PREGNANCY

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Many women notice a change in the quality and amount of the vaginal discharge that they have during pregnancy. Having a discussion, as well as an examination, with your healthcare provider is always recommended in this situation.

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ARE VISION CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY NORMAL?

Dr. Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Many pregnant women that I see in my practice ask about subtle changes they notice in their vision, and ask whether they should visit their eye care providers about updating their prescriptions. For the vast majority of my patients, the answer is “no”. As women retain more fluid during pregnancy, subtle changes in eye shape may occur. Consequently, changes in vision may temporarily occur, which generally resolves after delivery. Learn More

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PREGNANCY AND SEATBELTS
with airbags, how important are seatbelts?

Michael C. Bartfield, M.D., F.A.C.OG.

Now that I am pregnant, it is getting more and more difficult to slide into a car, let alone wear seatbelts. With airbags, how important are seatbelts, really?

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