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URINARY INCONTINENCE – KEEPING IN TOUCH

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Urinary incontinence or stress incontinence is a common and often embarrassing issue that no one likes or wants to talk about; if you’re experiencing urinary incontinence, you are not alone. Nearly 25-million people in the United States have the same problem. Men don’t get off, either approximately 10% of men are susceptible to this condition. When urinary incontinence prevents you from going places, participating in sports activities, and enjoying that belly laugh it’s time to do something about it. Common among post-menopausal women it’s not limited to the older generation; urinary incontinence also affects young adults as well, especially new mothers. Many women neglect to inform their doctor, due to the embarrassment of the issue. Beforehand, it seemed as if there was no hope for you outside of surgery, but now, a new device InTone is a treatment that is changing the lives of people everywhere with no surgery.

What Is Urinary Incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is bladder leakage. It happens when we run, jump, and even laugh; this occurs when the muscles that hold urine weaken causing you to urinate when you’re not supposed to. That muscle is a voluntary muscle; which means, you have control over it. The problem occurs when that muscle becomes lack, or you lose total control over it. Your symptoms can be mild meaning you leak occasionally, or they can be severe meaning you are always leaking. It may feel as if you cannot make it to the bathroom in time and if you do, your bladder may never feel empty. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to get help.

Treatments for Urinary Incontinence

Treatments for urinary incontinence depend on several factors:

  • What type of incontinence you are suffering from
  • Your age
  • Your general health
  • Your mental health

By exercising your pelvic floor with Kegel exercises; these exercises help to strengthen the urinary sphincter and muscles that contribute to control urination; thereby, reducing your stress incontinence.

Bladder training is another method, and there is also medications along with botox or a sacral nerve stimulator. When all else fails, surgery is your best option. If you plan on having children or not through having children, you will need to discuss this with your doctor. If you are finished having children, or you have had a hysterectomy that eventually caused your bladder to drop you may be a candidate for the following non-surgical or surgical procedures:

Non-Surgical Treatment for Urinary Incontinence

Intone– a device developed to stop urinary leakage. Intone is the most effective, nonsurgical treatment available today to prevent urinary leakage. Intone takes you through 12-minutes of voice-guided pelvic floor exercises, visual biofeedback, and muscle stimulation.  Office visits will be required to customize your device to your specific needs. These exercises are completed once daily for six days a week for 90-days in the privacy of your home.

Surgical Procedure Options for Urinary Incontinence

  • Sling Procedure: There is a new mesh that is inserted below the neck of the bladder to support the urethra and stop urine from leaking out.
  • Colposuspension: This procedure lifts the bladder neck and has shown to help patients with stress incontinence.
  • Artificial Sphincter: This procedure involves inserting an artificial sphincter or valve to control the flow of urine from the bladder into the urethra.

What’s My Next Step?

If you’re struggling with incontinence, you don’t have to suffer in silence any longer. You don’t have to be afraid to talk to your doctor about it as there are options for you. Call today, and you will be off to a better quality of life including your ability to laugh without fear.

Dallas Gynecologist and Functional Medicine Specialist Maryann Prewitt, MD is Director and Founder of HealthWellnessMD. Dr. Prewitt is Fellow and Board Certified by the America College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Prewitt holds a Master’s Certification in the da Vinci Surgery System – this minimally invasive technology has revolutionized the way surgery is performed today. Dr. Prewitt has been named 2016 | 2017 Top10MD an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds with this recognition in the United States. Call Dr. Prewitt’s office today and schedule an appointment at 469-619-1066.


ARE YOU A C-SECTION MAMA?

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Most women desire to have a natural birth, but for those who cannot, a C-section is the next option. Nearly 1-in-3 women have a C-section due to a high-risk pregnancy or other health issues. A caesarean delivery or C-section is a surgical procedure for delivering a baby; they can be planned ahead of time, or due to unforeseen circumstances your surgeon may have to perform one during labor. No one wants to undergo surgery, but the procedure is relatively quick, and because you are under anesthesia, you will not feel any pain. 🙂 

The Upside of C-Sections

  • The good thing is that a C-section is typically shorter than a vaginal delivery. When you deliver vaginally, labor can go for hours and days. A C-section is quick, and when the procedure is scheduled, you know for sure when your baby will arrive helping you to be more prepared.
  • Pain during the birthing process is minimal. You may be uncomfortable but not necessarily in pain. Now that you no longer have to push the baby out, you will not feel the contractions anymore, and there is no need for an episiotomy.
  • A C-section also prevents the vaginal walls from being overstretched, which can affect your sex life afterward.

The Risks of a C-Section

  • With any procedure, there are risks. One risk is an injury from the procedure. The OBGYN may not make a clean-cut which can lead to a scar; because you’ve had an incision your recovery time will be longer.
  • Infection is another risk because when an incision is made it places you at risk for an infection. Bleeding can be another problem if your blood doesn’t clot properly.
  • Some OBGYN’s believe endometriosis can occur which will eventually lead to painful sex.
  • After a C-section, future pregnancies may be challenging, especially if you have a lot of scar tissue.

Despite the high risks of complications, caesarean deliveries are very common these days. It is a good option for those who have high-risk pregnancies or suffer other health conditions. C-sections are typically scheduled in advance. Vaginal delivery complications may happen and cause you to have an emergency C-section. Whatever the case may be, know a board-certified OBGYN will take good care of you and suggest the best method of delivery. No matter what the delivery method is, the important thing is to have a healthy mom and a healthy baby.

Find your OBGYN and schedule a consultation today.


FINDING A SURGEON, YOU TRUST | A MATTER OF LIFE & DEATH

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Surgeries that some consider routine can still sometimes cause serious complications. No matter how straightforward you think your surgery might be, you still want to be in the absolute best surgical hands.

Today, your surgeon and hospital are especially important for procedures that are new or complex or even routine. You should be concerned and research but your surgeon and the hospital for that matter as most errors happen in a hospital setting according to John Hopkins report in May noting the third leading cause of death is medical errors. In your search for the best surgeon one indicator is how often your surgeon performs the procedure you’re seeking. For example, a study by researchers at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center of people undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer found that annual death rates were nearly four times higher for those treated by surgeons who performed the fewest operations.

With that being said, how should you choose a surgeon, someone with whom you’ll be sharing some of your most personal information and entrusting with life-and-death decisions? Communication with your surgeon is essential.

Ask your prospective surgeon these questions before going under…

Are you board certified, and is your certification current?

  • Look for a surgeon who has the necessary board certification(s), necessary training, and has maintained their certification(s) in the specialty they are practicing.

Is this surgery necessary?

  • Avoiding surgery entirely is the only sure way to avoid a surgical complication; understanding the effectiveness of the surgery and having exhausted alternatives you then need to compare the results of your alternatives with the possible risks of the surgery. 

What are your success, failure, and complication rates?

  • Not all surgeons are willing to be upfront with this information, but a good surgeon will.

What is your experience with this surgery?

  • Ask your surgeon how many of these procedures he or she has performed and compare that number with other surgeons performing the same procedure. The best surgeon is not necessarily the busiest surgeon; it’s about avoiding the surgeon who has not performed the procedure as much or as often or as well.

What’s the hospital’s infection rate?

  • Seventeen states now make that information public, and many hospitals report their rates voluntarily. Kudos to them! After asking these questions and others relating to your needs, likes, and dislikes, do your homework and make your choice. Your final decision could be one of the most important you’ll make for you and your family.

To locate a Top10MD Surgeon you can trust visit Top10MD.com and schedule your appointment today.


ZIKA VIRUS AND SAFE SEX GUIDELINES

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The World Health Organization has released safe sex guidelines for those who are returning from Zika-affected areas. The report recommends doubling the abstinence time from having sex; the initially suggested four weeks to eight weeks. Scientists have come to this conclusion from finding that the Zika Virus lingers longer in blood and other bodily fluids than previously thought. To ensure your partner’s safety and the safety of a potential pregnancy, seriously consider the following recommendations.

What You Should Know About Zika

  • If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, it’s crucial that you consider delaying pregnancy until the recommended abstinence time has passed.
  • If the male partner in a couple is planning pregnancy has symptoms of the Zika Virus, the period of abstinence is increased to six months.
  • Evidence points to male semen as the source of transmission between partners. It is important to practice safe sex by using a condom if your partner is currently pregnant or abstain from sex altogether for the remainder of the pregnancy.
  • Tests are still inconclusive as to how long the Zika Virus stays in the saliva.
  • For those living in Zika zones, it is important to continue your use of insect repellents such as DEET, covering up, and stay inside as much as possible.

Healthcare professionals are more concerned than ever about Zika Virus link to an epidemic of brain defects known as microcephaly. The Zika virus has now hit 52 countries to date according to the World Health Organization.

To learn more about Zika and how it can affect your unborn child, visit ZIKA or our blog.


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PAIN, PERIOD! THE TRUTH OF ENDOMETRIOSIS

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Monthly periods can be a nightmare for some women especially when they come with severe and incapacitating pain. It’s possible that your pain could be due to endometriosis. Endometriosis is so painful that some women are forced to abandon everyday activities. “Women live years suffering in silence as Endometriosis can take several years to diagnose,” says Dallas Obstetrician and Gynecologist Dr. Nathan Thomas, “on average it can take up to seven years to diagnose correctly.”

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disorder in which the endometrium; the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus, grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel and/or the tissue lining your pelvis. In rare cases, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region. When left untreated Endometriosis can eventually travel to your colon putting you at risk for a much bigger surgery.

These displaced tissues go through a cycle identical and simultaneous with the uterine lining— it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. This displaced tissue has no way to exit the body and becomes trapped. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions between organs.

Symptoms

Endometriosis is either classical or atypical. Classic symptoms of endometriosis are premenstrual pain, severe period pain lasting for more than two days, and pain during intercourse.

Occasionally patients get chronic fatigue, lower back pain, and for some patients with endometriosis, their only symptom will be infertility.

Atypical symptoms usually link to where the endometriosis is located in the body. For example, when situated on the rectum, there may be pain during defecation. Women who have endometriosis on their bladder will have frequency and burning when passing urine, and on occasion, blood in the urine.

For a diagnosis of endometriosis, your OBGYN will schedule a laparoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure. However, for young patients with classical symptoms medical treatment can begin before diagnosis. Women who observe these symptoms should make an appointment with their board certified gynecologist.

Dr. Nathan Thomas is a Dallas, Texas Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Thomas is one of the most sought after OBGYN’s in Dallas. He follows hundreds of patients yearly all receiving the same quality of care and expertise. Dr. Thomas has been named Top10MD since 2015, and 2016 – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule your first appointment contact Dr. Thomas or call 972-566-4555.


MOST COMMON EARLY PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS

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Most Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Since every woman is different, early pregnancy symptoms vary from one woman to the next. According to Dallas OBGYN Dr. Nathan Thomas, “some women even have different symptoms from one pregnancy to the next. In addition, some early pregnancy symptoms are subtle.”

Symptoms such as the ones shared below may be caused by reasons other than being pregnant. So the fact that you observe some of these symptoms does not always mean you are pregnant. To know for sure, visit your OBGYN for a pregnancy test.

  1. Spotting, Discharge and Cramping
  2. Breast Changes
  3. Fatigue
  4. Nausea
  5. Disgusted by Specific Foods
  6. Mood Swings
  7. Missed Period 

Spotting, Discharge and Cramping

A few days after conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, known as implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding occurs anywhere from 6 to 12 days after the egg is fertilized.

Some women mistake the cramps as menstrual cramps and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are slight.

Women may also notice a white, milky vaginal discharge. This is associated with the thickening of the vagina’s walls, which starts almost immediately after conception. The increased growth of cells lining the vagina causes the extra discharge. This discharge, which can continue throughout pregnancy, is typically harmless and doesn’t require treatment. However if there is a bad smell related to the discharge or a burning and itching sensation, please be evaluated by your doctor in order to rule out an infection needing treatment.

Breast Changes

A woman’s hormone levels rapidly change after conception with an increase of both estrogen and progesterone. Because of the changes, her breasts may become swollen, sore, tender or tingly a week or two later. They may also feel heavier or fuller. The area around the nipples, called the areola, may also darken and increase in size. Another reason your breasts swell is that your body retains water during pregnancy. This retention can also make you feel bloated.

Other things could cause breast changes, so always confer with your doctor. But if the changes are an early symptom of pregnancy, it is going to take several weeks for your body to get used to the new levels of hormones. But when it does, breast pain should subside.

Fatigue

Feeling very tired is normal in pregnancy, starting early in the first trimester. Many begin to feel the fatigue as soon as one week after conception. Progesterone often times creates a feeling of exhaustion.

There is usually an energy boost in your second trimester, but exhaustion can creep back during the home stretch. If fatigue is related to pregnancy, it’s important to get plenty of rest. Go to bed earlier and get naps whenever you can. Eating foods that are rich in protein and iron can help offset the fatigue.

Nausea (Morning Sickness)

Morning sickness is the notorious symptom of pregnancy. The exact cause of morning sickness is not known but pregnancy hormones likely contribute to this symptom. Nausea during pregnancy may occur at any time of the day but most commonly experienced in the morning. Some lucky women don’t get morning sickness, but some experience it throughout the entire pregnancy. Most commonly, the nausea will subside by the 18th week of pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor for advice on eating a healthy diet to be sure you and your developing baby get essential nutrients.

Disgusted by Specific Foods

Also, some women crave, or can’t stand, certain foods when they become pregnant thanks to those lovely hormones. The effect can be so strong that even the thought of what used to be a favorite food can turn a pregnant woman’s stomach. Even certain scents can be nauseating. Some women even develop a funny taste in their mouth.

As long as you are not loosing weight and are staying hydrated, the developing baby will be fine. If you begin to lose a significant amount of weight, please consult your OB/GYN. Take a prenatal vitamin recommended by your doctor to make sure you’re getting nutrients and folic acid, which you need to prevent certain birth defects. Also drink a lot of liquids to avoid getting dehydrated. The disgust will most likely dissipate near the second trimester.

Mood Swings

During the first trimester the changes from hormones can bring about mood swings. Also the anticipation of the new addition, whether planned or not, can cause stress which can exacerbate the mood swings.

Fatigue and hunger can also make mood swings worse, resting and eating small snacks throughout the day can help.

Missed Period

The most obvious early symptom of pregnancy — and the one that prompts most women to get a pregnancy test — is a missed period. But not all missed or delayed periods are caused by pregnancy.

There are reasons, besides pregnancy, for missing a period. It might be that too much weight was gained or lost. Hormonal problems, fatigue, or stress are other possibilities. Some women miss their period when they stop taking birth control pills. If a period is late and pregnancy is a possibility, you may want to get a pregnancy test.

More Pregnancy Symptoms to be Aware of:

  • Frequent Urination – For many women, this starts around the sixth or eighth week after conception. Although this could be caused by a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or overusing diuretics, it most commonly is simply a side effect of pregnancy. Your kidneys have to process more urine during pregnancy. Plus, your uterus getting bigger puts pressure on your bladder. Together, that’s a lot of trips to the bathroom.
  • Constipation – During pregnancy, higher levels of the hormone progesterone can make you constipated. Progesterone causes food to pass more slowly through your intestines. To ease the problem, drink plenty of water, exercise, and eat plenty of high-fiber foods.
  • Headaches & Back Pain – Many pregnant women report frequent mild headaches, and others experience chronic back pain.
  • Dizziness & Fainting – These may be related to dilating blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar.

If you believe you may be pregnant contact Dallas Top10MD OBGYN Dr. Nathan Thomas today.

Dr. Nathan Thomas is a Dallas, Texas Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Thomas moved to Dallas in 2009 and now one of the most sought after OBGYN’s in Dallas. He follows hundreds of patients yearly all receiving the same quality of care and expertise. Dr. Thomas has been named 2015/2016 Top10MD – an honor only 1-in-3 doctors in the United States succeed with. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Thomas at 972-566-4555.


THE RETURN OF THE IUD

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After being considered primitive for decades, IUDs have been rising rapidly among American women in recent years. Strong endorsements from birth-control experts are leading the increase. IUDs are not for every woman, but top women’s health experts are saying they are a good option for most women. This is far different from the old days. Only women who had already given birth were given the option for IUDs, due to the risk of infection. Birth control experts are not balanced on the subject; some argue that the IUD is an under-used option for birth control, while others are still not recommending it. There are two categories of IUDs currently in use, those made of copper and those that emit a progestin hormone.

Intrauterine devices made of copper are effective at preventing pregnancy for 10 years. They are hormone-free making them an option for women who cannot use hormonal contraception. They work by making the intrauterine cavity inhospitable to sperm and hinder the sperm from traveling through the uterus and into the fallopian tubes. The copper IUD can also be used for emergency contraception for up to 5 days following unprotected sex.

With hormonal IUDs, a small amount of progestin, a hormone similar to the natural hormone progesterone, is released into the uterine lining. This hormone thickens cervical mucus and makes it difficult for sperm to enter the cervix. Hormonal IUDs also slow down the growth of the uterine lining, making it inhospitable for fertilized eggs.

As with all birth control options there are pros and cons. The need for a procedure to get this type of birth control allows you to have conversations with your ob-gyn to find what kind of birth control suits your lifestyle. The conversation should also include a run-down of the risks. A decision should ultimately be made between you and your practitioner.
IUD and Birth Control

Pros to IUDs

  • It takes a doctor’s visit to have an IUD implanted, but then your birth control is likely set for years.
  • The device is close to 100% effective.
  • The IUD is also considered one of the most cost-effective forms of birth control when paid for out of pocket. Although it costs several hundred dollars up front, the cost is spread out over years.
  • Under federal rules, insurance companies must cover FDA-approved contraception, which includes the IUD, with no co-pays or additional fees.
  • Periods diminish or disappear with a progestin-releasing IUD, which many women appreciate.
  • The copper IUD offers effective long-term birth control without hormones.
  • Though IUDs work long-term, their birth control effect is reversible: once they’re out, it ends.
  • IUDs are private and cannot be seen or felt.

Possible Side Effects

  • IUDs do not protect against sexually transmitted infections and diseases. An IUD is an effective form of birth control. It is NOT a way to practice safe sex.
  • Though current IUDs have caused nothing like the 1970s debacle of the dangerous Dalkon Shield, some complications do arise. There is a remote risk of embedding and perforations. Some women do experience pain, while others don’t. There are also reports of women expelling the IUD, although it is rare.
  • The progestin-releasing IUD makes periods lessen or disappear, which some women don’t like.
  • While the risk of infection is low, the devices can make existing ones—specifically, chlamydia and gonorrhea—much worse. About one in 100 women report infections within the first 20 days of insertion. The infections can generally be treated with antibiotics. Given that the infections usually arise due to bacteria that crept in during insertion, is it essential to find a skilled practitioner to perform the procedure.
  • The copper Paragard can lead to heavier periods.
  • Also, though their levels are very low, the progestin released by the hormone IUD can affect some women. Some women experience depression and similar symptoms and ultimately switch to the copper IUD. Others have reported acne, headache, and sore breasts.

If you are considering a new form of birth control contact Dallas Top10 OBGYN Dr. Nathan Thomas today.  Dr. Nathan Thomas is a Dallas, Texas Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Thomas moved to Dallas in 2009 and now one of the most sought after OBGYN’s in Dallas. He follows hundreds of patients yearly all receiving the same quality of care and expertise. Dr. Thomas has been named 2015/2016 Top10MD – an honor only 1-in-3 doctor’s in the United States succeed with this recognition. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Thomas at 972-566-4555.


IS LIPOSUCTION OR A TUMMY TUCK RIGHT FOR ME?

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Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Denton Watumull helps many women consider tummy tuck surgery after they have finished having children. Childbirth can cause many modifications in your body that can be addressed with cosmetic surgery. Tummy tuck surgery, also known as Abdominoplasty, can help your stomach area to appear firmer and more youthful, possibly even better than your pre-pregnancy look. In some cases, however, liposuction may be a better option. Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Denton Watumull, can determine which procedure can optimize your cosmetic results during your initial consultation, and may even recommend a combination of the two. To help you understand the benefits of each procedure, consider the following:

Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is designed to reduce excess skin around the waist that can develop as a result of pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, abdominoplasty can also help to tighten the underlying muscles in the area. An experienced plastic surgeon typically provides a small amount of liposuction to enhance body contour and address any problem areas. If desired, more liposuction can be administered for more comprehensive shaping.

Liposuction

Unlike tummy tuck surgery, liposuction is intended to be used to reduce pockets of fatty tissue on the body, and this method can be utilized on areas beyond the stomach, including the hips, thighs, and buttocks. However, this procedure cannot eliminate skin laxity issues and may even exacerbate them. If excess skin is not a concern for you, liposuction alone may be able to achieve your desired outcome.

If you have additional questions about whether tummy tuck surgery, liposuction, or both options may be right for you, consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon that has been extensively trained on all parts of the body.

Dr. Denton Watumull is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with 9 years of residency and fellowship training at UT Southwestern Medical Center and over 25 years of practice experience. Your safety and an individualized approach is of primary importance to Dr. Watumull. For more information about body contouring surgery options or for more information about Dr. Watumull, please visit Create-Beauty.com. You can schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation with Dr. Watumull, by calling Leah at (972)470-5020.


MORNING SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY

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Morning sickness during pregnancy is common, believe it or not “relief is possible” says, Dallas Obstetrician Dr. Nathan Thomas. In fact, it’s estimated up to 80 percent of women experience some degree of morning sickness while pregnant. Most morning sickness is not harmful to your unborn baby. If you experience severe morning sickness that leads to dehydration, your obstetrician will take steps to ensure the fluid and nutrition needs of both you and your baby are met.

Causes of Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Although the nausea and vomiting that occurs during pregnancy is called morning sickness, the queasiness can occur at any time.

Hormonal changes are believed to contribute to morning sickness, but a true cause hasn’t been established. Higher estrogen levels along with human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG (a hormone produced by the placenta) are associated with nausea.

Morning sickness is more prevalent in women expecting multiples, likely due to the higher hCG levels that occur in these types of pregnancies.

Other factors thought to contribute to morning sickness are:

  • Heightened sense of smell
  • Slowed digestion
  • Acid reflux
  • Fatigue

Symptoms of Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

The most prevalent symptom of morning sickness is nausea, sometimes accompanied by vomiting. Most women experience the symptoms in the morning hours, but they can occur at any time of day.

The queasiness is also most common during the early weeks of pregnancy, usually around 4 to 6 weeks after conception. The symptoms often disappear in the second trimester, although, for some women, the condition persists throughout pregnancy.

Very rarely, a woman can develop hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness associated with excessive vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. This condition requires medical treatment. Your OBGYN will treat hyperemesis gravidarum through administration of IV fluids, anti-nausea medications and possibly hospitalization.

Treatment for Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

There is currently only one prescription drug approved by the FDA for mild to moderate cases of morning sickness; it is named Declegis. Some OBGYNs may recommend mild over-the-counter antihistamines, anti-nausea medications, or up to 100mg of Vitamin B6 with or without Unisom daily to reduce symptoms. You must talk with your doctor before taking any supplements or medications.

Preventing Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Tips to avoid or reduce symptoms of morning sickness, you should:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid irritating smells
  • Opt for multiple small meals daily in place of 3 larger ones
  • Keep crackers at the bedside to munch on before getting up in the morning
  • Suck on hard candy pieces
  • Increase fluid intake with popsicles, ice chips, ginger ale or ginger tea
  • Take prenatal vitamins with a snack. If necessary change vitamin brands or try taking them in the evening before bed
  • Consider using acupressure bands developed for motion sickness
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods

Dr. Nathan Thomas is a Dallas, Texas Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Thomas moved to Dallas in 2009 and now one of the most sought after OBGYN’s in Dallas. He follows hundreds of patients yearly all receiving the same quality of care and expertise. Dr. Thomas has been named 2015/2016 Top10MD – an honor only 1-in-3 doctor’s in the United States succeed with this recognition. To schedule your appointment contact Dr. Thomas at 972-566-4555.


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