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University Pkwy Ste.201
Sarasota, Fl 34243
411 Commercial Court, Suite F
Venice, FL 34292
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University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology Blog

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is one of the few times in life when it’s actually healthy to put on a few extra pounds, but less than a third of all women hit the target when it comes to weight gain during pregnancy. According to an analysis of more than 1.3 million pregnancies, 47 percent of women gain too much weight during pregnancy, while 24 percent don’t gain enough. Clearly maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy is challenging, but there are lots of things you can do to keep your pregnancy weight healthy. Here is a list of just a few of them from our certified midwife in Sarasota.

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Normal vs. Abnormal Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Unless you are underweight, pregnancy is one of the only times in life when it’s not only acceptable to gain weight but healthy. However, not all weight gain during pregnancy is normal or healthy. If you’re unsure about what constitutes healthy weight gain during pregnancy and what constitutes unhealthy weight gain, you’ve come to the right place and you’re certainly not alone. Pregnancy is a challenging time as it is. And, with all of the changes in your body, it’s difficult to wrap your mind around managing your weight as well! That’s why the team of midwives and obstetricians at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology in Bradenton have set out to help.

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Your Guide to Vaginal Infections Part 2

Want to avoid vaginal infections?

Most women have experienced a vaginal infection at some point or another in their life. If you’ve ever found yourself squirming in your seat, embarrassed by a strong odor or running to the bathroom to get in a good scratch, we don’t need to tell you how uncomfortable they can be. No woman wants to go through a vaginal infection, and the good news is that, in the vast majority of cases, they are very preventable. In Part 1 of Your Guide to Vaginal Infections, we went over the most common types of vaginal infections. Today, we’ll be touching on what causes these infections, and what you can do to prevent them.

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Your Guide to Common Vaginal Infections

Vaginal infections are incredibly common.

In fact, they are so very common that most women will experience an infection at some point in their life. Because of how prevalent vaginal infections are, here at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, we believe that women need to know what they are, what can cause them and how to prevent them. That’s why we’ve set out to provide you with all of the information you need to know about vaginal infections in this blog series.

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The Emotional Side of Pregnancy Part 2

Throughout pregnancy, there are both physical and emotional challenges to overcome.

When a woman gets pregnant with her first child, she probably already has a good idea of many of the physical changes and challenges she’ll face over the next nine months, such as swollen ankles, discomfort, cravings etc. However, many women don’t realize that, in addition to the physical challenges of pregnancy, there are also many different emotional challenges as well. That’s why, in our last blog, our midwife in Venice went over a few of the most common emotional challenges pregnant women face. Here are a couple more.

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The Emotional Side of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is both a physical and an emotional journey.

During pregnancy, do you find yourself getting unusually tearful over commercials on television? Have you ever had a breakdown in the middle of your office for no real reason? Have you ever given your partner a piece of your mind for buying the wrong flavor of ice cream or putting too much milk on your cereal?

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What Causes Breasts to Feel Lumpy? Part 2

There are many things that can cause breasts to feel lumpy that aren’t related to cancer.

When you’re doing your monthly breast exams, and you notice that your breasts are feeling lumpy, the first thing you should do is contact your doctor. But, it’s also important not to panic, as there are actually many things that can cause your breasts to feel lumpy. Be sure to check out our previous blog to learn about the first three causes we’ve gone over, and keep reading to learn more.

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What Causes Breasts to Feel Lumpy?

Have you noticed lumps in your breasts?

It’s important to check your breasts on a regular basis so that, if breast cancer starts to develop, you can catch it early. Like with all other forms of cancer, catching breast cancer early on — before it has had a chance to spread throughout the body — is important. But, what do you do if you notice a lump in your breasts when you’re examining them? First and foremost, it’s important to talk to your doctor if you feel something new or unknown when you’re doing your self-breast exams. But, it’s also important not to panic. There are many things besides cancer that can cause your breasts to feel lumpy; here are just a few of them:

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The Success Factors of IVF

When it comes to in vitro fertilization (IVF), there are a number of factors that can affect the success of your treatment.

For many women, IVF is a terrifying unknown, but it has helped to bring about so many babies in the world and has helped so many people realize their dream of becoming parents. In a previous blog series, we debunked some of the most common misconceptions about IVF, so if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, now is the time! Debunking the myths of IVF can go a long way toward giving you more peace of mind throughout the process, but before you jump in with both feet, it’s important to understand the factors that can affect the success of IVF.

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Do Pregnant Women Need Flu Shots?

If you’re expecting, should you get a flu shot or should you take your chances?

A flu shot is something we all know we should get, but most adults prefer to take their chances with the flu. After all, unless you are very young, very old or are struggling with a weakened immune system, the flu is uncomfortable and annoying, but it’s not overly serious. However, for pregnant women, taking a chance with the flu can be a dangerous thing, and that’s why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all pregnant women get their flu shots.

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