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University Health Park Bldg 1 2401
University Pkwy Ste.201
Sarasota, Fl 34243
411 Commerical Court, Suite F
Venice, FL 34292
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University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology Blog

The Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know Part 2

The more you know about pregnancy, the better prepared you’ll be!

When the strip turns blue, it’s normal to have a lot of questions and to be nervous about what’s to come, especially if this is your first time being pregnant. Every pregnant woman wants to be prepared, but there are some things about pregnancy that aren’t well-known, whether because they are embarrassing or just downright gross. But at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, our nurse midwife in Bradenton is dedicated to helping you be as prepared as possible for what’s to come. That’s why, in our last blog, we went over a few secrets that all pregnant women need to know about. Keep reading to learn about more common pregnancy secrets.

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The Secrets Every Pregnant Woman Needs to Know

There are many things about pregnancy that no one tells you but that every pregnant woman needs to know.

It seems impossible that there are certain things about pregnancy that people never talk about, especially when you consider the outpouring of advice and anecdotes from everyone from your most trusted friends to the most unfamiliar strangers. However, every woman can benefit from knowing as much as possible about pregnancy, and that’s why our certified midwife in Sarasota has made this list of secrets every pregnant woman needs to know about:

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Tips to Boost Your Libido

From lowering your blood pressure to strengthening the bond between you and your partner, having sex is beneficial in many ways, but what if you no longer want to?

In a previous blog, we went over a few of the many benefits of having sex on a regular basis. Sex can do everything for you from helping you relax to easing your menstrual cramps, so why wouldn’t you want to have sex with your partner? Libido is a tricky thing, and there are many things that can cause it to be lower than you might like. So what can you do to boost your libido? Here are a few tips that may help:

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Why and How to Chart Your Fertility Cycle

Are you having trouble conceiving?

If so, it may be time to start charting your fertility cycle. According to YourFertility.org.au, during ovulation, your chances of getting pregnant are 33 percent higher than any other day of the month, and during the three days leading up to ovulation, your chances of getting pregnancy are between 27 and 31 percent higher. This doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant on any other day of the month, but your chances are much slimmer. You have the highest chances of conceiving if you have sex with your partner during ovulation, or the three days leading up to it.

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Tips for a Healthier Vagina

No woman should overlook vaginal health. When the vagina is healthy, it maintains the optimal pH level for warding off infections and keeping itself clean. However, any interference to these healthy vaginal conditions can put you at risk for developing irritations and even infections. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do for a healthier vagina. Here are a few tips from our OBGYN in Venice for optimal vaginal health:

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Your Guide to Pregnancy Hormones

From mood swings to appetite changes, hormones play a key role in pregnancy.

It’s no secret that pregnancy brings about hormonal changes that shape the more interesting aspects of carrying a child, like food cravings and nausea. Coping with the hormonal changes can be difficult, but understanding what the hormones are, what they do and how they affect you may help. That’s why our nurse midwife in Bradenton has come up with this guide to pregnancy hormones:

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What Causes Heavy Periods?

Have you experienced a heavier-than-usual period recently?

Because the amount of menstrual bleeding varies wildly from woman to woman, it’s not always easy to tell if your periods are heavy or not. However, if you suddenly start to experience a heavier period than you normally do, it can be a red flag that something else is going on, and it’s important to schedule an appointment with our OBGYN in Bradenton as soon as you can. The simplest way to find out if your period is unusually heavy or not is to pay close attention to how often you have to change out your menstrual cup, tampons or pads when you’re on your period. Here are a few of the most common causes of heavy periods:

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Best Workouts for Pregnant Women

Staying in shape during pregnancy is important, but it’s not always easy to find the right workouts.

Being pregnant does not give you a free pass to stop exercising. In fact, exercising during pregnancy is beneficial for a number of reasons. Exercising can help to reduce aches and pains, makes it easier to get the sleep you need, boosts your energy levels, improves your self-image, lowers the risk for complications during pregnancy and birth, reduces stress and makes it easier for you to lose weight after you’ve given birth. However, pregnant women should be careful about what kind of exercise they do, and that’s why our certified midwife in Sarasota has come up with this list of the best workouts for pregnant women:

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How to Avoid UTIs

One in five women develop UTIs at some point in their lives, but there are many things you can do to prevent them.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are never fun to deal with. The symptoms include a burning sensation when you urinate, lower back pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and feeling like you need to urinate all the time, just to name a few. If you’ve never had a UTI, you never want to. They aren’t fun by any means. Unfortunately, some women are more prone to UTIs than others, but the good news is that there are steps that you can take to prevent future infections, regardless of what your risk level may be.

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The Risks Associated with Unplanned Pregnancies

Around half of all of the pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, and it’s important to know the risks associated with unplanned pregnancies.

Unplanned pregnancies are very common, and they are categorized by pregnancies that are either unwanted or mistimed. According to the CDC, 49 percent of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned or unintended, but the rates are dropping, thanks largely to the use long-term birth control, like IUDs. Contraceptive failure, unprotected sex, incorrect usage of contraception and rape are the most common causes of unplanned pregnancies. Many women believe that all pregnancies are made equal, whether they were planned or not, but it’s important to understand that there are some risks associated with unplanned pregnancies.

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