Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, S.C
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Chicago OBGYN physicians offer obstetrics care and explain common health issues related to pregnancy

Quality prenatal care is crucial for the health of the mother and baby. Studies have shown that mothers who receive prenatal care are more likely to deliver a healthy baby. With our office located in Chicago’s Near North Side, the team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates  offers complete obstetrics care to patients in and around Chicago and Northwest Indiana.


Obstetricians are trained and experienced in identifying potential problems allowing the mother and baby to receive treatment sooner, easing any discomfort or issues. Obstetrics care is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. The prenatal team can offer tips for a smooth, healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. This includes addressing your concerns or questions throughout pregnancy

Common health issues related to pregnancy

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for you and your family, but it brings about many changes to your body. Sometimes the changes can cause irritation or discomfort. Often, the discomfort is a normal part of pregnancy, but if you are ever concerned, do not hesitate to ask your Northwestern OBGYN team.

Common pregnancy issues include:

  • High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia affect some women during pregnancy. Although many cases are mild, the condition can worsen and cause serious complications for the mother and baby if it is not detected and monitored.
  • Morning sickness affects more than 50 percent of women. Nausea and vomiting can strike at any point during the day. Thankfully, morning sickness usually subsides by the second trimester. We have dietary strategies and medicines that can help.
  • Constipation due to hormonal changes is common. It can be avoided by eating high fiber foods, exercising regularly, and staying hydrated.
  • Cramping in the feet and calves may occur at night. Gentle exercise, particularly ankle and leg movements, help improve circulation. If leg pains do not subside, please call your doctor.
  • Feeling faint or lightheaded occurs due to hormonal changes. Getting up too quickly or lying on your back are the most common times women feel faint. Get up slowly, sit down if you are standing and begin to feel faint, or roll to your side if you are lying on your back.
  • Feeling hot is common due to fluctuating hormones and increased blood supply. Wear cool, loose clothing and use a fan when needed.
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  • Incontinence occurs during and after pregnancy due to the relaxing of the pelvic floor muscles to prepare for the baby’s delivery.
  • Frequent urination can begin early and continue through pregnancy. In later pregnancy, it is caused by the baby’s head pressing on the bladder. To avoid frequent bathroom trips at night, cut back on fluids before bedtime but make sure you still drink plenty of fluids during the day.
  • Varicose veins may occur in the legs or in the vulva. Avoid standing for extended periods of time and crossing your legs. When sitting or lying down, try to elevate your legs. Some women also find comfort in wearing compression garments.
  • Hair or skin changes are common due to hormonal changes. Your skin including moles, birthmarks, and freckles may darken. Some women develop acne. Hair growth may increase.
  • Other changes or issues may include backache, heartburn, headaches, sensitive gums, pelvic pain, stretch marks, swollen feet and ankles, tiredness, and vaginal discharge.

Healthy prenatal habits

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for you and your family,

Good prenatal care encompasses your medical care and your personal health habits. Your Northwestern OBGYN can give you information and tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These tips will help prevent and ease some of the common pregnancy issues. A woman’s health is essential for a healthy baby. Women who eat well and exercise regularly while receiving regular prenatal care are less likely to have complications during pregnancy and are more likely to give birth to a healthy baby.

Expectant mothers should eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, calcium, protein, and healthy fats. A balanced diet is linked to good fetal brain development and healthy birth weight. It may reduce some unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, constipation, and morning sickness. Pregnant women should avoid smoking and eating undercooked meats. Regular gentle exercise routines may help avoid or reduce some of your pregnancy discomforts and should be continued unless otherwise directed by your physician.

The team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates offers complete obstetrics care. Contact our Chicago office for an appointment. Call 312-440-9400.


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your unique needs are our highest priority.

Making use of advanced technology and staying on the cutting edge of women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman who visits our office with the highest level of sensitive, specialized care. At our office in Chicago, you can receive exceptional obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) services from any one of our highly skilled doctors, including Stanley Friedell, MD; Abbie Roth, MD; Regina Belmonte, MD; Sharon Wise, MD; Julianne Morton, MD; Whitney Dunn, MD; Aleena Lakhanpal, MD ; and Margaret Kistner, MD. With their combined expertise, this team of board-certified doctors at Northwestern Women's Health Associates makes it possible for you to receive efficient, personalized care from the preeminent women’s hospital in the Midwest.

Success Stories

  • 5 Star Review
    "Wonderful experience with Dr. Julianne Morton @ NW Women's Associates. I've recommended her to countless girlfriends. Being a first time mom, I went through many physical symptoms and emotions that accompany pregnancy. She is extremely thorough, patient, and has wonderful bedside manner. I felt confident going into delivery with Dr. Morton taking the lead with my delivery. Wonderful practice!"

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    "Dr. Morton is absolutely amazing. She cared for me throughout my first pregnancy and we found her to be kind and caring and straightforward - could not have asked for a better experience! Dr. Dunn ended up being on call during my delivery and she was great as well. I have always found the nurses and office staff to be friendly and on top of things - very happy with the practice!"

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    "I had to have a laproscopic hysterectomy done by Dr. Friedell and all went fabulously! They were very detailed in pre-op which made a lot of difference. I came out of surgery feeling great and post op I was back to work within two weeks. Everyone at the practice, at the hospital, at pre-op were incredible."

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    "Dr.Julianne Morton is amazing! I was recommended by a friend when I moved to the Chicago area and was looking for an OB-GYN. I have seen her for two years in Chicago for my yearly exam. She is beyond kind and great at what she does. Dr.Morton makes you feel very comfortable and is such an incredible doctor! I have recommended her to all of my friends as well who need a new gyno/OB-GYN."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr. Morton is a really great doctor. She has an incredible bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable. She makes sure to ask if you have any questions and will happily answer all of them with you. Would highly recommend!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr. Friedell is amazing! He helped delivered my first baby and the whole process was super smooth and stress free. All the staff in the office are super friendly too. Highly recommend!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr Freidell is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and really cares about his patients. He is very good at getting to the root of the problem, especially with overlapping symptoms. He guided me through all my options and their implications. I will highly recommend him and his team."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!"
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  • 5 Star Review

    "I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent. "

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