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 in Chicago and Glenview, the team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates  offers complete obstetrics care to patients from Chicago to Northwest Indiana and the surrounding areas.

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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    Dr. Regina Belmonte has been providing all the services I have needed for over 12 years. She saw me through both of my pregnancies and her expertise is vast. Even after I moved far away from the city, I still embrace and look forward to her care and services, and I refuse to switch doctors. She is worth the trip! Going through both pregnancies I had to meet with all of the Dr's. and all were wonderful. The nurses are fantastic. I have gotten 98% of what I have ever needed just talking to a nurse. So grateful for this practice and so confident with the care I receive.
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    If you are new to Chicago or are just looking for a new physician, please make an appointment with Dr. Friedell. This is the first time in my adult life, that a doctor spent an hour with me going over my medical history, asking questions and documenting my history accurately. His assessment and subsequent surgery were all done t a T! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him or his staff. I have had very positive experiences every time I've gone and I always leave feeling like I've been really seen and heard.
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    I was recommended to NWWH through a friend after a year of unsuccessful IUI with my partner. We were seen and cared for by Dr. Friedell. Best decision ever. You will definitely wait for the doctor for maybe 30 minutes past your appointment time but you will not regret it. His thoroughness and patience to explain everything to us in a way we understood was amazing. He was quick to start a game plan for us. We will definitely stick with Dr. Friedell as our OB/GYN.

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    5 Dr. Stanley Friedell, 5 Star Review By Jennifer H.

    I have been going to Dr. Friedell for over a year now and he has been nothing less than amazing. When I first came to him to discuss pregnancy, he was incredibly informative and understanding. He was also willing to take the time to answer all of my questions and help in any way he could. He just delivered my son in March and to say he went the extra mile during delivery would be an understatement. I had some complications and with any other doctor I would have had a c-section. Dr. Friedell worked with me and was extremely patient and because of his care and expertise I had a successful vaginal delivery. I cannot recommend him highly enough!
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    I have been going to this office for little over a month now due to some complications! I have been seen Dr. Friedell, he is very caring and always made sure he answers all my concerns. I am beyond impressed with my experience with Dr Friedell and his PA " Amber". Dr Friedell called me many times after hours to talk to me about my medical results and answers any concerns that I have.

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    I have been a patient of this practice for over 5 years now and have only positive reviews of Dr. Feldstein. He was the doctor on call and delivered my third son without any complications. He was knowledgeable, patient focused and went above and beyond to answer my questions and provide a safe and healthy delivery. I also want to note his positive bedside manner to not only my husband and I, but to the nursing staff that was working with him. He was very respectful and I am very thankful to have had him for my delivery. I would recommend this group, Dr. Feldstein in particular without reservation.
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