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Chicago doctor explains what to expect during the first obstetrics examination

Dr. Stanley Friedell, Northwestern Women's Health Associates S.C Providing Obstetrics Examination

Women who believe they are pregnant should call their doctor right away. Obstetrics examinations are an important part of pregnancy care. The physicians at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates help their Chicago-area patients throughout pregnancy and delivery.

Prenatal care is important for babies and moms

Regular appointments with your obstetrician are important to ensure the health of the mom and the baby. In addition to monitoring the growth of the baby and the health of the mom, prenatal appointments provide an opportunity to share important information, offer counseling and support, and answer any questions you have.

The first appointment

During your first appointment, the physician and his team will confirm your pregnancy and determine you due date. They will also ask questions about your personal and family health history, lifestyle habits, medications, previous pregnancies, surgeries, and risk factors, and will answer any questions you may have. Some of the most common questions that are asked include:

  • Should I take a prenatal vitamin?
  • Are these symptoms (cramping, nausea, headaches) normal? Is it normal to not have morning sickness?
  • What activities, foods, or substances should I avoid?
  • Is my pregnancy high risk?

The doctor may perform a pap smear, and a pelvic exam to determine the size of your uterus and pelvis. The doctor will use a Doppler instrument to listen to the heartbeat. However, it’s important to note that it cannot detect a baby’s heartbeat prior to 12 weeks of pregnancy. So, if you’re in the early weeks of pregnancy you may not be able to hear it. Often an ultrasound will be performed, which allows you to see the heartbeat. The first prenatal appointment is exciting, but can make many women nervous. It is critical to work with a team you trust with your health and the health of your baby. For more information about obstetrics care, call Northwestern Women’s Health Associates today.

 

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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; Marc Feldstein, MD; Abbie Roth, MD; Lisa Brunengraber, MD; Regina Belmonte, MD; Sharon Wise, MD; Julianne Morton, MD; and Whitney Dunn, 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.

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    "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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    "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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    "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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    "I visited Dr Feldstein office yesterday. All of his stuff was very kind and nice to me. He has a professional-team, so I know I have nothing to be afraid of. Just wanted to say thanks to all the people I meet. I am in good hands."

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    "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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    "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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    "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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