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By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
April 16, 2019
Category: Pregnancy Care

A miscarriage is when a pregnancy ends within the first 20 weeks of gestation, according to the American Pregnancy Association. This miscarriagessense of loss is painful for women and can affect their emotional and psychological well being, in addition to the physical trauma that they're already enduring.

Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo, located in Brownsville, TX, has experience when dealing with miscarriages and is here to help—read on to learn how!

 

More About Miscarriages

Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Studies also show that "10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage," according to the American Pregnancy Association.

 

Causes of Miscarriages:

  • Hormonal problems
  • Infections
  • An unhealthy lifestyle consisting of smoking, drug use, poor diet, too much caffeine, and radiation exposure
  • Egg isn't properly implanted into the wall of the uterine lining
  • Maternal trauma, such as abuse or an accident
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Abnormal chromosomes
  • Uterus abnormalities
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and thyroid disorders

 

Miscarriage Warning Signs

  • Back pain
  • Weight loss
  • White-pink mucus
  • True contractions every 5-20 minutes
  • Brown or bright red bleeding
  • Clot-like tissue passing from the vagina

 

Miscarriage Prevention

There are several things that can prevent a miscarriage. Try exercising daily and exposing yourself to sunlight for a healthy dose of vitamin D. It's also important to eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. Taking folic acid on a regular basis will also help your health.

 

Caring for Your Unborn Child

  • Guard your abdomen against any physical trauma, even if the task doesn't necessarily seem dangerous.
  • Don't take medicine without your Brownsville doctor's consent
  • Avoid caffeine, smoking, and drinking alcohol

 

Need a Consultation?

If you have any questions or concerns about miscarriages, be sure to contact your Brownsville, TX, doctor by calling (956) 350-4821 today!

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
December 05, 2018
Category: Pregnancy Care
Tags: Pregnancy Care  

Find out the importance behind visiting us for routine pregnancy checkups.

Once the strip turns pink we know the rush of emotions that you’re experiencing. No matter whether this is your first child or you already have children, finding out you have a new bundle of joy on the way is exciting. Of course, once you find out you’re pregnant it’s important that you have a doctor that you can turn to along the way to make sure both you and your baby are healthy. Here in Brownsville, TX, our OBGYN Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo provides the comprehensive care you need throughout your pregnancy.

We offer routine pregnancy checkups, as well as individualized and personalized care for women who are dealing with high-risk pregnancies. Our goal as your obstetrician is to make sure that you are getting the proper prenatal care in Brownsville, TX, that you need to experience a healthy and smooth pregnancy.

To do this, the first thing you’ll need to do is schedule an appointment with us as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. During your first prenatal visit, we will go through your medical history and check your vitals (e.g. blood pressure, heart rate, etc). A urine or a blood test will be used to confirm your pregnancy. An ultrasound will allow us to see how far along you are and to determine an approximate due date.

You should have a prenatal visit about every 4 weeks. If you are a high-risk pregnancy then you may need to come in more often. Once you reach month 7, you will come in every two weeks for checkups. During the last month of your pregnancy, you’ll come in once a week.

Each checkup will allow us to monitor the health and development of your unborn baby while also performing the proper tests to make sure that if there is something going on with your health or the health of your baby that the issue is treated right away.

Some of the prenatal services we offer include:

  • Routine lab testing
  • Prenatal ultrasounds
  • Extensive genetic consulting
  • Amniocentesis testing

We also provide a variety of ways to manage your specific high-risk pregnancy no matter the cause. Factors that contribute to a high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Cervical insufficiency
  • Placental issues
  • Twins or multiple births
  • Prior preterm delivery
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Pre-existing diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure (preeclampsia or hypertension)

We are also here to answer any questions you might have about your pregnancy, from you what foods you shouldn’t consume to leading a healthy lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to ask us anything!

Do you think you might be pregnant? Are you looking for an obstetrician who will listen to your needs and provide you with trustworthy care in Brownsville, TX? If so, call our OBGYN office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guajardo.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
July 16, 2018
Category: Pregnancy Care
Tags: OBGYN   Pregnancy  

Congratulations! You just found out you are going to have a baby. Now what? First and foremost, it is important that you and your unborn child get the proper care you both need over the next 9 months.

Your OBGYN will be an invaluable part of your medical team, as they will be able to not only provide you with a host of good advice for a healthy pregnancy, but also they can check for health issues in both you and your unborn child that could potentially cause further and more serious complications. Turning to an OBGYN regularly is vitally important for a healthy, complication-free pregnancy.

Of course, there are also some wonderful milestones to enjoy throughout the course of your pregnancy. Here are some things to look forward to before getting to meet the new addition to your family,

Baby’s First Ultrasound

Once you find out you’re pregnant, it’s important that you visit your OBGYN to confirm the pregnancy, determine your due date and to schedule your very first ultrasound. This first ultrasound can occur as early as between 6 weeks and 9 weeks and it allows your obstetrician to check your baby’s size and heart rate, while also checking the health of the placenta and umbilical cord. This is an exciting moment for parents, as they often get to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

The End of the First Trimester

We know that saying goodbye to the first trimester is high on most pregnant women’s lists. This is because most miscarriages occur during the first trimester. This is usually around the time that expectant mothers want to announce their pregnancy to family members and friends. Plus, if you were fighting terrible morning sickness during your first trimester you may be relieved to hear that a lot of these symptoms may lessen or go away completely once you reach the second trimester.

Feeling Your Baby Kick

Most expectant mothers can’t even describe how incredible it is to experience their baby kicking for the first time. Your baby’s kick may feel more like a flutter or tickle while other women may feel a nudging sensation. At some point, you may even see an indent of an arm or leg as your stomach expands and the baby grows.

Your Child’s Gender Reveal

While some parents don’t want to know whether they are having a boy or girl until that moment in the delivery room, some couples can’t wait to find out and share the news. In fact, gender reveal parties have become a popular trend today and once you find out whether you are having a little boy or girl you may just feel that exciting urge to start decorating the baby room.

Your Due Date

This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: your baby’s expected birth date. While most babies won’t show up right on schedule, you may be experiencing some warning signs that labor is soon on the way and you’ll soon get to welcome your baby into the world.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
June 05, 2018
Category: Pregnancy Care
Tags: Pregnant   Prenatal   Obstetrician  

Whether you think you might be pregnant or you already took a home pregnancy test that came back positive, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your OBGYN as soon as possible. Regular prenatal visits are the best way to monitor the health of both you and your baby while also tracking the development of the fetus. These visits are important for every pregnant woman, not just women who are dealing with health issues or a high-risk pregnancy.

During your first prenatal visit, which usually occurs after your eighth week of pregnancy, we will check your vitals (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.), and run blood and urine tests to test for current infections (including STDs) and to confirm your blood type (your blood type and the father’s blood type are important for the health of your child).

An ultrasound may also be performed to determine how far along you are in the pregnancy as well as your expected due date. A physical exam, including a pelvic exam, will be conducted. Your obstetrician will also take time to talk with you about your family history and your own detailed medical history.

It’s important to provide as much information as possible about any preexisting health conditions, surgeries and previous pregnancies you’ve had. This is also a great time to ask any questions you might have regarding diet, exercise, lifestyle or managing your pregnancy symptoms (e.g. morning sickness).

If all test results come back normal and you have a healthy pregnancy then you’ll only need to see your OBGYN every month for the first 28 weeks of your pregnancy. Once you reach 28 weeks you’ll come in twice a week until you are 36 weeks into your pregnancy. From 36 weeks until the birth of your baby you’ll have weekly checkups.

During these visits, your OBGYN may also run special tests to check for gestational diabetes and other conditions, depending on your family history and age. Genetic testing can also be performed to check the health of your child and to determine if there are any genetic disorders present.

It’s important that you find an obstetrician that you can trust to provide you with compassionate and thorough care and support throughout your pregnancy.

By J. Gabriel Guajardo, M.D.
May 01, 2018
Category: Pregnancy Care
Tags: Postpartum Care  

OBGYNS recommend that women come in for a postpartum visit approximately 6 weeks after giving birth. Unfortunately, medical reports state thatPostpartum Care the percentage of women that actually go to these appointments is staggeringly low. Of course, while a woman’s primary focus might be to care for their little one, it’s also important that women are getting the proper care they need to tackle their new role as a mother.

Any woman who has just given birth can tell you just how much pregnancy changes your body. Perhaps it changed it in ways you didn’t even imagine. So it goes without saying that those nine months of changes means that it’s going to take time for your body to bounce back to the way it was pre-baby. If you had a vaginal delivery it’s normal to experience vaginal discharge, urination problems, hemorrhoids, mood swings, hair loss, contractions, and vaginal soreness.

It’s important that you have an OBGYN that you trust to answer your questions and provide you with advice and help when you need it. An OBGYN can also be a wonderful source of emotional and mental support, which can be invaluable for a new mother.

One issue that’s often discussed during the postpartum phase is mood swings. Some women experience the “postpartum blues”, which only lasts a few weeks; however, postpartum depression is characterized by intense feelings of sadness and anxiety that can last up to one year. As you might imagine, postpartum depression can have a profound impact on a woman’s outlook and mood, making it particularly challenging when she has a new baby to take care of. An OBGYN can help provide you with the care you need and, if necessary, offer a referral for a mental health professional that can truly listen to your needs and help you on the road to healing.

Furthermore, if a mother has been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition like diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disorders, or mood disorders prior to pregnancy it’s also important that she has a follow-up visit with her gynecologist after the baby is born to ensure that she is still receiving ongoing maintenance and care for these long-term health problems to keep them in check.

It’s important that all women take postpartum care seriously to ensure that they continue to maintain good physical and mental health. Taking the time to care for yourself is important, even though you have a new baby to take care of. Ensuring that your health is in tip-top shape will allow you to spend more time with your beautiful family.