Education Savannah Preschools Daycare, Childcare, Schools Savannah
Toddler Preschooler activities in Savannah Pooler

Archive for the ‘Obstetricians & Gynecologists’ Category

Savannah OB/GYN: Planning for a health pregnancy

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Savannah OB/GYN pregnancy doctors obstetricians

Below is a guest post “Get Ready for a Healthy Pregnancy” by Dr. Stephanie Tootle, an OB/GYN who sees patients at Memorial Health University Physicians | Women’s Care Islands.

To book an appointment with her or any of Memorial Health OB/GYNs, visit MemorialHealthDoctors.com.

When you’re trying to conceive, much of the focus is understandably on tracking when you’re ovulating and when to have sex. While these things are important for a successful pregnancy, there are other factors that can optimize fertility while also preparing you and your partner for growing a family.

Before conceiving, commit to improving your health in these areas:

1. Quit smoking

Both partners – but especially mom – should quit smoking. Smoking during pregnancy can lead to all sorts of problems for your child, like low birthweight, preterm delivery, lung conditions, asthma, learning disabilities, physical development issues and even death. And still, 12 to 20 percent of pregnant women smoke, according to the American Pregnancy Association, and more than 1,000 babies die every year in the US because their mothers smoked during pregnancy.

Smoking can also cause problems for fertility. Women who smoke are more likely to be infertile, and some studies show that men who smoke have poorer sperm quality than men who don’t.

2. Cut back on alcohol

Drinking during pregnancy can cause many issues, like miscarriage, stillbirth, fetal alcohol syndrome and physical, intellectual, behavioral or learning disabilities. It’s smart to cut back even when you’re trying to conceive.

The first few weeks of pregnancy (yes, even those four to six weeks you may not know you’re pregnant) are crucial for a baby’s development. With so much of the development happening, it’s no surprise that alcohol can interfere.

3. Reduce your caffeine intake

Some caffeine during pregnancy is OK, but if you’re a three-cups-of-coffee kind of person, you’ll want to cut back. Experts recommend consuming less than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, which is about one 12-ounce cup of coffee.

A small study published in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Fertility and Sterility journal studied 344 couples and concluded that women who had more than two caffeinated drinks per day while pregnant had a 74-percent higher risk of miscarriage than those who drank less caffeine. And, when their significant others had more than two caffeinated drinks per day, there was also an increased risk of miscarriage.

4. Maintain a healthy weight and evaluate your exercise plan

Keeping your weight and exercise regimen in check is great for your overall health, but it’s especially important if you want to start a family.

While it’s important to find a workout routine that works for you, don’t work out too hard. That’s because there may be a relationship between strenuous exercise and ovulation issues. On the flip side, too little exercise may be associated with obesity, which may cause anovulation (a menstrual cycle without ovulation) and, according to one study, may double the time it takes to conceive.

The bottom line? Exercise and weight recommendations vary from person to person. Talk with your doctor about what’s best for you and your partner.

5. Start taking a prenatal supplement

Taking prenatal vitamins is a must during pregnancy, but you’ll want to consider getting a head start. Taking at least 400 mcg of folic acid daily, a main ingredient in all prenatal vitamins, can help lower the risk of neural tube defects in babies when women take them before conception. It’s best to start taking them at least one month before trying to conceive.

6. Ensure you’re up to date with all of your screenings and vaccinations

You and your significant other should be up to date on health screenings and checkups. You should also schedule a preconception exam with your OB/GYN, who can evaluate test results and answer any questions you might have about conception.

Also, it’s important that your doctors check to see if you’ve had tuberculosis or if you’re a carrier for some genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease. These conditions can contribute to pregnancy complications and may even prevent you from getting pregnant.

Remember that the road to conception may be long and sometimes rocky, but starting a family can be exciting and extremely rewarding. While easier said than done, try to be patient and savor the time with your significant other.

Dr. Stephanie Tootle is an OB/GYN who sees patients at Memorial Health University Physicians | Women’s Care Islands.

To book an appointment with her or any of our OB/GYNs, go to MemorialHealthDoctors.com.

Memorial Health is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

SouthCoast Health patients’ breast cancer success stories

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Breast Cancer patients Savannah SouthCoast Health success stories

When Darkus Jenkins noticed a lump in her breast, she was a 36-year-old chemistry professor at Savannah State University who had just stopped breastfeeding her 11-month-old daughter.

The young mother learned she had triple negative breast cancer.

Savannah OB/GYNs Elizabeth McIntosh SouthCoast Health

Dr. Elizabeth McIntosh, Savannah OB/GYN

Dr. Christa L. Jillard, SouthCoast Health Surgery

Dr. Elizabeth McIntosh, Jenkins’ OB-GYN, and breast cancer specialist and surgeon, Dr. Christa Jillard – both of SouthCoast Health in Savannah & the Lowcountry – helped Jenkin’s combat her aggressive cancer.

Read this Savannah mother’s complete breast cancer success story here. 

Whether you are looking for a primary care doctor or a pediatrician, an ObGyn or another medical specialist, SouthCoast Health has you covered with its wide range of world-class healthcare services, available throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

SouthCoast Health has 120 physicians and medical professionals in 18 locations in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Pooler, Rincon, Baxley, Bluffton, Hilton Head, and Hinesville.

SouthCoast Health is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

(Savannah obstetricians, gynecologists) SouthCoast Health Welcomes Dr. Sarah Jarrell

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

SouthCoast Health Obstetrics Gynecology Savannah

SouthCoast Health is excited for Sarah C. Jarrell, M.D. to join the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

She will practice at the Candler Hospital Campus location. Dr. Jarrell is passionate for women’s health. Read more here about Dr. Jarrell’s interest in this field and why she followed many of her family members’ footsteps to work in the medical field.

To make an appointment with her, call 912-3554427 or click here.

SouthCoast Health is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

(Savannah obstetricians, gynecologists) SouthCoast Health Welcomes Dr. Sarah Jarrell

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

SouthCoast Health Obstetrics Gynecology Savannah

SouthCoast Health is excited for Sarah C. Jarrell, M.D. to join the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

She will practice at the Candler Hospital Campus location. Dr. Jarrell is passionate for women’s health. Read more here about Dr. Jarrell’s interest in this field and why she followed many of her family members’ footsteps to work in the medical field.

To make an appointment with her, call 912-3554427 or click here.

SouthCoast Health is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser