Confusion After Conception: Helping Moms-to-Be Decode the Post-Conception Chaos
Pregnancy can be an exciting, but overwhelming time, with soon-to-be moms often hearing from their own mothers or other friends about the healthiest behaviors to follow. A new Confusion After Conception national survey was presented to 2,000 women who have been or are currently pregnant to find out what's most confusing to soon-to-be moms. Dr. Alyssa Dweck, OB-GYN, author and women’s health expert, joined EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson to give us more information about the findings from the survey. See the full interview here:
Dr. Dweck explained that Monistat commissioned the Confusion after Conception survey. It had significant findings, including that more than one-quarter of the participants admitted they received differing advice from other women they know. 38 percent noted that the information provided by their doctor was significantly different from what their own mothers had been told when they were pregnant.
Pregnancy today is not the same as it was for our moms. Moms these days are typically more active to optimize health for themselves as well as their unborn babies. And because of the amount of research and product testing that is performed these days, there is more societal awareness about skincare products and cleaning products used in our everyday lives and the healthiest ways to approach pregnancy.
For example, yeast infections are very common in women, but they are 10x more common during pregnancy. Most people treat a yeast infection with a prescription pill, but research has shown that those pills may have risky side effects during pregnancy, including the risk of miscarriage. The CDC recommends a 7-day topical cream instead of a pill. Dr. Dweck herself recommends Monistat 7 and their Doctor Discussion Guide: Pregnancy/New Moms.
So, with all this information out in the world, and the women in our lives receiving and sharing differing information, how can you know when you should treat at home vs. going to a doctor? Dr. Dweck reminds us that during pregnancy there are never too many visits to the doctor to make sure your treatment is appropriate. It’s not worth the risk to treat at home first without getting the most updated information that relates to your specific situation.
And what can we do to minimize all this confusion? It’s up to us women to ask! Ask your doctor for the facts, and check in with your friends and family if you feel comfortable doing so. Just make sure you’re getting your information from reputable sources.