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4th Trimester of Pregnancy Explained

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Recently the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology identified what they refer to as the fourth trimester of pregnancy. Gynecologist Abby Drucker, MD from Northwest Iowa Surgeons sees patients at Lakes Regional Healthcare for issues related to the fourth trimester of pregnancy. According to Dr. Drucker, this trimester is the period of time new moms are transitioning from pregnancy to motherhood. She said, “It begins after delivery until one year postpartum and is marked by many hormonal, physical, schedule, and emotional changes.”

During this time, women often have postpartum contraception questions, seek advice regarding optimal birth spacing and how to time another pregnancy. Dr. Drucker said some of the most common things she sees women for are sterilization procedures or pelvic floor issues. She said, “A fair amount of relaxation happens during pregnancy and as babies are born. Urinary incontinence and pelvic floor support issues are pretty common, yet something that can be treated.”

Those interested in knowing more or scheduling an appointment can contact Dr. Drucker at 712-262-6320.



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