Women with diabetes, hypertension or other health problems should seek out specialty care during pregnancy.
After becoming pregnant, women's bodies experience dramatic changes. Their blood volume, for example, increases by more than 50 percent and heart rates tend rise as well, according to specialists at the Everett Clinic.
Sometimes these changes can result in problems for the mother or the baby, said Dr. Laurent Nicolov, chairman of the OB-GYN Department at the Everett Clinic.
Specialty care includes monitoring throughout the pregnancy, including frequent ultrasounds and appointments close to the due date.
Being seen during the first trimester is vital to set up a plan to help ensure that everyone stays healthy.
-- Jackson Holtz
Cancer program kudos
Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett made the list of "70 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs" in Becker's Hospital Review.
Hospitals were selected based on quality of treatment and health care rating resources such as U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters, the National Cancer Institute, American College of Surgeons and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Other hospitals in the top 70 include Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ohio's Cleveland Clinic and Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
-- Andrea Brown
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