Pregnancy Specialist

Dr. Helen Matthews

OB-GYNs located in San Ramon, CA

Pregnancy is a time of joy and anticipation of a new baby, but it can also be an emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting stage of life. Dr. Helen Matthews has helped many women in the San Francisco Bay Area through various stages of their pregnancy in her San Ramon practice.

Pregnancy Q & A

Am I Pregnant?

Once you become pregnant, your body immediately begins to undergo changes in preparation for growing and carrying a fetus. These changes cause various symptoms that differ from woman to woman. The most telling pregnancy symptom is a missed menstrual period. For women with irregular cycles, however, this can be a misleading symptom. Other symptoms of pregnancy include:

  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Fatigue
  • Increased urination
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden unusual food cravings or sensitivity to certain foods (caused by pregnancy-related hormonal changes)

Because these symptoms may also be signs of other medical conditions, the best way to determine if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test either at home or your doctor’s office. If the test is positive, make an appointment with your doctor right away so you can begin prenatal care.

I Am Pregnant. What Can I Do to Ensure a Smooth Pregnancy?

For starters, get early and regular prenatal care, no matter if this is your very first baby or your fifth baby. Eat a healthy diet, take prenatal vitamins as directed by your doctor, and get plenty of exercises. Ask your doctor what physical activities you can do while pregnant. Gain a healthy amount of weight (ask your doctor for guidance). Get plenty of rest. Do not smoke, or if you already smoke, quit. Let your doctor know if you take any medications, and do not stop any necessary medications without consulting your doctor. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions on what you can and cannot do while pregnant, and do not hesitate to talk to your doctor about any question or concerns you have during your pregnancy.

If you are pregnant and are looking for a qualified gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Helen Matthews is accepting patients. Dr. Matthews has successfully helped many women, from first-time Moms to older mothers, manage their pregnancy in her San Ramon practice. One of the courteous staff at her practice will be happy to set up an appointment for you.

Accepted Insurance Providers

At the office of Dr. Helen Matthews, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

AARP
Aetna
Affinity Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Banner Health
Cigna
Medicare
United Healthcare
US Family Health Plan