With the information age moving fast and information readily available with the press of a few buttons it’s becoming more and more acceptable to get easy access to medical questions and problems. I mean, who wants to call the doctor with every bump, bruise and sniffle.
Being pregnant, especially for the first time the medical questions and concerns are doubled and every twinge or discomfort is cause for concern. I mean, pregnancy is full of unknowns and you want to make sure that you’re progressing as expected. It’s reassuring when the doctor tells you everything’s fine but as soon as you leave their office something happens that makes you doubt him.
Now if you’re like me I go to WebMD for most medical questions (after calling or emailing my best friend Linda who’s a nurse and walking medical encyclopedia). Well, WebMD has a pregnancy app for expectant parents. The WebMD Pregnancy app for the iPhone delivers health information to expectant parents with personalized tips, articles and multimedia content. This is updated weekly to reflect your growing baby.
Other features of the WebMD Pregnancy App are:
- Full customization of the app content and information to suit the individual needs of the parents, including content for multiple births and for parents with pre-existing medical conditions
- integration of appointment scheduling, symptom tracking and contraction counting to offer more valuable interaction with physicians
- “Ask My Doctor” features proves a list of the most common questions to ask your doctor
- “Baby Bump: slideshow to document weekly changes during pregnancy
- Journal with customized chapters and entries, serving as a scrapbook to chronicle the pregnancy journey
- Expansive library of physician reviewed articles and multimedia content
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Hansa Bhargava MD. Hansa Bhargava, MD, is WebMD’s expert pediatrician. She oversees the team of medical experts responsible for ensuring the accuracy, credibility, and timeliness of all content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids, and she blogs for these sites as well.
As the spokesperson for FIT, she has worked with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2012, she served as an expert panelist with first lady Michelle Obama at the WebMD/Lets Move Town Hall in Miami, Fla. She has served as a featured speaker at national and regional FIT events along with WebMD’s partner, Sanford Health.
In addition, Bhargava is the featured pediatrician expert for WebMD Baby, a mobile app for parents. Designed to provide trustworthy, doctor-approved information personalized by a baby’s age, the app offers tips and videos from Bhargava. She was instrumental in its development and speaks on behalf of WebMD in media coverage of the app.
With extensive experience in the areas of health and wellness of infants, toddlers, and children, Bhargava came to WebMD from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, affiliated with Emory University, where she practiced for seven years as a lead physician in urgent care. She continues to see patients there regularly.
Bhargava is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and a one-year fellowship in gastroenterology and nutrition at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is board certified in pediatrics. She lives in Atlanta and has two children.
I apologize in advance that when talking with Dr. Bhargava I totally forgot about the Pregnancy App and focused on questions of the pediatric nature. You see, our 7 year old granddaughter had just come to live with us and she’d been complaining of nausea for several days and I was going to take advantage of having a pediatrician at my disposal. I think I did ask a a few questions that any parent would like answers to and Dr. Bhargava did bring up the Pregnancy App at the end of the interview.
Here’s the interview, hope you find the questions and answers informative and helpful.