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Disability in Pregnancy

Conveniently located to serve Katy, Cypress, Houston, and Fulshear, TX

At Progressive Women’s Care, we provide excellent medical care that is comprehensive, compassionate, and cutting edge for women of all phases, in a collaborative, patient-centered setting.

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How Pregnancy Can Affect Your Work

Your pregnancy may commonly affect your work. These are guidelines to navigate with your employer. Typical pregnancy concerns such as nausea, fatigue, back pain, pelvic pain or pressure, or swelling do not qualify as an illness that requires disability. Complications or unrelated illnesses to your pregnancy do not qualify for disability either.

If you are unable to fulfill certain tasks necessary for your work, first speak to your employer. We may authorize specific physical restrictions on your work dependent on your job description from your employer. If upon review by your employer, you cannot perform your job and there is no other less physically demanding position for you, your employer may decide to grant you disability.

Possible Leave Of Absence

If you are uncomfortable and unable to work, you may want to discuss a leave of absence with your employer. Please do not ask your physician for disability unless you are restricted from all work. Each employer is different but, there are medical standards for disability. Typically, for a vaginal delivery, 6 weeks of leave is standard. For a cesarean section, 8 weeks of leave is standard. We are happy to provide documentation of these.

The decision to grant medical disability any earlier in pregnancy will be made honestly, carefully, and will only be granted for medical illnesses that may affect maternal and fetal health. Disability will not be granted for symptomatic complaints that stem from the normal physical or emotional changes of pregnancy.

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Pregnancy

If you have any questions about conception or pregnancy, or if you have any medical problems, it is valuable to have a pre-conception consult.

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)

VBAC deliveries carry risk, but can be successful in the correct patient population.

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Vaginal & Sexual Rejuvenation

Many women suffer from symptoms that have become accepted as a normal part of life without options for improvement.

Meet The Team

Dr. Bertles is licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Amanda Smith, PA-C, spent the first 15 years of her career in primary care and is excited to join Progressive Women's Care and Dr. Bertles as she brings her primary care knowledge to women's health.

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