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I just found out I'm pregnant. What do I need to know now? Congratulations! It is such an exciting and wonderful time to be pregnant! We at Medical Park Ob/Gyn are thrilled that you have chosen us to care for you and your soon-to-be bundle of joy. There is nothing more precious than a newborn baby and preparing for that newborn should be just as rewarding. Life's greatest miracle is giving birth and we pray that it will also be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. During your normal pregnancy, you will have an appointment scheduled with us once a month until you reach 28-30 weeks; every 2 weeks until you reach 36 weeks; then at least every week until delivery. In some circumstances your appointments may be more frequent due to complications or high risk concerns. We also have an open door policy about seeing our patients as often as needed! What is involved in a routine pregnancy appointment? Most of your visits will be routine and consist of weighing you, checking your blood pressure, urine, measuring your uterus, and listening to your baby's heart beat. At 36 weeks and beyond we will see you weekly and a vaginal exam will be done to check for cervical dilation. You may experience some spotting after this exam, don't be alarmed, it is normal. What testing is done during pregnancy? At 16-20 weeks, you may choose to have a Maternal Serum Screening Test that tests for birth defects like Down's Syndrome or Spina Bifida. We feel that it is important for us to offer it to you, but it is totally optional and we do not want to push it on you. The test consists of drawing a tube of blood from your arm and sending it to a lab for interpretation. Information is included in your OB bag. At about 34-36 weeks, we will obtain a culture from your vagina. It consists of a cotton swab (like a Q- tip). This will test for Group B Streptococcus (a bacteria found in the vagina or lower intestine of 15% to 35% of all healthy women). GBS infections are acquired when the baby comes in contact with the vagina and can rarely cause illness in the infant. If your test results are positive, you will be given IV antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission to your baby. When is an ultrasound done?  At 20-22 weeks we will perform a routine ultrasound examination. This will look at your baby in detail to look for common birth defects, to date the pregnancy, and possibly to see the sex of your baby. To date there is very little data to support the cost of this routine scan, but we feel very strongly that the information gained is necessary for the care of your pregnancy. We will also perform other required ultrasounds as often as they are indicated. What is "gestational diabetes"? At 27-29 weeks, we will do a glucose screen because sometimes pregnancy can cause diabetes in a woman, called "gestational diabetes". The appointment prior to this you will be given a bottle of a sweet orange liquid (kind of like flat orange crush) and you will be asked to drink it one hour before arriving for your next appointment. One hour after drinking this solution, we will prick your finger and test the glucose level. You do not have to be fasting for this test. We will also check your blood count at this time. Your iron requirements double during pregnancy and sometimes anemia (low hemoglobin) occurs. If your hemoglobin is low, we will recommend an additional iron supplement. Do you have childbirth classes? Childbirth classes are available through Thomas Hospital. The registration form is included in your OB packet. We suggest that the classes be taken in the last 10 weeks of your pregnancy. The childbirth education coordinator at Thomas Hospital would like for you to register by the 16th week of your pregnancy to ensure placement. Breast feeding classes are also available through Thomas Hospital, call 251-990-1478 for more information. Can I exercise while I am pregnant? The Wellness Center offers an exercise program free of charge for patients who deliver at Thomas Hospital. This will help our mothers stay fit. The program is called Fit PG. If interested, call our office and we will fax a release that will allow you to participate in the program. The program continues for a few months after delivery, still at no charge. What medications should I take or avoid during pregnancy? Pregnant women should limit taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter), but the following are generally safe during pregnancy: PAIN (headache, backache) - Tylenol, Extra-Strength Tylenol:  INCREASE WATER INTAKE UPPER RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (cold, cough, sinus) - Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus, Dimetapp,  Chlor-Trimeton, Benadryl, Robitussin, Robitussin DM SORE THROAT - Chloraseptic spray, Cepastat lozenges, frequent warm salt-water gargles NAUSEA & VOMITING - Vit B6 + Unisom, Emetrol, (or call for prescription)   HEARTBURN & INDIGESTION - Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta   DIARRHEA - Kaopectate if less than 15 weeks: Imodium if more than 15 weeks YEAST INFECTION - Over-the- counter 7-day vaginal cream CONSTIPATION - Metamucil wafers, Citrucel, Perdiem Fiber, Fibercon, Colace (stool softener): INCREASE WATER INTAKE; NO STIMULANT LAXATIVES   HEMORRHOIDS - Anusol-HC cream, Preparation-H, Tucks Pads DO NOT take aspirin, anti- inflammatory medications, narcotics, cortisone/steroids or stimulants  UNLESS ORDERED BY YOUR DOCTOR
*The recommendations and information provided by this Web site are for educational purposes only. This Web site does not contain comprehensive coverage of the topics addressed, and is not a substitute for direct consultation with your health care provider. Always consult with us at 251-928-1222 regarding your specific condition. Trademarks referred to are the property of their respective owners.
Copyright © Medical Park Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C. All Rights Reserved. Website Design & Hosting by North Mobile Internet Services, Inc. 
I just found out I'm pregnant. What do I need to know now? Congratulations! It is such an exciting and wonderful time to be pregnant! We at Medical Park Ob/Gyn are thrilled that you have chosen us to care for you and your soon-to-be bundle of joy. There is nothing more precious than a newborn baby and preparing for that newborn should be just as rewarding. Life's greatest miracle is giving birth and we pray that it will also be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. During your normal pregnancy, you will have an appointment scheduled with us once a month until you reach 28-30 weeks; every 2 weeks until you reach 36 weeks; then at least every week until delivery. In some circumstances your appointments may be more frequent due to complications or high risk concerns. We also have an open door policy about seeing our patients as often as needed! What is involved in a routine pregnancy appointment? Most of your visits will be routine and consist of weighing you, checking your blood pressure, urine, measuring your uterus, and listening to your baby's heart beat. At 36 weeks and beyond we will see you weekly and a vaginal exam will be done to check for cervical dilation. You may experience some spotting after this exam, don't be alarmed, it is normal. What testing is done during pregnancy? At 16-20 weeks, you may choose to have a Maternal Serum Screening Test that tests for birth defects like Down's Syndrome or Spina Bifida. We feel that it is important for us to offer it to you, but it is totally optional and we do not want to push it on you. The test consists of drawing a tube of blood from your arm and sending it to a lab for interpretation. Information is included in your OB bag. At about 34-36 weeks, we will obtain a culture from your vagina. It consists of a cotton swab (like a Q-tip). This will test for Group B Streptococcus (a bacteria found in the vagina or lower intestine of 15% to 35% of all healthy women). GBS infections are acquired when the baby comes in contact with the vagina and can rarely cause illness in the infant. If your test results are positive, you will be given IV antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission to your baby. When is an ultrasound done?  At 20-22 weeks we will perform a routine ultrasound examination. This will look at your baby in detail to look for common birth defects, to date the pregnancy, and possibly to see the sex of your baby. To date there is very little data to support the cost of this routine scan, but we feel very strongly that the information gained is necessary for the care of your pregnancy. We will also perform other required ultrasounds as often as they are indicated. What is "gestational diabetes"? At 27-29 weeks, we will do a glucose screen because sometimes pregnancy can cause diabetes in a woman, called "gestational diabetes". The appointment prior to this you will be given a bottle of a sweet orange liquid (kind of like flat orange crush) and you will be asked to drink it one hour before arriving for your next appointment. One hour after drinking this solution, we will prick your finger and test the glucose level. You do not have to be fasting for this test. We will also check your blood count at this time. Your iron requirements double during pregnancy and sometimes anemia (low hemoglobin) occurs. If your hemoglobin is low, we will recommend an additional iron supplement. Do you have childbirth classes? Childbirth classes are available through Thomas Hospital. The registration form is included in your OB packet. We suggest that the classes be taken in the last 10 weeks of your pregnancy. The childbirth education coordinator at Thomas Hospital would like for you to register by the 16th week of your pregnancy to ensure placement. Breast feeding classes are also available through Thomas Hospital, call 251-990-1478 for more information. Can I exercise while I am pregnant? The Wellness Center offers an exercise program free of charge for patients who deliver at Thomas Hospital. This will help our mothers stay fit. The program is called Fit PG. If interested, call our office and we will fax a release that will allow you to participate in the program. The program continues for a few months after delivery, still at no charge. What medications should I take or avoid during pregnancy? Pregnant women should limit taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter), but the following are generally safe during pregnancy: PAIN (headache, backache) - Tylenol, Extra-Strength Tylenol:  INCREASE WATER INTAKE UPPER RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (cold, cough, sinus) - Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus, Dimetapp,  Chlor-Trimeton, Benadryl, Robitussin, Robitussin DM SORE THROAT - Chloraseptic spray, Cepastat lozenges, frequent warm salt-water gargles NAUSEA & VOMITING - Vit B6 + Unisom, Emetrol, (or call for prescription)   HEARTBURN & INDIGESTION - Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta   DIARRHEA - Kaopectate if less than 15 weeks: Imodium if more than 15 weeks YEAST INFECTION - Over-the-counter 7-day vaginal cream CONSTIPATION - Metamucil wafers, Citrucel, Perdiem Fiber, Fibercon, Colace (stool softener): INCREASE WATER INTAKE; NO STIMULANT LAXATIVES   HEMORRHOIDS - Anusol-HC cream, Preparation-H, Tucks Pads DO NOT take aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, narcotics, cortisone/steroids or stimulants  UNLESS ORDERED BY YOUR DOCTOR