It is generally considered safe to use products containing Tylenol, Robitussin, Mucinex, Sudafed, and any over the counter lozenges or throat sprays during the pregnancy. We recommend avoiding most over-the-counter medicines during the first trimester unless absolutely needed. We do ask that all women avoid aspirin and ibuprofen products throughout their pregnancy. If you have any questions, please ask your health care provider regarding any other medications.
We offer Non-Stress Testing (NST) in our office for the convenience and comfort of our patients. An NST is a test performed during some pregnancies to evaluate a baby’s heartbeat. During the test, our obstetrical nurse will place monitors on your belly to help evaluate your baby’s heartbeat while you recline comfortable for 20-30 minutes. This test can be performed for most women in the comfort of our office, however some women will have this test performed at Capital Health Hospital.
Overweight and Obesity
Obesity during pregnancy puts you at risk for several serious health problems including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy that can lead to seizures, stroke, and kidney and liver failure), and sleep apnea.
Obesity in pregnancy also increases the risk for pregnancy loss (miscarriage), having a baby with a birth defect (such as heart defects and neural tube defects, problems with diagnostic tests (making evaluating the baby’s anatomy or heart rate difficult), macrosomia (a baby that is larger than normal) and the need for a Cesarean section, preterm birth, and stillbirth.
Your healthcare providers will help you achieve a healthy pre-pregnancy weight using nutritional counseling and lifestyle modification. You will also be guided on what makes a healthy weight gain for your pregnancy.
Perinatal Care and Support
Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. This care can begin even before pregnancy with a preconception care visit to a health care provider. Care throughout your pregnancy will be monitored by our highly trained obstetricians and will involve the use of specialists when appropriate. We offer supportive, high quality care in a comfortable setting.
The postpartum period begins after the delivery of the baby and ends when the mother’s body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks.
The postpartum period involves the mother progressing through many changes, both emotionally and physically, while learning how to deal with all the changes and adjustments required with becoming a new mother. The postpartum period also involves the parents learning how to care for their newborn and learning how to function as a changed family unit.
A mother needs to take good care of herself to rebuild her strength. You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and plenty of help and support during the first few weeks.
Preconception counseling involves identifying risk factors to a woman’s fertility and pregnancy outcome and taking steps to reduce these risks through education, counseling, and appropriate intervention. Preconception intervention is most important in preventing congenital anomalies. We believe preconception care is an essential part of the preventive care we provide for all women of childbearing age who present for a periodic health examination. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss your plans before a future pregnancy.
You should schedule your first prenatal appointment around 6-7 weeks after your last menstrual period. However, if you have a history of high risk pregnancies or have pain or bleeding please contact us for a sooner appointment. Your prenatal visits will be scheduled with our obstetricians and nurse practitioners every 4 weeks until your third trimester. The visits will be scheduled more frequently as you approach your due date.
Prenatal Nutrition Classes
Prenatal Nutrition Classes are offered to our patients on site which are led by a Registered Dietician. Eating well is one of the best things you can do for your growing baby. We encourage a healthy diet and appropriate weight gain throughout each pregnancy and we recommend starting each pregnancy with a healthy weight to lower the risk of complications for you and your baby.
A premature or preterm birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby is due. Normally, a pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. A premature birth gives the baby less time to develop in the womb. We know that premature babies, especially those born before 28 weeks, often have complicated medical problems. Our obstetricians are trained to diagnosis and manage premature labor and births. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Capital Health Hospital is staffed by an excellent team of neonatologists and neonatal nurses who will care for your baby, if a preterm birth occurs.