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I’m pregnant. When should I schedule my first visit?
We prefer to see women in the first trimester of pregnancy, and preferably at least seven to eight weeks after the first day of the last period. The reason for this is simply that it is not usually possible to find a heartbeat or often even see the baby on ultrasound before the middle of week seven, and often the ultrasound needs to be repeated. At your first visit we will spend time discussing your health history and that of the baby’s father, recommend lifestyle changes as necessary, and perform a full physical including a pap smear if you are due for one. In addition we will also draw appropriate bloodwork in our office and provide you with a packet of information on nutrition, recommended reading, and other useful information.
What if I need help urgently?
Once you have been seen at our office, we are available to help you 24 hours a day. If you have a true emergency that cannot wait for office hours, one of our providers is always on call and can be accessed through our answering service.
What insurance plans do you accept?
Our office accepts TriCare and most PPO insurance plans. We do not accept Worker’s Comp, or any HMO plans at this time.
What additional services do your doctors provide?
Our physicians provide a full range of gynecologic services. These services include but are not limited to treatment for infertility, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, menopausal management, treatment of abnormal pap smears, and gynecologic surgeries.
Where will I deliver my baby?
We have privileges at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, St. John’s Regional Medical Center.
Can I have an ultrasound at your office?
The Woman’s Place has a state-of-the-art 3D/4D ultrasound machine. For a routine, uncomplicated pregnancy most women have two ultrasounds, one during the first trimester to check for a heartbeat and to confirm the dates of the pregnancy, and a second one around 20 weeks to look closely at the fetal anatomy. Please note, however, that under certain insurance plans, or due to scheduling, we occasionally need to refer patients to an outside facility for ultrasounds.
In addition, we also offer ultrasounds on a cash-pay basis for women who are not established patients in our office. This may be to find out the sex of their baby or simply because she desires more pictures to share with her family. Please call for pricing.
What over-the-counter medications are safe in pregnancy?
The following is a list of over-the-counter medications that are generally considered safe in pregnancy:
|Headaches, Fever, Body Ache||Tylenol|
|Colds, Nasal Congestion||Sudafed, Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton Claritin, Nyquil, Tylenol Sinus, TheraFlu, Zicam Zinc Lozenges, ColdEeze|
|Hemorrhoids||Preparation H, Anusol, Tucks Pads|
|Sore Throat||Cepacol or any medicated lozenges|
|Constipation||Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil, Colace, Senakot|
What can I do for nausea in pregnancy?
Handout is available at our office.