EDUCATION LIBRARY

 

     Our pregnancy outcomes are superior, due in part to the comprehensive pre-natal care and patient education that we provide. We are dedicated to making the pregnancy and birth experience safe for mother and baby.

 

     The following are links to educational information on topics related to women's general health and pregnancy. The information on the website does not replace your physician's expert advice. Please contact us with specific questions about your pregnancy.

 

 

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SAFE MEDICATIONS FOR OB PATIENTS

 

Allergies: Mucinex DM, Coricidin D, Neo-Synephrine nose drops (not nose spray), Saline drops, Tylenol Cold / Sinus / Allergy, Sudafed, Robitussin (plain), Dimetapp Extentabs, Dimetapp Elixir, Chlor-Trimeton 4mg, plain Benadryl, Claritin, Actifed, Non-medicated cough drops.

 

Back Pain: Use a heating pad on your back - not on your belly, warm baths, massage, Tylenol Regular Strength, Thermacare Heat pads, Myoflex Cream.

 

Colds and Fever: Tylenol Regular Strength, taken as directed. If your temperature reaches 100.4 degrees or higher, contact our office. For all respiratory infections, rest in bed as much as possible; drink plenty of fluids and use a vaporizer, if available. If no improvement is noted in a few days, contact your primary care physician.

 

Constipation: Good bowel habits promote regularity. Get plenty of exercise and drink sufficient quantities of liquids. Eat plenty of bran foods, fruits, and vegetables. Prunes are a natural laxative and may be eaten raw, stewed, or as a juice. Miralax, Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil, Citracil, Colace, Fibercon Tablets, Dulcolax Suppository, or Glycerin Suppositories. All are over the counter medications that you may take as directed.

 

Cramping: Tylenol Regular Strength, increase fluid intake, warm bath. If symptoms persist or become more severe contact our office. Occasional menstrual-like cramping is somewhat common in early pregnancy.

 

Dental Work: Novocaine and Xylocaine (without Epinephrine) may be used. Gas or general anesthesia should not be used. X-rays may be taken if the abdomen is shielded with a lead apron. Be sure to inform your dentist of your pregnancy.

 

Diarrhea: Kaopectate, Pepto Bismol, Immodium AD

 

Exercise: Pregnant women who are regularly engaged in routine physical fitness activities such as aerobics, dancing, or tennis may continue as long as no fatigue, cramping, pain, or spotting is experienced. Please monitor your pulse.

 

Exposure to Rubella: Contact our office.

 

Headache: Tylenol Regular Strength.

 

Heartburn or Indigestion: Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta and Mylanta II as directed. Mylanta Gel caps, Maalox, Zantac-75, Pepcid AC. Avoid gas producing foods, such as cabbage and beans, large meals, and fatty foods. Chew a piece of gum after each meal.

 

Hemorrhoids: Try to avoid constipation and do not strain during bowel movements. Take warm sitz baths 3-4 times a day for 15 minutes at a time. If bleeding occurs, contact our office. Preparation H, Anusol HC, Proctocream, Tucks pads, Dibucaine. Lie on your left side with feet elevated as often as possible.

 

Nausea: Avoid sugary drinks, including fruit juices. Eat meats, vegetables, and fruits. If you feel sick to your stomach upon awakening, try eating a few crackers and stay in bed until the feeling subsides. During the day, eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of larger, less frequent meals. Avoid fried, odorous, spicy, and greasy foods. Good hygiene and plenty of rest, fresh air, and moderate exercise are helpful. Drink one 8oz. glass of water every hour while awake. Try Vitamin B6, 100mg per day, Emetrol, and Accupressure wrist bands.

 

Paint and Chemicals: Generally, painting with latex paints in a well ventilated room is safe. If the fumes are strong, or you feel lightheaded or nauseous, leave the room for a well ventilated area. Do not expose yourself unnecessarily in non-ventilated areas to paint, strong cleaning agents or solvents. Read all directions and warnings on products carefully.

 

Poison Ivy or Poison Oak: Cortaid or Caladryl

 

Rash and Itching: Benadryl Lotion, Hydrocortizone Cream 1%, Colds, Congestion, Cough and Seasonal

 

Sore Throat: Chloraseptic, Cepacol, Salt water gargle

 

Spotting: Contact our office. No intercourse for one week after spotting has completely stopped.

 

Travel: Contact our office when planning a trip. Travel in the last four weeks of pregnancy is not recommended. Avoid heavy lifting, including anything as heavy as a suitcase. Plan frequent stops (at least every two hours) to walk around for a few minutes.

 

Urinary Tract Infection: Contact our office.

 

Vaginal Discharge: An increase in vaginal discharge is normal during pregnancy. A white to clear discharge is normal. If burning, itching, or a foul odor occurs, contact our office.

 

Varicose Veins: Take frequent rests with your feet elevated. Support hose are helpful. Do not wear tight-fitting knee-length hose or anything that constricts blood flow. Avoid sitting with your knees crossed, or sitting without moving your legs for long periods of time.

 

Yeast Infection: Monistat, Gynelotrimin. If symptoms persist, contact our office.