Generations OBGYN Springboro Ohio

FAQ’s

 

DIET, NUTRITION, AND EXERCISE

•We encourage drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water per day; this should be increased in the summer months.

•Average weight gain during your pregnancy should be 25-35 pounds depending on your body type. You only need 300 extra calories per day while pregnant. Remember: you are NOT eating for two!

•You can eat most foods.

•You should avoid uncooked fish. Please avoid shark, mackeral and tile fish altogether.

•You can eat lunchmeat as long as it is warmed or cooked.

•Try to eat a well balanced diet.

•If you exercised before your pregnancy, you may continue to exercise. If you wish to start a new exercise program, consider light aerobics, walking, biking, or elliptical machine. You may also lift light weights. We recommend that you keep your heart rate below 140. Remember, if it hurts, don’t do it!

MEDICATION USE

•Not all medications can be considered completely safe during pregnancy. This is a list of medications that we consider to be safe during pregnancy. If you have any questions on what you can take, please ask!

•HEADACHE/BACKACHE: Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol (avoid Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Aleve)

•CONGESTION: Sudafed, Actifed, Tylenol Cold, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec

•COUGH: Plain Robitussin; Chloroseptic Throat Spray

•HEARTBURN: Tums, Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Pepcid, Prilosec, Tagamet

•NAUSEA/VOMITING: Emetrol, Dramamine, Vitamin B6

•CONSTIPATION: Colace, Fibercon, Metamucil, Dulcolax

•DIARRHEA: Imodium AD

•HEMORRHOIDS: Preparation H, Anusol cream or suppositories, Tucks

THINGS TO AVOID

•Do not clean the kitty litter box (risk of toxoplasmosis)

•Do not use hot tubs, saunas or whirlpools that are over 100 degrees

•Avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drug use

•Limit caffeine (1-2 cups a day), salt and NutraSweet

•Tanning beds – spray tanning is OK

•It is OK to have your hair colored or highlighted

FOR NAUSEA WE RECOMMEND…

•Small, frequent meals

•Saltine crackers

•Ginger ale or ginger snaps

•Vitamin B6

•Don’t eat and drink at the same time

•If you have severe vomiting (multiple times per hour or a decrease in your urine output), please notify us

REASONS TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE HOPSITAL:

•Decreased fetal movement – If you are not feeling the baby move as usual, we recommend that you drink a 32 ounce glass of water, lie down on your left side and count how many times that baby moves in one hour. The baby should move at least 6 times during that hour. If you still aren’t feeling the baby move well, you should go to the hospital. This is effective only after you are feeling the baby move on a regular basis.

•Vaginal bleeding - If you have bright red bleeding that requires you change a pad every hour or if it is heavier than you are comfortable with, go to the hospital.

•Leaking fluid - If you feel a gush of fluid from the vagina or a persistent leaking, you need to be evaluated for ruptured membranes (water is broken).

•Contractions - If you start having contractions that are painful (can’t walk, talk or laugh through them), lasting about one minute each, and are coming every 3-5 minutes for 1 - 2 hours, you need to go to the hospital. If you are under 36 weeks pregnant, you need to go to the hospital sooner to evaluate and treat preterm labor.

•Headache - If you have a headache for several hours that doesn’t improve with Tylenol or is associated with blurry vision or upper abdominal pain, you need to go to the hospital.

CORD BLOOD BANKING

Some couples decide to bank their babies cord blood. Stem cells from the blood of the baby’s umbilical cord may be useful in treating a future life-threatening disease. This is a personal decision. It is associated with an initial cost plus a yearly storage fee. More information can be found on the websites of the following companies:

•CBR – Cord Blood Registry: www.cordblood.com

•ViaCord: www.viacord.com

PEDIATRICIANS, PRENATAL CLASSES, HOSPITAL INFORMATION

•You should choose a pediatrician before the baby is born. We can provide a list upon request. You may want to talk to your family and friends for recommendations. Make sure you check that the pediatrician is covered on your insurance plan!

•If you are interested in birthing, parenting or sibling classes, they are offered at Southview Hospital – contact the hospital by 20-24 weeks for more information.  You can register online at http://www.kmcnetwork.org/southviewob/

•You are encouraged to sign up for the Parent Review (a weekly email that will tell you about each week of gestation and each week of the baby’s first year) www.theparentreview.com

•Your doctors are affiliated with Southview Hospital.  http://www.kmcnetwork.org/southviewob/

• Southview Hospital – Centerville, Ohio; tours of the maternity unit are conducted every Monday night at 7pm – just show up in the waiting room a little before 7pm for your tour – no appointment necessary.