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FAQs

What medications are safe or not safe during pregnancy?

IMPORTANT: If you are unsure about a medication that is not listed below, have questions about a medication, or if you are presently taking any prescription or non-prescription medication (not discussed here), PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AND SPEAK WITH A NURSE OR PRACTITIONER.

You should NOT take any ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN OR NAPROXEN SODIUM unless specifically directed by your obstetrical practitioner or nursing staff. The following are examples (not a complete list):

  • Common brand names that contain aspirin are: Anacin, Aspergum, Bayer, Ecotrin, Empirin, Excedrin
  • Common brand names that contain ibuprofen are: Advil and Motrin
  • Common brand names that contain naproxen sodium are: Aleve, Nuprin, and Anaprox
  • Routine X-Rays should also be avoided during pregnancy.

The following medications ARE allowed anytime during pregnancy:

  • Antacids: Maalox, Mylanta, Tums
  • Antibiotics: Amoxicillin, Erythromycin, Penicillin, and Zithromax
  • Novacaine
  • Cough preparations: Robitussin DM, Triaminic
  • Cough drops
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in accordance with the directions provided on the label

The following medications should generally only be taken AFTER 13 WEEKS gestation:

  • Cold/Allergy medication: Actifed, Benadryl, Chlortrimeton, Dimetapp, Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus, Tylenol Cold, and Afrin Nasal Spray
  • Allergy shots

What should do if I have spotting or bleeding?

If you have any bleeding, with or without cramping, please call our office for further evaluation.  Pink or brown spotting or even heavier bleeding may occur during the first three months in any pregnancy. This is sometimes caused by implantation or by irritation of the cervix after sexual relations.

Should I receive a flu vaccine during pregnancy?

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for any woman pregnant during flu season - please contact your primary care provider for the vaccine.  Click here to access our flu resource page for pregnant women

Where can I get prenatal vitamins?

Prenatal vitamins are available by prescription or over the counter. You can fill your prescription at your pharmacy and take them throughout your pregnancy. If you need a refill on a vitamin prescription, please call during office hours.

How should I take my prenatal vitamin?

It is recommended that vitamins be taken 1-3 hours after a meal. For best absorption, it is best not to take vitamins with calcium rich foods.

Is there a substitute for prenatal vitamins?

If you are unable to tolerate prenatal vitamins, you can substitute any daily multivitamin.

How can I reduce nausea and maintain a healthy diet?

It is important that you give your baby an excellent start by eating a well balanced diet. If you are experiencing nausea and/or vomiting, we suggest that you eat small, frequent meals and increase your protein intake. Vitamin B-6 supplements of 25-50 mgs (available over the counter) can be taken each day; this may help reduce nausea/vomiting. NOTE: If you are unable to hold down anything in a 24-hour period, please notify us.

Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Walking, swimming, stationary bike riding, or prenatal yoga are our preferred choices of exercise. If you are accustomed to a more rigorous exercise program, please discuss this with your practitioner at your first visit.

Should I avoid alcohol, caffeine and tobacco product?

Avoid all alcohol and tobacco throughout your pregnancy.  Products containing caffeine should be used in moderation.

Are hair coloring and perming safe during pregnancy?

Hair perming and coloring is allowed AFTER 13 weeks gestation.

What should I do about my eye and dental care during pregnancy?

Women should continue with their routine dental and eye care during pregnancy.

Should I contact BOGG for all medical issues during pregnancy?

For illnesses not related to the pregnancy such as respiratory or ear infections please contact your primary care provider (PCP).

When will I hear the baby’s heartbeat?

We routinely listen for the baby's heartbeat at your obstetrical physical appointment around 12 weeks gestation although it may not be audible at that point in your gestation.  Thereafter, we check the heartbeat at each routine visit.   

When will I know the sex of my baby?

It is up to you if you would like us to share our interpretation of the sex of your baby. This is usually possible at your 18-20 week fetal ultrasound scan. 

Can my partner or another support person come with me to my appointments?

Absolutely! 

Do your practitioners perform C-Sections?

Our obstetricians perform cesarean sections when medically necessary. 

Do your practitioners perform home births?

We do not perform home births.  We perform deliveries at Baystate Medical Center and will support your personal decisions throughout your labor and delivery with experienced medical guidance.  The labor and delivery unit at Baystate Medical Center offers excellent personalized facilities, specialists when needed, and the area's best Neonatal Intensive Care Unit if necessary. 

Can I have an ultrasound appointment to see my baby?

Our ultrasound appointments are for medical purposes only.  We do not offer separate non-medically oriented ultrasound appointments to obtain images of your baby.  

 

Our staff is here to address your personal needs.  If you have additional concerns or questions, please contact our office! 
 

 

 

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