Healthy Pregnancy Tips from Your Eugene OB Gyn
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PREGNANCY!!!!
Pregnancy is a unique and exciting experience. You will notice many changes in your body as your pregnancy progresses, and you will have many questions. IF yuo choose your Eugene OB GYN from the doctors at Pacific Women’s Center, you will know that you’re working with experienced, caring providers. When you come in for your routine appointments, they will go over any specific questions you may have. You should call anytime that you have any concerns or problems between appointments. This packet will give you some general information about pregnancy and introduce you to our practice and how it works.
Our Eugene OB Gyns are Dr. Byrke Beller, Dr. Richard Beyerlein, Dr. Julie Haugen, Dr. Sara Gerhards, Dr. Sohee Williams. and Dr. Tamara Stenshoel. They all share “on call” coverage. They share a similar philosophy about the quality of care you deserve. All of these physicians have privileges at Sacred Heart hospital. Dr. Beller, Dr. Williams, Dr. Gerhards, and Dr. Beyerlein have privileges at McKenzie Willamette hospital. This means that you have freedom to decide where you would like to deliver based on your doctor. The nurses at both hospitals are caring, supportive, and specially trained in obstetrics.
The nurses here at Pacific Women’s Center are available to assist the doctors at the time of your appointments, answer your phone calls and provide current information regarding your pregnancy. They are an excellent resource for you should questions or complications arise.
We see Eugene OB GYN patients in the office Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 am. Please check with your nurse for your specific doctor’s hours. A doctor is always available daily in case of an emergency.
SUGGESTIONS FOR TREATING NAUSEA AND VOMITING IN PREGNANCY
Nausea and vomiting have long been recognized as a sign/symptom of early pregnancy. 60-85% of all women experience some degree of nausea. Textbooks suggest that most women experience nausea from 6 to 16 weeks. A low percentage of women experience nausea and vomiting throughout the entire pregnancy.
“Morning sickness” symptoms are not limited to the morning. Symptoms appear in the late afternoon and evening as well. Hypersensitivity to odors often contributes to the nausea.
Helpful suggestions from your Eugene OB GYN:
TIMING OF MEALS
Eating small, frequent meals (every 2 to 3 hours) instead of three large meals is helpful. You are more likely to feel nauseated when your stomach is empty. Think of this as “grazing.” Avoid eating and drinking at the same time. Save fluids until an hour or so after you have eaten something solid. If you feel like eating a regular meal, don’t overeat.
FOODS TO AVOID
Fats and greasy foods tend to upset the stomach. Avoid fried foods and foods cooked with oil or high fat meats. Limit or avoid butter, margarine, gravy, bacon, oils, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and pastries. Highly seasoned foods such as those cooked with garlic, onion, chili, and other spices may upset your stomach. Eat lightly seasoned foods. You may need to avoid fast-food restaurants for a while.
FOODS TO TRY
Think of what appeals to you at the moment. Sometimes it helps to run through a list of adjectives to determine what sounds good. For example, “salty” (chips/pretzels). “Tart/sour” (pickles, lemonade). “Earthy” (brown rice, mushroom soup). “Crunchy” (celery sticks, fresh apple). “Bland” (mashed potatoes, custard). “Soft” (bread, noodles). Sweet (cake, sugary cereal). Fruity (juices, popsicles). Wet (juice, seltzer). Dry (crackers).
Keep some appealing things on hand so that you can satisfy your craving immediately. A nutritious diet is important in pregnancy, but breaking the cycle of nausea and vomiting is important too. When the nausea has subsided, fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods will sound good.
ROUTINE LABORATORY TEST DURING PREGNANCY
The following tests are performed at your first prenatal visit:
Blood Tests: To determine your blood type and Rh and antibodies.
To test for Anemia, Syphilis, German measles immunity, Hepatitis B infection, HIV.
Urine tests: Yo test for protein, sugar or infection.
Vaginal Tests: To check for infection, Pap smear (if it is due).
At 16-18 weeks: Blood Test
Quad Marker Screen as described in this information sheet, if you choose.
At 24-28 weeks: Test repeated for anemia.
Glucola test to rule out gestational diabetes.
At 28 weeks: Repeat antibody screening test for Rh negative women.
At 36 weeks: Group B strep culture.
MEDICATIONS FOR PREGNANCY
Although it is best not to take any medications during your pregnancy, there may be times when medications are necessary for the relief of certain common conditions. This is a list of “over-the-counter” medications that are considered relatively safe for use in pregnancy. TAKE ALL MEDICATIONS AS DIRECTED, AND DO NOT EXCEED MAXIMUM DAILY DOSAGE. If the condition for which you are taking medication does not improve in 1 or 2 doses, call your physician to discuss the condition.
UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS:
Actifed (after first trimester)
Vick’s Vapor Rub
Hall’s or Vick’s Cough Drops
Milk of Magnesia
OB POLICY AND LABOR PROCEDURES GUIDELINES
The Eugene OB GYNs at Pacific Women’s Center, LLC want you to have an informative and pleasurable labor and delivery experience. Notify them when you believe you are in labor. Please call if you are experiencing any of the following:
Contractions every 5 minutes lasting for 1 minute AND continuing 1 hour or more. Contractions are measured from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next.
Your bag of water breaks (A large gush of clear fluid or continuous leaking of fluid for several hours).
If you believe you are otherwise going into labor.
Contact our office during the day at 541-342-8616. The office staff will page your physician or the physician on-call. They will call you back with instructions.
After office hours page your physician with the pager number provided to you by your doctor. Please be sure to DISCONNECT any caller ID restrictions whenever you are expecting a call from our office. If you don’t, the page from your physician may not reach you. (You can disconnect your caller identification restriction by pressing *87. To turn it back on, press *77).
If you have paged your physician directly and not received a call within 10 to 20 minutes, please call the office line for assistance. Or follow any individual instructions provided to you by your physician.
As with ANY emergency or urgent condition, go directly to the hospital to be evaluated if you have received no response from a physician and you believe that you should be seen.
Pacific Women’s Center’s Eugene OB GYNs recognize that this is an important time in your life.
They will make every attempt to follow your anticipated plans for the labor and delivery experience. However, there may be times when you will need to go to an alternate hospital. This typically happens when physicians must coordinate the care of multiple patients and need to arrange a common location. This may occur at either Sacred Heart Medical Center or McKenzie Willamette Hospital.