• www.acog.org
  • This is the website for The American Cuolege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • Go to the “For Patients” tab. There are many topics under “Pregnancy” and “Labor, Delivery and Postpartum Care.”
  • This is a trusted source of information. Please be careful of other sources on the Internet including websites and social media. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet. 
  • Moderate-intensity exercise is recommended for 30 minutes/day at least 5 times per week in uncomplicated pregnancies. This could include walking, jogging, stationary biking, swimming, and modified Pilates/yoga, for example. Light weight training is acceptable. Listen to your body during exercise and don’t over-exert yourself. Drink plenty of water and avoid becoming over-heated. Avoid activities with a high risk of falling or causing trauma to your abdomen (contact sports, snow skiing, kick-boxing or horseback riding, as examples).
  • There is more information on the above mentioned ACOG website. 

You can have sex unless you are having complications or sex becomes too uncomfortable. A few non-painful contractions are normal after intercourse. There are certain obstetrical situations for which a woman should not have sex, but this will be discussed with you by your provider should one of these occur.

It is unclear whether large amounts of caffeine can increase the risk of miscarriage. It is believed that having less than 200 mg of caffeine (one 12-ounce cup of coffee) a day is safe. 

  • Please refer to our booklet or the www.acog.org website for a more thorough discussion of proper food preparation and reasoning behind the recommended dietary changes in pregnancy. This list is meant to be a quick reference guide of what foods to avoid or limit in pregnancy:
  • Avoid unpasteurized milk and foods made with unpasteurized milk such as imported soft cheeses (soft cheeses made with pasteurized milk are safe).
  • Avoid hot dogs, luncheon meats, and cold cuts unless they are heated until steaming hot just before serving.
  • Avoid raw and undercooked seafood, eggs and meat.
  • Avoid sushi made with raw fish. Cooked sushi is safe.
  • Avoid refrigerated pate and meat spreads.
  • Avoid refrigerated smoked seafood.
  • Avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, marlin, orange roughy and tilefish.
  • Limit white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces a week.
  • Fish and shellfish that are allowed in pregnancy include shrimp, salmon, catfish and Pollock. 

Hair coloring can be performed during pregnancy. It should always be done in a well-ventilated area. If possible, avoid treatments in the first trimester (until 14 weeks).

A screening ultrasound is usually performed around 20 weeks. Generally the sex can be determined at this time, as long as the baby cooperates. Of course, you can choose to not find out.

If you choose to have genetic testing performed, you can find out the sex simultaneously as early as nine weeks.

Yes, you can certainly arrange for a tour of the hospital, if you desire. You can contact the hospital(s) directly to set this up. Contact numbers are located on our Resources page.

  • These are completely optional. Some women find it extremely helpful to take these classes. Others choose not to take them. Whichever is the case, just know that the providers at Women’s Health Advantage along with excellent teams at the hospitals will be there to guide you through each step during your pregnancy, and labor and delivery process. Additionally, lactation consultants are available during the postpartum period for assistance.
  • Should you choose to participate in classes, you can contact the hospital directly to set this up. Contact numbers are located on our Resources page.

As we strive to provide individualized care, we recognize that different women have different expectations and preferences. Although deliveries do not always go, “according to plan”, we recognize that you may have certain preferences that you would like for us to know and discuss. Please let us know if you are interested so that we may coordinate a consultation with a Birth Navigator to begin this dialogue.

VBAC may certainly be an option for you. There are certain factors to take into consideration when weighing the pros and cons. Some women are excellent candidates to attempt VBAC, while others are not, for various reasons. The physicians at Women’s Health Advantage will provide individualized and thorough counseling to help guide you as you make your decision.

  • There is a reasonable chance that your own physician will deliver your baby, but it is not guaranteed. You will, however, be delivered by one of the physicians (or midwife) from Women’s Health Advantage. At the present time, we have a call system in place where four WHA physicians are on call on any given night, one for each of the four hospitals including Dupont Hospital, Parkview Regional Medical Center, Lutheran Hospital and Dekalb Hospital. Please note that our physicians do NOT deliver at or go to Parkview Randallia, so please do not go there.
  • Sometimes our physicians’ schedules are flexible and allow for a greater chance that you will have your own doctor for delivery.

Some health insurance companies will cover a breast pump. Please check with your insurance if you are interested in purchasing one. The company may require that our office fax an order. If so, please let us know at any of your appointments.

  • You will be notified of normal test results via your preferred choice of communication (such as text or email).
  • Other results will be reviewed with you at a follow up appointment or by phone.
  • Many of the test results will also be available online if you set up an account at MyHealthRecord.com