As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, we are required to release all lab and test results immediately. This means you might see your results in the Patient Portal prior to them being reviewed by your provider.
These reports can contain words that are hard to understand and/or show unexpected results. Rest assured, your results will be reviewed by a provider, and the results and recommendations will be communicated to you via the Patient Portal, by phone, or during a follow up visit.
Please be mindful of the fact that some results might be difficult for you to interpret accurately and might result in stress (perhaps unnecessarily). If you have a concern that cannot wait, please send a message through our Patient Portal or call our office to discuss.
Additionally, certain results that are interpreted by your provider as normal might only be relayed through our Patient Portal rather than by phone unless you initiate a call to our office.
Women’s Health Advantage is proud to be independent and physician owned. This allows our physicians to perform surgeries and deliveries at Lutheran, Dupont, and Parkview Regional Hospitals, giving our patients their choice of convenient, professional locations.
Our independent status also means we accept ALL types of insurance, including Signature Care. For a complete list of accepted insurances, visit our Administrative Resources page and scroll down to the FAQs.
We encourage Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters when eligible for all pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and women planning to become pregnant. Please call our office during normal business hours to alert us of your positive COVID-19 status and to obtain any additional follow-up recommendations from your physician. Normal business hours are Monday—Friday 8:30 am—4:30 pm. If you are facing a medical emergency, go directly to the emergency room.
For mild COVID-19 symptoms (examples include — MILD cough, congestion, body aches, low-grade fever, sore throat, runny nose):
• You may safely take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce your fever.
• It is important to stay well hydrated. We recommend drinking a gallon of water daily during pregnancy.
• Get plenty of rest to help your body fight the virus.
• Take your prenatal vitamin daily.
• Start taking one baby aspirin (81mg) daily unless you are already on a blood thinner, are allergic to aspirin, or have a known clotting or blood disorder. (Blood thinners include medications such as Heparin or Lovenox. Please check with your pharmacist if you are concerned about taking aspirin with any of your prescription medications or supplements).
• Please make sure your prenatal vitamin includes Vitamin D, C and Zinc and you are taking it daily.
• It is suggested that you move and walk frequently, as much as able.
• Follow isolation recommendations.
• Proceed immediately to the hospital if you have any concerns with your pregnancy. (Examples include — contractions, fluid loss, decreased fetal movement. If you are 24 weeks along or more and are concerned about decreased fetal movement, please reference the directions at the bottom of this section on how to check for appropriate fetal movement)
For severe COVID-19 symptoms (examples include — shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever of 102 degrees or higher, chest pain, confusion):
• Proceed immediately to the hospital for evaluation and treatment.
• Proceed immediately to the hospital if you have any concerns with your pregnancy (Examples include — contractions, fluid loss, decreased fetal movement. If you are 24 weeks along or more and are concerned about decreased fetal movement, please reference the directions at the bottom of this information on how to check for appropriate fetal movement)
Other treatment options may be appropriate if your family practice provider or emergency room provider determines you qualify:
• Monoclonal antibody treatments – These could help the immune system recognize and respond more effectively to the virus – but currently, due to supply issues, pregnancy status alone may not be enough to receive this treatment.
• Oral or IV antiviral medications – These target specific parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can help reduce its multiplication and spread through the body.
Decreased fetal movement:
• Your baby’s movements may feel like a fluttering or rolling sensation in your belly or a kick.
• There is no set number of movements that is considered normal. If you monitor your baby’s movements daily, you will learn what is normal for your baby.
• If there is a decrease in your baby’s movements, your baby is likely well. However, if you feel there is a change to your baby’s normal pattern, please seek evaluation.
• If this occurs during normal business hours, you can call our office to make an appointment for evaluation. If it occurs when our office is closed, please go to the hospital. Normal business hours are Monday—Friday 8:30 am—4:30 pm.
• Do not use a handheld Doppler on your own. Only detecting a heartbeat does not necessarily mean your baby is well.
• Do not worry about inconveniencing anyone. We are here to support your pregnancy.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) now recommend COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant and breastfeeding individuals.
• Vaccination is safe and effective for pregnant people
• COVID-19 infections put pregnant people at increased risk of severe complications
• If you are pregnant and would like to schedule your COVID-19 vaccination, please visit this page.
• Your provider at Women’s Health Advantage will discuss the vaccine with you if you are interested. No patient is obligated to receive the vaccine—we encourage you to discuss it with your provider to make your own decision.
Getting the COVID vaccine as soon as possible is the safest choice for most people. However, vaccine trial tests have not yet been completed for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
We encourage pregnant women to review the most recent information regarding pregnancy and the vaccine, available here.