Complete OB Care

  • Ultrasounds
  • Vaginal and cesarean delveries
  • Routine prenatal care
  • High risk pregnancies

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Tips for your pregnancy

 
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Pregnancy

One of the most exciting and special times in a woman's life is pregnancy! From routine to high risk OB care, Dr. Cory Johnson and his caring staff are with you every step of the way to make sure you and your baby are safe. After many months of participating in your prenatal care, we look forward to meeting each and every baby!

Expected Prenatal Course

Your first visit with us will be with a medical assistant to gather and record your medical history.  Your first visit with the doctor should be around 8 weeks.  You will be seen every 4 weeks after your initial visit until 32 weeks, every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, then weekly until delivery.  You may be seen more frequently based on your personal history or if complications arise.  What you should expect at EVERY visit:

  • Assessment of your baby's heartbeat (by either Doppler or ultrasound)
  • You will be asked to leave a urine sample to check for glucose and proteins
  • Weight, blood pressure and other vital signs
  • Review of all current medications

At your first visit with Dr. Johnson (about 8 weeks)

  • Full physical exam, including breast exam
  • Ultrasound for dates if indicated
  • Pelvic exam, Pap smear and cultures
  • Initial OB labs if not already done

12-13 Weeks

  • Nuchal Translucency screening-if desired

16-18 Weeks

  • Quad Marker or AFP blood test-if desired
  • Schedule 20 week anatomy ultrasound

20 Weeks

  • Anatomy ultrasound (usually at hospital)

24-26 Weeks

  • Screening for gestational diabetes and anemia

28 Weeks

  • Rhogam injection (if blood type Rh negative)
  • Kick counts (10 kicks/movements in one hour!)
  • Sign up for birthing classes at hospital if desired

35-36 Weeks

  • Culture for Group B strep
  • Screening for anemia
  • Cervical check if desired
  • Schedule remaining weekly appointments

Medications in Pregnancy

While we recommend limiting all medications during pregnancy, there may be times you need relief from common pregnancy symptoms, colds, or other ailments. Please let us know about all medications you are taking while you are pregnant, including over-the-counter medications and vitamins/supplements. As a general rule herbal medications and remedies are not recommended due to lack of information on their effects in pregnancy.  The following will provide you with helpful information and safe medications for the indicated symptom. As always, if symptoms are not relieved easily please let us know so we can explore other options to get you feeling better!

Heartburn

  • Tums, Zantac (ranitidine) are both over-the-counter
  • Try eating smaller, more frequent meals

Headache

  • Stay hydrated! Keep a water bottle with you and refill it frequently, especially in warm weather
  • Do not skip meals. Eat small, healthy snacks throughout the day
  • Tylenol (regular or extra strength). NO aspirin or NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Naproxen, etc) unless directed by doctor
  • Get plenty of rest

Cold/Allergy Symptoms

  • Tylenol 
  • Plain Claritin (loratadine) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Robitussin DM-for sore throat or coughing
  • Saline nasal spray may help with congestion

Nausea/Vomiting

  • Try eating small, frequent meals and avoid an empty stomach
  • Bland foods: crackers, dry toast, plain popcorn, dry cereal. AVOID spicy foods.
  • Hydration is most important so focus on keeping water down in small sips
  • There are several prescription medications we can offer, please let us know

Back Pain

  • Wear low heeled, comfortable shoes
  • Take frequent breaks if standing for long periods of time
  • Stop and stretch frequently during road trips
  • Heat or ice on your back
  • Warm baths (do NOT use hot tubs while pregnant)
  • Massage (only by someone specialized in maternity massage-we know a great one!)