Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get in touch with the On Call doctor?
If you believe you are in labor, and our office is open, please call and Press 0 To tell our secretary that you think you are in labor. If our office is closed or in lunch break call our answering service 919-831-5593 tell your name ,DOB and how many weeks PREGNANCY and EXPECTED DATE OF Delivery to person who takes call and they will page on call Doctor. If any difficulty with 919-851-3480/342-5383 then call 919-831-5593 directly if you think you are in labor or need immediate medical assistance. Wait 10-15 min if no response call answering service back. If still no response you can go to the nearest hosiptal if you are already more than 32 weeks. If less than 20 weeks go to ER.
What are the signs of Labor?
Labor is defined by regular contractions causing cervical change. Contractions will typically start far apart and progressively become more frequent and stronger over time. As contractions become closer, they will also increase in intensity and duration. Once you begin to have contractions, typically they last one minute from the start to the end of the contraction. Once they are every 5 minute frequency for 1 give us a call and let us know. Your water may break once this process has begun or before you show any signs of labor. If your water breaks at any time, let us know so that we may advise you further. No need to rush to hospital if water breaks unless it is preterm ,give us a call will advise you to come to hospital. Finally, if you have any heavy bleeding towards the end of your pregnancy and startt coming to hospital . please call us immediately
What do I need to do if I think I am in labor?
It is important that you call us if you think you might be in labor. We can often help you determine where you are in labor and whether you need to be seen. If we determine that you need to be seen, we will call to make the arrangements. Please call our answering service after hours and in Lunch break and holidays.
What do I need to do if I am scheduled for Induction of labor?
Please come womens Pavillion at scheduled time and no need to be fasting allowed to eat normally before admission.
What do I need to do if I am scheduled for C-section or any Surgery ?
Please arrive 2 hours before your scheduled C-section or Surgery time . And do not eat or drink anything 8 hours before your scheduled C-sec or surgery.
What can I use for pain control during labor?
Pain control options are numerous. They range from breathing techniques and meditation to epidurals. Most people don’t know what will work for them until they are actually in labor. So, it is important to keep your options open. Natural methods may include techniques such as controlled breathing, use of the birthing ball, Jacuzzi baths, showers, reflexology massage, and acupuncture. These methods might not be adequate for all people. Pharmacological methods include the use of narcotic analgesics and epidural anesthesia. All of these methods are safe during labor.
When do I register at the hospital?
We will provide you the hospital registration material at your OB visit. We encourage you to register no later than 20 to 25 weeks.
What if I am older than age 35 at the time of delivery?
It is at the age of 35 where the risk of having a child affected by a chromosomal abnormality is equivalent to the risk of having a complication as a result of aggressive testing such as amniocentesis. It is therefore at this age that aggressive testing like amniocentesis and chorionic villious sampling is offered. Because of the risk associated with these more aggressive procedures many patients do not choose to do this testing initially. Other options can include first trimester ultrasound screening, serum screening, and detailed second trimester ultrasound. These tests when combined can help detect up to 85-95% of pregnancies affected by chromosomal abnormalities. Amniocentesis remains the gold standard detecting greater than 99% of chromosomal abnormalities.
When is it safe to travel by air during pregnancy?
Air travel is safe for most women up to 32-36 weeks of gestation. Most US carriers allow domestic travel up to this time. It is important to check with your individual carrier to determine their rules. Most international airlines allow travel up to 32 weeks of gestation. If you have any complications during your pregnancy, air travel may not be recommended. Please check with us to determine if air travel is recommended for you. If you are deemed to be a good candidate for air travel, several precautions can be taken to make your travel more comfortable. Gas producing food and drink should be avoided before scheduled flights. If you have nausea or air sickness, an anti-nausea medication may be helpful. Support stockings and movement of the lower legs may help to prevent blood clots in the legs. Since air turbulence cannot be predicted, seatbelts should be used continuously while seated. Seatbelts should be low on the hips below your belly.
When is it safe to travel by car during pregnancy?
The guidelines for automobile travel are very similar to that for air travel. In general, it is okay to travel up to 36 weeks, assuming that you have an uncomplicated pregnancy. It is important to keep in mind that if you do have complications while you are away, especially between 24 and 34 weeks, that require delivery of your baby, your baby may require an extended hospital stay, which may be very inconvenient for your family.
What are common over-the-counter medications that I can use during pregnancy?
It is best to avoid all over-the-counter medications during pregnancy, especially the first three months; however, if necessary, the following treatments are thought to be safe for you and your baby Please check list of medicines in our pregnancy guide.
. All herbal remedies should be avoided!
Please Check and verify with us all your current medications you are on .Some may need switch to deferent ones .Some may need to be discontinued.
Call your doctor IF:
- You can’t keep liquids down for 12-24 hours
- You have abdominal pain, dizziness, extreme weakness
- You have a fever of 100 degrees or higher
- You develop a rash
- You experience pain or burning with urination
- You cough up or blow out yellow or green-colored mucus
What types of fish should I avoid during pregnancy?
Certain types of fish may contain mercury. Fish thought to be the highest risk include shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. You can safely eat up to 12oz per week of shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish. If you prefer white albacore tuna then you may only eat 6oz per week. It is not recommended to eat raw fish at any time during pregnancy.
When do I pick a pediatrician?
We like you to have chosen a pediatrician by approximately your 32nd week. Once you come into the hospital in labor, the hospital staff will ask you which pediatrician you have chosen and they will alert their office of your delivery.