You’re pregnant, congratulations! But now what? Often the joy of a positive pregnancy test can cloud or clutter your mind with all sorts of excitement, questions, and concerns. At OBGYN Specialists of Columbus, we provide total healthcare during your pregnancy and beyond. Individualized care and years of experience are what set our team apart from the rest. So whether this is your first pregnancy or you have experienced this all before, we know you will have questions.
Here are the top four questions you may want to ask your obstetrician.
4 Questions to Ask at Your First Obstetrician Appointment
- What pregnancy symptoms are normal and what is an emergency? During the first trimester, women may experience various levels of nausea, fatigue as well as breast soreness, or tenderness. That being said, if you experience extreme nausea to the point of not being able to keep any food or liquids down, heavy bleeding, or severe cramping you should call your doctor. If you ever feel unsure do not hesitate to give our office a call.
- What medications can I take during my pregnancy? Whether you are currently taking prescriptions or are curious about which over-the-counter medications you can take during your pregnancy, discussing prescriptions and medications with your obstetrician is imperative. Your OB should know all the medications you are prescribed at your first appointment. While the list of over-the-counter medications is limited during pregnancy it is important to know what is safe and what you will want to stay away from for the next nine months. Contact your obstetrician with any questions regarding medications before you take it during your pregnancy. Here are a few over-the-counter medications that are commonly on the “safe list” for pregnant women:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for headache/pain/fever
- Vitamin B6 for nausea/vomiting
- Chlorpheniramine and tripelennamine for cold and allergy symptoms
- Fiber supplement for constipation
- Saline nasal spray for allergies
- Do I need to change my workout routine or eating habits? To have a healthy pregnancy, we suggest staying active. As always listen to your body. If you were a runner prior to pregnancy keep running. We don’t suggest picking up marathon running if you were not highly active previously. Some adjustments to your workout routine may vary further along in pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you ever question specific activities. As far as diet, there is no need to “eat for two” maintaining healthy eating habits is important to your baby’s growth and development. Raw fish and fish high in mercury are both diet items you will want to stay clear.
- Who will deliver my baby? Dr. Ruthann Rees OB patients are able to call her personal cell phone number for after-hours emergencies or urgent questions that cannot wait for regular office hours. Dr. Rees knows how important it is to have your own doctor attend your delivery. In the past 10 years, Dr. Rees has attended the delivery of over 99% of her Obstetric patients, so it is safe to say she will be there for you.
Obstetric Care You Can Trust
Dr. Ruthann Rees and her team at OBGYN Specialists of Columbus are ready to walk you through this incredible journey of new life. Conveniently located in midtown Columbus, Georgia our office is here for you and your growing family. Contact us to schedule your first obstetrician appointment today.