Common Questions

We have listed answers to some of the common questions you might have regarding your health or the health of your baby during pregnancy.

Pregnancy - Over the Counter Medications

pain

Tylenol, regular or extra strength. Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or other pain medications unless prescribed by your doctor.

Colds, Congestion, Allergies

Robitussin DM, Triaminic DM cough syrup, chlor-trimeton, Sudafed, Claritan, Mucinex, Benadryl. Avoid medications containing alcohol, aspirin or zinc.

Constipation

Colace (twice daily), Surfak, Metamucil, Citrucel, Dulcolax, Miralax. Do not take castor oil!

Heartburn

Tums, Maalox, Mylanta, Pepcid, Tagamet, Prilosec, Zantac

Nausea

vitamin B6(100mg per day), Dramamine, emetrol. For persistant nausea and vomiting call the office.

Diarrhea

Kaopectate, Immodium. Do not take pepto-bismol



Pregnancy - Warning Signs

Call the office if you experience ANY of the following symptoms:

Fever greater than 101 degrees

Severe abdominal pain

Vomiting and unable to keep anything down for 24 hours

Vaginal bleeding (although mild bleeding is common and normal following intercourse)




Post Operative Instructions

Follow-up appointment

You should make your follow-up approximately 2 weeks following surgery.

Fever

Call if you develop a fever over 102 degrees

Pain

Some pain is normal following most surgical procedures. Your pain should be controlled by the pain medication prescription and should get better each day. Call the office for worsening or severe pain not relieved by the medication.

Bleeding

Some vaginal bleeding is expected following most gynecologic procedures. Hemorrhage type bleeding (soaking a pad every hour for two hours) is abnormal and you should call the office.

constipation

Can be a real problem following any surgery. You should take Colace (100mg) two or three times per day and drink plenty of fluids. Laxatives are not recommended as they are addicting and will cause worse abdominal cramping.

Incision Care

Showers rather than tub bathing. Keep the incision dry after bathing. Some redness is common but you should call the office if you notice increased redness and swelling and if you notice excessive drainage from the incision that requires a pad.