How do you calculate the due date of my pregnancy? Back to top
Assuming a 28 day menstrual cycle, the due date (EDC) is 280 days from the onset of the last period. A handy method to calculate it is to subtract three months and add seven days to the first day of the last period.
What is pre-eclampsia? Back to top
This is a complication of pregnancy characterized by elevated blood pressure, protein in the urine and abnormal swelling. It is a serious condition that can lead to eclamptic seizures. Early detection is important to protect both mother and baby.
Do sonograms harm my baby? Back to top
Ultrasound exams have been used for forty years and all the medical evidence says that they do not harm the fetus. Of course, sonograms should only be performed by trained medical personnel and for indicated reasons.
What is gestational diabetes? Back to top
This condition, as the name suggests, is elevated blood sugar due to the changes associated with pregnancy. All expectant mothers should be screened for diabetes during the mid-trimester.
Why do patients need a C-section? Back to top
The most common cause is the baby is too large to fit through the birth canal. Other causes are breech presentation, dysfunctional labor, maternal illness and fetal distress.
What can you do for pain control during delivery? Back to top
We have several medications available to alleviate discomfort during labor. Pain medications such as Stadol, sedatives such as anti-nausea medicine and epidural anesthesia help make your delivery safe and as comfortable as possible.
How long can I work and exercise during pregnancy? Back to top
As long as you are comfortable performing these activities, we encourage patients to continue their normal activities and will ask them to stop if medically necessary.
How long are sexual relations safe during pregnancy? Back to top
Assuming no medical problems with the pregnancy, you may continue relations as long as you are comfortable.
Is breastfeeding right for me? Back to top
We encourage all our patients to consider nursing their infants. Breastfeeding has many advantages for both mother and baby.
What about circumcision for my baby? Back to top
This is a personal decision for the parents. Circumcision is safe, but there are no medical indications for the procedure. Religious and cultural considerations are the main considerations.
How do I prevent mastitis? Back to top
Mastitis is an infection of the mother's breast. While painful and inconvenient during nursing, antibiotics usually cure the problem and you may continue to nurse your baby. Prevention includes breast shields, preparation of the nipples with lanolin ointment, and cleansing the area before nursing.
What medications are safe during pregnancy? Back to top
Many over-the-counter medicines are safe during pregnancy. Any prescription we use during your pregnancy are also safe. As always, if you have any question about your medicines, please discuss it with us.