Commonly Asked Questions in Pregnancy

Who will deliver my baby if my Doctor/Midwife is not on call?

Our Doctors/Midwives rotate call in the evenings and on the weekends. If your provider is not on call, another Doctor/Midwife will be available. We do not require you meet all the Doctors/Midwives that deliver at your hospital of choice, but if you would like to, you can. See the list of Doctors/Midwives available at each hospital in this packet.

Emergency/Problems after hours?

If you have a problem, you need to call your Doctors/Midwifes regular office phone number. Follow the directions and you will be transferred to an answering service and then the nurse on call will return your call. If you do not receive a call back within 30 minutes, please call again to verify your information with the answering service.

What can I expect of my routine appointments?

Normally you are seen once a month you reach 28 weeks. Then you are seen in 2 weeks, then weekly. We will check your weight, blood pressure, and collect a urine sample at each visit. We will collect labwork routinely at 15-18 weeks, 28 weeks, and at 35 weeks.

Can I go to the Dentist?

If you are having a dental problem, you may go to the dentist. Please give our office 24-hour notice for the nurse to prepare your Doctor's recommendation and limitations to give to your Dentist.

May I travel?

You may travel by car or by plane up until 35 weeks for a normal pregnancy. Please review with your Doctor/Midwife prior to purchasing any tickets. It is recommended that you stay hydrated and walk around every hour when traveling. It is also recommended that you take a copy of your records with you. Please give our office 24-hour notice to prepare them for you. Please check with Cruise lines as they have earlier restrictions when pregnant.

How many Ultrasounds to I get?

We generally do an ultrasound the first visit to confirm pregnancy and check accuracy of the dates in the first trimester. Then a complete ultrasound at 18-20 weeks for the purpose of checking the well being of your baby. If your baby cooperates with their position, we may be able to check the sex of your baby too. We also offer 3-D ultrasounds during your pregnancy. Please review the flyer in this packet.

May I color my hair or get artificial nails?

Usually approved after the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Can I go tanning?

Tanning is not recommended in pregnancy.

Amusement rides?

Amusement rides are not recommended for pregnant patients.

What do I do if I get into a car accident?

If you are involved in a car accident, you should always report first to the Emergency Room for evaluation of you and your baby.

Can I take a tour of the hospital?

The hospital does not have scheduled tours of the Birth Centers. You can obtain information on our website about both Cape Coral Hospital and Health Park.

Do I need to pre-register at the Hospital?

Yes, the form is included in your pregnancy packet. Please complete and mail in to the hospital no later than 28 weeks of your pregnancy.

How many people can be in my delivery room?

The hospital allows 3 support people for vaginal delivery, and 1 person for C-section. Please contact your hospital for further questions.

What Do I need to do if I want an Epidural?

If you are planning an Epidural for labor and have medical conditions that may affect this decision, please speak to an anesthesiologist prior to your admission to the hospital. You do not need to register or pre-pay for this service.

Can I exercise?

Exercise is permitted if low impact. No running or jumpy exercises. Yoga, Pilate's, and strength training is approved if you are having a routine pregnancy without complications. Make sure you stay hydrated and stop any activity that causes any cramping or spotting.

What are the diet recommendations for a pregnant woman?

Small frequent meals are encouraged. We also recommend drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day. A healthy variety is suggested from the food pyramid. No uncooked meats, sushi, or oysters. Please refer to the brochures provided about the consumption of fish, lunchmeats, and cheeses. No alcohol, caffeine, smoking or recreational drugs. Also limit artificial sweeteners to 1-2 servings a day.

What do I do if I need paperwork filled out for Disability/FMLA?

Please leave the paperwork with the office and give us some time to review with your Doctor/Midwife. Please allow us a few days to complete as we have several forms to fill out for other obstetrical patients. There is a fee for us to complete those forms: $10.00 for 1 page, $25.00 for 2 or more pages.

What do I do if I need a work/school excuse?

It is our office policy at PPC that you are seen and evaluated in an office visit prior to giving any work/school excuse. Please call the office for an appointment and you will be given an excuse at the time of visit.

When should I register for Childbirth Classes?

Due to class size and availabilities, you should call to register by your 18th -20th week of pregnancy. Classes need to be completed by around 28 weeks into your pregnancy.

Can I go in hot tubs/Jacuzzi’s?

Not recommended in the first 13 weeks. After the first trimester, you make take baths and use Jacuzzi's with a temperature no higher than 100 degrees and limit soaking times. Please have someone with you as you may become lightheaded and need assistance.

Can I have sex during pregnancy?

You may have sex throughout the pregnancy unless your Doctor/Midwife tells you otherwise. You may experience spotting and cramping for a short time after sex.

What should I do if I experience swelling?

Swelling in your feet and hands are common in pregnancy. Elevate the extremity above the heart and increase the amount of water your drinking. Also decrease the sodium intake in your diet and increase the protein. Remember, any foods packaged, canned, or frozen are generally higher in sodium. If you don't have any improvement in the swelling or also have headaches, dizziness, or any visual changes, you must notify the office right away.

What if I come in contact with someone with Chicken pox, Fifth’s disease, or CMV?

If you've had chicken pox or have been immunized, there is no concern for you or your baby. If you have not, avoid contact with that individual, or call the office for advice. If you have direct contact with an individual with Fifth's disease, call the office for an appointment and blood test.

What should I do if I have a rash?

Please call the office prior to coming in if you have a rash. We want to protect other patients if you have something that might be contagious. A nurse will instruct you on what to do.

What is Cord Blood Banking?

It is a birthing option that enables parents to have their newborns' cord blood collected and cryopreserved for future use. To get more information, visit WebMD and search "cord blood banking". There is a fee for the Doctor/Midwife to collect cord blood. Check with the office for fees.