Patient Education

We consider patient education to be among our most important tasks, so that our patients can take an active role in maintaining their well-being. Each OB patient is given a packet of information at the first OB visit. Please refer to your packet for answers to many of your concerns. For GYN and/or surgery patients, we have an extensive selection of patient education materials to aid you in understanding your condition, questions or concerns.

Advice For Early Pregnancy

NO self-medications, recreational drugs, over-the-counter medications such as nose sprays, aspirin, diet pills, Advil, Nuprin, or megadoses of vitamins. Call first for advice on any medications.

AVOID :

  • Immunizations
  • Kitty litter, raw meat, gardening without gloves
  • Large amounts of all artificial sweeteners (Nutrasweet, diet sodas, etc.)
  • Large amounts of caffeine (Coke, coffee, tea, sodas, chocolate)
  • X-rays
  • Chemical fumes and/or Pesticides
  • Fasting (no more than 3-4 hours between meals)
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking and second-hand smoke (including marijuana)
  • Hot tubs, saunas with temperature setting above 100 degrees
  • Douching
  • Tampons. No intercourse if spotting

COPING WITH NAUSEA:

  • Eat frequent small meals (every 2 hours)
  • Crackers or fruit upon arising
  • Eat protein at bedtime
  • Ginger capsules one in AM and one at bedtime
  • Seltzer with ginger – sips
  • Seabands
  • Chamomile tea, Ginger root tea, Peppermint tea, Raspberry tea
  • Vitamin B6, 50 mg, one in AM and one at bedtime.

MEDICATIONS YOU CAN TAKE AFTER THE FIRST TRIMESTER:

Although it is best not to take any medications during your pregnancy, there may be times when medications are necessary for the relief of certain common conditions. The following is a list of “over the counter” medications that can be taken, if needed, after the first trimester of pregnancy:

Tylenol, Actifed, Sudafed, Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetapp, Robitussin DM, Tums, Mylanta, Metamucil, Preparation H, Colace (stool softener only), Chloraseptic spray, cough drops.

TAKE ALL MEDICATIONS AS DIRECTED AND DO NOT EXCEED MAXIMUM DAILY DOSES. If the condition for which you are taking the medication does not improve within one or two days, call our office.


LINKS:

Cookeville Regional Medical Center
http://www.crmchealth.org

Robotic Surgery
http://www.daVincihysterectomy.com

American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications In Office ESSURE Sterilization
http://essure.com

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/zika/Zika Virus