Is it safe to travel?
We generally recommend limiting travel in the last 8-10 weeks of your pregnancy. This is due to the risk of early labor and other potential problems that could arise while on a plane or in a different city. Air travel is safe during pregnancy, but we ask that you get out of your seat every few hours to stretch your legs to decrease any risk of blood clots forming. The same holds true for long car trips. Please call with any specific questions regarding travel or if you are traveling out of the country.
Is it safe to have intercourse?
Sex during pregnancy is safe for you and the baby. The baby is proteted by the amniotic fluid and by your abdomen. Some women with high-risk pregnancies are advised to avoid intercourse duringi pregnancy. We will tell you if this is a concern for your pregnancy
How often will I see the doctor?
At the time of your first visit (or soon thereafter), please schedule appointments at least up to your 20 week visit and ultrasound. After that point in time, your visits will rotate through all the doctors in the group. It is our hopes that you will meet all of the doctors prior to delivery, since we do function as a team providing your healthcare.
Who will deliver my baby?
During the daytime hours, if your doctor is available, they will be present for your delivery. At night and on the weekend, all the doctors share call. This means on average your doctor is on call one night a week and one weekend a month. If your primary doctor is not available the on-call physician will be the one to take care of you.
When will the baby come?
Remember that when we give you a due date, this is just an estimation of when your baby will arrive. Rarely will babies be born exactly on that given date. If this is your first baby, unless there are medical reasons to deliver a baby earlier, we try to be patient and allow nature to start the labor process. This means that you may be pregnant after your due date. At a certain point, if you still haven’t gone into labor on your own, we will “induce” your labor to start. This typically occurs at around 7-10 days (and no more than 2 weeks) after your official due date. If this is not your first baby, you and your primary doctor may choose to pick a day around your due date to schedule a delivery (elective induction of labor). We typically do this in the week prior to your due date but no sooner that 7 days before your official due date. If this is something you would be interested in, please discuss it with us towards the end of your pregnancy.
What if I have additional questions or need to reach my doctor?
You can reach a doctor for medical advice during office hours. Please be specific with your question or concern at the time of your phone call to better facilitate a timely response to your questions. Non-urgent issues will typically be dealt with by one of the Nurse Practioners or physician Assistants in our office within the day. If you feel that you have an urgent/emergent issue please make this aware to our office staff so we can assist you in a timely fashion.
After hours or on weekends, our answering service will help connect to with the covering doctor. Please use our standard office number (312) 943-0282 and follow the menu. You will press #5