First trimester
Congratulations Mom to be! We are really excited and happy to hear such great news! Having a baby is such a wonderful and exciting life changing event. W e plan to be here, to help take care of you,  and support you every step of the way. Below is some information we thought might be  helpful, however if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us! We'd like you to start on folic acid right away if you haven't already. 
What to expect at your first appointment
We recommend being seen before your 13th week of pregnancy. At your first visit we will perform an ultrasound to confirm your gestational age (how far along you are) and calculate your estimated due date (EDD).  Also at the time of this visit we will perform a pap smear if indicated by your personal history, and blood work.
At the initial visit, several tubes of blood are collected to determine your blood type, antibodies, and the presence of certain infections that can be carried in the blood. HIV testing is offered to all pregnant women. NIPT testing or Noninvasive prenatal testing is a genetic test that can be done after your 9th week of pregnancy. Panorama screens for common genetic conditions that are caused by extra or missing chromosomes in the baby’s DNA. It can also detect your babies gender.

Your first visit will most likely be your longest visit. Make sure to write down any concerns prior to being seen, that way we can answer all of your questions.  You will be seen at four week intervals until 28-30 weeks. From 28-36 weeks, your visits will be every 2-3 weeks. Then you will be seen weekly for the rest of your pregnancy. There are circumstances that we may need to see you more often.
The first trimester is easily said to be the hardest of the three trimesters. Your body is going through rapid changes to provide nourishment to the baby even before test or exams can confirm the pregnancy.  As you adapt to these changes due to pregnancy hormones you may notice nausea, morning sickness, tender swollen breasts, increased urination, fatigue, dizziness, heartburn, and constipation.
Bleeding during pregnancy

About 25% of women will experience bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy. Ogden patients might experience spotting early in pregnancy that indicates the fertilized embryo has implanted onto the uterus. However, if you are experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding during pregnancy or pelvic pain contact our Ogden office as soon as possible. These could be signs of an early miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy

Frequently asked questions in pregnancy
Q: Is it safe to dye my hair in pregnancy?
 A: Yes

Q: Is it safe to have sex?
A: Yes, sexual activity is safe for most women right up until labor begins 
unless you have a high-risk condition and your doctor has advised against it. Be aware that you may notice some spotting afteryou have intercourse.
Q: Is it safe to eat fish?
A: You should limit your fish to 12oz per week and avoid 
shark, swordfish, and mackerel altogeher.
Q: What about the safety of other types of food?
A: You should not eat undercooked or raw animal
foods such as coldcut meats, hotdogs, fish, shellfish,
upasteurized cheeses or eggs.
Q: May I ride amusement park rides?
A: No
Q: Should I store umbilican cord blood?
A: There are many questions about this technology that 
remains unanswered. The odds of your child needing a 
stem cell transplant are low, estimated to be between
1 in 1,000 to 1 in 200,000 by the age of 18.  You should not feel guilty if you are not able or  eager to invest large sums of money in such a speculative venture.
Q: May I travel during pregnancy?
A: Although there are certain conditions
in which your doctor may restrict travel, it is generally
safe to travel until 36 weeks. If you are traveling
by car, be sure to schedule frequent stops to stretch
your legs and emtpy your bladder.
Q: May I use a tanning bed while pregnant?
A: No. The dramatic rise in cases of melanoma (a
deadly type of skin cancer) indicate that tanning is
dangerous whether or not you are pregnant. 
Q: Can I paint while pregnant?
A: You should only use latex paints (in well ventilated rooms) and avoid oil based paints. Be extremely careful climbing on 
ladders because of the changes in your center of gravity makes  you more likely to fall. 

Medication use in pregnancy:
Here's a list of some common medications which can be used during pregnancy.
In general, all medications should be used only when necessary. It's important that you inform your
physician of any medications you are taking on a routine basis.
Claritin D
Thorat Lozenges
Saline Nosedrops
Yeast infection:
Monistat 7 day

Stool Softeners/Laxatives:
Milk of Magnesia

Extra Strengh Tylenol

Vitamin B6 100mg 3 times/day
Ginger Root
Clear Liquids


Preparation H

Ice Packs 
Second Trimester