Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for choosing Facey Medical Group’s Women’s Health team for your medical care. We look forward to working with you to ensure a safe, healthy outcome for you and your baby. Before you come in for your first visit, please print out and complete our medical history form. We want you to be able to spend as much time with your provider as possible, so please take care to fill it out as completely as possible. Having the most detail possible will help us to provide you with the best prenatal care.
We feel truly privileged to have the opportunity to be with you during the delivery of your baby. The chance to share in this special experience is one of the best aspects of our work. Our medical group uses a team-based approach to providing you with complete medical coverage during your pregnancy and delivery, and we want to make sure you understand how our physician coverage at the hospital, known as “call,” works.
Since each of us cannot be available at all times, we rotate call responsibility to provide a dedicated physician to the obstetric service every day and night. This ensures round-the-clock hospital coverage to you when you are in labor and minimizes the cancellation of scheduled appointments at Facey offices. It also means that a Facey ob-gyn physician other than the one you regularly see during your prenatal visits might deliver your baby.
We'll provide you with a detailed packet of pregnancy information when you come in for your first office visit. And until your first visit happens, we'd like you to follow these general guidelines to ensure your baby's health during pregnancy.
We encourage members of your family and friends to be involved in your pregnancy. Please bring another adult to help supervise any young children who accompany you on your first visit, and to any scheduled ultrasound appointments.
Prenatal Vitamins: If you are not already taking prenatal vitamins, please start now. You will need folic acid, 0.8mg daily. We recommend over-the-counter vitamins. We also recommend DHA supplements (omega fatty acid), 200 mg daily. Do not take fish oil.
Medications and supplements: Medications and supplements should be avoided in pregnancy, especially during the first 12 weeks. We will provide a list of safe medications and supplements at your first visit. You can also find this list here.
Diet: We recommend a healthy, balanced diet. Most pregnant women need only an additional 300 calories a day. Minimize caffeine. Consume no more than one cup of coffee or 12 oz. of soda daily. Avoid any alcohol, smoking or illegal drug use, including marijuana. You can find more detailed nutrition information in our health library at: bit.ly/fmgobfood.
Exercise & Activities: Exercise is very beneficial for pregnant women. Remember, you should be able to carry on a conversation while exercising. Avoid overheating and stay well-hydrated. Do not use hot tubs or saunas while you are pregnant. Interior painting, hair coloring, perms and manicures are fine with proper ventilation.
Toxoplasmosis: Toxoplasmosis is an infection carried in cat feces, raw meat and unpasteurized milk. Because there is a risk of exposure to toxoplasmosis from cat litter, we recommend that you avoid cleaning the litter box. If your cat is strictly an indoor cat, you are probably not at risk. We also recommend that you avoid consuming raw meat or unpasteurized milk.