Routine Prenatal Care
Your healthy pregnancy is our top priority at The Women’s Healthcare Group. Starting care early is important. We recommend that, ideally, your pre-baby care process should begin at your preconception phase. This enables you to prepare ahead of time for a pregnancy that is as healthy as possible. Your obstetrician, midwife, or nurse practitioner can advise you on how you can best prepare.
But if you become pregnant without going through a preconception phase of care, no worries—once you learn that you are pregnant, you can begin a proactive care regimen that includes:
- Prenatal vitamins
- A healthy diet
- Healthy exercise habits
- Use of pregnancy-safe medications
- Regular visits with your WHCG physician, midwife, or nurse practitioner
You will also find helpful information relevant to your prenatal care on the Medical Forms & Prenatal Education page on this website.
The WHCG delivers at Wellspan York Hospital. Hospital tours are encouraged in the third trimester so you and your loved ones can become familiar with the campus.
Safe Medications During Pregnancy
Your WHCG provider will closely review the medications that you take and make recommendations (consulting with your primary care or specialist physicians as needed) on what is essential for you to continue taking during pregnancy and what you should discontinue until after your baby is born.
However, you may still sometimes need to take certain medications for your comfort and health during pregnancy. The information below will help you understand what you can safely take occasionally for relief from colds, allergies, aches and pains, gastrointestinal symptoms, or pregnancy-specific symptoms such as morning sickness.
- Tylenol (regular, extra strength, or generic)
- Mylanta, Mylanta II
On the advice of your provider only, you may use:
For over-the-counter cold medications, check the labels carefully to ensure that they do not contain alcohol, sugar, caffeine, or aspirin. Medications that do not contain these ingredients may be taken as directed and for no more than seven days. If your symptoms last longer, contact your WHCG clinician.
- Allergy Relief Medicine (ARM)
- Benadryl Plus
- Benadryl Tablet, capsules, liquid
- Chlor-Trimeton, Chlor-Trimeton LA
- Robitussin DM
- Sine-Off (without aspirin)
- Sinutab, extra strength, maximum strength (not Sinutab Allergy)
- Sudafed, Sudafed Plus Tablets, liquid Sudafed, Sudafed 12 hour
- Throat Lozenges
- Triaminic, Triaminic Cold, Nite Lite, Syrup, PM, 12 Hour
- Tylenol Sinus
For constipation, natural approaches often help, such as getting adequate exercise (walking is an excellent choice during pregnancy), eating plenty of fresh fruit and green leafy vegetables, and high-fiber foods. The following products are pregnancy-safe:
- Colace 50mg (one or two, twice daily)
- BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, tea/toast)
- Imodium AD (no longer than 48 hours, and take no more than four caplets or eight teaspoons (40 ml) in 24 hours.
- Preparation H
- Sitz Bath
- Soaking in warm bath
Nausea/ Morning Sickness
- Ginger Root (2 tablets, 2-4 times per day)
- Small, frequent meals
- Vitamin B6 (50mg twice daily)
- 8–10 eight-ounce glasses of water per day
Based on factors such as your age, personal medical history, and family medical history, your clinician may recommend genetic testing during your preconception or prenatal care phase. This testing may provide important information about potential health issues and risks for your child and help your clinicians tailor your care to your specific needs and your baby’s.
Your clinician will advise you about genetic tests that may be appropriate for you, recommend where to go to have any tests that are not available in our office, and review your results and their implications.
In some cases the tests themselves may involve risks. Your clinician will help you evaluate the risks and benefits.
The Women’s Healthcare Group is pleased to offer our patients the convenience of in-house prenatal imaging. Your clinician will recommend ultrasound at specific times during your pregnancy to evaluate the health of your developing baby and identify any potential risks of your pregnancy.
For many parents, prenatal ultrasound exams are also an exciting milestone, giving them the first look at their developing child and an opportunity to know the child’s gender if they wish to do so. The 3D- and 4D- ultrasound equipment we use at the WHCG not only gives your clinician more complete information for evaluating your baby’s health, but also produces vivid pictures and videos that can become keepsake “first images” of the newest addition to your family.
Signs of Labor
While there are clear signs that indicate that you are almost certainly going into labor, there are also “false alarms.”Especially if you are a first-time mother, it’s important to know the telltale signs that “the big moment” may be near. The following signs are strong indicators that you may be going into labor:
- Intervals of five minutes or less between contractions that last a minute or more
- Fluid leakage
- Reduced fetal movement
- Bleeding bright red
- A sensation of tightening in your stomach that makes it feel harder to breathe
What should you do if you believe you are going into labor?
- If there is a life threatening emergency, call 911.
- Before leaving for the hospital, call our office first at (717) 845-1621.
Labor and Delivery
The Women’s Healthcare Group either provides or can direct you to the services, education, and support you need to prepare for labor and delivery. Our clinicians are ready to answer your questions so that you will feel confident that you have the knowledge you need and understand what to expect.