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***Special Notice for Pregnant Women Planning to Travel***

The obstetricians at Associated Physicians are in agreement with the American Congress of Obstetricians (ACOG) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations that pregnant women should postpone their travel to Zika infected countries due to the risk posed to newborns of  fetal microcephaly or intracranial calcification.

The CDC recommendations for testing for the Zika Virus and screening for Zika virus related fetal conditions in pregnancy is constantly changing as more information is available about transmission and risks in pregnancy. Please call us if you have traveled to a Zika area WHILE PREGNANT to discuss the most recent recommendations for the Zika Virus and pregnancy. We are in the process of contacting all of our pregnant patients to screen for travel and to discuss these new recommendations for anyone with travel to a Zika area during pregnancy. 

The CDC is also now recommending that any sexual partner of a pregnant woman who has traveled to a Zika area use condoms or refrain from intercourse for the duration of the pregnancy. 
 
Read more about Zika on the websites below:

As always, you can always call your OB provider at 233-9746 with any questions or concerns!​

Guidelines for Obstetrics Patients
Associated Physicians OB-GYN department is made up of five female obstetrician-gynecologists. We encourage you to express any questions or concerns you may have throughout your pregnancy. Our "Guidelines for Obstetric Patients" provides you with general information about what to expect during your pregnancy.

Kick Counts
Counting your baby's movements or doing "kick counts" is a way of monitoring your baby's activity, monitoring how the placenta is supporting the baby, and determining if your baby's activity is normal.

Labor Instruction Sheet
Get guidelines about when to call the clinic for contractions, ruptured membranes, bleeding, fetal movement, and loss of mucous plugs.
 

Water Birth
All of our obstetricians are certified in performing water births. Healthy women expecting an uncomplicated birth may select water birth to experience the soothing and relaxing environment warm water can provide. Also, many women report a sense of reduced pain with contractions as a benefit to water birth.

Medications During Pregnancy
All medications should be used cautiously and in moderation during pregnancy. We have compiled a list of suggested remedies for common problems during pregnancy that are both safe, and available without a prescription.

Protect Your Baby and Yourself From Listeriosis
Pregnant women are at high risk for getting sick from Listeria. Learn more about safe food handling for a healthy pregnancy.

Three Hour Glucose Tolerance Test Instructions
Glucose testing is done on all pregnant women to screen for Gestational Diabetes.  If your initial  glucose test was elevated, your doctor may order an additional test called a Three Hour Glucose Tolerance Test.  This blood test needs to be scheduled in advance with our lab and will require about    4 hours of your time in the clinic. Here you will find all the instructions needed to prepare for this test

Gestational Diabetes:  Glucose Testing After Baby is Born
If you were diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during your pregnancy, you will need a follow up blood sugar test to be certain the condition has resolved.  This test needs to be scheduled in advance with our lab, and is typically done between 6 and 12 weeks after your delivery.  The test usually requires about 2 ½ hours of your time in the clinic.  Here you will find all the instructions needed to prepare for this test

Information for Patients Newly Diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes
Gestational Diabetes is directly affected by what you eat. There are several things you can do right away to help control your blood sugar while you wait for your upcoming appointments with our nutritionist and nurse educator. Consider having your partner or a friend attend these appointments with you, especially if they participate in meal preparation.

Other Resources

We have complied some of our favorite, patient-friendly websites for your convenience.

General Women's Health

Various Women's Health Patient Education Pamphlets

(by The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
www.acog.org/publications/faq/

Birth Control Information and Options
http://bedsider.org/

Menopause

(by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
Pause.acog.org

(By North American Menopause Society)
www.menopause.org

Pelvic Floor Health/Incontinence

(by American Urogynecologic Society)
http://www.voicesforpfd.org/

*Our Physical Therapists also specialize in pelvic floor health

Pregnancy and Family Planning Resources

Baby-Ready Pets! (by the Human Society)

Before a new baby is born, expectant parents need to prepare. Getting your pet ready for a baby is a vital part of the process. We recommend attending this class when you are 3 to 4 months pregnant. Dane County Humane Society offers this class every 2 months at various locations in the Madison area.
 
Endometriosis/Infertility

(by American Society for Reproductive Medicine)
www.asrm.org

 

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