Q: Can I complete my Patient information paperwork before I come into the office, to save time?

A: If you'd like to save time filling out the required paperwork, we've provided the necessary forms for your convenience. Download them, complete them at your leisure and bring them in when you check in for your appointment.



Q: What medication can I take?

A: We advise that you take medication only if absolutely needed. If you are presently taking medication or will need to take medication during your pregnancy, please advise the prescribing physician of your pregnancy and obtain approval from your obstetrician.

The following medications are considered safe by most obstetricians during pregnancy and breastfeeding for:

Headaches - All Tylenol products

Colds, Couch & Allergies - Sudafed, Tylenol, Mucinex, Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Tavist, Actifed & Chloraseptic products; Robitussin or Robitussin PE, DM, or CF; Cough drops; throat lozenges; saline nasal spray.

Nausea - Emetrol, ginger ale, ginger snaps, small frequent bland meals and snacks.

Constipation - Fibercon, Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia, Colace, or Surfak stool softeners. Increase fluids, fruits, vegetables & exercise.

Heartburn - Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, Rolaids, Pepcid AC, Tagament HB. Sleep with head elevated.

Yeast Infections - Over the counter yeast medications ( i.e. Monistat- 3 day treatment)

Hemorrhoids - Annusol HC, Preparation H, Tucks pads.

Diarrhea - Immodium AD, Kaopectate.

Swelling - Bedrest (lie on left side), elevate legs and feet, avoid high sodium diet, increase water intake.


Q: Is it normal for me to have more swelling after delivery?

A: Many patients experience additional swelling of the feet and ankles when the get home. This is not alarming unless you had high blood pressure during the pregnancy. If you also have a severe headache, visual changes, nausea/vomiting, or right upper abdominal pain call the doctor immediately.


Q: Do you prescribe the morning after pill?

A: No, the doctors do not prescribe these types of medications.


Q: I just started taking birth control pills. Why am I starting my cycle before finishing my pill pack?

A: It is normal for break through and irregular bleeding to occur, especially for the first few months. This does not mean that the pills are not working. Keep taking the pill daily and call if it doesn't resolve after 3 months or if too heavy.


Q: Do you fill prescriptions or take care of general medical problems after hours?

A: No, the doctors are on call for obstetrical and gynecological emergencies only. We do not prescribe narcotics by phone. We do not take dental or general medical problem calls.


Q: Can I have my teeth cleaned?

A: You may have your teeth cleaned and dental x-rays with abdominal shielding.


Q: Can I exercise?

A: You may exercise in moderation, but not to the point of exhaustion.


Q: Can I paint?

A: You may paint with latex paint; only use oil-based paints in well ventilated areas and limit exposure time.


Q: Can I color my hair?

A: You may color and/or perm your hair.


Q: Can I travel?

A: You may travel (including air travel) up to 36 weeks gestation (one month prior to your due date if your pregnancy has been uncomplicated).


Q: Can I receive vaccines?

A: You may receive the flu and hepatitis vaccines and the TB skin test.


Q: Can I use a heating pad?

A: You may use a heating pad on low setting to back ONLY. Do not use on abdomen and do not sleep while using heating pad.


Q: When should I call the doctor?

A: Call your doctor if you have:

Persistent, regular, painful contractions occurring every five minutes, each lasting at least 45 seconds, and continuing for at least 2 hours.

When your bag of water breaks (usually a large gush or a continuous trickle); if unsure, observe for 1 hour.

Excessive bleeding.

Decreased or absent movement

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Any severe or persistent pain.

You do not have to call for passage of mucus plug or a small amount or spotting after an exam, as these are both normal.


Q: What insurance plans do you accept?

A: We are currently contracted with Aetna (non HMO plans), Bestcare, Blue Cross, Cigna, Coventry of LA, First Health, Humana, Integrated Health, PHCS (formerly ALC), PPO Plus, State Group Benefits PPO, United Healthcare and Verity (not First Choice).


Q: Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid?

A: We are not contracted with Medicare or any health plans affiliated with Medicare with the exception of Wellcare.