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Our team is committed to providing the most up-to-date obstetrical and medical care, as well individual approach during this highly important time in your life. We understand that you may have a lot of questions and we will do our very best to answer them at each visit.
Our doctors will see you at our office in Des Peres for your prenatal care. We will let you know how often appointments are needed, and also if any additional ultrasound examinations or other surveillance for your baby is medically necessary.
The hospital of choice for delivery is Mercy Hospital. We are very proud of all the state of art services that Mercy Hospital offers our patients. Please feel free to set up a tour and/or sign up for childbirth or sibling classes. In fact, the Women's and Children's Education Department is proud to offer fantastic educational resources, from individual classes to full courses developed to assist families in their preparation for childbirth and parenthood.
We are committed to making this a very smooth and anxiety-free experience for you. However, your doctor may not always be able to be there for your delivery, even though we all try very hard to do so. Our partners in the call pool may be the ones delivering your baby, but we want to assure you that you will get the best care.
In general, it is best to try to avoid medications in the first trimester of pregnancy unless really needed. Listed below are some over-the-counter medicated approved for use during pregnancy. It is important to notify your doctor of any prescription drugs you are taking. If you have any questions, call the office.
If you get sick and require an antibiotic, some are not safe to use in pregnancy. Make sure to let your primary care doctor know that you are pregnant and/or call our office.
If you are a vegetarian, please let us know so that we can counsel you further.
Take a prenatal vitamin daily with folic acid. It is also recommended that you take a DHA, omega 3 fatty acid supplement daily with your vitamin because it is beneficial for baby's brain and eye development. There are some formulations that have DHA already included in the vitamin. Some pharmacies, such as Schnuck's and Dierberg's offer a free program for you if you get a prescription for these.
Folic acid is essential for normal brain and spinal cord development also. Make sure that your vitamin contains at least 400 mcg of folic acid; however, most preparations contain more than this minimum amount.
Calcium is also very important. You should consume at least 1200 mg of calcium every day. Your prenatal vitamins contain only a portion of what you require. Make sure you supplement if you are not consuming a lot of dairy products.
Eating healthy during pregnancy is a must. The following are guidelines for you to review, UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE BY OUR DIETITIAN.
Our experts help you throughout every stage of your pregnancy – before, during and after your child’s birth. View our classes.