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Pregnancy FAQs

  What do I need to know about my first trimester of pregnancy?  Click here to view our detailed handout given to all new obstetrical patients.

  What over-the-counter medications are safe during pregnancy?  Click here to view document.  (Microsoft Word required.)

  What foods are safe during pregnancy? Click here

  Should I receive the flu vaccine?  Yes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the flu vaccine be given in pregnancy to protect both mother and baby. The flu shot (not the nasal spray vaccine) have been given to millions of pregnant women over many years and has not been shown to cause harm to pregnant women or their babies. For more information, click here to visit the CDC website.

  Should I receive the TDaP vaccine (aka "whooping cough" vaccine)?  Yes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)recommends the TDaP vaccine during each pregnancy, with optimal timing between 27 and 36 weeks of gestation, although the TDaP vaccine may be given at any time during pregnancy. "Cocooning," or giving the TDaP to adolescents and adults who have close contact with an infant < 12 months, is also recommended.  For more information, click here to visit the CDC website.

•  Where do you deliver patients?  We deliver the majority of our patients at SCL Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge.  For more information regarding pre-registration, classes, tours and other services, please click here.

•  Who will deliver me?  Currently, there are 5 delivering physicians in our practice: Dr. Johnson, Dr. Grube, Dr. Hwang, Dr. Oberle and Dr. Padgett.  We share being "on call" together and encourage you to meet each of our delivering physicians during your pregnancy in order to provide you a personal experience and familiar face during delivery.

•  What if I have vaginal bleeding?  Spotting is not uncommon during the first trimester, especially after a pelvic exam, vaginal ultrasound or intercourse.  However, if you experience severe cramping, continued vaginal bleeding requiring pads, or passage of clots, please call us.

•  When should I call if I am in labor?  Please call us if you experience regular, painful contractions lasting 30-60 seconds every 3-5 minutes for over one hour or if your water breaks.  You may have some vaginal spotting with mucus (also known as "bloody show" or "passing the mucus plug") but this may not correlate directly with labor.  Wait for the onset of regular, painful contractions. Call the office at 303-763-5111 during or after office hours if you think you are in labor or have a question for the triage nurse or on-call physician.

•  What if the baby is not moving well?  If you have noticed the baby is not moving as much as usual, perform "kick counts."  Eat or drink something.  Monitor all movements.  If the baby does not move 10 times in 2 hours, please call us. 


Procedure/Surgery FAQs

  I have my surgery date scheduled.  What else do I need to do?  Typically, you will have an appointment at our office the week before your scheduled surgery date to discuss the procedure with your physician, ask any questions, sign consents with our surgical scheduler and arrange pre-operative labwork at the hospital. 

  What medications should I plan on discontinuing before surgery?  If you are taking any blood-thinning medications (Coumadin, Lovenox, aspirin), birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives, or any medication that may affect bleeding/clotting, please ask your physician when/if you need to stop taking your medications before surgery.

  What type of preparation is necessary the day before surgery?   Depending on the complexity of the planned surgery, a bowel prep may be necessary.  Ask your physician if you should follow a clear liquid diet or light, non-greasy meals the day before surgery.  You will need to buy a bowel prep such as magnesium citrate.  Drink half the bottle of magnesium citrate around 3pm and the remaining half of the bottle around 7pm.  Stay well hydrated with clear liquids.  Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.  If you are taking prescription medications, please ask your physician specifically about which medications you should take the night before or morning of surgery.

  What can I expect after laparoscopic surgery?  You may feel sore for a few days after surgery.  Bloating or gas is a common cause of pain after laparoscopic surgery.  Early ambulation and medications such as Gas-X or simethicone are helpful in reducing bloating or gas pain.

  How do I take care of my incision?  If you have tape strips (Steri-strips) on your incision, they may peel off in the shower.  If the tape strips do not peel off within a week, remove them yourself.  If you have Dermabond in your incision, it should soften within a week, at which time you can peel off the Dermabond from the incision.  Keep all incisions clean and dry.  After leaving the hospital, the incisions do not need to be covered with a dressing.  If you notice any redness surrounding the incision or drainage from the incision, please call us.


After Hours

  What phone number do I call after office hours?  Call our main office number 303-763-5111 to connect to our answering service.  One of our delivering physicians is always available for emergent issues.

  According to our office policy, pain medications will not be refilled after hours or on weekends.  If you anticipate running out of your pain medications soon, please schedule an appointment with your provider or contact your provider during office hours.


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