Dear Patient:

Congratulations!  Pregnancy is an amazing and wonderful experience.  The physicians, midwives and staff at Women First OB/GYN Center are dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality care for our obstetrical patients.  Our goal is a healthy mom and healthy baby.

We have assembled this packet of information for you to reference during your pregnancy.  It contains general information relating to pregnancy and answers many commonly asked questions.  While we always encourage our patients to call our office with questions, we ask that you refer to the enclosed information for routine questions before calling the office, especially after hours (i.e. evening, weekend, and holidays).

Women First OB/GYN Center is an all female practice consisting of six-physicians (MDs), five Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs), one Nurse Practitioner (NP) and one Physician Assistant (PA). You can choose to meet with CNMs or MDs for your prenatal visits as appropriate to your care and needs. For patients who desire pain medication such as an epidural, both physicians and our CNMs perform births in labor & delivery. For women seeking a natural birth, our CNMs also perform births in the Karmanos Natural Birth Center (KNBC) at Royal Oak Beaumont. Whether you choose a CNM or an MD, we encourage you to rotate through the team of providers. There is always a physician and a midwife on call together each day. We firmly believe that this team approach works well for our patients.

Please keep in mind that we only deliver at Royal Oak Beaumont.  In the event that you are in labor and go to Troy Beaumont or any other facility, we will not be able to manage your labor and delivery.  We also ask that you call our office before going to the hospital.  If you call after hours, you will be given the phone number of our answering service who will contact that physician or midwife on call.  This will avoid lengthy and sometimes unnecessary visits to the hospital.

If you do have any questions or concerns, please let us know.


Women First Ob/Gyn Center



  • Depending on your insurance coverage, copays and deductibles will vary from policy to policy.

  • At 35 weeks pregnant you will have a Group B Strep (GBS) culture done, this will be billed to your insurance as an office visit PER the insurance company. Most policies will require you to pay your copay and or deductible.

  • During your pregnancy if you need to be seen for anything other than OB care your insurance will be billed for services rendered. Example: cold, urinary tract infection, etc. Most policies will require you to pay your copay and or deductible.

  • Many employers ask for disability forms to be filled out for maternity leave. There is a $20.00 charge per paperwork, which is due before your paperwork will be filled out. Turnaround time is a FIRM 7-10 business days.

  • Insurance companies will usually cover ONE ROUTINE ultrasound per pregnancy. This will be performed between 19-20 weeks of pregnancy. Most policies will require you to pay your copay and or deductible. Under any circumstance your policy covers only one ultrasound regardless, we will always appeal this with your insurance company to get this covered. Most policies will require you to pay your copay and or deductible for your ultrasounds.

  • Please take note that your very first ultrasound and visit known as an OB I Talk, are to confirm pregnancy and under no circumstance is this considered routine prenatal. Most policies will require you to pay your copay and or deductible.

  • All genetic testing done in office is billed from an outside lab, Women First is not responsible for knowing your insurance coverage for these tests. All payments and questions will be directed towards the company that processes the test.

* Please note that we need a urine sample at EVERY visit, please come with a full bladder and leave a sample BEFORE being seen by your provider that day *

When Do I Get:

  • Early Ultrasound to determine gestational age between 7-11 weeks

  • Ultrasound examination when indicated usually between 19-20 weeks and between 35-36 weeks

  • AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) blood draw used to check for neural tube defects between 16-18 weeks

  • Genetic Testing (Progenity/Verfi and Maternity T21) usually done as soon as 10 weeks and 5 days and beyond

  • Diabetes Screening usually between 26-28 weeks

  • If you are RH Negative, you will need Rhogam at 28 weeks and maybe at delivery

  • Prenatal Classes if needed you are able to sign up for them around 20 weeks.  Beaumont offers a prepared childbirth class at our office.  The class covers the whole spectrum of birth options with a practice-specific view.

  • Group B Streptococcocus (Group B Strep) Screening, a vaginal/rectal culture will be done at 36 weeks.

What can I eat and how much weight should I gain?

We always encourage our patients to eat nutritiously; not only for your benefit, but now for your developing baby.  Pregnant women typically need an extra 350 calories/day.  Typical weight gain is 25-35 lbs.  In addition, 1500 mg of calcium/day (from dairy products or supplement) is recommended, as well as drinking plenty of water.  Caffeine should be avoided as much as possible.  Drinking one cup of coffee/day is okay, but you should not exceed this amount regularly.  Raw or undercooked food should always be avoided.  These include:  undercooked meat, deli meats, batter or dough with raw eggs, sushi, and unpasteurized products, including cider and some soft, imported cheeses.(i.e. feta, brie, and blue cheese).  We do not recommend any alcohol.


Smoking is dangerous to your health whether you are pregnant or not. It can increase the risk of miscarriage, small babies and placental abruption. If you can’t stop, the less you do the better. NONE IS BEST.

What over the counter medications are safe during pregnancy?

They include the following:  Tylenol (regular or extra strength) in the normal adult dosage, TUMS, Rolaids, Pepcid AC, Robitussin, Sudafed, Benadryl, Imodium, Colace, Ducolax, Gas-X, Maalox, Saline nasal spray, throat lozenges, Zyrtec, Preparation H, and Tucks.  If you are unsure, please call our office before taking anything.

Is it safe to exercise?

It is safe to continue exercising during pregnancy.  In fact, being in good physical shape has several benefits.  Besides helping you feel and look your best, studies have shown that labor and delivery is sometimes “easier” and can actually be shorter for women in good physical shape.  Once the baby is born, you may return to your pre-pregnancy size and/or shape quicker if exercise is part of your routine.  When exercising, your pulse should not exceed 140 beats per minute and you should not go “anaerobic” meaning your heart rate should not be more than 85% over its resting rate. Drink plenty of water and avoid getting overheated.  After 15 weeks, avoid such activities as skating, rollerblading, etc. where there is a chance of falling.  Brisk walking and swimming are two popular choices during pregnancy.

Is seafood healthy for pregnant women?

Some seafood contains high levels of Methyl mercury which can harm the development of an unborn child’s nervous system.  The types of fish that are harmful are the larger varieties, such as Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, and Tilefish.  Thus, pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not eat these four types of fish.  Fresh inland waters may also contain higher levels of Methyl mercury due to natural or industrial causes.  You should contact the EPA for current advice on fish consumption safety of inland lakes.  Pregnant women may enjoy other varieties of fish/seafood as a part of healthy diet including shellfish, canned fish, smaller ocean fish, and tuna fish.  If you choose albacore tuna, you should limit your intake to 6 ounces per week due to the increase in Methyl mercury.  Otherwise, the FDA recommends that a healthy diet for pregnant women contains 12 ounces of cooked fish/seafood per week.

Can I travel during pregnancy?

Yes.  Travel is generally safe up to 35 weeks.  If traveling by car for long periods of time, be sure to stretch your legs regularly.  It is also very important to wear your safety belt.  Just adjust the strap below your abdomen so it is comfortable.  If you have extended travel plans, it’s best to discuss this with your physician.  Travel after 35 weeks is discouraged (unless absolutely necessary) because the risk of rupturing your membranes (bag of water) or going into labor is increased.

What about Nutrasweet/Splenda?

Moderate use of these is safe in pregnancy.

Is it safe to have dental work done?

Necessary dental care can and should be done during pregnancy.  This includes cleanings, filling of a cavity or root canal if necessary.  Dental x-rays when necessary for treatment can be done with abdominal shielding.  Local anesthesia is O.K.  Antibiotic prophylaxis when indicated should still be done (No Tetracycline).

Can I paint while I’m pregnant?

In general, it is safe for a pregnant patient to paint (latex or oil based) or to supervise the painting.  Do not use paint with lead based paint or paint with mercury in it.  The biggest risk to a pregnant patient would be falling off the ladder trying to paint a higher spot.  So keep both feet on the ground and paint in a well ventilated area.  If redoing an older home and there is a question about the paint base (lead or mercury) it is better not to be around when sanding etc. is being done.  Also, avoid all paint removers.

Is it safe to color/perm my hair while pregnant?

To date there is no evidence that either of these processes can cause birth defects.  If you feel that one or both of these treatments will improve how you feel, then it is probably O.K. to do, but wait until after the first trimester.  This is when the organs are being formed and any chemical exposure could theoretically cause a problem.  Highlighting is also O.K.  Perms may not take as well.  Use of hairsprays and aerosol deodorants are safe if used in a well ventilated area.  Avoid excessive or purposeful inhalation (huffing) this can be dangerous for mom and baby.

Other general guidelines:

Hot tubs are safe during pregnancy if the temperature is not higher than 98 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sexual intercourse is safe during pregnancy, up to delivery, unless told otherwise by your physician.  Notify our office if you experience any vaginal bleeding at any time during your pregnancy.  Notify us immediately if you are not feeling regular fetal movement.

How will I know if I’m in labor?

Braxton Hicks contractions (commonly called “false labor”) are often confused with real labor.  While Braxton Hicks contractions can be painful, they are not regular and usually don’t last very long.  True labor is characterized by regular uterine contractions. Regular means occurring every 4-5 minutes, lasting 45-60 seconds for a period of 1-2 hours or more.  In either case, call our office (248-584-7600) before going to the hospital.  You may also experience the rupture of membranes (water).  This can be a sudden gush of fluid from the vagina or it may be gradual leaking.  Notify us immediately if you suspect your water has broken.

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