Common Obstetric Questions


  1. Medications during pregnancy
    1. Over the counter medications
    2. For prescription medications, please check with your provider or your pharmacist during regular business hours.
  2. What can I do for nausea and vomiting in the first trimester?
    1. Eat small frequent meals. Allowing yourself to become hungry can make nausea worse.
    2. Consider a change of prenatal vitamins. You can substitute a single childrens’ chewable vitamin and discuss with your provider at your next visit.
    3. Try ginger pops or ginger ale to settle the stomach
    4. Over the counter emetrol.
    5. Discuss prescription nausea treatments with your provider during regular business hours.
  3. What can I do for constipation?
    1. Increase fluids, take stool softners (Colace) regularly or try a gentle laxative such as Miralax according to package directions.
  4. What should I do for a bad cough, cold or congestion?
    1. Cough, runny nose, nasal congestion and sore throat are all signs of an upper respiratory infection or allergy. These require supportive care with extra fluids and rest. Over the counter medications may be helpful in treating the symptoms. Please see our Over the Counter (OTC) Med list for recommendations. If you have fever or the symptoms persist for longer than one week, please see your primary care provider. For after hours and weekend care, consider Baptist Urgent Care or Baptist Express Care.
  5. What should I do for a stomach virus?
    1. Sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in pregnancy should be managed with supportive care. Electrolyte solutions such as pedialyte can be helpful. Over the Counter (OTC) medications that are safe to consider are listed here. If you have symptoms that persist beyond 24 hours, please contact our office during regular business hours. After hours consider evaluation at Baptist Urgent Care (less than 20 weeks) or Labor and Delivery (greater than 20 weeks).