OB/GYN Associates prides itself on being the only practice in the area that is able to provide comprehensive obstetrical care to patients. Besides routine obstetrical care, our services include on site Maternal Fetal Medicine with new state of the art ultrasound equipment.
We are very fortunate to have three Certified Lactation Consultants on staff to help new mothers with breastfeeding and we are very proud to be designated by the NYS Department of Health as a “Breastfeeding Friendly Practice”
OB/GYN Associates established its own Baby Café in 2013. On Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm, our Orchard Park Rd location transforms into a breastfeeding drop-in center where new and pregnant moms can meet one another, enjoy refreshments, and get one-on-one support from our Certified Lactation Consultants.
“Give the Gift of Healing”
The placenta has multiple uses to help patients heal and has been used for years to encourage healing after surgery. Portions of placental tissue can be used to treat patients undergoing various surgeries or with inadequate healing of diabetic ulcers, bed sores, burns, and other types of wounds with complicated healing responses. The physicians at OB/GYN Associates of WNY participate in a placental donation program. At this time, any pregnant patients having a planned cesearean delivery can opt to participate in the program and donate their placenta to TissueTech, Inc. A short health questionnaire and consent form are required to make sure you qualify for participation. Additionally, a blood sample will be collected at the time of admission. There is no additional cost to you for donating and there is no harm to you or your baby from donating the placenta. Medial conditions such as active infection or malignancy will disqualify women from participating. If you would like to “give the gift of healing” or learn more information, visit www.unyts.org
I am pregnant – when should I have my first visit?
How long will the first visit take?
What dietary recommendations do you give your patients?
Pregnant women should be advised to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and typically should increase their caloric intake by a small amount (350-450 calories/day.)
Women with higher pre-pregnancy BMIs do not need to gain the same amount of weight as women with normal or low BMIs.
Pregnant women should try to consume two to three servings per week of fish with high DHA and low mercury content. For women who do not achieve this, it is unknown whether DHA and n-3 PUFA supplementation are beneficial, but they are unlikely to be harmful.
Raw and Under-cooked Fish
In line with current recommendations, pregnant women should generally avoid under-cooked fish. However, sushi that was prepared in a clean and reputable establishment is unlikely to pose a risk to the pregnancy.
Other Foods to Avoid
Pregnant women should avoid raw and under-cooked meat. Vegetables and fruits should be thoroughly washed before eating them. Pregnant women should also avoid unpasteurized dairy products. Unheated deli meats could also potentially increase the risk of Listeria, but the risk in recent years in uncertain. Recalled foods for possible Listeria contamination should always be avoided.
Where does your practice deliver?
Can I come if I plan to home-birth?
When should I start taking folic acid if I’m considering getting pregnant and can I take over-the-counter prenatal vitamins?
You should begin folic acid supplementation as soon as you decide you may attempt pregnancy. For more information about folic acid, click here. You can take over-the-counter prenatal vitamins as long as they contain at least 400 mcg or .4 mg of folic acid. Women at increased risk, that is with a family history of Spina Bifida, should take 4 mg (or 4000 mcg) of folic acid.
Pregnant women should also consume the following each day through diet or supplements:
- Iron: 30mg (or be screened for anemia)
- Vitamin D: 600 international units
- Calcium: 1,000mg
Prenatal vitamins are unlikely to be harmful. Therefore, they may be used to ensure adequate consumption of several vitamins and minerals in pregnancy. However, their necessity for all pregnant women is uncertain, especially for women with well-balanced diets. There is no known ideal formulation for a prenatal vitamin.
What do you suggest if my prenatal vitamin makes me nauseous?
Can I have an epidural if I choose to?
May I fly and/or travel long distances while I am pregnant?
Yes, but only until you reach 34 weeks of pregnancy for international travel or 36 weeks for domestic travel. Some airlines require a written letter from the physician authorizing travel by air. Remember if you go out of town, take a copy of your prenatal records with you. Each pregnant woman must balance the benefit of the trip with the potential of a complication at her destination. You should be familiar with the infection exposures and available medical care for each specific destination.
After 36 weeks you should go no farther than one hour away from the hospital without your doctor’s permission. You should stop every 1 to 2 hours and walk for about 10 minutes to increase circulation and prevent leg and feet swelling.
May I go swimming or use a hot tub?
May I go to the dentist while I’m pregnant?
May I get a hair permanent or have my hair colored/dyed?
Are diet drinks and artificial sweeteners okay?
May I drink coffee, tea, or drinks with caffeine?
What about smoking, nicotine, vaping and marijuana?
Marijuana use is not known to be associated with any adverse outcomes in pregnancy.
However, data regarding long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes are lacking; therefore, marijuana use is currently not recommended in pregnancy.
Should I continue to exercise?
Should I continue to wear my seatbelt while in the car?
Is sexual intercourse safe during pregnancy?
Is there an ideal sleeping position while pregnant?