OB/GYN Women's Center
PLEASANT GROVE WOMEN'S CENTER
Our obstetricians/gynecologists, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwife provide a full range of healthcare services to women through all stages of their lives; puberty, child-bearing years, menopause, and beyond.
We strive to provide you with high quality care in a personalized and comfortable environment. Our OB/GYN practice has provided over 20 years of continuous service to women of the Northern Utah County area. Our services include, but are not limited to, well woman examinations, prenatal care, menopause management, cancer screening, ultrasound testing and primary care examinations. Although we specialize in pregnancy and gynecology, we also are primary care providers, and we frequently provide that type of care to our patients.
We are dedicated to accept all patients, including those with Medicare and Medicaid. Our commitment encompasses healthcare services for low income patients that qualify for a reduced cost and or no cost healthcare. If English is not your primary language, please let us know. We have providers and staff who are bilingual in Spanish and Japanese.
Thank you for allowing us to care for you. We look forward to seeing you!
- Well Woman Examinations and Pap Smears
- Gynecology Surgical Procedures
- Bladder Control
- Ovary Problems
- Family Planning
- Contraception Options
- IUD Insert and Removal
- Implanon Insert and Removal
- Pre-Marital Counseling and Exams
- Pregnancy (Delivery Locations inside American Fork Hospital and Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem.)
- Free Pregnancy Tests
- High-Risk Pregnancy
- Hormone-Related Treatment and Care
- Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Cancer Screening
- Ultrasound Services
- Incontinence: Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatments
- Menopausal Care including Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Menstrual Disorders
- Primary Care Treatment
- Diabetes Care and Treatment
- Thyroid Management
- Pre-Mission Physicals
- Mole Removal
- Endometrial Ablation (Heavy Periods)
- Essure (Woman's Sterilization Procedure)
- OB/GYN Women's Center1886 West 800 NorthPleasant Grove, UT 84062(801) 756-5288(801) 756-7589
- Women's Center1055 North 500 West, Suite 212Provo, UT 84604
- OB/GYN Women's Center1305 N. Commerce Dr., Suite 120Saratoga Springs, UT 84045(801) 753-7424
Pregancy Related Issues
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Amusement Park rides
Q. While pregnant, is it okay to go to amusement parks?
A. The amusement park will post recommendations for pregnancy at each ride. Follow those.
Q. Is caffeine really bad during pregnancy?A. Caffeine is a really powerful stimulant both for baby and yourself. Caffeine has a strong chemical effect on human body & is known to cross the placenta. It also interferes with iron absorption. The recommendation for pregnant women by the FDA is use caffeine sparingly or eliminate it from their diet.
Q. Is Chicken Pox a problem in pregnancy?A. Chicken pox is a viral infection that usually occurs in childhood. Common symptom is a rash, small reddish spots or pimples. These spots blister and then scab over. New spots appear for up to 3-5 days. Fever and body aches occur before the rash appears. It is highly contagious 1-2 days prior to breaking out and until all spots are scabbed over. If you have chicken pox in early pregnancy, 1-2% babies have one or more birth defect due to the infection. The greatest risk is between 8-20 weeks of pregnancy.
Q. What Dental Work can I get Done during Pregnancy?A. X-rays are okay as long as you double cover the patient with the protecting shield. We advise only using local anesthesia on all pregnant patients. It's okay to have prescriptions for Antibiotics, Lortab, Percocet, and Codeine. You are unable to take tetracycline or any in that family of drug, ibuprofen, nitrous oxide or any benzodiazapines. Teeth whitening is not recommended, mostly because your hormones change during pregnancy and it may not take.
EDC and EDD
Q. What does EDC and EDD stand for?
A. EDC: EXPECTED DATE OF CONFINEMENT
In the olden days, women had to stay at home or in the hospital for a long time before they went out so it was called confinement.
EDD: EXPECTED DATE OF DELIVERY
Q. How is the EDC or EDD (Expected Date of Delivery) calculated?
A. It is gauged from the first day of your last menses. That is considered day 1 of your pregnancy; 40 weeks after that date is your delivery date.
Q. What is my limitation to sports while I am pregnant?A. We do not recommend snow skiing, water skiing, boarding, wave runners, mountain biking, etc. because of the excess movement during pregnancy.
Eyes (blurry, changed vision)
Q. I have noticed my eyes seem a little blurry during pregnancy, should I go to get a new eye exam?A. No.........pregnancy can have an effect on the eyes (usually in the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy) that is only temporary. Wait until after your 6 week post partum visit to get them examined.
Q. At what point is a fever dangerous during pregnancy?A. Any fever over 100.4 should be evaluated at our office.
Q. What is Fifth Disease and am I at risk during my pregnancy if I contract it?A. A virus that mostly occurs in children 4-14 years old. The infection often starts with mild fever, sore throat, and flu-like symptoms with a bright red rash on the face that looks like 'slapped cheeks'. There may be a lacy or bumpy rash on body, arms & legs. Joint aches occur usually only in adults if they acquire the virus. 20-30% of adults have no symptoms. It's very contagious. The greatest risk is fetal loss and it usually occurs before 20 weeks from conception. Fetal infection with fifth disease can lead to inflammation of the heart and can damage the bone marrow so that red blood cells cannot be made. If a baby is born unable to make red blood cells, they would need a transfusion. There is no vaccine available to prevent fifth disease. This is not contagious from animal to man.
Q. Should I get a flu shot during my pregnancy?A. If you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy during the flu season (December to March), you should have a flu shot. Do not receive a flu vaccine if you are allergic to eggs or if you are a chemotherapy patient.
Q. Can I take herbs during pregnancy?A. Many herbal treatments have not been approved or tested through the FDA, therefore, consider it unsafe during pregnancy. These products are not studied to determine if they cause problems for a pregnant women, her fetus or breastfed baby. Herbs are drugs. They could cause side effects and adverse drug interactions. Some high doses of certain vitamins and minerals have been found to cause problems for developing fetuses. Vitamin A (Retinol) doses higher than 18,000 I.U.s, Vitamin E & D in late pregnancy and dependency on Vitamin B & C after mega doses in the third trimester - are a few of the reported problems. The old adage, "The poison's in the dose." holds true. For this reason, herbal products are best avoided during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The Pregnancy RiskLine at 1-800-822-2229 may be able to give further information about specific herbs.
Q. What if I have intercourse and bleed afterward?A. A small amount of bleeding is normal after intercourse during pregnancy. If you are cramping along with bright red bleeding, you should call the office.
Mosquito Repellent and Acne Cream
Q. Should I use DEET Mosquito Repellent?
A. It's important to protect yourself against mosquito bites to prevent West Nile Virsus Infection. Using mosquito repellent during pregnancy is a question that brings up many issues. The Pregnancy RiskLine can fully answer questions about this further.
Q. Acne during pregnancy - can I still use my Benzoyl Peroxide?A. If it is used as directed, it can be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding, however, it can dry the skin, if that's of concern to you.
Q. What is a non-stress-test?
A. NST is an extended monitoring of the fetal heart tones to determine if they are reactive to movement and to insure there are no decelerations in the baby's heart rate.
Q. What can I take while pregnant to sleep better?
A. ½ a unisom tablet, which is over the counter or 25 mg of Benedryl which is also over the counter. We would rather you try soaking in a warm bath and drink a warm glass of non-caffeinated beverage first.
Q. Can I go to Tanning Beds during pregnancy?
A. The amount of radiation from a tanning bed is low. Birth defects or problems for breastfed babies have not occurred. It's just like being exposed to the sun, so be careful and protect your skin to reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Q. Can I travel during pregnancy?
A. The best time to travel is during your second trimester (14-28 weeks). Traveling is not recommended for women with serious health problems that need special medical attention.
If you do travel some good rules to follow are:
- Walk around frequently
- Wear comfortable shoes & clothes that aren't binding.
- Take crackers, juice or other light snacks.
- Take a copy of your medical record with you if far from home.
- Keep your plans flexible. Problems could develop prior to your departure.
- If driving, only go 5-6 hours a day (with frequent stops) - bumpy rides do not induce labor.
- If flying, US airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. Metal detectors used at airports aren't harmful to the fetus. Get an aisle seat so you can walk around freely and get to the restroom easily. Extra leg room is a good choice. Wear light layers of clothing in case you get hot. Eat lightly and drink plenty of fluids.
- Cruises: this isn't the time to select this type of travel because of the sea-sickness.
- International Travelers Hotline for information on disease and world travel - (404) 332- 4559 can help you with foreign travel. Get lots of rest.
Q. Why is the ultrasound done at 20 weeks?A. This is the optimal time for the doctors to see all the vital organs and make sure they are functioning properly. The gender of the baby sometimes can be seen as early as 14 weeks, but your insurance won't pay for an ultrasound for that reason.
Urine Sample (importance)
Q. Why do I have to provide a urine sample every visit?A. Your glucose and protein are tested with each visit with your urine sample. These are the most common problems found throughout pregnancy. It is important to note that with this urine sample each visit, we are not check for urinary tract infections. So, please make the nurse aware if you have any burning or urgency with urination and she will run the appropriate test.
Work and types of jobs that are dangerous
Q. Can I work during pregnancy?
A. Yes, if you aren't disabled with some side effects (such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, swollen legs & ankles) due to pregnancy itself. Complications of pregnancy that are more serious are: infection, bleeding, early labor, rupture of amniotic sac. Some women may have to cut back or stop working during pregnancy because their jobs require heavy lifting, climbing, standing or walking. Balance changes toward the end of pregnancy, so these can be risky. Bed rest may be necessary for some reasons. Stay away from stress. It can cause depression, headache, tiredness, weight gain & problems coping with everyday life.
Q. What types of jobs are dangerous during pregnancy?
A. If you work with:
Chemotherapy: Increased rate of miscarriage & various birth defects.
Lead: (found in paint, printing, ceramics, battery mfg.) Increased rate of miscarriage & stillbirths.
Ionizing radiation (X-ray Techs) Growth and mental retardation. (OSHA standards say workers exposure is limited to 1.25 rads per calendar quarter or 5 rads per year). Radiation from video display terminals, color television and microwaves ovens is non-ionizing and not harmful.
Q. How do I treat a yeast infection during pregnancy.A. Classic symptoms of yeast infection are thick, white, cottage-cheese like discharge, itching and burning. Safest way to treat a yeast infection during pregnancy is over the counter 7-day Monistat. If that is ineffective, you will need to make an appointment for diagnosis.