Below is list of commonly asked questions from mothers to be. We hope that you will find this section helpful. If you have additional questions please “Ask A Nurse” in your patient portal, or give us a call at 949.829.5500.

  1. It is the collection of using the blood in a baby’s umbilical cord. The umbilical cord /cord blood, contains special cells that can be used to treat a variety of life-threatening diseases including leukemia, other cancers, and blood and immune disorders. Please refer to this link for more information (Link)

  2. You can go to www.memorialcare.org/classes or call 1.800.636.6742

  3. Either through NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing) which is a blood draw or between 18 and 20 weeks of gestation, at the time of your fetal ultrasound.

  4. Global fee is a term used to describe how most insurance companies require that we bill for your maternity care. This global fee includes all of your routine prenatal visits; the delivery and a post-partum follow up visit. Lab work, ultrasounds, hospital visits, all hospital charges, circumcision, etc. are not part of the global fee and are billed separately.

  5. The measurement is called the fundal height: it is taken from the pubic bone to the top of your uterus. It should equal, plus or minus 2 cm, the number of weeks along you are.

  6. Yes, you may film, we ask that you not use tripods.

  7. The short answer is 42 weeks. However when you come in for your 41 week visit, we will schedule a day for your induction later in that week.

  8. The usual minimum amount of time is 24 hours of post-partum care. When you are ultimately discharged is based on how you and your baby are doing. Typically, new mothers are discharged in 1-2 days. First time mothers should expect 48 hours minimum stay. For patients that have C-sections you will stay up to 3 – 4 days.

  9. It is very common for pregnant women to retain fluid. Many women will find that their feet and ankles will be most swollen at the end of the day and that their hands and face will be more swollen in the morning when they get out of bed. Try elevating your feet and lying on your left side as much as possible during the day. Increase fluid consumption and decrease salt intake to try to flush the salts out of your body. Make sure to watch out for hidden salts which usually you will find in processed food.

  10. There is no harm to the baby or you with sexual activity during a pregnancy unless you think that you have broken your water or you have a pregnancy complication (such placeta previa or pre-term labor) that has been diagnosed by your physician and you have been specifically advised to avoid intercourse.

  11. Most cleaners are safe during pregnancy, wear gloves and use product in a well- ventilated room.

  12. We recommend against it during pregnancy

  13. The ideal time to travel long distances is up to 34 weeks, unless told otherwise from your physician. Do not plan prolonged stay or activities over 8,000 ft. Traveling during pregnancy does not pose a risk to the pregnancy; however, you need to be prepared to obtain care where ever you are should a problem arise. We recommend you take this into consideration when making any travel plans.

  14. Avoid using during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Do not “scrub” or “rub” the permanent wave or dye solution into the scalp. Use semi-permanent dye and wave solution. You can do highlights, as this may result in less exposure.

  15. If you have a positive home pregnancy test, go ahead and call to make an appointment (949.829.5500 ext. 1217), keeping in mind that we generally see women when they are near their eighth or ninth week of pregnancy. Not sure how far along you are? Look back to the first day of your last period – the amount of weeks that have passed since then correspond to your weeks of pregnancy.

  16. You should not eat 2 hours prior to the test.

  17. For your medical ultrasound, there is a 2 person limit. Young children must have an adult other than the patient to supervise them during your examination.

  18. Your baby will be delivered by your physician if your physician is available when you go into labor. Otherwise, your baby will be delivered by one of OCWMG on-call OB/GYN’s physicians. Whoever is on call when you go into labor will take care of you while you are in the hospital. You will see ‘your’ obstetrician for the majority of your prenatal visits.

  19. The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center

  20. 8-10 weeks of pregnancy

  21. All of our physicians.

  22. Yes, at OCWMG we do perform VBAC’s. Our overall success rate is 80%.

  23. You will need to contact our OB Coordinator directly. She will update your patient account and verify your new insurance. 949.829. 5500 ext. 217

Additional information on many of these questions is available in the book you received “Your pregnancy and Childbirth” and/or refer to the Pregnancy handbook. If you have additional questions please “Ask A Nurse” in your patient portal, or give us a call at 949.829.5500 and choose option 3 to speak with a nurse.

In the event of labor, or an after-hours emergency, we try to answer calls within 20 minutes of receipt. If you don’t hear from the doctor on call, please call again.

Dear Patient,

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In Good Health,

OCWMG Physicians