Pregnancy: FAQ
How do I establish obstetric care?
When you call the office our staff will ask the following questions:

  1. What day did your LAST PERIOD START? Was it normal? Was it on time?
  2. Have you had an ultrasound or labs done during this pregnancy?
  3. Have you been seen by a provider yet?
  4. Are you having problems such as bleeding or pain?
  5. Have you had problems with past pregnancies?
  6. Have you had an ectopic pregnancy?
  7. Have you had a cesarean?
  8. What is your age?

NOTE: Dr. Ha will give final approval to make an appointment.
When should I make my first appointment?
Generally around 8-10 weeks. However, Dr. Ha may advise earlier.
What will be done at my first appointment?
FIRST APPOINTMENT (8-10 weeks): Your symptoms and health history are reviewed. If needed, an ultrasound is performed by Dr. Ha to confirm your due date and viability of the pregnancy. Routine labs are drawn, as well as any additional needed. Seasonal flu vaccination.
What will be done at my second appointment?
SECOND APPOINTMENT (12-14 weeks): A complete physical is done, including Breast/Pelvic exam. Pap smear if needed. Your lab results are reviewed. Genetic testing is discussed and offered. Seasonal flu vaccination (if not done at 1st visit).
How many visits should I expect after the first and second appointments?
REMAINING APPOINTMENTS: Generally every 4 weeks (16, 20, 24, 28), then every 2 weeks (30, 32, 34, 36), then weekly until delivery (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42).
What will be done at the remaining appointments?
After the 1st Trimester:
  • 13 - 16 WEEKS: Blood work: Genetic Testing (optional)
  • 18 - 20 WEEKS: Anatomy Ultrasound (including gender) *Performed at outside facility*
  • 24 – 28 WEEKS: Blood work: Diabetes (Glucola) Screen
  • 30 – 32 WEEKS: TDAP (Tetanus & Whooping Cough) Vaccination
  • 36 WEEKS: Blood work, GBS Testing, Cervical Exam
Can I have dental work done during pregnancy?
Generally, yes. Most pain medications and antibiotics are safe. However, avoid sedation. PLEASE CALL AND INFORM US.
Can I color my hair during pregnancy?
Generally, yes. However, avoid treatments that heavily expose chemicals to the scalp.
What about other salon treatments?
Yes. However, avoid situations where you are inhaling a strong chemical odor. Consider wearing a mask.
Can I get a massage during pregnancy?
Yes. However, not of the abdomen.
Can I see a chiropractor during pregnancy?
Yes. However, not manipulation of the pelvis.
Can I paint during pregnancy?
Yes. However, make sure the area is well-ventilated. Consider wearing a mask.
Can I exercise during pregnancy?
Yes. Continue at the same level you are accustomed. If your work-outs are typically intense, reduce to a less-intense level. In general, you should be able to carry a conversation without getting short of breath. If you usually don’t exercise but want to start, begin with mild intensity and duration.
What activities should I avoid during pregnancy?
In general, avoid movements that can cause sudden or unpredictable bouncing, jolting, heavy lifting, or falling. Examples include: snow machining at high speed or hilly terrain, skiing in icy conditions or harnessed to a dog, skating on uneven ice or a busy area, gun firing, hunting. Many people have jobs that involve heavy lifting, which is permissible as long as it is typically tolerated, controlled, and/or you can ask for assistance if needed.