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Lawrenceville GA 30046
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(Regarding Pregnancy/Nursing)   CLICK HERE

(Regarding Insurance, Payments)   CLICK HERE

(General Questions) CLICK HERE

 

(Questions Regarding Pregnancy/Nursing)

What are some common complaints/remedies of pregnancy and nursing?

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What herbs should I avoid in pregnancy?

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What is the routine testing for OB Patients

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What is morning sickness?

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What are some iron rich and calcium food sources?

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What do I do if I go into labor?

Call our office.

Why do I have to rotate visits with the providers?

This is so you will get to know all of the providers. You will always be associated with your primary doctor, but if your doctor is not available when you go into delivery, then the doctor on call will deliver your baby.

How much weight should I lift?

Do not lift more than 25 pounds on a repetitive basis. Use good body mechanics and lift with the legs.

What are good exercises to do in pregnancy?

Walking and swimming are best. This is not the time to take up a new sport/activity. Pregnancy videos are acceptable if the instructor is pregnant. Keep your heart rate under 140 and/or still be able to carry on a conversation.

Can I sit in a hot tub or sauna?

No, avoid becoming overheated. Tub baths in your home are fine, but avoid water over 100 degrees. Water jets in a home tub are fine.

Are there any restrictions on travel?

Travel (by plane, car, train or boat) after 28 weeks of pregnancy is not recommended. If travel is necessary due to a family emergency please call the office during normal office hours for special instructions.

Is caffeine ok?

We recommend that you limit your caffeine intake to one cup of coffee or tea a day. You may drink decaffeinated coffee or tea. Be aware of caffeine in chocolate and sodas.

Can I paint during pregnancy?

Avoid spray paints, oil paints and varnish. You may use latex paint in a well ventilated room. Please do not climb/stand on ladders or chairs.

Can I take vaccinations in pregnancy?

You may take a flu shot (CDC recommends), TB skin test, and tetanus. For others please ask us during normal office hours

What about my cat?

Avoid emptying/changing/scooping the litter. You do not have to avoid cats. Wear gloves if planting outside.

Can I color or perm my hair?

Yes, but wait until after the first 12-16 weeks of pregnancy. Avoid straighteners with sodium hydroxide. Allow for good ventilation.

Can I use a tanning bed?

No. Use sun screen whenever outdoors. You are more prone to sunburn.

Can I sleep on my back?

Try to not lay flat on your back after 20 weeks. If you wake up on your back do not worry, this is your body’s way of telling you to turn over. You can sleep on your right or left side.

Can I have dental work done?

Yes, having your teeth cleaned is especially important during pregnancy. You may have local anesthetic without epinephrine but no nitrous oxide “laughing gas”. X-rays are allowed if your abdomen is shielded with a lead apron.

Is it normal for my breasts to leak during pregnancy?

A small amount of colostrum might leak from one or both breasts. Breast stimulation in foreplay may also cause colostrum leakage.

What if I am exposed to a contagious disease like chickenpox or Fifth’s disease?

If you have had chickenpox this is not a problem as you are already immune. Please call the office during normal office hours to arrange blood testing to check for immunity if exposed to Fifth’s disease.

Can I have acrylic nails done in pregnancy?

Usually nails grow long and strong in pregnancy with the aid of prenatal vitamins. Long nails may present a problem when handling your newborn. If you have acrylic nails be sure they are filled in/applied in a well ventilated room.

What is normal vaginal discharge during pregnancy?

Typically pregnancy will cause a fairly heavy whitish/yellow creamy discharge. You may try the remedy on the common complaint sheet. If not better report any itching, burning or unusual odor at your next appointment.

What about nose bleeds?

Nose bleeds are common in pregnancy. Just tip your head back and pinch your nose. No picking. Gentle blowing. You may use saline spray or Vaseline inside the nose to keep nasal passages moist.

Can I get a massage in pregnancy?

Yes, after the first trimester. Advise your massage therapist you are pregnant.

Why am I growing new moles/skin discolorations?

Skin changes are common in pregnancy due to changing hormone levels. If you have questions please ask at your next appointment.

What can I use for acne?

Decrease or avoid make up. Wash your face twice a day with Neutrogena face wash or use over the counter benzyl peroxide. Keep your hands off the face.

Why are my fingers/hand/arm numb?

This is a normal change in pregnancy. You may use wrist splints purchased at the drug store. Use caution when picking up hot liquids.

(Questions Regarding Insurance and Payments)

What Insurance do we accept?

What if I don’t have my insurance card yet?

You will need the insurance name, contract and group numbers, phone number, address and policy holder’s name and social security number when you come to your appointment.

What does pre-certification mean?

It means to certify your insurance for a specific procedure. This must be handled prior to your appointment.

Does your office do the pre-certification?

Yes, we call for pre-certifications on all in-office procedures.

Do you charge a no-show fee?

Yes. You must cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance. No-show fees range from $25 to $50 depending on the type of appointment.

Do you take Medicaid?

Yes, but only for pregnancy.

Do you take Medicare?

Yes, but Dr. Hood and Dr. Doris do not.

Will Medicare cover my Annual exam, Pap Smear or Bone Density?

Yes, but once every two years unless medically necessary.

Do you take American Express?

No, we only take Visa and MasterCard and Discover.

Do you take checks by phone?

No, not at this time.

Are Co-pays due at time of service?

Yes. Co-pays are collected when you arrive before your appointment time.

(General Questions)

What happens when there is bad weather?

If you feel the weather is questionable, please call the office or watch our homepage for announcements before you come in.

Are you open on weekends?

No. CLICK HERE

How do I get results?

You will either receive a letter or a phone call with your test results

How do I get a prescription refill? 

Check your pharmacy first. If they don’t have it on file, call our office. Please have your pharmacy number ready.

What if I am bleeding at the time of my appointment or procedure?

 If you are having an IUD inserted, this is okay, otherwise, please call the office to discuss and/or reschedule your appointment.

What happens if I need something after the office is closed? 

If it can’t wait until the next business day, you may call the office and the answering service will take your call. If it is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the emergency room.

Do Doctors perform surgery or deliveries anywhere else besides Gwinnett Medical?

 

No, they do not, however, there are some procedures that we do at our office verses you having to go to the hospital.

Do you have a cancellation list?

 At this time we do not have a cancellation list.

I have FMLA paperwork to be filled out. What should I do?

 

You may drop it off. Please allow 7-10 business days to be completed. The fee is $20.00 and payable at time of drop-off.

Do I have to go to Gwinnett Medical for a Mammogram?

 

No, you can go anywhere as long as your insurance is accepted there, and you have an order from us.

If I have a breast problem, do I need to be seen first to get a mammogram order?

 

Yes, you will need an appointment with your provider.

Do I need an annual appointment before a mammogram order is given?

 

Yes