Throughout the years, thousands of mothers have chosen St. Bernards to give their babies a great start. It’s what we do. We offer the region’s most experienced maternity nursing staff, and our obstetricians are among the best anywhere at what they do. We offer all the amenities that a mom could want and more of the things that a baby could need, including the area’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
St. Bernards offers two locations for prenatal care – St. Bernards OB/GYN Associates and St. Bernards Pregnancy Clinic.
How often you will need to visit your physician for prenatal care is different for each pregnancy, but a general guideline:
0 - 28 weeks: Appointments may be every 4 weeks
29 - 35 weeks: Appointments may be every 2 weeks
36 weeks - Delivery: Appointments may be every week
During each visit, you can expect the following:
- Weight, blood pressure and urine analysis for sugar and protein
- Measurement of uterine growth (also called fundal height)
- A Doppler will be used to listen to the baby’s heartbeat beginning as early as week 13
During your pregnancy, over-the-counter medicines approved by our physicians include:
Cough - Robitussin, Mucinex
Sinus Symptoms - Actifed, Sudafed, Benadryl, Tylenol Cold, Zyrtec, Claritin
Gas - Milk of Magnesia, Mylicon, Gas X
Nausea and Vomiting - Emetrol, Unisom (Half tablet 3 times daily), B6 (25 mg 3 times daily)
Heartburn - Maalox, Gaviscon, Mylanta, Tums, Rolaids; May take OTC Prevacid AC or Tagament-HB
Fever or Minor Pains - Acetaminophen (regular or extra strength)
Constipation - Fibercon, Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia, Miralax, Colace Stool Softener
Hemorrhoids - Preparation H, Anusol
Vaginal Yeast Infection - Monstat, Mycelex, Gynelotrimin available OTC
Diarrhea - Kaopectate, Imodium AD
Want to know more about what to expect during pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum?
Download the St. Bernards Pregnancy Guide today to learn more!
Perinatal Mental Health
Perinatal mental health refers to the mental health of mothers during and after pregnancy. The transition from motherhood can be both wonderful and stressful at the same time. A mother's mental wellness plays a large role in bonding between mother and baby. Perinatal mental health affects up to 20% of new and expectant moms and covers a wide range of conditions.
Postpartum depression, commonly known as the "baby blues" is a mood disorder that occurs after the birth of a baby. Some symptoms of postpartum depression include:
- feeling anxious
- irritable, moody
- insomnia or trouble sleeping
- having panic attacks
- generally feeling like you are unable to care for your baby.
If you or someone you know is struggling with any of these feelings, there is help.
St. Bernards Counseling Center has dedicated staff members who specialize in perinatal mental health. Our trained staff is here to help you on your journey through motherhood and everything along the way.
In Case of Emergency
If you feel you have an emergency related to your pregnancy, call 911 or visit the Obstetrics Emergency Department
(OBED) on the 5th floor of St. Bernards Medical Center. All non-emergent needs should start with a call to your OB clinic/doctor. In the case of an emergency, please call 911 or visit the OB-ED on the 5th floor of St. Bernards Medical Center.