Eastern Iowa Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pregnancy & Childbirth

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

We are excited that you have chosen Eastern Iowa Health Center to partner with you and your family during this special time. We are committed to providing you with the best care possible during your pregnancy. Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, EIHC Women’s Health is here to care for you and your baby every step of the way. EIHC OB/GYN physicians and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners will provide regular screenings and checkups for you and your baby.

To schedule a visit to confirm your pregnancy or your first appointment, call 319.730.7300 today!

About Pregnancy Visits

Your first prenatal visit should be scheduled as soon as you think you are pregnant. As your pregnancy progresses, checkups will happen more regularly and may include special tests.

During each visit we will do a general assessment, answer any questions and provide advice on how to have a healthy pregnancy.

Prenatal Check Schedule:
A typical schedule for pregnancy appointments is:
  • 4 – 28 Weeks – Appointments one time per month
  • 10 – 12 Weeks – OB Workup At this appointment EIHC Women’s Health providers will get a full pregnancy and medical history, confirm your due date, discuss insurance options and provide resources.
  • 28 – 36 Weeks – Appointments two times per month
  • 36 – 40 Weeks – Appointments every week

Frequently Asked Questions

It is important to eat a well-balanced diet and take a prenatal vitamin during your pregnancy. Most foods are safe but there are some foods to avoid.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Raw or under-cooked seafood (ex: Sushi, sashimi, raw oysters, scallops, clams, nova style, smoked, lox)
  • Raw or under-cooked meat, poultry and eggs
  • Unpasteurized Foods
  • Unwashed fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid too much caffeine (ask your EIHC Women’s Health provider about recommendations about limiting caffeine)
  • Alcohol

It is best to take a prenatal vitamin during your entire pregnancy. These vitamins, which are available at your local pharmacy, have ore folic acid and iron than standard multi-vitamins. These nutrients help support your baby’s grown and development. Prenatal vitamins are also high in calcium and vitamin D, which are important for your baby’s bone growth and strength.

Ask your EIHC Women’s Health provider if you need additional help choosing a prenatal vitamin. In general, look for a prenatal vitamin that contains:

  • Folic Acid
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D

The recommended amount of weight gain will depend on your weight before you got pregnant. Your EIHC Women’s Health provider will talk to you about the amount of weight you should gain.

It is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy. On average, a pregnant woman should consume approximately 300 health calories more a day than before she was pregnant.

While some medicines are considered safe during pregnancy, the effects of others on your unborn baby are unknown. Illegal drugs are never okay and you should check with your EIHC Women’s Health provider regarding current prescriptions or with any questions.

As a general rule you should try to avoid or minimize medicine use during your pregnancy. However, certain drugs are considered safe and indicate on the label if they are okay for pregnant women.

*Please note that NO drug can be considered 100% safe for use during pregnancy.

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It is okay to travel by car or plane until 36 weeks of pregnancy, as long as you are not having any problems. International flights may have more restrictions. Get up/out and walk every 2 hours to promote circulation. Drink plenty of fluids and use the bathroom often. Avoid air travel if you are having problems with your pregnancy or general health.

Try to sleep on your side to allow for maximum blood flow to the baby. You may also find it helpful to put a pillow between your knees and behind your back. As you get further along in your pregnancy you may need more pillows and to change positions often to be comfortable.

Some exercise is fine, unless your provider has told you not to. Limit exercise to 30 minutes a day and never exercise until you are overheated or exhausted. Examples include walking, jogging, yoga, swimming, classes, etc. Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise. Your pulse should never go above 140 beats per minute when working out.
Avoid:
• Being flat on your back or standing in one place for too long
• Abdominal exercises or ones that make you lose your balance
• Sports or exercise where there is risk of falling/physical contact (i.e. kick boxing, snow
skiing, horseback riding, etc.)
• Weight training

Listen to your body and use common sense.


Welcome to your third trimester. 

Whether this is your first pregnancy or fourth, you are in the home stretch to meeting your baby. This guide will help you learn what to expect during your third trimester and how to prepare for the arrival of your baby. 

View the complete 3rd Trimester Guide online.

or 

Download your guide to weeks 28 to 40 of your pregnancy.

PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH

Care before, during and after pregnancy for you and your baby

FAMILY PLANNING

Options for birth control and education to start your family when you're ready

MENOPAUSE CARE

Your body is changing, we will help you through the transition

GYNECOLOGICAL SERVICES

From annual screens to GYN surgery, we offer a wide variety of care to suit your needs

WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING

"I thought that I wouldn't be able to get quality pregnancy care without insurance. I was so happy to be wrong. The wonderful nurses and doctors at Eastern Iowa Women's Health Center provided me with amazing care. I will never go anywhere else." - Rania

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