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  • Vaccines: Information about COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at peacehealth.org/vaccines
  • Prior to scheduling an appointment: If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of possible infection, please notify us when you schedule an appointment and before you arrive. If you’re having a medical emergency, call 911.
  • Bring a mask: For everyone's safety, masks are required in all PeaceHealth facilities.
  • Entrance screening: Upon arrival, everyone will be screened for symptoms. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be connected with appropriate care.

Frequently Asked Questions

If symptoms do not respond to these methods or you have more questions, call for an appointment.

 

Q: What things should I be seen for immediately?

If you experience any of the following symptoms during your pregnancy, please call our office immediately and we may recommend you come in to the hospital: 

• Vaginal Bleeding or spotting. Spotting is common, especially early and late in the pregnancy and after intercourse, however if you have any spotting, please call our office

• Severe continuous headache which does not resolve with a dose of 1000mg of Tylenol 

• Severe pain in the abdomen

• Persistent vomiting

• Sudden gush of fluid from the vagina

 

Q: It burns! What can I do to treat pregnancy related heartburn?

• Eat smaller, more frequent meals

• Try not to lie down within two hours after eating

• Try over the counter Tums or Rolaids

• If the Tums or Rolaids aren’t working, start Pepcid AC or Zantac (generic equivalents are fine)

• Talk with us at your next visit if these methods do not control your symptoms

 

Q: I have cold-like symptoms, cough, sore throat and/or nasal congestion. Can I take anything?!

• Your immune system works best with plenty of water, sleep, and fresh fruits/vegetables

• Consider trying Tylenol 1000mg three times daily for pain

• Tylenol-Cold, Tylenol Sinus, Dayquil, robitussin, and cough drops are safe

 

Q: I have diarrhea.  

• Increase clear fluids 

• BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast)

• Avoid diary, spicy and greasy foods.

• Call if you note racing heartbeat, lightheadedness, or weakness. These signs of dehydration may require IV fluids and evaluation by a doctor. 

 

Q: I am throwing up daily, or it feels like I will at least. Help! 

• Try eating small frequent meals 

• Avoid an empty stomach. Try a few bites of crackers, dry toast, plain popcorn or dry cereal. This can work first thing in the morning, before getting out of bed even!

• Bland diet; avoid spicy and greasy foods

• 25mg of vitamin B6 taken 3-4 times a day scheduled   

• Avoid foods and odors that make you feel sick

• Call if you note racing heartbeat, lightheadedness, or weakness. These signs of dehydration may require IV fluids and evaluation by a doctor. 

 

Q: I have a headache.

• Drink more water!!!!

• Alternate warm and cold compresses

• Tylenol 1000mg every 6 hours as needed

• Try a nap, or at least a quiet and dark room

• Stress reduction

• DO NOT USE Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen or Aspirin unless directed by your doctor

• Don’t skip meals

 

Q: I am constipated and/or my hemorrhoids are acting up.  

• Increase fiber: bran cereal, vegetables, and over-the-counter fiber supplements like Metamucil or fiber con. 

• Increase fluid intake, and then some more!

• Take a 30-minute brisk walk. Exercise has been shown to help constipation

• Stool softeners like Colace at a dose of 100mg twice a day

• Warm sitz baths for 20 minutes twice a day may help hemorrhoids, as can over the counter creams, suppositories, Preparation H, and tucks pads  

 

Q: It itches! What do I do about vaginal discharge?

• Over the counter vaginal creams or inserts are fine – one, three, five or seven day monostat preparations are all acceptable for yeast infections.

• Other things can cause discharge besides yeast: please ask your doctor at your next visit so we can make sure to test for bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. 

• Call your doctor now if you think your bag of water may have ruptured.

 

Q: How do I treat varicose veins?

• Support hose are very helpful, especially at 20-30mmHg of pressure

• Avoid standing for prolonged periods of time, elevate your legs several times per day, and if you are seated for a long time try to pump your legs up and down to circulate the blood.

 

Q: I have new urine symptoms. 

If you feel you have a Urnary Tract Infection, you should call the office. UTIs in pregnancy can have different symptoms, usually a cramping and/or feeling of pressure. You can help prevent UTI’s by drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day. 

 

Q: My back, hips, buttock are killing me. What will help?   

• Heating pad or ice (see which one is more effective for you)

• Tylenol 1000mg every 6 hours as needed

• Massages, physical therapy, yoga and manual adjustments are safe  

• Be careful when lifting – bend your knees, squat close to the load, and lift with your thigh muscles

• Wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes 

• Changing positions regularly

 

Q: My feet are swollen, is this normal? 

• Swelling in your legs is very common at the end of pregnancy.

• You may try elevating your legs at/above the level of your heart

• Support hose: put them on first thing in the morning when the swelling is minimal 

• Decrease sodium in your diet

• Avoid prolonged standing 

• Avoid prolonged sitting in the same position. Pump your legs and take breaks often if you are on road trips.

• If you have sudden and severe ankle swelling and rapid weight gain, or if you notice pain, warmth or swelling in one leg, please notify your provider. 

 

Q: I can’t sleep! What should I try for insomnia?  

Warm baths; soft music; 30-60 minutes of exercise daily; massage; a quiet and dark room; and a regular sleep schedule all help. Try sleeping on your side with a pillow to support your knees and hip joints. Benadryl (25mg) on occasion may help if you have difficulty falling asleep but should not be used regularly.

 

  

Women's Health (Obstetrics & Gynecology) at PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth Medical Group welcomes the chance to care for you:

Yvonne Sculley M.D., OB/GYN

Jacquelyn Serrano M.D., Family Medicine OB  

Justine Parker D.O. Family Medicine OB

Contact Us

Women's Health
340 Ninth St.
Florence, OR 97439
Phone: 541-902-1634


This clinic is licensed as part of PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center. You may receive a separate charge or billing for facility fees in addition to any professional fees for services, which may result in a higher out-of-pocket expense.

PeaceHealth Medical Group
340 Ninth St
Florence, OR 97439
541-997-7134