Prenatal FAQs Can I videotape my obstetrical ultrasound? Our department follows the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s recommendation that prohibits videotaping ultrasounds. However, we are happy to provide you with still pictures of your unborn baby as a memento. Is it safe to travel? If you’re not experiencing any pregnancy complications, you may travel up to week 36. After week 36, we recommend staying home (i.e. traveling no farther than an hour away) in case you deliver prematurely. Long trips should be discussed with your provider. Can I still have sex? Absolutely. Sexual activity will not harm you or your baby. However, there are times when pelvic rest may be ordered (e.g. spotting). Can I use a midwife for my obstetrical provider? Yes, our certified nurse midwives help provide medical guidance through pregnancy and birth. They can provide prenatal care, perform vaginal deliveries, and can assist the obstetrician with Cesarean Sections. A certified nurse midwife can care for women throughout their life cycles, including pregnancy, adolescence, and women’s health. Is it safe to visit the dentist? Regular checkups are perfectly fine. However, if you are undergoing a major procedure, please check with your provider. X-rays and certain anesthetics may be dangerous to your baby’s health. If you do require surgery and need your provider’s permission, a letter from your provider is available upon request. Can I prevent stretch marks? Unfortunately, approximately 90% of pregnant women experience stretch marks. Lotions and creams will help keep your skin moist and soft, but they will not prevent stretch marks. The good news is that your stretch marks will eventually fade into a light, silvery color after pregnancy. Can I bring a video camera to the hospital? You may choose to bring a camera and/or video recorder to the hospital. However, we ask that no picture taking or videotaping occur until the doctor has left the labor suite after delivery. If I am not familiar with Carle Foundation Hospital, can I get more information? To schedule a tour or for more information on Carle Foundation Hospital, call (217) 383-6962. Should I be concerned about high blood pressure? If high blood pressure goes undetected, it could lead to potential complications. If detected early, it can be easily treated. Your provider will monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis to avoid any potential health hazards. Is it normal for my breasts to leak? Yes. Most women begin to notice a yellowish fluid, called colostrum, during the last stages of pregnancy. If you experience this, use disposable breast pads inside your bra. How do I reduce body swelling? As your body prepares for labor, it takes on more fluid, causing different parts to swell. To help relieve some of the swelling, drink water, avoid salt, elevate your feet, and rest.