SUSIE N. CHUNG, M.D., P.A. - Obstetrics and Gynecology - Pregnancy Information Sheet -
Congratulations on your pregnancy, and thank you for choosing us to care for you!
Our Staff: Kim (Medical Receptionists), Jane (Medical Assistant) and Suzanne (Practice Manager) Hospital: St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland Cross-coverage: More than likely, I will be delivering your baby. However, there may be times when I may be unavailable, and a
cross-covering physician (Dr Andrea Collerius) will be attending your delivery.
Important Numbers: Towson Office: 410-337-9003; Glen Burnie Office: 410-582-9292
During office hours, please leave a message with the front desk, and I will return your call within 24 hours. If during non-
office hours you have an EMERGENCY, please call the answering service at 410-787-4300. If your call is a non-
emergency, please call back during office hours. Our phones may not be answered during our 12-1p.m. break; please call
back after 1p.m. if you hear the answering message. Our phone system is not set up to receive messages.
General Information: Weight Gain:
Your Target Total Weight Gain: if you are average size, gain a total of 25-35 pounds; if you are
underweight, 35-45 pounds; if you are overweight, 15-25 pounds. Gain no more than 5 pounds
over the first 13 weeks and no more than ½ to 1 pound per week thereafter.
If you have no high risk problems (preterm labor, previa, bleeding), it is safe to have intercourse.
If you are exercising regularly prior to pregnancy, it is safe to continue exercising. Do not exercise
excessively. Make sure you wear clothes that keep you cool. Avoid overheating. Avoid
exercises flat on your back or put you at risk of trauma to the stomach.
Eat small meals frequently. Avoid eating spicy or fatty foods. These will make your reflux worse.
Increase your protein intake and limit your carbohydrate and fat intake.
Extra Strength Tylenol; if severe, you may use Excedrin Migraine sparingly. Avoid Ibuprofen
(Motrin/Advil). Drink at least 64 oz. of water per day to avoid dehydration which can cause headaches.
If you must have your caffeine, limit your intake to 1-2 cups per day.
Vitamin B6 - 50 mg with ½ Unisom tablet will help with first trimester nausea. If your nausea and
vomiting is still severe, we can prescribe stronger medications.
Concerning Symptoms (signs of miscarriage, preterm labor, or labor): Bleeding:
Bleeding without cramping can occur because of recent internal exam or sexual activity, an infection or
possibly a threatened miscarriage or pre-term labor. Please call me through the office or answering service for
Bleeding and cramping may be a sign of a miscarriage or labor. Please call through the office or
If you are concerned that your water has broken, please call the answering service. Physiologic discharge of
pregnancy tends to be white and without an odor or itching. If your discharge has a color, fishy smell or is
causing itching, please make an appointment.
Round ligament pain is not uncommon in the 2nd trimester. You may have the sensation of pulling from your
sides into your groin. These are just growing pains. You can place a local heating pad and take Tylenol for your
If you are preterm and are having more than 6 contractions in an hour despite rest and hydration, please call.
If you are full term and meet “511” criteria, ie. contractions are painful, 5 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute for at Decreased
After 24 weeks, you should note how often the baby is moving. If you are feeling less than 10
movements in a day, drink a glass of juice, lie on your left side and count. If you do not feel 10 movements in
movement: Plans and Education
Each visit we will check your weight, blood pressure and urine. We will listen to the baby’s heart beat and address any concerns
History and Physical; lab work, PAP smear, genital and urine cultures; counseling about genetic screening.
Attempt to hear the baby’s heart beat! Once we hear the heart beat, the risk of miscarriage is <1%.
Ultrascreen: First trimester screening offered (if desired and covered by insurance -done at SJMC Perinatal Center)
Quadruple Screen offered (optional); you may start to feel the baby moving. (blood work done at LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics)
Ultrasound to rule out any fetal abnormalities. (done at SJMC Perinatal Center)
Lab work to rule out diabetes and anemia. (blood work done at LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics)
Group B Strep genital culture. (done in office exam)
Frequency of Office Visits: (the higher risk your pregnancy, the more frequent your visits) Before 28 wks: every 4 weeks. 28-36 wks:
First trimester labs include: blood type, antibody screen, blood count, PAP smear, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
cultures, antibodies detecting immunity to Rubella and Varicella, syphilis screen, urine culture, Hepatitis B screen, urine
toxicology screen and HIV (optional). Depending on your risk factors, we may draw additional labs including a
hemoglobin electrophoresis, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, and other genetic tests. You will also be offered a first trimester
In the second trimester, we will offer you the Quadruple Screen (Quad Screen), which assesses your risk for spina bifida, Down Syndrome, and Trisomy 18. If your baby is at increased risk for a genetic abnormality, you will be offered an amniocentesis.
In the third trimester, you will be screened for anemia, gestational diabetes and antibodies that may harm the baby. We will also screen you for Group B Strep, a bacteria found in the colon that can infect your baby during labor and delivery.
A first trimester ultrasound may be performed if indicated. These indications include unsure dating of the pregnancy, bleeding (to rule out miscarriage), and severe pain
A second trimester ultrasound is performed between 18-20 weeks to rule out abnormalities.
Additional ultrasounds may be performed for complications of pregnancy when we may be concerned about an ovarian mass, cervical length, baby’s growth, amniotic fluid volume, placental location, and pathology occurring in the baby. 3D and 4D ultrasounds may be performed at the Perinatal Center.
If possible, avoid medications in the first trimester. Epocrates online is a great resource. Categories A, B, and C are appropriate to take. Avoid Categories D and X. Acceptable OTC Medications: Tylenol, Benedryl, Sudafed, Claritin, Zyrtec, Zantac, Tums, Mylanta, Robitussin, Mucinex, Preparation HC. Acceptable Antibiotics: Penicillin/Amoxicillin/Augmentin, Erythromycin/Azithromycin, Macrobid/Bactrim, Cephalosporins, Clindamycin , Metronidazole Unacceptable Medications: Ibuprofen, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, Tetracycline, ACE-inhibitors.
Influenza Vaccine: It is recommended that pregnant women in all trimesters are vaccinated during the flu season for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus. Pregnancy makes you immunocompromised and more susceptible to getting a severe form of the flu. Dental Visits: If you need dental x-rays, please make sure your pelvis is shielded with a lead apron. Most numbing medications used in dentistry are safe (Lidocaine, Marcaine, etc).
Toxoplasmosis: If you have cats, please assign someone else in the home to change the litter. Maternal infection can lead to fetal infection. General Food concerns: Rinse fresh fruit and vegetables thoroughly. Do not drink unpasteurized juice. Do not eat refrigerated pate’ or meat spreads, smoked seafood, raw meats (steak tartare), raw fish (sushi, cerviche), raw or undercooked eggs, or raw sprouts. Reheat luncheon meats and hot dogs until steaming hot. Listeriosis: Avoid unpasteurized meats and cheeses. Vegetarians: Supplement your diet with additional iron and Vitamin B12. Fish: Because of the increased risk of mercury contamination, limit your fish and shellfish intake to less than 12 ounces
per week. Seafood low in Mercury: shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, catfish. Seafood high in Mercury:
albacore tuna, shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish. Check with local advisories about the safety of fish caught by
family and friends in local lakes, rivers, coastal areas.
Environmental and Occupational Hazards: Most patients are able to work through the majority of their pregnancy. You should
avoid heavy lifting and excessive physical activity.
If you are not experiencing complications, you may travel by plane.
Domestically, up to your 36th week of pregnancy.
Internationally up to your 34th week of pregnancy.
There are 2000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke. Nicotine and carbon monoxide are the main two poisons
associated with adverse fetal outcomes, which include miscarriage, abruption, placenta previa, premature
rupture of membranes, preterm birth, low birth weight, and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). If you are
smoking more than 20 cigarettes per day, you may benefit from using a nicotine patch as an adjunct to
Although an occasional drink during pregnancy has not been shown to be harmful, be aware that the
threshold for adverse effects is unknown. Excessive alcohol intake can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome which
is characterized by growth restriction, facial abnormalities, and central nervous system dysfunction.
Illicit Drug Use: The first trimester lab work includes a toxicology screen. If an illicit drug is found, you will be counseled about
its adverse effects on the fetus. This may also influence the decision of whether or not you will be allowed to
If this applies to you, please speak with me about contacting the House of Ruth or planning an exit plan in
Violence: Seat Belt Use: As a driver or as a passenger, always use your seat belt! Childbirth Classes & Education: 410-337-1880 Sign up early! Also call this number if you are interested in a hospital tour. Anesthesia
Until active labor, IV narcotics are acceptable. After 4 cm dilation, an epidural is offered. If you decide to go
completely natural, we will support you!!! An epidural may not be placed if you have a bleeding problem or
If you have had one previous cesarean section and desire a trial of labor, we will need to review your history
and decide whether or not you are a good candidate for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disease in pregnancy that is an indication for delivery. Typically, patients find
that their hands and faces are more swollen than usual. Diagnosis is made by elevated blood pressures and
protein in the urine. If you are having new onset of severe headaches, visual changes and pain over your right
If you have a history of depression or are having symptoms of depression, please bring this to my attention.
You may be a good candidate for starting anti-depression therapy to help prevent postpartum depression.
Stretch Marks: This is a common concern. Some people are prone while others are not. From my observation, cocoa butter
does not prevent stretch marks. Some patients have reported good success with the following: Bio-Oil (apply
2 times daily to existing stretch marks and scars for at least 3 months, and Kiehl’s Crème de Corps.
Breast or Bottle Decide which modality of feeding you will choose. We have wonderful lactation specialists available Feeding:
to assist you after the baby is born. If you choose to bottle feed, bring a tight bra (sports bra) for your
postpartum period to help avoid painful engorgement.
Circumcision: This is an elective choice. This decision can be made after the delivery of your son. Pediatricians:
Towson: Dr. Rose Mulaikal 410-494-1379; Dr. Lauren Bogue 410-583-2955; Dr. Steven Feldman 410-823-5232;
Dr. Nelson Davidson 410-769-8801; Dr. Jeffries Bucci 410-296-2300; Dr. Janis Lacovara 410-337-2022;
Glen Burnie: Dr. Young Youn 410-761-1424; Dr. Shahab Malik 410-582-9630.
Postpartum Family Planning:
If you are breast feeding, your options are condoms, IUD, progesterone only pill or injection.
If you are bottle feeding, your options are broader including all of the above and hormonal methods.
Permanent sterilization methods include vasectomy (for your husband) and incisionless tubal ligation (in office)
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