Common Questions

Common Questions and Solutions

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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.

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 doctor.

Absolutely. Sexual activity will not harm you or your baby. However, there are times when pelvic rest may be ordered (e.g. spotting).

We currently offer three nurse midwives for low-risk deliveries.

Christie Clinic is proud to be the first multi-specialty group in the Champaign-Urbana area to offer patients choices for delivery. When choosing Carle Hospital or OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign, we recommend that you consider your insurance coverage. Some companies have preferred providers, which could affect the level of coverage at one location versus another. BE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE CARRIER PRIOR TO MAKING A DECISION.

Regular checkups are perfectly fine. However, if you are undergoing a major procedure, please call 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.

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.

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. 

To schedule a tour or for more information on Carle Hospital, call 217.383.6962. For more information on OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Champaign, call 217.337.2122. 

If high blood pressure goes undetected, it could lead to potential complications. However, if it’s treated early, you should have nothing to worry about. Your provider will monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis to avoid any potential health hazards. 

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. 

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.