general questions

my annual visit is scheduled, but I will be on my period.
can I still come in?

Absolutely.

what if I miss any birth control pills?

If you miss one active pill:

  1. Take it as soon as you remember. Take the next pill at your regular time. This means you may take 2 pills in 1 day.
  2. You do not need to use a backup birth control method if you have sex.

If you miss two active pills:

  1. Take 2 pills on the day you remember and 2 pills the next day.
  2. Then take 1 pill a day until you finish the Pill pack.
  3. You could become pregnant if you have sex during the 7 days after you restart your pills. You MUST use a nonhormonal birth control method (such as condoms or spermicide) as a backup for those 7 days.

If you miss 2 pills in a row in Week 3 or Week 4 of your Pill pack, OR if you miss 3 or more pills in a row at any time, talk to your physician. Use a nonhormonal backup birth control method if you have sex.

what if my over the counter for yeast doesn't work?

You may have a different problem. We recommend scheduling an appt with one of our physicians or nurse practitioners.

do I have to fast before my annual physical?

Only if you want to have your cholesterol checked.

on pregnancy

Congratulations! You're embarking on a great adventure as a new mom. At Upstate OB/GYN Group, we want to be your partners in making sure your pregnancy experience is a great one. With two locations serving Greenville, Clemson and surrounding Upstate, SC areas, we offer convenient access to care throughout your pregnancy. Below are some common questions we are asked from our moms-to-be:

i think i'm pregnant - when do i need to see a doctor?

If you have a positive home pregnancy test, go ahead and call to make an appointment, keeping in mind that we generally see women when they are near their eighth or ninth week of pregnancy. Not sure how far along you are? Look back to the first day of your last period - the amount of weeks that have passed since then correspond to your weeks of pregnancy.

what happens at the first visit?

If you are pregnant and in at least the 8th or 9th week of gestation based on your last menstrual period, we will schedule you for an initial visit that will give us necessary information to prepare for your first full obstetrical visit. Please be prepared for this visit to last 1-1.5 hours.

You will be introduced to our OB Coordinator who will give you an ultrasound, start your medical record, obtain the necessary pregnancy confirmation, provide you with some pregnancy-specific literature, discuss nutrition and address your general questions. She will also obtain information from you so that we can completely address your financial needs.

In the laboratory area of our office, a blood sample will also be obtained. If you are not taking a prenatal vitamin, one will be prescribed for you. We will also provide hospital information regarding pre-admission, prenatal classes and other available services.

We will also discuss the genetic tests that area available to you during pregnancy. Learn more about these tests >>

After this initial visit, we will have information necessary for your next, more extensive, visit, in which we will:

  • review a list of services and help you select your options
  • discuss your insurance requirements and benefit information
  • review scheduling options compatible with your availability
  • draft a treatment plan to acquaint you with our services
  • plan your medically necessary ultrasounds, performed with the latest technology
  • answer any other questions or concerns you may have as an expectant mom

Both the OB Coordinator and the rest of our staff welcome you to the practice and will provide support throughout your pregnancy. Serving Greenville, Clemson, Anderson, and areas throughout upstate South Carolina, we pride ourselves in delivering consistently excellent and always compassionate care.

how often will i see the doctor during my pregnancy?

If your pregnancy progresses normally, you will come in about once a month until your seventh month. At that time, you will come every two weeks until your last month, at which time we will see you weekly until you deliver.

i have a question about my pregnancy - what do I do?

Many of our patients find it helpful to keep a question list to bring with them to their appointments. It is inevitable that you will forget to ask something during your scheduled appointment, so this can be a great way to ensure you have all of your questions answered. If you have a question regarding your pregnancy that cannot wait, simply call one of our Upstate, SC offices and a nurse will return your call.

when do I get ultrasounds?

Upstate OB-GYN Group proudly offers the latest in advanced 3D/4D ultrasound technology. Most insurance companies pay for an early ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and another around 20 weeks to do a full body scan of the baby. For those with high risk pregnancies or those with unexpected issues that need to be examined, insurance will usually cover additional ultrasounds.

We offer several ultrasound packages that you can purchase if you'd like to "see" your new baby more often, including a gender determination ultrasound between 14-20 weeks and packages to get incredible 3D/4D keepsake images and videos of your baby later in pregnancy.

how do I pre-register at the hospital?

Pre-registering at the hospital is a great way to make arrangements prior to delivery and save time at the admitting office when your baby is on the way. At your first OB appointment we will give you the paperwork for pre-registration. We suggest that you attend St. Francis' Great Expectations class, which will give you an overview of what to expect while in the hospital. In addition, you can visit www.stfrancisbaby.org to see a video tour of the hospital and learn more about what to expect.

can I eat before my sugar test?

Yes. Before your 1 hour sugar test, you can eat, but avoid high sugar foods.

how early can I find out the sex of my baby?

You'll find out at your anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks. Sex can be determined as early as 14 weeks at our Reveal Party Ultrasound

how many people can I bring to my ultrasound?

For your medical ultrasound, there is a 2 person limit. Young children must have an adult other than the patient to supervise. For entertainment ultrasounds, the more the merrier.

i think my water broke - what do I do?

Stay calm. Wear a sanitary pad or small towel, and call us. Your nurse will want to know the color of the fluid, the amount (gush/trickle), and if you've had any signs of contractions. If your water breaks over the holidays or the weekend, we have an after hours nurse your can reach through our office phone or you can call the hospital.

i lost my mucus plug - what do I do?

Sit tight. Mucus plugs can come out up to 3 weeks before labor. If it comes out early, don't worry. Your body will regenerate a new one. Just let your physician know at your next appointment.

contact us

For more information about pregnancy care at our offices serving Anderson, Clemson, Greenville, and surrounding Upstate, SC areas, please contact us today. We offer comprehensive women's health services to meet a range of needs.