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Prenatal Care

Prenatal Consultation

If you're concerned about a medical issue or possibly passing genetic abnormalities to your child, a prenatal consultation with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine experts could be very helpful. It includes a review of your medical records and your medical history. If needed, you will have an examination or ultrasound.

There will also be plenty of time for discussion of your concerns, any normal or abnormal conditions, what the information means to you and your pregnancy, and what your options are moving forward.

To schedule your prenatal consultation, call (425) 899-2200.

Typical reasons to seek a perinatal consultation include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-existing maternal illnesses
  • Risk of pregnancy loss
  • Preterm labor
  • Blood disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney disease
  • Multiple gestations

Possible Genetically Inherited Disorders

You may also consider genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis before conception to predict any possible inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and Huntington's disease.

You may be at increased risk of passing genetic abnormalities on to your child if you:

  • Are of Jewish ancestry; you may have a high risk of having children with Tay-Sachs or Canavan disease, metabolic disorders that lead to death in early childhood.
  • Are of African-American ancestry; you may risk passing on sickle-cell anemia to your child.
  • Are of Asian or Mediterranean ancestry; you may be at increased risk of having a child with thalassemia, a severe form of anemia.
  • Have family histories of inherited disorders, or you have previously given birth to children with genetic disorders.
  • Have been exposed to medications or substances that could cause birth defects.
  • Have prior medical conditions or diseases that may affect their fetus, such as diabetes.
  • Share a common ancestor.
  • Have a history of multiple miscarriages.
  • Have family members with birth defects or severe developmental problems.

To schedule your genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis, call (425) 899-2200.

Some medications can be harmful during pregnancy, so talk with your physician about any recreational, prescription, over-the-counter or herbal drugs you may be taking.

Safe Over-the-Counter Medications During Pregnancy 

The following over-the-counter medications and home remedies have no known harmful effects during pregnancy when taken according to package directions.

Please note that no drug can be considered 100% safe to use during pregnancy.

If you want to know about the safety of any other medications not listed here, please contact your physician.

Please follow adult recommended dosing on medication packaging.

Pain Reliever

  • Tylenol


If symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks, call your primary care physician.

  • Claritin
  • Chlortrimeton
  • Benadryl

Cough Syrup

  • Robitussin - plain

Throat Lozenges

  • Sucrets
  • Vicks
  • Halls
  • Robitussin
  • Chloraseptic spray

Sleep Aids

  • Tylenol PM
  • Benadryl
  • Unisom

Leg Cramps

  • Magnesium Gluconate
    (250 mg - 3 times daily)


  • Ginger capsules
    (250 mg - 4 times daily)
  • Vitamin B6
    (10-25 mg - 3-4 times daily)
    This can be taken alone or in combination with Unisom (doxylamine) 12.5 mg.


Take only after 24 hours of symptoms.

  • Immodium D
  • Kaopectate


  • Maalox
  • Mylanta
  • Riopan
  • Rolaids
  • Tums
  • Pepcid A-C
  • Tagament
  • Axid AR

Do not take Pepto Bismol or Prilosec OTC.

Stool Softeners

  • Colace
  • Surfak
  • Metamucil
  • Fiber Con

Do not take laxatives of any kind.