The world of Women's health care can be overwhelming to many, especially when it comes to the complex field of Obstetrics. Given how vitally important it is for expecting mothers to be familiar with the Do's and Dont's of prenatal care, we have provided below a short list of commonly asked questions from mothers-to-be.
How much can I exercise while pregnant?
For women who regularly maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, it is safe to continue to exercise during pregnancy. Staying active during pregnancy comes with lots of benefits for both you and your baby. However if you weren’t active before getting pregnant, light exercise can be incorporated such as walking at a moderate pace everyday.
What medications can I take during pregnancy?
What should I avoid eating while pregnant?
Women are strongly urged to avoid alcohol during pregnancy, and to limit caffeine to no more than 300 mg. per day, which equals roughly two 5-ounce cups of coffee. Women are also encouraged to avoid the use of saccharin, soft or unpasteurized cheeses, raw meats & fish, and unpasteurized deli meats.
Can I continue to eat and drink foods that contain artificial sweeteners?
Women are encouraged to avoid anything that contains aspartame, which is found in products like Sweet and Low. However the artificial sweetener Splenda is deemed to be okay to consume while pregnant, since it is made from all-natural ingredients.
How should I treat a cold?
It is recommended that you do not take anything with ibuprofen in it. Aside from drinking fluids and resting, pregnant women who are past their first trimester are permitted to take Sudafed, tylenol, Dimetapp, and Robitussin.
May I travel while pregnant?
For uncomplicated pregnancies, travel is not a problem, though steps should be taken to avoid unnecessary stress on both you and the baby. When traveling by car, make plans to stop at least every 2 hours to get out and walk. Plus, any women at the 34 week mark should consult with their physician before engaging in travel.
Are dental x-rays okay?
Yes, but be sure that your abdomen is completely shielded when having the x-rays taken.
What symptoms should be reported to my physician?
Just some of the symptoms that should be reported to your physician includes contractions, bleeding, intense headaches, cramping, decreased movement of the baby, a fever of over 100 degrees, loss of fluid from the vagina, or any other symptoms that seem abnormal.
What are some suggestions for dealing with morning sickness?
• Get out of bed slowly in the morning, and try to avoid sudden or jolty movements
• Eat several small meals during the day so your stomach doesn't remain empty for long
• Avoid fried, greasy, and spicy foods
• Drink soups and other liquids between meals
• Eat a piece of bread or a few crackers before you get out of bed in the morning, or whenever you feel nauseous.
• Have some juice, milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese before you go to bed or before you wake up.
• Ginger candy or tea can help nausea.
• Vitamin B supplements can also help relieve nausea.
What can I do about constipation?
To ease constipation during pregnancy, women are encouraged to try adding high in fiber foods to their diet like bran, fruit and vegetables, on top of increasing their daily water intake. You may also try products like Fibercon, Metamucil, Citrucel.
What prenatal vitamins should I be taking?
Women should look for prenatal vitamins that contain Vitamin's A, D, C, E, and B, Folic Acid, Calcium, Pyridoxine, Zinc, Iron, Riboflavin, Thiamine, and DHA.