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Frequenty Asked Questions

Q: Can I drink pop?

A: Yes, preferably caffeine-free. NutraSweet (aspartame) has been approved by the FDA for use by pregnant and lactating women. We recommend moderation and to avoid its use if there is a history of Phenyl-Ketonuria (PKU).

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Q: Can I be in a house if the interior is being painted?

A: Yes, if the house is well-ventilated and the paint is latex. It is recommened that you avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals associated with oil-based paints, and chemicals used for stripping furniture.


Q: Can I exercise?

A: If you have been active, you may continue excercising. However, discuss high-impact activities such as horse-back riding, jogging, and aerobics with your doctor. Walking and swimming are generally safe activities. If any activity causes pain or bleeding, discontinue the activity.


Q: May I travel during pregnancy?

A: Yes, if your pregnancy is uncomplicated. For car travel, plan to stop every two hours to get out to walk. After 34 weeks, check with your physician.

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Q: Are dental x-rays and novocaine safe during pregnancy?

A: Local anesthesia is safe. Be certain your abdomen is shielded if it is absolutely necessary to have dental x-rays.


Q: May I use hot tubs?

A: It is permitted after 12 weeks of gestation for 5-10 minutes. Drink plenty of cool liquids.


Q: What symptoms should I report to my doctor?

A: Severe headaches, contractions, bleeding, cramping or any loss of fluid, decreased fetal movement, and/or a temperature over 101 degrees.


Q: How much weight is normal to gain during pregnancy?

A: If you start your pregnancy at a normal weight, you can expect to gain 25-35 pounds. However, if you are starting pregnancy overweight, discuss with your provider how much weight gain is appropriate. In these situations we often recommend reducing calories from starches, sweets, and fats and encourage protein intake, e.g., eggs, dairy products, and meats.


Q: Are there any foods that I should limit or avoid.

A: Yes. Avoid eating king mackerel, swordfish, shark, and fresh tuna. Limit canned fish to 6 ounces per week. Do not eat raw fish, soft cheeses, raw or lightly cooked eggs, undercooked meats, unpasteurized milk or juices, and herbal supplements.


Q: I am a vegetarian. Are there any special dietary issues I should address?

A: Yes. Please discuss your situation with your provider. You may need to take special dietary supplements to ensure that your baby develops healthily. For instance vitamin B-12 is found in animal products only.


Q: Is it safe to have sex.

A: Yes, you may have sexual intercourse. However, if you have been having preterm labor, bleeding, or if your membranes have broken, do not engage in sexual intercourse.


Q: Do I need to purchase special clothes?

A: The need for maternity clothes varies with each woman and each pregnancy. We recommend a comfortable and well-fitting bra. Also, support hose can be valuable for women suffering with varicose veins or swelling legs.


Q: What is toxoplasmosis? Do I need to be concerned about it?

A: Toxoplasmosis is a rare parasitic disease that can harm the fetus. You can be exposed to the parasite through eating raw or undercooked meat or from cat feces. Avoid getting a new cat during pregnancy and if you already have one, have someone else clean the litter box.


Q: May I use a tanning booth?

A: It is best to avoid using tanning booths.


Q: Can I perm, frost or dye my hair?

A: Yes


Q: Can I drink and/or eat caffeinated products such as tea, coffee, soft drinks, and chocolate?

A: The FDA recommends that pregnant mothers limit caffeine intake. Caffeine can enter to the blood stream of the fetus. It is recommended to limit caffeine to no more than two servings per day. Be sure to check labels of over-the-counter medications as some contain caffeine.