Q: Can I drink pop?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.