Prenatal FAQ

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Headaches are not uncommon during the first 17 weeks. If needed, Regular Strength Tylenol may be used according to package directions.

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Severe headaches, contractions, bleeding, cramping or any loss of fluid from the vagina, decreased movement of your baby, or a fever over 100.4 degrees.

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Drink a lot of fluids, eat well, and rest. A vaporizer may help. Tylenol, Sudafed, Dimetapp, and plain Robitussin are permitted after the first trimester.

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There should be no problem if you have already had chicken pox. If you are unsure if you have had chicken pox, inform your doctor or nurse midwife. A blood test can be done to see if you had chicken pox in the past and are immune. Try to stay away from anyone infected. If you are not immune and are exposed to someone with chicken pox, let your doctor or nurse midwife know right away.

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Purchase Anusol HC at the pharmacy and follow directions on the box.   Use a stool softener such as Metamucil, Citrucel, or Senokot.

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You may try Rolaids, Riopan, Maalox, or Tums. You can also try Pepcid AC or Zantac.

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For Constipation, try high fiber foods such as:

  • Bran, whole grains, cereals
  • Fruit (fresh or dried)
  • Raw vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, celery, etc.)
  • Cooked vegetables (cauliflower, potatos, rhubarb, string beans, corn, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, etc.)

You may also try Metamucil, Citrucel, or Fibercon.

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Using a tanning booth is not recommended in general. Use sunscreen if you must tan.

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Hot tub use is not recommended during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.

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If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, yes. For auto travel, plan to stop every 2 hours to get out to walk. After 34 weeks, check with your doctor or nurse midwife.

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Yes. NutraSweet is okay.

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Yes, but make sure there is good ventilation.

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If you have been active, you may continue. Exercise at a pace where you can talk comfortably.

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To PREVENT morning sickness, try the following suggestions until you find one that works:

  • Eat a piece of bread or a few crackers before you get out of bed in the morning or when you feel nauseated.
  • Get out of bed slowly, and avoid sudden movements.
  • Have some yogurt, cottage cheese, juice or milk before you go to bed or before you get up. Try one of these if you get up during the night.
  • Eat several small meals during the day so your stomach doesn’t remain empty for very long.
  • Eat high protein foods – eggs, cheese, nuts, meat, etc. – as well as fruits and fruit juices.
  • Drink soups and other liquids between meals instead of with meals.
  • Avoid greasy of fried foods. They are hard to digest.
  • Avoid spicy and heavily seasoned foods.

To REMEDY morning sickness, try the following suggestions:

  • Sip soda water (carbonated water) when you begin to feel nauseated.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Drink spearmint, raspberry leaf, or peppermint tea.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine HCL) at 200 mg in the morning or evening may help.
  • Emetrol can be purchased over the counter at any pharmacy and is safe to use.

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