Frequently asked Questions when you are expecting:

Can I have sex?

Sex is ok as long as you are not bleeding or having problems with preterm labor.

Am I able to exercise?

Exercise is ok so long as you are not bleeding or having problems with preterm labor. You will need to keep your heart rate under 140-150 and after 20 week you will want to avoid lying on your back for extended periods of time. Of course we ask that you not partake in any dangerous sports when injury is possible which includes ice skating, horseback riding and diving. You will also want to avoid starting up new exercise programs your body is not used to, unless you have gotten the go ahead from your doctor.

Can I fly/travel?

Flying and traveling is safe as long as you are not bleeding or having problems with preterm labor. You should notify us before you fly so that we may check to make sure that everything is ok for your trip. For long trips you will need to be able to get up at least every two hours to increase circulation in your legs. We also recommend avoiding carbonated drinks before you get on a plane to avoid bloating, and also suggest you get travelers insurance in case you are not allowed to fly at the last minute.

Are hot tubs and saunas safe?

We ask that you refrain from saunas and only use hot tubs where the temperature is set below 105 degrees.

How much weight should I be gaining?

Depending on the weight you start the pregnancy out at, a healthy weight gain in pregnancy is about 4-6 pounds a month. If you are gaining too much weight (as determined by the doctor) you can try cutting down on carbohydrates, or replacing them with complex carbohydrates. An example of this is would be switching from eating a diet of white rice or white flour breads and pasta to a brown rice wheat based flour breads and pasta (we suggest you do this regardless of weight because it is much more healthy for baby and mommy during pregnancy). Also switch your dairy to a low fat or skim milk and try to stay away from high fat content foods.

How much weight should I be gaining?

Depending on the weight you start the pregnancy out at, a healthy weight gain in pregnancy is about 4-6 pounds a month. If you are gaining too much weight (as determined by the doctor) you can try cutting down on carbohydrates, or replacing them with complex carbohydrates. An example of this is would be switching from eating a diet of white rice or white flour breads and pasta to a brown rice wheat based flour breads and pasta (we suggest you do this regardless of weight because it is much more healthy for baby and mommy during pregnancy). Also switch your dairy to a low fat or skim milk and try to stay away from high fat content foods.

What foods should I avoid?

Contrary to popular belief, Sushi is ok during pregnancy as long as the location you are getting your food from flash freezes their fish and you are eating low mercury fish sushi (see nutrition in pregnancy for more details). All unpasteurized cheeses should be avoided due to the risk of lysteria growth that is dangerous for baby, but if the package says it is made from pasteurized milk you are free to enjoy! Stay away from undercooked meat and packaged lunch meats and sausages (like hot dogs) which may also contain lysteria growth. Coffee is safe but should be kept to 2 cups per day or less, and of course stay away from alcohol, tobacco, narcotics and street drugs.

Is coloring my hair/nail salons ok?

Yes! You may have your hair colored, highlighted and nails done but please make sure you are in a well ventilated room.

A very common concern during pregnancy is what medications are safe to take. Here is a list of over the counter medications safe to take during your pregnancy.