SSM Maternity Care offers helpful information, resources and tools to help you plan for a healthy pregnancy. For a typical, or often called “routine,” pregnancy many women will see only their OB/GYN for their care. An OB/GYN is a doctor who has studied the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, schooling that goes beyond that of most primary care physicians. Find an obstetrician/gynecologist here.
Although the majority of women have no major medical problems during pregnancy, minor discomforts are common. Some of these problems are more common during the beginning of the pregnancy, and others develop as the pregnancy advances.
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General "Do"s and "Don't"s
Every woman and pregnancy are different, but there are some general pregnancy “DO”s and “DO NOT”s one should follow to have the healthiest and best experience possible. Be sure to always consult your doctor if do you have any questions about what you should or shouldn't be doing while carrying your baby.
DO rest as much as possible and take short naps with your feet up if possible. During the last stage of pregnancy, put your feet up as often as you can. Even better would be to lay on your side.
DO exercise just as you had before you were pregnant. Do NOT start new strenuous exercises during your pregnancy, but continue your normal exercise program as long as it is comfortable. Never exercise so hard that you get out of breath, and keep your maximum heart rate between 140 – 150 beats per minute. A good rule of thumb is to exercise only as long as you can talk while you exercise. Also, avoid all exercise that requires lying on your back after 20 weeks.
DO continue to practice safe sex during your pregnancy – sexually transmitted infections can be dangerous during pregnancy. It is safe to have intercourse during pregnancy, unless we tell you to stop for some medical reason, such as vaginal bleeding or premature labor. Remember that since your body shape has changed, you may need to adjust the position you use for intercourse to make you more comfortable, so don’t be afraid to be creative. You may also notice that your libido (sex drive) has changed during your pregnancy. This is normal and discussing this with your partner may help both of you in this situation.
DO dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing. Avoid underwear that binds. As your breasts grow in size, you may need to get a new, larger bra. If you plan to nurse your baby, buy a nursing bra that you can use after the baby is born.
DO take a vitamin once a day. We will prescribe a prenatal vitamin that has everything in it that you and your baby need. If you don’t drink milk, take two Os-Cal or Tums Ultra a day to supplement your calcium. If the vitamins make you nauseated, take them at night with dinner or you may switch to Flintstones Complete with Iron chewable and take two a day. A DHA supplement also is good for brain development.
DO NOT take over-the-counter medications that contain aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or Naprosyn (Aleve).
AVOID drinking diet sodas. Splenda and Truvia are the safest artificial sweeteners if they are necessary.
LIMIT your caffeine intake to two beverages a day.