Pregnancy FAQs

I believe that I’m pregnant. How do I go about getting confirmation and when can I make my first obstetrical appointment?

A home pregnancy test can confirm your pregnancy. Your first obstetrical visit should be scheduled approximately six weeks from your last menstrual period. Some women have medical problems or past obstetrical histories that necessitate being seen earlier in their pregnancy. Call to make your appointment as soon as possible to ensure that we can get you scheduled at the appropriate time. You should also call if you are having problems, bleeding, or a history of obstetrical problems.

May I exercise safely during pregnancy?

Yes. Low impact aerobics, swimming and walking are usually considered to be safe. Always check with your obstetrician before starting an exercise program during pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to provide you with guidelines for exercise based on your current condition and your medical history. Patients with bleeding or spotting, a low-lying placenta or placenta previa, threatened or recurrent miscarriages, previous premature births, a history of early labor, or a weak or incompetent cervix should not exercise.

What should and shouldn’t I eat while I’m pregnant

While pregnant, you’re eating for two, as the saying goes – but what exactly are you upposed to be eating?

Foods to avoid during pregnancy:

  • Fish with lots of mercury. High levels of mercury can damage a baby’s brain. Limit yourself to one to two servings per week.
  • Raw fish. Sorry, sushi lovers.
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Ready-to-eat meats like luncheon meats and hot dogs.
  • Uncooked eggs and meat
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

May I paint or use pesticides in my home?

The safest answer is to leave these projects for someone else. Latex paint is generally considered to be safe, if applied in a well-ventilated area. However, painting projects may expose you to other chemicals that may be more hazardous to your baby such as heavy metals in paint pigments, resins, solvents, extenders, etc. Pregnant women should avoid contact with pesticides. If this is not possible, they should not re-enter the treated area for 24 hours after a pesticide has been applied.

When will I feel my baby move?

This usually happens around 20-24 weeks with a first pregnancy. You may feel your baby move earlier in subsequent pregnancies.

Is it okay to have sex during pregnancy?

Yes, pregnancy should not mean the end of sex! Don’t be afraid to have sex during pregnancy unless you are advised against it.

Will my baby be hurt during intercourse?

No. Sex during pregnancy is considered safe. Although, here are some warnings about sex during pregnancy: Intercourse should be discontinued and you should call your physician if any of the following occur; vaginal or abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, bag of waters breaks, and if you have been diagnosed as having pre-term labor. No objects other than the penis should be placed into the vagina and the man’s entire weight should not be placed on the woman.

I have lost interest in sex since becoming pregnant. Is this normal?

You and your partner’s reactions to sex can vary a great deal causing an increase or decrease in desire. This is perfectly normal. Fatigue, nausea and some other physical discomforts of pregnancy don’t always make a woman feel very sexy. Toward the end of pregnancy, a woman can lose interest in sex because all her physical and mental energies are directed towards getting ready for the baby. Some women feel an increase in desire due to the increase of blood flow to the pelvis area which causes a woman to become more sexually aroused. It is important for you and your partner to communicate your feelings throughout your pregnancy.

I noticed that I had contractions after I had an orgasm. Can an orgasm cause me to go into labor?

Some women late in pregnancy experience continued sexual tension and pelvic discomfort after intercourse because of increased blood flow to the genitals. Orgasm sometimes fails to relieve this tension. You may find it takes longer for your body to return to a relaxed state then it did before you were pregnant. But, the contractions you have during or just after orgasm are different from labor contractions and they will not cause you to go into labor.

May I get my hair permed and colored?

Permanents, hair colorings and other chemical hair treatments are to be avoided during the 1st trimester. So wait until after you are 13 weeks.

I was told to stay away from my cat, is my cat dangerous?

Cats are the primary carriers of “toxoplasmosis”, an infection that can cause birth defects. This organism is found in the feces of cats and also in raw meat. To avoid the disease, wash your hands after handling cats, do not empty kitty litter, and do not eat raw meat. Since cats like to use gardens as a litter box, you should wear gloves when gardening. If your cat is an indoor cat, then toxoplasmosis is not a significant concern.

Is spotting normal in pregnancy after a pelvic exam or intercourse?

Yes. You may have brown or red spotting that may last two or three days after a pelvic exam or intercourse. If heavy bleeding occurs, (similar to a period) you should call the office.

What do I do if I think my water broke?

Call the office or the answering service, (if after hours). You will need to be examined.