Throughout your pregnancy some situations or circumstances may arise where you are unsure how to proceed. The following are some questions that are frequently asked by our pregnant patients. Keep this sheet in a handy place for easy reference throughout your pregnancy. If you are not clear on the instructions, do not hesitate to call us at the office number.
At any time during the pregnancy, you can take Tylenol (generic-acetaminophen) - regular or Extra Strength. Do not take aspirin, Motrin, Advil (generic –Ibuprofen), Aleve (generic-Naproxen), unless advised by your physician.
Don’t use any drugs that are not listed below without checking with your physician. If you have a known allergy to any medication, do not take it.
Yes, you can and you should, especially for mosquitos when outdoors during the summer months, or traveling in a warm climate any time of the year. The most effective repellant to use in pregnancy and while breast feeding is any product with 10-35% DEET. (Cutter, Off!, Sawyer, Ultrathon). These products are effective against mosquitoes, flies, ticks, chiggers, and sand flees. Select the lowest concentration effective for the amount of time you will be spending outdoors.
When you’re expecting, it’s natural to be concerned about your health and that of your unborn baby. Maintaining a healthy diet, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking prenatal vitamins are all important for the health of you and your baby. The sensible and safe pregnancy weight gain for the average woman is between 25 and 35 pounds.
Food safety is also important. When preparing meals for yourself and your family it is important to wash hands and surfaces often, do not allow cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods, cook foods to proper temperature (use a food thermometer if necessary), and refrigerate or freeze foods promptly when they require it. Sometimes what we eat can make us sick; food contaminated by bacteria can cause serious illness. The USDA Food and Inspection Service and the FDA provide the following advice for pregnant women:
If you have questions or concerns, please call the office at 368-5500.