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FAQs During Pregnancy

During Pregnancy

What medicines can I take while I am pregnant?

Your doctor will discuss this with you, but, in general, these are medications safe to take during pregnancy.

Baby's Movements

Most first-time mothers do not feel the baby move inside them until about 20 weeks (five months), although you might feel the baby move sooner during subsequent pregnancies. We describe the first feelings as a "flutter". Your partner might not be able to feel the baby move until the seventh month.

Exercise and Pregnancy

Staying fit or becoming fit during pregnancy should be a priority, and many activities can be continued or even started during pregnancy, like walking or pregnancy yoga classes. As you exercise, you may notice that you are becoming short of breath more quickly than before you were pregnant. This is because your blood volume increases early in your pregnancy and your heart is working harder. Pay attention to your body and don't overdo it. Stay hydrated and stop if you feel faint, dizzy, light-headed or winded. Talk to your doctor about what exercise might be right for you.

Sex During Pregnancy

It is usually safe to continue to have intercourse during pregnancy. Occasionally, circumstances such as cervical problems or the placement of the placenta over the cervix may require you to stop having sex during pregnancy. Your doctor will advise you.

Bloody Show

Bloody show, or passing your mucous plug, is a bloody, mucous discharge and indicates that labor may be on the way. It is not bright, red bleeding, and if you experience this, call us right away. If you are at term, there is no need to report bloody show to us, but if you are months before your due date, we need to know if you have the discharge.

Swelling

Swelling of the hands and feet is usually normal during pregnancy and can sometimes be painful. Sitting or standing in place can aggravate swelling, so move your ankles in a circle and walk around when you can. You may need special compression stockings. Many women develop carpal tunnel syndrome as their pregnancy progresses, which causes tingling, pain or numbness in the fingertips. Carpal tunnel wrist braces are available at most pharmacies, but if your case is severe, you may need to see an orthopedic surgeon.

If your face swells, this may be a sign of preeclampsia or toxemia of pregnancy. We need to see you very soon if your face swells.

Preeclampsia/Toxemia of Pregnancy

Preeclampsia/Toxemia of Pregnancy is a medical condition characterized by high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in the urine of a pregnant woman, and the only "cure" is delivery. Signs and symptoms include headache, visual changes, elevated blood pressure, protein in the urine and changes in our blood work. We check for all of these symptoms at every pregnancy visit. The condition is most common for first pregnancies, for very young or older mothers and mothers carrying multiples.

Braxton Hicks

Braxton Hicks contractions are episodes of painless tightening of the uterus. They are not labor, but it's not always easy to tell the difference. If you are having frequent or painful uterine tightening, let your doctor know. Please call 404-355-1285 if you are experiencing tightening more than 5 to 6 times per hour.