Frequently Asked Questions

The following are a compilation of Frequently Asked Questions concerning pregnancy and women’s health. Included in this list is information about which medicines you can take during your pregnancy. If your personal question is not answered below then please give us a call and we will be glad to help you. 

What You Need To Know About Your Pregnancy

Backache OTC Meds/ Remedy

  • Decrease lifting
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Maternity support hose (85 Denier strength)
  • Tylenol (as directed on label)
  • Use proper body mechanics
  • Wear low-healed shoes

Cold/Sinus OTC Meds 

Use as directed on label:

  • Actifed
  • Benadryl
  • Dimetapp
  • Normal saline drops
  • Sudafed
  • Claritin
  • Zyrtec

Cough OTC Meds (as directed on label)

  • Chloraseptic Throat Spray
  • Cough drops
  • Robitussin DM or plan

Constipaton (as directed on label)

  • Colace
  • Dulcolax Suppositories
  • Increase fiber & fluids (especially water)
  • Milk of magnesia – Miralax

Diarrhea (as directed on label)

  • Kaopectate
  • Imodium
  • Avoid dairy, sweets, & fatty foods


  • Decrease sodium in diet (salt)
  • Increase water in diet
  • Maternity support hose( 85 Denier strength)
  • Rest on left or right full lateral positions


  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Avoid fatty foods
  • Avoid lying down after eating
  • Eat small, frequent meals daily
  • Low sodium antacids
  • Pepcid
  • Tums or Rolaids


  • Anusol HC Cream
  • Preparation-H Ointment
  • Tucks pads
  • Avoid straining with bowel movements, may need stool softner

Leg Cramps-Meds/Remedy 

  • Apply heat to muscles (heating pad or soak in warm bath)
  • Increase calcium in diet (milk, Tums, etc.)
  • Increase potassium in diet (bananas)
  • Calf stretching exercises before bed

Nausea/Antiemetic-Meds/ Remedy 

  • Avoid fatty foods
  • Avoid lying down after eating
  • Eat small, frequent meals
  • Chilled beverages (sips at a time)
  • Emetrol
  • Dramamine tablets
  • Unisom, ½ tablet and vitamin B6, 25 mg/tab


  • Apply nasal pressure
  • Check Hgb


  • Regular strength Tylenol
  • Extra strength Tylenol

 Yeast Infections

  • Monistat Topical Cream- < 12 wks gestation
  • Monistat Vaginal Applicators-> 12 wks gestation


Most varieties of fish are a safe and healthy choice for a pregnant woman’s diet. Some fish, such as tuna, can have high levels of contaminants that can cross the placenta and possibly harm the baby if consumed in large amounts. Eat only 1 to 2 cans of tuna per week (6 oz. can).

The effects of chemicals in a developing fetus are unknown. Avoid during the first trimester. Avoid closed in room / fumes; stay in well ventilated rooms. However, hair may not take the perm solution during pregnancy.

Stay away from strong smells and foods that make you queasy. Open windows or use an exhaust fan.

  • Eat 5-6 small meals a day
  • Eat a light snack prior to getting out of bed in the morning (crackers, dry cereal, toast)
  • Avoid greasy and fried foods, gas forming foods, or spicy foods

Meds such as Motrin (Ibuprofen) and ASA are not recommended while pregnant. Tylenol (Acetaminophen) can be used as directed for headaches, aches and pains while pregnant.

For some women, rubbing lotion on their legs and then propping them up with pillows works well. Swimming can be a great pain reliever for back and legs. Wearing a comfortable pair of shoes and taking frequent breaks, if standing for long periods, will also help.

Muffins, popcorn, trail mix, fresh fruit, string cheese, yogurt, vegetables, low fat dips.

Caffeine passes quickly to the baby. It is recommended that you do not drink or eat foods with caffeine while pregnant or at least limit your intake to 300mg per day (2-3 servings). There is about 65-135 mg of caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee.

Tiredness / fatigue are very common during the first trimester. If this continues, check with the doctor, as this could be a sign of anemia. Be sure and take a prenatal vitamin daily and eat a well-balanced diet. In the third trimester, at the end of pregnancy, women tend to be more tired due to being uncomfortable with the growing belly and not resting well at night.

Always eat a well-balanced diet; never skip meals. Most women will gain 25-35 pounds.

You should feel free to call us with any questions or concerns and should call immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding from vagina
  • Severe lasting abdominal pain
  • Severe headache
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Swelling of hands or face
  • Fever greater than 100 F
  • Water breaking or a gush from vagina
  • Regular contractions

Yes, as long as there are no serious complications of pregnancy, such as bleeding, premature labor, or ruptured membranes.

Pregnant women should not handle kitty litter, change or scoop the litter box. Avoid gardening in areas where cats use as a litter box.

Frequently Asked Questions

What You Need To Know About Women's Health

  • Healthy diet: foods high in protein, calcium, and zinc will help promote fertility. Avoid too much sugar, carbs and caffeine.
  • Exercise regularly: work out at least 3 times per week. Walking is a great way to reduce stress and stay fit.
  • Monitor your cycle: keep up with first day of cycle each month. If you are not regular, consult with the doctor for further evaluation of irregular periods.
  • Time sexual intercourse: typically a woman will ovulate around cycle days 12-16. Plan / schedule intercourse during that time.
  • Positive attitude: Do not stress over becoming pregnant. Stress can throw off your menstrual cycle.
  • Pap – yearly for normal paps but more often for abnormal paps, recommended by Gynecologist
  • Mammogram – Baseline at 35 years of age then yearly after 40. Earlier if self-exam indicates a problem. See Gynecologist for evaluation and recommendations.
  • Bone Density – every 2 years, starting at 50 years of age.

Do not stop taking meds unless the doctor recommends it. If taking antibiotics for other problems, may cause birth control to lose effectiveness. It is recommended that you use back up protection, i.e. condoms, until you start new pack. Call for questions. Take your pill at the same time every day. Skipping pills or taking the pills at different times during the day can increase your chances of spotting and getting pregnant.

  • Avoid laying flat after surgery
  • Move around, as much as possible, to help eliminate gas
  • Wrap upper body tightly with blanket warmed in dryer or use heating pad in shoulder area.

All birth control pills have risks. Talk to the doctor regarding your individual health status and risk factors that may apply. Never smoke while taking birth control pills as this is known to increase health risks.

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