Bleeding: Spotting or bleeding is very common in early pregnancy. If you are spotting, please call us during regular office hours. Be reassured that spotting can be particularly common after any vaginal exam, vaginal ultrasound or intercourse. If you are bleeding more than a period and have severe lower abdominal pain, please call us immediately.
Nausea: Nausea is common in early pregnancy. If possible, we prefer conservative measures such as frequent small meals (six a day) and the use of bland foods. Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids. If you are unable to tolerate liquids, please call the office.
Constipation: Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy. Drink plenty of fluids and eat meals high in fiber, such as fruits, whole grains and vegetables.
Prenatal Vitamins: You should be taking prenatal vitamins throughout your pregnancy and postpartum period. If you experience significant nausea, you can try taking a children’s multi-vitamin, however, it is acceptable to temporarily discontinue vitamin use. You may also try taking your prenatal vitamin at night to reduce associated nausea.
Medications: In general, try to avoid medications. Unless contraindicated prior to pregnancy, the use of Tylenol and Sudafed are acceptable if you have a cold. For any other drug use, over-the-counter or otherwise, please reference the Over the Counter Medications list provided during your doctors’ visit, and found listed under Important Information to the right.
Exercise: The recommendation is to maintain a heart rate of no greater than 130 beats per minute. Use moderation and don’t exercise to the point of fatigue. Intercourse is acceptable at any time during the pregnancy as well. You do not have to discontinue intercourse at any time in this pregnancy unless otherwise indicated by your doctor, you are bleeding, or your water has broken.