General Pregnancy Information
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Medications that in general are considered safe to use in pregnancy Allergies, cold, or flu-like symptoms:
Tylenol or Tylenol cold Warm salt water gargles
Sudafed or the store brand equivalent only with pseudoephedrine, no
products with phenylephrine should be used
Robitussin DM, Vicks cough syrup, Halls, or Vicks vapo rub
ensure plenty of water intake daily and regular activity
Metamucil, Fibercon, Fiberall, Citrucel Colace
And if no relief after these options try a glycerin suppository
for 24 hours only and after 12 weeks of pregnancy- Kaopectate,
First Aid Ointments
Bacitracin, Neosporin, Hydrocortisone
Small amount of caffeine if a migraine type headache
Milk will often do the trick otherwise try… Maalox, Mylanta, Tums
Preparation H, Anusol, Tucks, Witch Hazel
Nausea and Vomiting
small frequent meals – especially carbohydrates
ginger products such as ginger ale, ginger cookies/breads, ginger root vitamin B-25-100mg daily
hydrocortisone ointment or cream Caladryl lotion or cream
Vaginal Yeast Infections
Sex Sex in general is safe for both you and your baby during a normal pregnancy unless you are told specifically by your doctor that it is not safe for you. You may discover as you get further along that certain positions are more comfortable than others. Some women will become more interested in sex while others become less interested. How you respond is completely individualized. Do not have sex or stop if you experience vaginal or abdominal pain or experience bleeding or leaking of fluid. Traveling Traveling in general is safe during a normal pregnancy either by car or plane. Most cruise ships require your trip to be completed prior to finishing 22 weeks pregnant to board the ship. Here are some guidelines to follow while traveling…
wear your seatbelt bring a pillow for comfort
drink lots of fluids- mostly water wear comfortable clothes including footwear
plan to get up or out of the car every 1-2 hours to use the bathroom
and move around in order to decrease risk of developing blood clots
Unless there is an emergency do not plan on traveling after 35 weeks
gestation. Airlines differ on rules about how late in a pregnancy a woman may fly. You may need a doctor’s note in late pregnancy to
board a plane. Check with the airline if you are planning traveling late in your pregnancy. Be sure to get clearance from us before you make arrangements.
It is never a bad idea to take a copy of pertinent medical information
with you if you are planning to travel. These can be provided to you by our office.
Hot tubs/Baths/Saunas It is strongly recommended that you not use a hot tub until you are beyond 14 weeks of pregnancy. After that, you may use a hot tub safely as long as your core body temperature does not get “too high”. The way to monitor this is that if you are sweating while in the hot tub you and therefore your baby are too hot. Get all the way out. Exercise Exercising is great for you and your baby and is recommended unless your doctor advises specifically against it. If you already exercise you may continue to do so. After about 20 weeks or 5 months you will want to avoid exercises that require you to lay flat on your back, such as crunches. Stop if you get breathless. Drink more water to stay hydrated. Avoid exercises that could cause you to fall especially later in pregnancy when you center of gravity has changed. If you do not already partake in a regular exercise program you can start, just start slowly. Walking 15 minutes a day and increasing gradually to 45 minutes. Dietary recommendations
Caffeine is fine in small amounts- one cup of coffee: one can of soda
per day; three or more cups (8 oz) of caffeine per day have been associated with miscarriage in first trimester.
Soft cheeses that have NOT been pasteurized should be avoided, this
Deli meat needs to be eaten at a steaming temperature, so sandwiches
Food cooked on a grill should be consumed when done, not after
Fish may be eaten if a 6oz or smaller serving, no more than 2 servings
per week, smaller fish are fine but large fish should be avoided.
Shellfish in general is safe and may be consumed if cooked Sushi is not safe in pregnancy unless it is cooked, no raw sushi
You should drink at least 64 oz of water per day, and 1-2 servings of
calcium a day, fruit juices are high in sugar and even the all natural ones should be limited to no more than 8 oz total per day.
THERE IS NO SAFE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL DURING
PREGNANCY. There is also no “safer” type; all alcohol should be avoided from time of positive pregnancy test through to breast feeding.
Miscellaneous: do not use products that contain Aspirin do not change a litter box, if you must, you need gloves and most
painting in general is allowable- there is usually no need for mask or
gloves, just ensure good ventilation fans
Manicures, pedicures, massages, chiropractic care, hair coloring, and
or straightening are all generally safe and can usually be done at anytime in pregnancy, just make sure technician working with you knows you are pregnant.
Post-operative Instructions Following Rhinoplasty Early healing of the nose depends upon how well you take care of yourself after surgery. Please review the following instructions before surgery and ask about anything that is not clear. General: Rhinoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure. If you have other medical conditions such as sleep apnea, you may spend one night i
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