5 Important Questions for Your OB/GYN When Pregnant
When pregnant, you may have lots of questions for your OB/GYN. They range from simple questions like ‘Should I continue drinking coffee?’ to more complex ones like ‘Should I get genetic testing?’ Like most great OB/GYNs, John H. Kirk, MD is happy to answer any of your questions. Consider bringing a notebook and pen any time you visit your OB/GYN. Writing their answers down will help you remember them for a long time. The following are a few critical questions for your OB/GYN when pregnant.
- What OTC drugs are safe?
Find out what OTC medication you can use when pregnant. You may need them for your heartburn, morning sickness, or headaches. Unfortunately, some of them may not be safe. Even though you should speak with your doctor about the appropriate medications when pregnant, the following are a few typical recommendations:
- Saline nasal sprays
- Vitamin B6 and Unisom for nausea
- Fiber supplements
- What foods should I avoid?
Some foods may be off-limits when you are pregnant. This question is important because old wives’ tales can be misleading. Foods that you may need to avoid include raw or undercooked beef, high-mercury fish, raw eggs, and unpasteurized milk or cheese. You also need to avoid alcohol and caffeine. Uncooked beef may contain toxoplasmosis which increases the risk of birth defects. High mercury fish, on the other hand, can be bad for the immune system, kidneys, and nervous system. Some of these fish include tuna, shark, and swordfish. Your OB/GYN may help you come up with a list of safe and unsafe foods.
- Is it normal to experience cramping and bleeding?
Many pregnant women experience some spotting and cramping during the first trimester. It happens when the fertilized egg is implanting on the uterus and starting to grow. If, however, you continue to experience it after your first trimester, you need medical attention. It may be the sign of an ectopic pregnancy or uterine infection.
- How much weight should I gain?
The amount of weight you should gain when pregnant depends on your pre-pregnancy BMI. It is calculated based on your weight and height. If you are expecting multiple babies, you may gain more weight than those expecting just one. Everyone’s pregnancy is different and your OB/GYN will let you know if the amount of weight you are gaining is healthy.
- Is it safe to exercise?
When pregnant, you are advised to rest and take it easy. You may, therefore, be curious about exercise and when it is safe. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, exercise has a lot of benefits during pregnancy. It reduces bloating, constipation, and backaches. It reduces stress and helps you relax. However, some types of exercise may not be appropriate during pregnancy. Avoid activities that increase your risk of falling, contact sports, and activities that require you to hold your breath.
If you have any questions about your pregnancy, speak with your OB/GYN about them, and get the answers you need. Having the appropriate answers will help you have a healthier pregnancy.