Please feel free to contact us about any questions or concerns but these are some common ones we are asked.
What about travel?
As long as everything is going well, you may travel outside of The Woodlands area until you are 34 weeks pregnant, or 6 weeks before your due date. If you are traveling outside of the continental United States, we would like you to be back by 32 weeks, or 8 weeks before your due date. If you travel, take a bottle of water with you so you stay well hydrated during your trip. If you fly, get up and walk around at least once an hour to promote circulation in your legs.
Can I go to the dentist?
Yes – just be sure to let them know that you are pregnant. You may have your teeth cleaned, have fillings placed, or have root canals done during your pregnancy as long as your dentist would only use local anesthesia and no nitrous oxide. It is normal to have an increased amount of bleeding due to the increased blood volume in your circulation. If your dentist has any questions, please feel free to have him or her contact us.
What about sex?
You may continue to have intercourse until labor begins if it is comfortable and enjoyable for you. If there is a medical reason to abstain, we will discuss this with you.
What about work?
You may continue to work outside the home or continue with your usual household activities until you go into labor if there is no medical reason to restrict your activities.
Can I care for my cat?
If you have a cat, you can continue to care for it as usual, just have someone else clean the litter box. If this is not possible, then make sure to thoroughly clean your hands afterwards. They can transmit an infection called toxoplasmosis through their feces that can be harmful to a developing fetus.
Can I take a bath?
Yes, but you should keep the temperature below 100 degrees. You do not want your core body temperature to go above 100 degrees because this can affect the baby’s development. Because of the elevated temperatures, you should also avoid hot tubs and saunas during pregnancy.
What medications can I take?
The following are a list of treatments or over-the-counter medications for certain problems during pregnancy. Please avoid taking any herbal supplements or other over the counter medications without speaking with us first.
- Constipation – Increase intake of fiber with things like all-bran cereals, beans, fruits, raisins, and prunes. You can also supplement your fiber intake with Metamucil. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids. You may also try Milk of Magnesia or Colace. You can use a Dulcolax suppository or an enema.
- Diarrhea – Start with clear liquids like 7-up, Sprite, Ginger Ale, and then advance to bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. You may also take Imodium AD. Once the diarrhea has stopped, resume the bland diet and avoid all dairy products for 2-3 days.
- Headaches – Tylenol, regular or extra strength, is fine to take. Do not take Advil, Motrin, Aleve, or any Ibuprofen based product.
- Head Cold/Sinus/Cough – Tylenol based products, pseudoephedrine, guaifenesin (Mucinex), Flonase, Sudafed, Benadryl, Robitussin, or Triaminic Hemorrhoids – Try Tucks pads, Anusol, or Preparation H Ointment or Suppositories.
- Indigestion or Gas – Tums or Simethicone are fine but avoid Pepto-Bismol.
- Leg Cramps – Sometimes this may be due to a lack of calcium or potassium. You can take 600 mg twice a day of calcium, and 1 or 2 bananas a day
- Minor Sore Throat – Chloraseptic spray, throat lozenges, or gargle with warm saltwater
- Minor Swelling – Reduce salt intake and elevate feet as often as possible.
- Morning Sickness or Nausea – Start with vitamin B6 50 mg tablet 3 times a day, ginger root 1 gram a day, or ginger tea. Discontinue your prenatal vitamin until nausea resolves and eat small frequent meals.